5 Ways to Make the Most of
your English Speaking Courses
Learning a new language is tough, especially if you find yourself in an
environment (such as a new country, or a new job), where you are
forced to learn as quickly as possible in order to merely survive.
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In addition to complete immersion in the language (i.e. living in a
native English speaking country like the U.S., the U.K., or Australia),
it's important to take additional courses in order advance the learning
That being said, there are ways that you can make your English speaking
courses more effective than just sitting in your classroom and taking
As someone who taught English as a Second Language before, I know that
there are specific things students can do to make the most of their
courses and accelerate their learning. Here are a few ideas:
1. Use the vocabulary words you learn in class in the real world; don't
just memorize them.
In your English speaking courses, it's likely that your teacher will
give you weekly vocabulary words that you will have to memorize later
for a quiz.
Naturally, you'll learn to speak more quickly and fluently if
you use the words you learn in the real world.
After you have memorized your vocabulary words, establish a goal in
which you use these words at least three times a day each. By the end
of the week, you should see the defference.
2. Seek out speaking partners in your classes or elsewhere.
One thing that cannot be emphasized enough is that English speaking
courses by themselves are simply not sufficient in order to learn the
language well. Taking what you learn and applying outside of class is
Make friends with your classmates, and establish a speaking club in the
evening, join a Meetup group in your area, or ask any other native
speaker if they will agree to meet with you regularly to converse in
3. Request additional learning materials from your teacher.
Most teachers are very eager for their students to learn as much and as
quickly as possible.
English speaking courses often don't exceed a few hours in duration, so
doing more work on your own is the best way to accelerate your
Approach your teacher and ask her if they may have additional books,
exercises, or videos that can help you learn in your free time.
Teachers often have many supplemental materials on hand to help you.
4. Use online tools to supplement your English speaking
Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, you can find your own
supplemental materials online, for free.
Some of the best language learning tools out there are Live
, and the Conversation
for the iPhone and iPad.
There's millions more, but these are good tools to get you started on
learning conversational English outside your course.
5. Watch as much English language television as possible.
I once met a gentleman from Finland whose English speaking
skills were flawless. I asked him how he learned so well, and assumed
that he took several years of English classes.
It turns out he took no English in school. Rather, he watched hours of
English language TV, like MTV, Disney, and Nickelodeon.
Personally, in my quest to learn Russian, I, too, spent hours watching
Russian soap operas.
Once you completely immerse yourself in television, you'll learn ways
of speaking that often don't come up in English speaking courses.
Of course, no matter what you do to learn English, it will take time
and effort. But through this effort and lots and lots of practice,
you'll get it sooner than you think. Good luck!
This tips are
contributed by Lauren Bailey, who regularly writes for online
colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: