Here, we look at SEVEN TECHNIQUES TO HELP YOU PROGRESS on your language learning journey.
Proven to work, these ideas include chunking with set phrases to build longer sentences and improve fluency when speaking.
All the other methods play a significant role in improving your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills:
1. Use chunking to develop speech. Repeat the correct version of an English sentence out loud, with help from a native speaker when possible.
2. Proper pronunciation will also boost your comprehension when listening to English speakers. As well as online resources, check with your teacher in lessons.
3. Learn new grammar and revise regularly, to correct habitual, entrenched errors.
4. Have lessons, tuition or coaching (with an experienced native teacher) regularly— to coach you and guide you in the right direction.
5. Listen to native English podcasts, videos or a film*—ideally two or three times a week between lessons. Try BBC Radio, the British Council, TV (Sky News, for instance), MP3s, etc. at the ‘Links’ section.*Important: listen in English, with subtitles in English.
Recommendation: do not listen in English with the subtitles in Spanish—this just reinforces the habit of translating and will not improve your fluency when speaking English.
Ifyou wish, watch a film first in your native language so that you know the plot. Then, a second time in English—with subtitles in English!
6. Read magazines, brochures, news articles, library books and talking books (with CDs) – again, between lessons.
7. Use your new language skills whenever you can. Why not organise a language exchange or a trip to an English-speaking destination (not central London!)?
Alternatively, try the ‘imaginary passenger technique’ when driving or riding a bike. Practise speaking to an imaginary, invisible person sitting next to you!
Good luck and remember: little and often.