15 ways to improve your English outside the classroom
- Agree with friends to speak only English at specific times, such as after the lesson, on the subway, or on a specific day of the week.
- When you listen to songs in English, pay attention to the lyrics. Moreover, since many CDs include lyrics with the liner notes, you can read them while listening.
- Read books in English. Choose books you have already read in your native language or those that have been made into films which you have seen. This will make it easier for you to understand the plot and the content.
- Choose an English language magazine, a blog, or a newspaper that interests you and read it frequently.
- Read your favorite comic books in English. Comic books are easily read and contain many useful idioms.
- Watch English language news programs on TV.
- Watch English language movies on DVD either with subtitles in English or without any subtitles.
- Attend plays or other events (talks, presentations) in English organized by English language organizations.
- Visit art exhibitions or participate in other art events that are offered in English, including cultural events at the Hellenic American Union.
- Chat online with native speakers. Keep in mind that internet users do not always use “correct” English.
- If the operating language of your mobile is your native language, switch to English. As you associate a function of your mobile with a certain word, you will be able to learn basic English vocabulary.
- Take advantage of the Learning English Podcasts made available by the Hellenic American Union free of charge.
- Practice specific communication situations on your own - at home in front of the mirror, for example. Imagine that you are introducing yourself, disagreeing, giving an interview, or asking for information. Find a partner and role-play.
- Practice your pronunciation by reading out loud. It’s a good idea to be together with someone who knows English and can correct you. Also, you record yourself and notice the way you speak. Set yourself specific goals, such as understanding the difference in pronunciation between “cat” and “cut”. Write down the words you often mispronounce.
- Write down new words you learn in a special notebook. Remember to review them on a regular basis.
Last Update At: 2016/02/09 - 13:30:46