6 Keys to Successful English Learning

Why is learning English like learning to drive?

I trust you are having a wonderful start to focusing on your English! I've been getting super-organised in order to save time later! I think Winter is a great time to focus on Admin and prepare to move into action during the Spring-Summer.

My students have had 2-3 weeks since their last sessions of conversation.

I do notice that after the Xmas/New Year break, that I'm having to correct them on the most basic grammar.

I think the memory must be a kind of muscle too and any break for more than a month or two is going to mean starting again & possibly repeating some earlier lessons.

It's like preparing for your driving test. If you keep stopping your lessons, you end up failing the 1st test then have to start lessons again, almost from the beginning! That's why it's necessary to have the commitment, stamina & resources to complete your objective before taking a break for more than a couple of weeks.

I kept stopping & starting driving lessons when I was a student. I don't know why, but even though my parent paid for them... I'm ashamed to say I passed my test 5th time!

"Look Son, we'll pay for 20 lessons then you do your test... (unless you wanna keep taking Tanya out on your bicycle...) we ain't paying no 60 lessons because you keep stopping and starting"

With hindsight, I guess my parents should have put conditions on me to do 20 driving classes then book my test directly after that.

I've had my best success with students who have 6-month objectives. I recommend 2 hours minimum per week... split into Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Forget Fridays! Let's face it, we all want the day to end and we're already daydreaming about the weekend!

After about 30 hours of lessons (around 4 months) I received feedback from the students that they were feeling confident and happy that they would reach their objectives. They started to 'really believe' in themselves.

I think this consistency is what guarantees success.

Make sure you have the time & energy to be consistent before booking any course. For Business people, I recommend morning lessons... before you are distracted. What's more, it will keep you thinking in English for the rest of the day!

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Useful Vocabulary

focus on - (phrasal verb, UK) to put your attention towards someone or something

commitment - (noun) the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.

stamina - (noun) the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort.

resources - the funds available for the activity

With hindsight - the ability to understand, after something has happened, what should have been done or what caused the event

guess - American English for 'I suppose'

consistency - (noun) the quality of achieving a level of performance which does not vary greatly in quality over time. Consistent (adjective)

What's more - (phrase) also, in addition to something

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