It is very important to have a good grasp of English as it is one of the most commonly used languages globally. Most of you may not understand this, but knowing the language and knowing how to pronounce the language are two very different kinds of fluency. Therefore, to speak English fluently, one must master the way they express the language.
Language learners may find that some of the English words are difficult for them to pronounce, yet these words roll off the tongue of a native English speaker. Research shows that most native English speakers know 3-4k words by the age of 5 – 6 and 15-20k words once they reach university. There is a huge gap between them and many non-native speakers who only begin studying the language at pre-school.
In this article, we give out tips on improving your English fluency to all language learners and parents who want to help their children.
START SPEAKING ENGLISH EVERY DAY
One of the sure ways to improve your English speaking skills is to get more speaking practice! Most of the advice given is boiled down to this, as it is the most effective way.
If spoken English is not common in your environment, you can try some of these:
- Make friends with a native English speaker who is learning your native language. Or you can join a language exchange online.
- Practice speaking with them and get them to correct your mistakes.
- Use language learning apps with speech recognition software such as Duolingo.
- Once you have reached an intermediate level, attend webinars or online English classes.
GET PROFESSIONAL HELP
If you aim to improve your English skills for examinations, hire an English teacher or sign up for an English course. Having 1-on-1 English lessons will allow language learners to ask questions about the language, learn new words relevant to your own life, and receive helpful feedback on your performance.
SINGAPOREAN PARENTS! CHECK OUT THE SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION (SLC) FOR THEIR ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES.
Unlike other centres, SLC ensures continuous improvements in your child using a more personalized approach. They focus on providing engaging English tuition classes for your child coupled with a combination of creative materials. Hence, this creates a learning environment where students can feel comfortable speaking and write in English.
CONNECT WITH ENGLISH IN EVERYDAY LIFE
Another way of becoming fluent in English is to expose yourself to English as much as possible. Here are several routines you can incorporate into your environment:
Watch English movies and TV shows
Listen to English music and podcasts
Read the news in English
Change your phone/social media/tablet settings to English
Set your radio to play an English station by default
Movie Scenes — Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Language immersion is an excellent way of strengthening the foundation of your English language’s progress.
MEMORIZE THE COMMON PHRASE
Fluent English speaking is when you can speak without any hesitation.
When you’re expanding your English vocabulary, it is best to remember the new words as part of a common phrase instead. This is to avoid you forming a habit of translating English sentences from your native language, word by word.
For example, the word “tomorrow”. It’s better if you learn the whole phrase “tomorrow, I’m going to” so that your brain has already come up with a half-prepared reply if asked about your plans.
CONSIDER MAKING LIFESTYLE CHANGES
Naturally, the fastest and most effective way to become a fluent English speaker is to move to an English speaking country. However, we are aware that it is impossible for most people. Nonetheless, there are other lifestyle changes you can make:
Get an English speaking hobby or teach English speakers your native language
If there are people learning English in your house, create timeslots when all of you can speak only English
Clean out your extra room and use it to host English speaker students such as exchange program
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, SING THE LANGUAGE
Music is a great way to learn any language, especially now that you can search for many songs on YouTube. For example, you can learn English by listening to English songs and gaining a wave of new vocabulary.
However, pay attention to the grammar as most songs do not have proper grammar. Otherwise, learning songs is a helpful way to improve your listening skills!
Ed Sheeran – (lyrics) Shape Of You – YouTube
CONTACT SLC TO GET THEIR BEST SERVICE!
SLC offers free Diagnostic assessment to find out the perfect learning style for your child. The diagnostic assessment evaluates students in 3 key areas: learning style, behavioural combination and language proficiency. SLC can determine a suitable class to put your child in using these three assessments.
If your child has been showing little to no improvements even with the use of practise papers or tuition classes, perhaps it’s time to try something else.
Our Online Diagnostic Assessment helps children to discover his/her ‘problematic’ spots and learning-behavioural profile. This combined with SLC’s method and materials can help your child learn effectively to improve his/her grade and deepen his/her foundation in the language.
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