Learning another language isn’t easy. It takes a combination of active learning, determination and adequate resources to see results. In this article, we have outlined a few tips for improving English skills outside the classroom. These tips are most effective when used alongside consistent English classes for beginners and adults. By implementing self-directed learning alongside traditional classroom methods, you can have fun learning more about the English language. Use these tips to enhance your self-directed learning and classroom education experience.

1. Conversing in English regularly

Speaking in your target language frequently is one of the pillars of language learning. If you know all the grammatical theory but can’t express yourself, you’ve missed out on half the joy of knowing another language. Most general English courses in Singapore will include a speaking component. These courses allow students to practise the theory they have learned, but this doesn’t have to start and end in the classroom!

Going from classroom conversations to daily English conversations can feel daunting; what if you make a mistake or don’t understand something? Making mistakes is a normal when learning a language. Ask your conversation partner to correct you and speak more slowly. By doing this, you will be amazed at how rapidly your English skills improve. Ask your teacher for learning resources and events in your area to improve your English skills.

2. Watching English shows with subtitles

Subtitles are an excellent way to understand rapid speech. In films, speech is faster and harder to understand. But turning on the subtitles can help you track conversations. For adults who are beginners in an English class, watch English films with subtitles in your native language. However, while you have the native subtitles to translate the words; use the film to train yourself in listening in English. For intermediate learners, try using English subtitles for popular English shows on Netflix such as Friends Or Big Bang Theory and watch your English improve. Pause and write down vocabulary that is unfamiliar to look up later. Ask your classroom teacher for films related to your current topic of study. Doing so will help improve your English vocabulary in the classroom and expose you to even more relevant topics.

3. Listen to English music

Have you ever had a song stuck in your head? It can be annoying when a pop song won’t leave your head, but this can be incredibly valuable for language acquisition. Some of the largest music producers in the world come from English speaking countries. Find and listen to an English song you like. Next, try to identify what the song is about without a translation. Then, find the lyrics and translate them yourself, looking up unfamiliar vocabulary as you go. This activity exposes you to different vocabulary and English sub-cultures. Try singing along to your favourite English song as a warm-up activity on your way to one of our general English courses in Singapore.

Benefits of including English in your daily life

Using English daily has many benefits. Primarily, it improves your vocabulary and ability to make connections between ideas. Exposure to different grammar rules will make your written and oral communication skills more dynamic and refined. Not to mention your understanding of English-speaking cultures will rapidly improve, allowing you to engage with the English speaking world easily. The benefits of daily English use are many – not only does it enrich your vocabulary, but your understanding of the world. Try reading recipes in English or reading English signs at the shops and see what you can learn.

Importance of lessons

Knowing another language is an essential skill for participating in global culture. A ULC course is the easiest way to learn English quickly. A Singapore-based English school, ULC offers beginner English classes for adults so you can learn with other students at the same level. Our teachers are highly competent and can take your learning to the next level. If you want to learn English, ULC is the place for you. Sign up for one of our courses today and start learning!