Are you an international student looking to join thousands of others who study abroad in the UK every single year?
Then you’ll likely be wanting to improve your English language skills by enrolling on an English language course in the UK. The UK has many English language schools that offer a wide variety of English courses, designed to cater to any type of student, whether you’re looking to learn for enjoyment or gain a formal qualification for university admission.
With this in mind, we wanted to go through 3 of favourite top tips to help you improve your English Language skills, and get you speaking more fluently faster when you study abroad…
#1 – Accept the exceptions and dive in deep
The best way to make any real progress when learning English is to make sure you practice speaking it every single day. The English language can be difficult to get used to because there are just as many exceptions as there are rules.
It’s all too easy to get yourself stuck trying to understand every rule about the language, because often when spoken, English doesn’t seem to make sense to a non-native speaker. Instead of trying to find a reason for everything, focus on memorising the strange exceptions, and make sure to immerse yourself as much as possible during your studies. Make it a challenge to listen to, read, and say things that you don’t quite understand, or that could be difficult for you.
Getting used to all the different quirks that the language has to offer and taking the time to speak it every day is essential if you want to speak English fluently.
#2 – Listen to the language as much as possible
Being able to listen well is a vital skill when trying to learn and understand any new language. When it comes to English, it’s important to take the time to listen constantly to any native speakers. When you do, try listening not just to what the words mean, also focus on how the words are being spoken.
Notice how the person is saying each word, how they’re linking them together in a sentence, and how the words sound together, along with any interesting idioms and synonyms they use. It isn’t always easy, as the speaker might have an accent that makes it hard for you to understand every word that is spoken, or they might just talk too fast.
By making the effort to listen to this more authentic way of speaking English, and paying attention to the details, you’ll soon start to sound more natural yourself.
#3 – Speak it without the fear of making mistakes
Of course, if you don’t consistently practice your English language skills, then you’ll soon lose them. As soon as you learn some new English vocabulary, start speaking it straight away, as this way it’s more likely to stay in your memory. It’s important to learn English in full sentences, so focusing on whole phrases, as opposed to just vocabulary and verbs, can be very beneficial.
When you focus on learning in full sentences, you’ll find that communication will come easier. Even native English-speakers don’t always use perfect grammar, and often they make mistakes, so you shouldn’t be afraid to make your own. Never let the fear of saying something wrong stop you from speaking. The majority of the time, people will understand what you’re trying to say, even if you do make a mistake.
Improving your English language skills isn’t just about knowing every rule and always using the correct grammar, it’s about being able to communicate effectively.
If you’re an international student looking to enrol on an English language course in the UK, please contact us at IEC Abroad today to learn more.