How can I improve my English?
Is this something you ask yourself?
If it is, then these 27 methods can help you take your English to the next level and you can start to REALLY improve your English language skills.
OK, so let’s start by dividing the English skills into smaller, more manageable areas. We have;
This is the very first thing you do when you start learning a language (even if you don’t understand a word the people are saying) You will start by listening to the rhythm, the tone and the speed of the language and try to make some sense of what is being said.
Usually (and hopefully), speaking will be the next thing that you do. You’ll start with the basic words and sentences and then start improving from there.
You can’t speak without listening to the language first. Listening is a ‘receptive skill’ - the INPUT
and speaking is a ‘productive skill’ – the OUTPUT.
This skill is also a receptive skill like listening, and it’s super important that you read frequently, this way you’ll learn how the language is structured and used correctly.
A skill that can often be forgotten but it is just as important as the others. This is a productive skill like speaking and it’s super important you improve this skill, as it helps you to USE language structures correctly, use punctuation correctly and also spell words correctly.
These are the 4 main English skills. All 4 of these need to be focused on in order to improve your OVERALL English.
METHOD #1 - Have the right attitude
Before we get into each of these 4 areas, I’m going to start by talking about having the right attitude towards English.
Focusing on the 4 key skills is super important, however if you don’t have the right attitude towards your English, it will take a very long time for you to get to where you want to be..
Answer these 2 questions;
What are your problems with English?
What are you good at in English?
I’m probably right in saying that you answered the first question quite easily and you probably thought of a big long list of things that you’re ‘not good at’ in English.
Then the second question you probably had more difficulty answering it.
The reason for this is that you, like many other English learners are so used to talking about what you can’t do and this creates a negative opinion about your English.
How is this helping you to improve? … It isn’t, it’s just making you lack the confidence in your English and lack motivation too.
Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t identify your problems with English, of course you should as it will help you to focus on certain areas.
What I am saying is;
“Think more positively about your English as it will give you a HUGE amount of confidence and a HUGE amount of motivation, therefore giving you the drive to move forward and start succeeding!
Changing your attitude towards English will change everything! Start saying ‘I CAN’ rather than ‘I CAN’T’
If you are really serious about making progress with English, then I recommend you start using positive affirmations to help you gain the right attitude and emotions that can lead to success with your English.
Take a look at this blog we created about ‘POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS’
Now, answer this question again;
What can you do well in English?
Think about how much you’ve learnt over the years and be proud of everything that you have achieved.
There’s no reason why you can’t achieve even more!
Hopefully, you have a more positive feeling towards your English and are ready to get 'stuck into' the other methods to help you improve your English skills; Listening, speaking, reading and writing.
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR LISTENING SKILLS
Matthew & Becky
Native British Teachers
Online English Skills
We help English learners take their English skills to the next level.