Saturday, October 07, 2006

How can I learn English outside the classroom?



Exam Preparation Tips


This is a list of different things you can do to improve your English outside class.

1 Use the internet - How ?

a Surf the web on a regular basis - 10 to 15 minutes a day is enough.

b Use chat rooms - Mirc or Yahoo have easy to use (and FREE) chat services.

http://www.mirc.co.uk
http://uk.docs.yahoo.com/chat/chatbylycos.html

c Listen to radio or download podcasts from the net.

www.cnn.com/services/podcasting/
www.bbc.co.uk/radio/

Or download a book and listen to it. It costs nothing.

http://freeaudio.org
http://www.scottsigler.net

d Set up your own blog (web page). It's easy and costs nothing. Also it is a great way to practise your writing skills.

www.blogger.com

2 Watch DVD's - without subtitles - at least once a week. This is a great way of preparing for the the listening test.

3 Read something other than your course books. Literature, short stories, magazines, newspapers; In fact just about anything you can find in English. All reading is good practice for the Reading Comprehension part of the Cambridge exams.All these things can be found at the kiosks in Aristotelian square or in central bookshops.

4 Record yourself. If you have a cassette recorder, mobile phone that can record or a microphone for your PC, record yourself speaking. It's a great way of correcting errors in your spoken English.

5 Speak only English in class. This is probably the only chance you'll get to speak English before the exam so make the most of the opportunity.

Nobody expects students to do all of these things but if you try some of them during the course of the year then you'll see a great improvment in your language skills and of course you'll greatly increase your chances of getting a good grade in the exams.

5 Comments:

Blogger proficiency 2c 2006 said...

I tried many times to get into some of these sites and i couldn't. Perhaps the problem is with my PC, but can you please check that these sites have still the same addres?

10:53 AM  
Blogger Joao said...

I think it is an excellent idea, ´cause sometimes it can influence people that don´t like english. they might not know how to speak or they can´t understand other people speaking and that makes them hate the language. Its important to learn another languages, specially english that is the most spoken second language in the world, beated only of mandarim.

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Anonymous Englishtuto said...

Playing with words can also help a lot to learn English quickly.

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