Five Methods of Successful English Learners
In our previous article,
The Top 5 Mistakes of English Students, we looked at five common mistakes that
learners of English make. These mistakes cause students to waste time and sometimes
give up learning English. This article describes the positive things that successful students
do to learn English very well. Do you do these five things?
1. Successful students learn the whole sound system of English. They not only learn how
to pronounce English vowels (A, E, I, O and U) and consonants (sounds other than
vowels), they also learn to use natural English rhythm
and intonation. Some experts say that learning
natural English rhythm by itself
can correct most pronunciation mistakes
that students commonly make!
2. Successful students learn "whole language" using their right brain. Most students around
the world naturally use their logical left brain to study and pass tests. The best language
learners do more than that. The best language learners also use their creative right brain
to learn new things in different ways. To use your right brain, try learning English through
songs, or play games in English, or watch TV and movies in English. Another good way
to use your right brain to
learn all about English humor.
3. Instead of studying every detail of English grammar, successful students learn
useful sentence patterns that can be used very often. Teacher Joe is putting some of
these most common sentence patterns on his
Grammar Page. Try practicing these
until you can use them easily, then your ability to speak English in any situation
will greatly increase!
4. Successful students listen to English often. You can listen to all kinds of things, just listen
at least 30 minutes every day. You can begin by listening to
some short jokes, then try these
As your listening improves, you can listen to
BBC radio for British English, or try
National Public Radio to learn an American accent.
5. Finally, successful students read at least a little bit every day. Reading helps students
learn vocabulary, especially how vocabulary is used in a variety of ways. If you don't read
often yet, you can begin by reading these
funny news stories
with vocabulary explained. After that, you can go to almost any news site
to find interesting things to read.
Good luck with your studies!
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