If you want to learn math, science, history or literature, we have to memorize information or formulas so that we can get a good score on a test. When you attended school, your teacher probably told you learning English was difficult and takes many years.
The bad news is that your teacher was right; if you study a new language the way you study for your science test, it will take a looooooong time to learn English (or any language).
DO NOT LEARN LANGUAGE LIKE A SCHOOL SUBJECT!
Learning English is like learning to play soccer, or any sport; you can study the game, but if you want to play it, you have to play it. This means that you should practice some skills by repeating over and over again, like pronunciation. Soccer players do not memorize therules of the game, they remember that they can or cannot do something because they tried it in a game or practice and were told “Sorry, you can’t do that”.
Learn English this way.
Make more mistakes.
This is a difficult question to answer because so many people think they have the correct answer. My opinion about this changes for every student I meet. After spending a few minutes communicating with students from beginner to advanced levels, I am usually able to give them advice on what I think they need to focus on. However…There is something that I think ALL students need to understand before they learn to communicate in any new language. There is only one way to learn to improve.
MAKE AS MANY MISTAKES AS POSSIBLE!!!
You are afraid to make mistakes because you have taken so many tests! Life is not a test, so do not be afraid of it!
If you want a teacher or friend to help you improve your English, you must make mistakes. In order to make mistakes you have to speak, write, communicate as much as possible. Nobody expects you to be perfect, or even good. Here in Canada, most Canadians speak more than one language, or at least they have studied french in school. In our classrooms there are almost always English language learners and in our businesses, community centres, schools and government offices, Canadians spend more time listening to people speak English with an accent.
Canadians are very good at listening and understanding you when you are speaking! So please do not think that pronunciation or vocabulary problems are reasons you should not speak. It is exactly the opposite; if you have problems, show us what they are and we will help you to fix them!
A classroom is a safe place to make mistakes, but the test is outside of the school when you order food, visit the doctor’s office, or visit your child’s school. And the score is 100% if the people you talk to are able to understand what you want!
Get out there and practice and get in to REV and get help!
Welcome to the teachers blog for Real English Victoria (REV)! We are excited to be the only school that focuses on the English you need in Real Life!
At REV we like to show students how to use the English they know while living in Victoria. Most schools teach you grammar, reading and writing, and conversation, but they never really show you how to use it outside the classroom. REV teachers will always help you understand when and where to use the English you know and learn.
Here you will work together with other students and sometimes businesses and business people! This will give you connections so that you can get a better job while you are in Canada. If you are returning to your home, then you will have videos, and examples of the work you completed to show that you REALLY can read, write, listen and speak in English!
Beginning soon, our Project-based Learning (PBL) course will be the most unique way to study and learn English FAST! If you want to take the CELPIP test to become a citizen, REV is the only school in Victoria where you can take a course to prepare.