Has your English Learning slowed down?
Do you feel that you aren't making progress?
OK, you’ve studied hard and finally reached an intermediate level. You have a good knowledge of vocabulary and you can talk and read about a variety of everyday topics.
You also have a good understanding of the main grammar tenses and you are beginning to use phrasal verbs. Great! but, you feel that you are stuck at this level and find it hard to progress to the next.
Why are you feeling this way?
Well it is normal that many students feel discouraged at this level. The reason for this is that they have reached the ‘intermediate plateau’
Let’s look at some reasons why you feel frustrated at this stage...
1. You can understand more than you can produce:
As an intermediate learner, your reading and writing skills continue to improve. However, as you become aware of the different areas of the language you often fail at using correctly it in your speech. This can be extremely frustrating and demotivating. Trust me I have felt this myself.
2. You don’t have enough vocabulary.
As you know The English language contains thousands of words, some with multiple meanings. Learning vocabulary can seem never ending and boring.
Your knowledge of vocabulary is an important part at an intermediate level and reaching the next level requires you to learn lots more vocabulary. Many students lack vocabulary at this stage and are unable to talk about their interests in more detail leading to more frustration.
3. Out of habit you continue to talk about familiar topics.
Most learners prefer to stick to their comfort zones. They feel more comfortable talking about simple familiar topics rather than using the English they know to talk about more unfamiliar and challenging topics. Only talking about the things that are easier for us never really helps us develop.
Now you know why you might not be improving but, what can be done to overcome these areas?
1. Improve your language production.
As your reading and listening skills continue to improve you will start to become more aware of the different areas of the language, it is important that you are mentally aware of this and start to use it more in your speech.
Set your self challenges, have fun with the language. If you ask me
2. Increase your knowledge of vocabulary.
To push towards a higher level of vocabulary it is important to start learning groups of words and phrases that are related to a specific topic. When you come across new or unfamiliar vocabulary make note of them and keep them together.
Another good idea is to note any synonyms or collocations of new or unfamiliar words as this will also help increase your vocabulary. Listening and reading to English materials are a great way to come across new words and phrases. Watching British reality TV shows.. If you like them of course, is a good way to learn British expressions and collocations.
Why not download our FREE Vocabulary Pack with over 650 words and phrases relates to individual topics.
A great way to boost your knowledge of vocabulary!
3. Push past your comfort zone. Discuss new things!
Take your English further by exploring new and unfamiliar areas. Try talking about topics you're not 100% comfortable with, read texts that challenge you, look up words you don't know even if they're obscure, and talk about the new ideas and topics you have used.
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