If you are looking to improve on your English studies then the Internet could very well provide a few extra tools for you. There is such a wide range of amazing materials and resources available online today that you really can’t afford to overlook during your language studies.
That being said, the sheer range of great learning materials online can make it hard to decide where to begin. But, if you’re serious about taking your English language studies to the next level, then here are a few of the best ways to utilise the web.
There are millions of videos on YouTube and whilst you may not improve your English language skills by watching endless cat videos (fun as they are) this is still a great resource for you.
For one thing, you will find thousands of videos posted by excellent English tutors, meaning you can literally take an English lesson on your phone, tablet, or computer at any time of day – and for free!
Yet another source for English language lessons and materials (for free!) is the vast amount of audio available online. While you might have to pay for some of them, there are plenty available with no cost.
Podcasts are very similar to YouTube videos in that you can easily find excellent English tutors who have posted lessons, even entire start-to-finish courses, online for free. These you can download and carry with you, and you can listen to an English lesson as you are out and about walking around or even doing the dishes.
Connect with a private tutor
One of the great benefits of using the Internet to improve your language skills is that it gives you easier access to professional tutors. This could be searching out a class that matches exactly what you need for effective learning.
Or it could be finding a one-to-one tutor whom you can connect with directly online via an app such as Skype. The benefit here is that you can often find great tutors online for far less than they may charge to see you in real life, and that you can also schedule in times to see them that are convenient for you – so you can study around your job, for example.
Connect with an English speaker
Practice makes perfect, as the famous expression goes. In addition to introducing you to private teachers, the internet can be a fantastic resource to find language exchange partners to practice with. Because, let’s face it – if you are serious about learning English, then you need to practice the words and the speaking skills that you pick up in your lessons.
That can be easier said than done, however. For one thing, it may not be easy to find native English language speakers where you live. For another, even if there are some close to you, it can be difficult, even intimidating, to simply approach someone and strike up a conversation.
The Internet removes all of these barriers. There are several websites which connect English language students with English language speakers from all over the world. Everyone, student and speaker, creates a profile including common interests so you can find someone you will enjoy speaking to.
Or, if you prefer face-to-face communication, the Internet could also help you find group language practice events near you.
Find resources to tailor your language
Finally, one of the best ways to utilise the Internet as you look to improve your English language skills is to use it to access additional resources. By this, we mean simply take a moment to consider why you are learning English in the first place.
If it is because you are planning a vacation to an English language speaking country such as the UK, the US, or Australia, then use the internet to find learning tools connected to that country. In the case of a vacation, it could be reading up on the history and attractions of the cities you will visit. This will provide a learning experience more tailored to what you need – as well as motivating you to continue studying as you look at the ultimate goal of your hard work.
Author bio: This article was written by Annabelle. Annabelle is part of the Content and Community team at SmileTutor, sharing valuable content to their own community and beyond.