As one of the most trusted English language schools in Hawaii, we know that many students improve their skills outside of the classroom in a number of ways. Sure, textbooks, technology, and a great teacher are important in learning perhaps the most important language in the world. Still, there are lots of things outside of the classroom you can do to improve your skills and become more fluent. We’ve included a few tips below we hope you will find helpful.
Surround yourself with everything possible that involves use of English. Whether writing in your journal or diary, reading the newspaper, listening to the radio, or even attempting to write out your grocery list, the more things you do that involve the language, the better.
Make friends with those whose native language is English. Although our facility is located in Hawaii, you’ll find plenty of people whose native language is English. Make friends or even consider becoming a guide or volunteer in your efforts to engage with as many who speak English as possible.
Listen to audio and video news or online podcasts spoken in real English. Listening can accomplish much more than you imagine, and can help you become familiar with vocabulary you aren’t used to. Regardless of whether you understand the meaning or not, listening can be a huge help in learning the language.
Go online and engage with those who are fluent in English. Whether on social media sites, forums, or chat rooms, what better way to connect to those who can help you become more familiar with the English language while making new friends from all around the world?
Set goals that are realistic. You probably won’t learn to speak perfect English in any setting or situation in a few weeks or months; however, it’s important to set realistic goals. For instance, are you after a promotion at work, or do you look forward to vacationing in a location where the native language is English? Is being able to communicate with foreign colleagues your top priority? It’s important to set goals for the short-term and the long-term, and to keep track of the progress you’ve made so that you realize what you have actually accomplished.
When it comes to learning the English language there are really no boundaries! You are the only one who is in control of how much you learn, and how you go about it. At ICC Hawaii, our English language school in Hawaii is one of the best you will find anywhere in the world. Contact us today to learn more about our wide array of programs.