English as a global language is important for anyone who seeks opportunities in sectors that require formal communication. A certain level of language proficiency is required in clearing language tests for students and professionals looking to study or settle in English-speaking countries. Different people have different needs when it comes to learning English. With consistent effort and practice, it is easily possible to learn English on your own.
The following article guides you through tips and ideas for successfully teaching yourself English and acing the language and its levels of proficiency.
How to Learn English Step by Step?
Anyone can excel at learning a language if they are willing to analyze and evaluate the weak points and strong points to learn and practice accordingly without taking a break from the process. Given below are a few step-by-step guides to learning English that could be followed based on the learner’s level of understanding of the language.
i) Fun ways to begin: If you are a beginner, it is always better to start small by picking short forms of writing which would range from children’s magazines, comics or short story books with simple words and sentences. Look for passages with one or two paragraphs or puzzles with question sets that would require a one-word answer. These activities will keep you engaged while being in the process of learning things simple. This would help you improve your reading skills.
ii) Watch movies/series: The wise move to learn something new is to begin with the medium that serves your curiosity. Watch English movies/series of your favourite genre. Remember to watch with subtitle either in English or your native language if available as it would help you understand the dialogues and its premise while you learn how the language constructs ideas into words.
iii) Audio activities: Listen to songs in English and while you listen, make sure you sing along. This will help you with your fluency. To further your listening and learning from the audio activity, listening to podcast of your favourite genre is a great activity to improve your listening skills. Listening to audio that contains sets of questions to which you will be able to answer is also a helpful activity.
iv) Form or be part of an English Club: Situations where you may not find yourself surrounded by English speaking people may occur. No language learning process is enhanced until it is delivered in an actual conversation or communication. Hence, it is important for the learner to either form or to be part of an English club which may include people with different levels of language proficiency. Communicating with them on a regular basis would greatly help you improve your speaking skills. Develop a feedback system within the club to create a space that encourages correction and improvement.
v) Pick from anything and everything: Be it on a vehicle while travelling, or sitting idle in your room, pick topics from anything you see around and try to write a few paragraphs in English based on the topic by putting in your creativity as well. This will help you improve your writing skills.
vi) Cue cards: With the help of a friend or mentor or the internet, keep cue cards you could pick everyday. The cue card must contain interesting topics that could either be simple or complex. The topics must be delivered through different activities like writing, listening, speaking or reading on different days. This will help you juggle between various ways of using the English language while improving your skills.
vii) Expand vocabulary: Reading newspaper, novels and genre-specific magazines of your interest will help you know and learn new words. Expanding your vocabulary is a great way to enhance your communication. Once you come across a new word, make sure you note down the word and find the meaning of the same. Learn to appropriately include the newly learned word in your conversations or writings.
viii) Online resources: Accessing the right resources and learning materials online will make your learning process convenient and consistent. YouTube provides several tutorial videos for different level of learners. Free online certification courses for English and its required language skills which includes speaking, reading, writing and listening skills are best learning resources.
ix) Learn grammar: The most important element of learning a language is getting the grammar part right. Learning grammar helps you understand the basic rules such as tenses, linking words or punctuation’s that go into the making and using of a language. Wren and Martin is one of the popularly recommended books to learn grammar. Practice writing short paragraphs on free grammar checker sites that will show you the incorrect usages and suggestions to correct the same.
x) Spelling: The learner should be able to differentiate words and its meanings. For example, the words ‘bore’ and ‘boar’ are different in meaning yet similar in pronunciation and this is differentiated by knowing the spellings of both words. Reading more will help you identify and understand such differences.
Proper guidance and assessments would help you start your journey in acing the spoken English game. The Spoken English course of Entri App: “English Padikkyam with Inverted Coconut” by Aparna Mulberry, an international spoken English tutor provides you with the best language learning opportunity. The course structure, classes, tests, and live sessions perfectly align with your goal of understanding and communicating better in English with clarity and confidence. The course caters to each student’s different learning paces and techniques to learn and practice at their comfort and convenience.
As compared to other languages, English has less complicated grammar, easier verb usage, and less intricate plurals. Therefore, learning the language requires little effort yet consistent learning to get a grasp of the linguistic aspects involved in communication. In the age of globalization, English will help you communicate your ideas and voice your thoughts on a global level. Enjoy your journey of learning English with Entri – the learning App.