ESL and IELTS Help 4 U

Practice, Practice, Practice

Posted on: May 29, 2010

(Words with an “*” may be new vocabulary. Definitions in my own words appear below the text or go to http://www.thefreedictionary.com)

The only way to learn English is to speak it. In Thailand, most language classes focus* on grammar. Grammar is important but if you don’t use the language, if you don’t put the grammar to work, then English cannot be yours. Be proactive* in creating an English discussion group with other students who are studying the language. Meet regularly, for lunch or at the coffee shop. Bring an English dictionary. ¬†Speak only English and help one another. Talk about everyday things: the weather, shopping, school, movies. Laugh at your mistakes…we all make them. Have fun!

focus: to direct your attention to one thing, to think about one thing

proactive: to create something yourself rather than react to what another person has done or said

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