1) Memorizing Vocabulary Effectively
The first part focuses on vocabulary. Some students have a habit of using translation too much when they memorize English vocabulary. They focus on making mental connections between the English vocabulary and their first language’s vocabulary, which results in vocabulary that is very easy to forget. The connection is very thin when using translation. So when speaking in English, the words don’t come to mind very quickly, and the student needs to search for the vocabulary for too long, and the mind is working too hard to translate between the vocabulary of the two different languages. In this section I talk about methods which you can use to create really deep, strong, natural connections for English vocabulary, without relying on translation so much, which makes remembering the English vocabulary when speaking much, much easier. This is vocabulary which is harder to forget, just like the vocabulary of your first language.
2) Reading Fluency Strategies
The second section focuses on reading strategies. For building vocabulary, some students like to create flash cards, or study vocabulary lists, or just rely on reading grammar books or course books. In this section I will explain how using some different reading strategies and different types of content can help you to build your vocabulary in a much more effective and natural way. The memorizing vocabulary technique should be used with these reading strategies together for the best results. I also talk about some ideas and resources that you can use to find the best reading material, depending on your level of reading fluency. Gaining a high level of reading fluency is hugely important before moving onto listening and speaking fluency, because it’s the easiest and most logical to achieve first.
3) Listening Fluency Strategies
Just like reading, developing listening fluency is hugely important for building a large English vocabulary, but it can be done the wrong way (mentally translating everything when listening) or it can be done the right way (the natural way of listening). I talk about how to you can improve your listening fluency by using certain strategies, and I talk about some resources/websites etc where you can find great listening content. Listening content that you will naturally be interested in. That is listening content for beginners, but also listening content for intermediate and advanced learners as well. Listening fluency is one of those skills that can really effect your speaking fluency because listening skills are so important for social situations and understanding what is going on in the conversation before you want to speak. But these listening skills can be improved by yourself, at home as well.
4) Speaking Fluency Strategies
And to finish off the course, I’ll talk about speaking fluency strategies. Speaking, especially in groups where everyone is trying to speak at once, where you need a high level of listening fluency so that you can understand everything, is the hardest language skill to master, as it also produces the most amount of nerves for students. In this section I talk about finding good situations to practice speaking English, and websites for finding great English teachers to practice speaking with. I’ll also talk about a method which I use in my online classes to boost my students’ speaking fluency by turning their “passive” vocabulary into “active” vocabulary using a very specific method which surprisingly isn’t used by a lot of teachers. I’ll also describe a speaking exercise which you can use at home by yourself, without paying for a teacher, which can improve your speaking skills. You won’t have a teacher to correct your mistakes, but it’s free to use! And lastly I’ll talk a little about how this method can be used to improve your writing as well, and then I’ll discuss the idea of moving to an English speaking country, and some of the bad habits that you should avoid, and some good habits that you should try to develop.
If you have any questions about English fluency or improving your memorizing, reading, listening or speaking skills, please feel free to send me a message and we can have a chat about which ever topic you would like to talk about.
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Who is the target audience?
Students with an English level somewhere between lower intermediate to advanced
Students who would like to improve their fluency using natural methods that work
Students who are at the beginner level should find experienced language teachers in their first language who can explain the methods needed to improve their fluency. Once you reach a higher level (e.g lower intermediate) this course will make more sense and you can understand the methods
You should have a passion for learning English, or at least some strong goals for achieving English fluency
If you want to improve your spoken English and speak more like a native, you need to be willing to first work on memorizing vocabulary well, and using successful English reading and listening strategies
This is an English course that is really about ‘how to learn English’. It starts at the deeper level of strategies, methods etc. So you need be ok with that. It’s more about the “big picture” of English learning (habits, daily methods etc) and less about the tiny details of grammar, pronunciation etc. I will cover those tiny details in future courses
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