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Tips for English Learners                                                                                           < Regresar

You can’t learn a foreign language in a day! It takes years of STUDY, PERSEVERENCE and, most importantly, REPETITION!

What can you do to get a good grade in English?

We highly recommend that you:

• Buy TWO notebooks – one for grammar rules and the other for vocabulary. You    should keep these notebooks up-to-date and well-organised.

• Before each class, spend five or ten minutes reviewing what you studied in the    previous class.
• ALWAYS do your homework (Don’t copy the homework of your classmates. You    won’t learn by copying)
• Complete ALL the workbook exercises. Do the exercises using your class notes to    help you. Then, correct the exercises.
• DON´T MISS any class tests or the oral exam – this will significantly affect your    grade.
• Make an effort to speak in class. The only way to improve your speaking skills is by    practising!
• Complete ALL the exercises in the Computer Laboratory. These exercises are    designed to help you practise everything you learn in class.
• After class, use a dictionary (try www.wordreference.com) to find any words that    you don’t understand.
• Ask the teacher if you have any questions or problems.

Other ideas to improve your English

• Listen to music in English
• Watch films in English (without reading the Spanish subtitles!)
• Meet up with your classmates once a week and have a conversation in English
• Read the news in English on the Internet. Try www.guardian.co.uk
   or http://news.bbc.co.uk/
• Visit www.cdlponline.org for extra reading activities (Basic A and Basic B)
• Visit www.esl-lab.com for extra listening activities
• Be creative with vocabulary!

  • Write words on pieces of paper and stick them on the walls of your bedroom.
  • Write words on cards. Write the English word on one side of the card and the    Spanish translation on the other side. Test yourself before you go to bed!
  • Don’t write long lists of words in your vocabulary notebook. Divide the words    logically. For example, write adjectives on one page of your notebook, write    transport words on a different page, write jobs on a different page, write free    time activities on a different page, etc.
  • Use colours, pictures and diagrams in your vocabulary notebook. Make it    interesting and attractive!
  • Record yourself saying vocabulary and listen to the recording every day!

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