If you’re reading this, then the chances are that you've wanted to speak English for some time now. Maybe you’ve even participated in classes. You probably need to speak English well for your career. Maybe you want to travel internationally or study abroad. You know that English is an international language and it is vital for your success!
So, let me ask you some questions;
If you answered yes to the majority of these questions, then you're not alone!
In fact, you’re fairly typical, many English students feel this way too. Most adult learners are stressed and frustrated with their speaking ability. Some feel completely hopeless and feel they will never be able to speak English properly. Not because they're bad at learning languages, but because like you, they’ve been taught using the wrong methods.
The good thing is, I believe it doesn't have to be this way. There is nothing wrong with you and your ability to learn. It is possible to learn and speak English naturally and with ease. You can use English effectively in your job, travels and studies.
The question is:
"Why do so many English students feel this way?"
"Why is there so much confusion and frustration towards speaking English correctly?"
As I mentioned earlier, many students have simply been taught with the wrong methods.
So, why is this then? The most obvious answer is the way which schools and academies teach English. Most schools around the world, use the grammar translation method. As the name suggests, the focus of this method is on the analysis of grammar structures and the memorisation of vocabulary.
This makes learning English into an endless task of grammar structures to memorise and recall at the right time. Of course, grammar structures have purpose and should be remembered.
So why do most schools prefer these methods?
The reason why most schools prefer to teach English this way is because it appears to be serious, academic and complex. The grammar translation method fits the way schools teach most subjects – with textbooks, lectures, notes, memorisation and tests. The only problem, as you know, it doesn’t work.
In real conversations, there is no time to think about grammar structures and their exceptions.
The failure rate of this method is absolutely terrible! Despite this failure of most students not reaching English fluency, schools continue to use this method - quite sad isn't it?
One of the most important steps you can take towards speaking English confidently and with ease, is to learn to monitor your attitude towards your learning and how it impacts your work performance. If your attitude is weak, even the best methods will fail. You have to see that there are two parts to this solution.
One is the psychology, two is the method.
Clearly, it is important to have a positive attitude, rather than a negative one towards your leaning process and your ability to speak English.
Here's an exercise you can try!
It will help you to acquire a better attitude towards speaking English;
The next step to this solution is to continue connecting more positive feelings and emotions to English.
This is what’s called anchoring.
Here's something else you can try;
Here at Online English Skills we understand that traditional methods don’t work and we pride ourselves in helping students to apply this solution to their learning journey!
Until next time, happy English learning!
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Matthew & Becky
Native British Teachers
Online English Skills
We help English learners take their English skills to the next level.