Learning English as a Second Language

As the international language, English is used in most countries and spoken by billions of people worldwide. Mastering this language is not a must, but the one thing to note is that this language mastery comes with lots of benefits, some of which are easier access to global communities and information, bigger opportunities to study in foreign countries and even to get international scholarships, and of course, higher probabillity of working in an international environment, which then hopefully leads to better living.

Although English language can be a nightmare for some people, knowing the tips on how to learn to master the language effectively might help the process.

One of the main tips, especially for beginners, is to practice speaking. Being brave and confident enough to speak English is one of the main factors for progressive language improvement, especially when considering that speaking is the one skill that is most likely to be used in real everyday life. Grammar perfection and native like enunciation are the things that should be set aside in the early stage of the learning process. This learning suggestion has been proven by an ESL teacher whose students with the most progress are active English speakers when compared to other beginner English learners.

Secondly, to enhance the implementation of the previous tip, it is suggested that English learners constantly put themselves in an English (speaking) community. The main reason for this is that they will have no choice but to speak English, too, in order to communicate. It also speeds up the improvement of their listening skills. Should it be a challenge to find that kind of community, there are some simple day-to-day activities that can add more exposure to the language, such as choosing to use English for phone applications, listening to English songs, reading some simple English texts or articles and corresponding with peers by using simple English (even if it is still broken English). Those simple actions can be fun if they are related to the learners’ favourite phone apps, singers, public figures and their topics of interest.

The third tip is to dedicate some time to review the language features that have previously been learned and to recap the vocabulary. According to a research, reviewing helps the brain memorize more things. Once a topic is understood, it is kept in your brain for a few days. But when the understood topic is reviewed for the second and third time, it is stored for a longer period. With the combination of reviewing and using the mastered language features and vocabulary, the progress made in the learning process will be more significant.

The last tip is to get a good English teacher. Despite the fact that people may have different ideas on what makes someone a good teacher. The definition of the word good, in this case, is a teacher who can encourage his or her students to use the language as much as possible and be knowledgeable enough to tell the students that there is always a room for improvement to ensure life long learning.