Language Learning Advice

Language Learning Advice

Learning a new language requires dedication, practice and time but the rewards of speaking a second language are endless. Learning English will open up a world of opportunities for you to explore and will help you to reach your life goals.

Learning something new every day will help you on your path to success so take advantage of our tips and resources on this page.

Top Tips

1. Speak English outside of the class as much as possible

Don't be afraid to speak as much as you can. It doesn't matter if you make mistakes - the most important things is to practise every day.

2. Read in English

Reading is a valuable and enjoyable way to improve your level of English. It allows you to improve many important areas of the language including sentence structure and grammar as well as vocabulary.

3. Learn at least one new word every day

Build your vocabulary by learning at least one new word every day - more if possible. The more vocabulary you know, the more you will be able to express yourself fin English.

4. Watch films and televisions in English

To really improve, you must immerse yourself in English as much as possible. To help you do this, watch television and films in English. Using English subtitles can be very useful too.

5. Use technology

Download English apps to your phone or tablet so you can learn anywhere and at any time. There are also many useful websites and videos for online and computer based learning.

6. Listen to the radio

Listening to the radio is an excellent way of improving your listening skills and familiarising yourself with different accents. We recommend BBC Radio 4, however there are many radio stations you can tune into.

How can I learn to speak English?

Learning English as an adult can seem a daunting task. Whether you already have some knowledge of English, or even if you are a complete beginner, it is important to know however, that it is possible! The key to improving your level of English is to find a good English school and/or a good English teacher. In order to have a complete understanding of the language, all four skills should be focussed on – reading, writing, listening and of course speaking. Combining all of these skills will help you to feel more comfortable and more capable of operating in the English-speaking world, in both work and social environments.

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Why take the IELTS exam?

Exams are a great way to demonstrate your level of English, but when there are so many to choose from, how do you know which to take? Here we’re going to look at some reasons for studying IELTS at The Essential English School in Manchester. IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System, which sounds important, and it is. Accepted by 8,000 institutions in over 130 countries and taken by 2 million candidates last year, it is a truly global qualification and a route to a range of personal, professional, and educational prospects. IELTS tests you on all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, so offers a full indication of your level of English.

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Pronunciation Advice

Do people understand you when you speak English??

Intonation, word stress and correct pronunciation of individual sounds and words are a crucial part of language learning. So often we meet students who have a high level of English but are unable to communicate clearly and effectively. This can have a huge impact on your career and educational goals as communication really is the key to success when it comes to languages. English pronunciation can be tricky as it is often difficult to guess the pronunciation from the spelling and so listening to native speakers should be a key part of your language learning journey. Spending time on pronunciation can considerably improve your experience and outcomes when communicating in the English speaking world.

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