Alex J who teaches English in Berlin share his thoughts about what brings success in language learning and how you can start speaking with confidence. Alex has been teaching people the beauty of the English language for more than 10 years and will surely be able to help you.
‘Tips from our teachers’ is a regular series we run on our blog where we ask our teachers to shares tips and advice on improving their language skills.
The most important part is to keep practising
The most important part of learning a language (apart from enjoying the process, of course!) is consistency. If you keep practising, you will improve.
You always have to keep in mind what your goals are when learning English. For me, the most interesting thing about English is that you can choose how deep you want to go.
If you would like to be a functional ‘get-the-job-done’ speaker, that is achievable.
If you would like to dive deep into the subtleties of discourse and argumentation, that is also available to you.
Stick to what works for you for improving outside of lessons
The best way for a learner to practise between meetings is the way that they use and keep on using. In learning a language consistency is key.
If I were to give a specific recommendation it would be not to stop at watching TV or films in English (after all 99% of what you find is not ‘real’ communication but something a script writer came up with) but rather find other activities as well.
Why not start writing a blog in English? Why not do a language exchange so you can have regular general conversation in English? Why not learn a new skill, but do it in English?
In my opinion, the right way is the way that works and that can change from person to person. The key is finding YOUR key.
The way to confidence is through speaking
The best way for someone to to make the most of the language ability they have is to speak with confidence. And the best way, for many people, to feel more confident with any skill is for them to practise that skill as much as possible. In other words, if you want to feel more secure in your speaking ability then there are three things to do: speaking, more speaking and even more speaking.
Use varying methods to build your vocabulary
There are many vocabulary building strategies and the most important thing is to find the right one –or the right combination– for you.
There are many resources to choose from and these ones are great for improving your listening skills and vocabulary knowledge:
I can help you find you way, help keep you motivated, and help keep you practising!