TIP 1: LEARN ENGLISH EVERY DAY (2 WAYS)
It’s time to create a strategy.
This starts with the commitment to doing something in English every day. Why every day?
Because of the following reasons:
it’s what you need to do if you want to learn English fast
it gets you into the habit of doing something in English
repetition and sleep is powerful
TIP 2: SURROUND YOURSELF IN ENGLISH
create the perfect English-learning environment
You’ve probably heard others say this before, right?
Listen to things in English. Read things in English. Watch things in English. And there’s a good reason why so many people recommend this:
Because it works. Doing things in English will help you reach fluency faster. However…
… find resources that are right for you.
Find TV shows, podcasts, songs, books, and anything else that is suitable for you. Use this criterion:
Is this suitable for my level?
Am I interested in it?
Am I going to learn the type of English that I want/need to learn?
TIP 3: USE POWERFUL LEARNING METHODS SO YOU IMPROVE QUICKLY
Now that you have a goal, a commitment to learning every day, and you are surrounding yourself in English, what’s next?
What is deliberate practice?
It’s where you focus on improving something specific by following a strategy that is specific to you.
Here are some examples of deliberate practice:
taking lessons with a teacher at Sophia Education
improving your pronunciation by learning sounds and repeating them
TIP 4: START USING THE TF METHOD TODAY
The To Fluency Method (also known as the LRRC Method) is a simple way to improve your speaking, grammar, and vocabulary.
It works like this:
Listen to a sentence
Repeat the sentence and record yourself saying it
Listen to your version and the original
Make changes to the way you say it and get long-term repetition
TIP 5: GET SPEAKING PRACTICE AT SOPHIA EDUCATION
Let’s start talking about how to put it all into practice now.
Deliberate practice is like football training while having conversations is like playing football games. Both are needed for faster progress.
One of the most common questions am I asked is this: how can I get more speaking practice?
There are three ways:
get a teacher
join a language exchange
make friends / join clubs
TIP 6: LEARN THE ENGLISH YOU NEED TO KNOW (80/20 RULE)
We’ve talked about this briefly but this needs its own tip!
Focus on the type of English you need to know – the type of English you are going to use. You can think about this in two ways:
when surrounding yourself in English, choose topics that are for you
when practicing deliberately, focus on the right type of language
This is how you can become a more effective English language learner. Sophia Education don’t want you wasting time studying the type of things that aren’t important.
If you want to pass the IELTS exam, then focus on this area.