Finding it difficult to reach the next level of your English?
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.
2. You don’t have enough vocabulary.
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 make the same mistakes.
The errors you have been making have now become a part of your everyday speech. The problem with these mistakes is that they don’t effect understanding and they are often not corrected by your teacher or native speakers and left so long that they become a constant habit. When these mistakes are corrected, it can make you feel silly.
So, 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.
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. Why not read these 10 tips to improve your vocabulary.
3. Eliminate your common errors
To eliminate your common errors and move from an intermediate level you need to monitor the use of your language and get help or feedback on your language production. Another way is to self-correct and make recordings of your speech and notice your language patterns.
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