Firstly, set goals for yourself and work hard to achieve them. Even small goals can turn into big accomplishments because setting goals helps you to focus on your strengths and weaknesses. Once you know what you are strong at you will be able to put more energy and time into the areas which need more attention.
Secondly, try – even if you make mistakes. The learners who make the most progress are those who are not afraid of making mistakes. We learn from our mistakes. Listen carefully to the way your teacher models the language and try again. Most students are afraid to speak because they are afraid they might not be understood or someone might laugh at them. The point here is not to worry so much about what others think but to focus on communicating your ideas.
Thirdly, do your homework. Remember teachers set homework to help you review and consolidate work covered in class. By doing your homework you can see what you are able to do on your own and what you still need assistance with.
Fourth, do not be afraid to repeat, repeat and repeat new words and phrases so that you get the correct pronunciation and so that you can remember new words for longer. Practice speaking and vocabulary in front of the mirror and focus on the sounds and shape of our mouth. Revision and repetition are small skills which can make you better at anything.
Finally, there is no magic pill which will help you to improve your English or any other language. Take responsibility for your own learning and meet each new challenge with a positive attitude.
If you, or someone you know is at a lower level of English, and planning to learn English with us at the UCT English Language Centre, then there is a good chance you will be privileged enough to have teacher Nobs assisting you in your language learning adventure. If you would like to know more about teacher Nobs and her qualifications, you can find out more here.