Keep up with your English Language Skills after your Course
If you learn to speak English as a second language, you will understand it takes hours of study, hard work and dedication. After completing an English language course in the UK, you may find that your language skills turn a little rusty when you return home. Being fluent requires you to reinforce what you have learnt by putting it to use in everyday life.
Here are 4 ways you can keep language skills fresh:
1) Listen to music or watch television
One great way to reinforce your existing knowledge and help you progress as you learn to speak English is listening to recording artists that feature vocals sung in English. By comparison with many other languages, song writing in English is easier than other languages. It is estimated that over 1 billion people can communicate in English to some extent, which is why the English language is so widely used in music. The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest broadcast entertainment show being broadcast to 200 million people in nearly 50 countries. Nearly three-quarters of the Eurovision songs are performed in English to some extent. Another way you can refresh your skills in English language is to watch English films and television programmes and practice how English can be used in different cultural and social situations.
2) Read English newspapers or magazines
Reading an English newspaper doesn’t only allow you to put your language skills to practice, but it allows you to stay informed about the latest news from the UK. Many English newspapers are available online for you to read when you may need to refresh your English language reading skills. Most tutors who teach the English language say that reading is a crucial part of developing language skills. It is important to start of simple when reading published books until your comprehension improves. When practising your English language if there is parts you have forgotten or don’t understand, don’t be tempted to use online translation sites as these are usually very poor and using them to translate large pieces of text won’t improve your skills.
3) Connect with Others and Learn to Speak English
Reading and viewing media can help you learn to speak English, but nothing can replace direct interaction with a native speaker. Surround yourself with English speakers and engage in conversation whenever you can. If you have made friends who are great at speaking English or know native English speakers you can practice your English with them in social situations as well as an educational environment. If you communicate with English native speakers, you will also pick up more informal language that won’t be taught in the classroom. This will help you get a more rounded experience of the English language and help you to understand a larger variety of words.
4) Revisit Language learning resources
In order to maintain your complex foreign language skills, you may need to go back and refresh your memory. The best way to do this is to go back and review the old resources you used when your first started studying the English language, these resources are also helpful as you know the information is a reliable resource as it has been provided to you by a British council accredited school. If you have any questions about how you can further improve your English language skills please connect with the relevant tutor or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.