Thursday, 13 December 2018 13:44

Tips for English

Colegio-Privado-Internacional-Britanico-Ingles-Las Palmas-Maspalomas-English-School-inglesPlease find attached tips from the Secondary Department teachers of English. We hope you find them useful!



Reading English books and newspapers at home - Reading is a great way of practising English in your own time. You can take one word at a time at your own pace, without a teacher looking over your shoulder. If you're studying at a beginner to intermediate level, pick up a children's book where the language will be easier than an adult book.
Newspapers are also worth reading. Not only can you improve your English but you'll learn about local and national goings on, which can be handy when communicating with native speakers. Look for free newspaper and magazine articles online.

Watch TV and films in English - Not only do Britain and the USA produce some great TV shows and films, but you can learn English whilst watching them. If you're still getting to grips with the language at any level (from beginner to upper intermediate) then it's worth putting the English subtitles on so that you can read along and listen at the same time.
You can also listen to English radio stations and find plenty of listening sources on the internet. Another idea would be to put English subtitles on films or television programmes from your own country so that you can read along with them in English and make the translations as you go. If you want to watch British TV on the internet the following is a great way, go to: choose UK TV Live and enjoy!

Get a good bilingual dictionary - A bilingual dictionary is your best friend while you're learning English. However, beware that a lot of dictionaries out there have numerous mistakes and mistranslations. Do some research and spend a bit of extra money on the best dictionary you can find. It's also worth bearing in mind that a number of online translators and electronic dictionaries on smartphones can be quite poor. Teachers will find it very obvious if you simply put something through a translator – it's normally literally translated which doesn't always work.

Label things in your house - This is a quick and cheap way of improving your knowledge of the vocabulary of everyday items in your home. All you need to do is buy a pack of post-it notes and then write the name of items in your home on them, such as phone, window, mirror etc. Every time you use these objects you'll read the word and embed it into your memory. This is great for low level learners.

Make notes of new vocabulary - Whenever you learn a new word, whether in the classroom or when you're out and about, make sure you make a note of it. Whenever you have some free time, you can practise what you've learned. You could even do this on your phone so you needn't carry around a notebook with you. It's also worth making a note of the translation into your own language and any unusual phonological aspects of the word.


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