Before you begin, or go back to, studying English, ask yourself one question. Why do I want to study English?
Like every decision in life, studying English must be something you want to do.
If you know why you want to study, setting goals is easy. For example, maybe you want to travel to an English-speaking country. Great. Your goal might be to learn “Survival English”.
Make an agenda
How long do you need to study to achieve your goals? This answer is different for every student. The important thing is to be realistic. If you work 60 hours per week, don’t plan on spending another 40 hours a week studying English.
Make a commitment
Learning English requires a lot of motivation. Nobody is going to take your attendance when you aren’t in class. If you are sure you are ready to begin studying, make a commitment.
Study a Balance of the Four Key Skills – listening, speaking, reading, writing
Most students want to communicate better in English. If this is one of your goals, it is important to study a balance of the four major skills. Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are the main (macro) skills you need to communicate in any language.
For example you need to be able to read well before you can write well. You also need to be able to listen before you can speak. It helps to think of these communicative skills in two groups.
Listening (in through your ears)
Reading (in through your eyes)
Speaking (out through your mouth)
Writing (out through your hand)
It’s simple. Think of it this way. First you have input. Next you have output. First you listen to someone ask you a question. Second you speak and give them your answer. First you read a letter from someone. After that you write back to them. These are examples of communicating.
2. How to learn SPEAKING and pronunciation
Talk to yourself
Record your own voice
Understand the sounds that your language doesn’t have
3. How to learn READING and vocabulary
Read something every day
Read what interests you.
Read at the appropriate level
4. How to learn WRITING and spelling
Keep a diary/journal
Write emails in English
Rewrite your local news in English