How do you learn English?
Are you an "Internalizer" or an "Externalizer"?
Every student has a favorite "learning style". When learning English, some students are "Internalizers" and some are "Externalizers".
"Internalizers" are students who learn better inside themselves. Internalizers learn best by analyzing language, by
"playing" with language inside their brains. "Externalizers", on the other hand, learn better by meeting people and by speaking
out in English. Internalizers are more reflective, they think about language a lot. Externalizers are more reactive, they like to do
things and take action.
If you are an Internalizer, what should you do to learn English more effectively? You should try different kinds of practice that
help you learn in the most natural way. For example, you could try to
visualize yourself learning English well and imagine you
already speak fluently. To actually practice speaking you could simply
talk to yourself in English! Or, if you want to improve your
written English, try to learn English writing by example.
If you are an Externalizer, what should you do to learn English more effectively? For speaking, you can try to
exchange language with a native speaker of English if you are
willing to teach your own language. If you want to improve your written English, here is
an easy exercise to practice writing. For advanced students,
learning to speak English professionally is a great goal to pursue.
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