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Our Top 5 Language Learning Tips

I asked 8 upper-intermediate learners of English to write a blog post for their "Top 5 Language Learning Tips." Here it is!

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What are your Top 5 language learning tips? Here's what our learners say.

I asked this question to our upper-intermediate teaching practice students on our Celta course at New Oriental Beijing. We had just been reading an article written by a polyglot, and experienced language learner with many languages under his belt. If you’d like to read the original article, it’s here. I adapted it to have only 5 tips for the purpose of this lesson. 

Here is the original writing before editing (exported from Padlet).

Our Top 5 Tips for language learning

Group 1 Tips

Written by: Jill, Lucy, Tom, Julia, yang, and Chelsea

Tip Number 1: Read easy novels

 You should do this because there will be less vocabulary that you don’t know, and you can get more time with using English. 
You could try this book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

Tip Number 2: Learn by watching English TV series.

This is a good idea because it is entertainment and it gives you lots of exposure to English. These are some shows we recommend: Friends, House of Cards, and Mad man.

Tip Number 3: Use English learning apps.

There are a lot of good English learning apps to choose from. It can be hard to take a book everywhere, but we all have our cell phones wherever we go. Use Baicizhan(app) to enrich your vocabulary. If you don’t want to use a smart phone, bring a pocket book with you, so you can make a full use of your spare time, like waiting for buses or friends.

Tip Number 4: Practice your speaking as much as possible.

This is so important because you will not be able to use English well if you don’t speak it regularly. Attend English-speaking activities, like  Toastmaster club.…
Practice with your study partners/peers.

Tip Number 5: Record something to improve your writing skills.

We write everyday in our own language. We are constantly writing emails and sending text messages to our friends. You should do this in English as well. Here are some ideas:
  • Write a dairy everyday.
  • Read the Economists and write a short post about your ideas about the reading.
  • Engage with other writers. For example, you could comment on other posts that people have written in English.
  • Read newspapers either from apps or physical newspapers.

Group 2 Tips

Written by: Ryan, Huric, Lucy, and Qi Rongruo

Tip Number 1: Know why you would like to learn English

 It is important to set your goals first, such as taking an exam, or chatting with foreigners. It can motivate you to learn in the future. It can help to have  big long-term goals, and smaller short-term goals.

Tip Number 2: Combine your language learning with your hobbies

You will be more interested and encouraged if you do this. For example, if you’re a soccer fan, you can play that with some foreign friends, or watch some English games. During that time, you can improve your language skills.

Tip Number 3: Teach others about English

You can share what you have learned with your children, or your family members. Tell them what vocabulary you are learning and about the grammar. High-frequency sight words are a good place to start.

Tip Number 4: Read as much as you can

It is a good choice for you to read with graded readers (both fiction and non-fiction). They are written in simpler language. You can understand the story and events more confidently. Before you try graded readers, you need to have an entry test so you know your current language level. This will help you choose the right graded reader for your level. It should be just a bit harder than your current level. 

Tip Number5: Summarise both written and spoken english

After reading or listening to something in English, share it with others. Don’t just simply pass on the reading or listening, tell them in your own words. You can also add your personal understanding and opinion to make it more vivid and engaging. 

Group 1 Tips

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