16 ways to Improve your English

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My name is Zack Qureshi. I'm determined to get you on the right path and on your way to fluency in English.

Here is a checklist of Tips, resources and things you will need to do in order to immerse yourself in English related material.

Have these tools at hand and select the best ones for yourself according to how you prefer to learn. This is the start of a life-time journey. It's never too late to start and I'm here to guide you.

Destination English will be arranging some interesting interviews and podcasts over the coming months. The podcasts will contain several different types of content.

If you are tired of reading, click the image below to listen to this podcast [Audiostream]:

Golden Rule 1: Read Read Read

The most powerful form of self-study and I can't overstate the importance of reading 'for your level'

Click the image below & follow the instructions to test your English Reading level. I suggest starting at Level 1 & trying both tests at each level until you can score between 80%- 95% consistently, this is the level for you!

REMEMBER, reading should be fun! You don't have to sit with a dictionary. If you read the glossaries before you start a book, you should have most of the necessary vocabulary.

NB. You strong Intermediate students and above - You should only be using a MONO-LINGUAL dictionary.

Golden Rule 2: Get Into Shape - Organise your learning into the 4 Skills

If you feel it's finally time for you to get training & get your English into shape! Here are some suggestions for maintaining and improving your English.

Do a bit of everything! Make the investment in yourself, surround yourself with English & it will become part of your lifestyle.

Having a dropbox account can be useful here to keep your info in the cloud, updated & organised. Doing this will prevent you losing material when your laptop/PC dies or you get storage problems.

You'll be able to access from any computer from any place with an internet connection.

Make a folder called 'My English' and 4 sub-folders for the skills and start filling them up with materials for your level.

I also use CANVA for social media/youtube thumbnails.

For READING:

1. Look for Graded Readers. Publishers like Oxford Bookworm, Black Cat, MacMillan, Penguin have books graded to your grammar level

2. Follow the instructions on this link, and find your real reading level.

3. Buy some books to take home with you. We can highly recommend this list from Oxford Bookworm series, from Starters to stage 6. (Download list of titles by clicking the image below)

4. Find newspapers like the Free Guardian Online and the Independent Online have international editions, and are often available on the day of publication.

5. Subscribe to a weekly/monthly magazine or newspaper e.g. Time, Newsweek, the Guardian Weekly, etc.

use the internet – you can read the news and get lots of other information.

6. Join a library (It's free and you might have super-fast internet that you don't get at home), borrow books in English - contact your nearest British Council Centre.

You can also find subscription magazines (see 5. above). Make a trip to your local library a weekly habit.

For LISTENING:

7. Buy some DVDs to take home with you. Ones with your favourite actors that you can watch over and over without getting bored. First watch them in your native language, then in your native language with English Subtitles, finally in English with English subtitles. Keep doing this until you don't need the subtitles!

8. Go to Librivox.

LibriVox audiobooks are free for anyone to listen to, on their computers, iPods or other mobile device, or to burn onto a CD.

All the titles are in the public domain, and read by volunteers from all over the planet. Other links in google will take you to sites trying to sell you stuff. This is the correct link: https://librivox.org/

Get some stories or novels on CD – most bookshops have a good selection (buy the book too!). You can often find English films on DVD with subtitles in English (e.g. Speak Up series).

9. Watch TV – if you have cable or satellite TV, you can usually watch many channels in English or follow a series that has many seasons, for example, The Vikings, Breaking Bad, Friends, How I met your mother.

Subscribe to NETFLIX or ask a family member or friend to give you their email and password.

10.. Listen to the radio – why not try the BBC World Service? (you can also get many radio stations via the internet e.g. www.bbc.co.uk/radio).

11. Listen to songs (see links below) - look on the internet for lyrics. Or download some Kareoke backing tracks from YouTube and enjoy yourself learning the lyrics of your favourite songs.

For WRITING:

12. Keep in touch by email or whatsapp with your ex-classmates or host families.

13. Use the internet; e-mail and facebook, of course, but there are many sites for learning English with special chat rooms and forums to write in to. (e.g. BBC, British Council).

For SPEAKING:

14. Try attending conversation classes one or two evenings a week.

15. Check the noticeboards at your local university or bookstores for English speakers, who are looking for an exchange - you usually meet once or twice a week and speak half the time in English and half the time speaking your native language.

There may be several MEETUP or language exchange groups in your area. Check out Internations for professionals & mature students too.

16. If your friends or colleagues at work are also interested in maintaining their English, why not get together once a month or so, and speak English together - e.g. all read the same story or newspaper article then discuss it together.

Golden Rule 3 - Select & Follow The Best and most consistent content providers

The INTERNET.

The internet is an amazing resource for English. You can practice all of the skills above, and learn grammar and vocabulary. Some interesting sites include:

newspapers.

www.guardian.co.uk

www.independent.co.uk

www.ft.com

reference.

www.dictionary.com

www.dictionary.cambridge.org

The BBC.

www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish

www.teachingenglish.org.uk

British Council.

www.learnenglish.org.uk

short stories.

www.short-stories.co.uk

news videos.

http://abcasiapacific.com/englishbites/archives.htm

www.bbc.co.uk

Song lyrics.

www.lyrics.com

www.thesonglyrics.com

FCE prep.

www.flo-joe.co.uk

(Links Courtesy of ELC Brighton)

Conclusion

Remember that reading should be fun. So find something easy and enjoyable. And the same for a TV series.

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