Our experience as a top English language school in Hawaii has revealed one thing for certain: Writing improves reading, while reading improves writing! The more you do of either, the better your English skills will become including grammar, spelling, and pronunciation. If you’re leaving a note for mom or dad, write it in English. If you’re an older student with children, read stories written in English aloud to them at night. Send emails to family and friends using the language you’re trying to learn, along with text messages if you have a cell phone. The more you use it in everything you read or write each day, the more proficient you’ll become!
A little further help if you’re trying to improve your English:
Keep a dictionary handy, or use one online, when trying to read emails, texts, online articles, magazine articles, or books. It’s always a good thing to know the meaning of words you’re not familiar with.
Use the context of the written language to try to determine the meaning of a new word on your own. The words and sentences around a certain word can help you figure out what it means!
Consider keeping a vocabulary list in a notebook containing new words, their definitions, and sentences that demonstrate how to use the new word properly.
Build your English vocabulary by playing word games. Scrabble, Words with Friends, and Free Rice are free games that will help you in lots of ways, including learning the meaning of new words and proper spelling.
If you’re writing an email, sending a text, or writing a letter or homework assignment, don’t forget that a computer or cell phone can help you tremendously! When you’re not sure of a word, you can type in the description of what you’re trying to say and even find synonyms; definitions; whether a word is a verb, noun, adjective, pronoun; or even more. The Internet can be a great resource, whether you’re reading or writing.
Learning to speak and understand English goes far beyond what you learn in the classroom. Use what you learn and discover new words by listening, reading, writing, watching videos or movies, and letting those who are fluent in the language help you with words, phrases, and sentences. Don’t leave it all in the classroom, otherwise you won’t advance in the language, pronunciation, proper grammar, and opening yourself up to a whole new world!
ICC is an English language school in Hawaii offering a wide array of programs for students of all ages. Discover what you’re capable of, and learn to speak English while making new friends from around the world, experiencing Hawaiian culture, and having the time of your life.