Tips for Beginners
1. First you must listen to English every day
- Listen to English Radio (BBC World Service)
- Watch English TV (BBC Prime/CNBC/CNN/Business Channel)
- Go to English movies (see original version)
- Watch your favorite DVD's (with subtitles) again and again (Try to understand them)
- Join a conversation club or other English Club
- Listen to your favorite Groups and artists' music and download the lyrics from the internet
2. Make an English Speaking Friend
- Invite your teacher for coffee and other events
- Practice dialogues/Tapescripts from the back of your students books.
- Play board games (e.g. Scrabble, Pictionary, Taboo, Monopoly)
- Play Card games (learn to explain the rules of the game)
- Teach your English friend to play local boardgames and other things from your culture.
- Help you foreign friends when they go shopping or need help renting a flat
- Carry pictures of your family and friends to show
3. Read Storybooks
- Start with Graded Reader books from Oxford Bookworm, Macmillan or Penguin series(some come with audio CD)
- Read Advertisements, signs, labels on international food products
4. Write down new words
- Start a notebook for new words. Use an address book to classify words A-Z (carry this with you at all times)
- Use an English to English dictionary (and keep it with you at all times)
- Write down new expressions (sentences people use every day. e.g. how are you?)
- Make simple 'true' sentences
5. Keep a diary- Write answers to these questions every day:
6. Visit an English Speaking Country
- How do you feel?
- How is the weather?
- What did you do today?
- Who did you see today?
- Where did you go today?
- What did you eat?
- Stay with an English family
- Make foreign friends
- Travel with an English-speaking tour guide