Strategies for Improving Your English

English language is international language in the world. Many people certainly want to be able to speak English well. But sometimes they don’t know how to make it happen. When we were in school, the teachers actually given the exercises to improve our English language skills. But most of us don’t feel confident with the abilities that we have in the English learning. Many of those detailed and time-consuming strategies for learning English which were useful for you in your initial English language classes may not be useful to you now. In fact those strategies may take up too much time now that you have a heavy academic work land as well. We now need to learn as we go. CONCLUSION :

 Speaking
How did improve our speaking ? “BE AN ACTIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER” 1. Talk to yourself in English : a. When we’re alone and walking, travelling and even bathing, we can often use English to talk in our mind. By doing so, we can feel comfortable and confident. b. Talk to yourself in English all the time either in your mind or just by whispering to yourself in English. c. Record yourself and play it back to see how you can improve. d. Read aloud to yourself – a little each day. e. Even in our thinking process, we’re can trying to think and speak to ourself in English. 2. Repeat what you here : a. Sometimes when we watch English movies, we can try to repeat what they say in the movie. b. We can try to imitate the English spoken in movies.

4. 3. ask people to correct you. no matter how fluent your English is. We say that sentence EXACTLY like they said it in the movie over and over again. 7. Please don't forget – keep practising to keep up with the standard of your English. Share with student or other people from other cultures and language backgrounds Try to live with people who come from different backgrounds because then you will have to speak English. Memorise the use of language by watching TV serials and imitating their pronunciation. Keep on practising a. Television really helps because the words are pronounced and used in the right context. Make friends with people from other country a. Have something to talk about : Keep up to date with news and current affairs so that you have a topic of conversation that you can draw on. because once you become lazy at using English. c. Use English in your daily activities 8. We must try it anyway!! e. your children. When we watch English movies and whenever we like a sentence. When you feel comfortable. Interact with native speakers. 5. Join a club or grup We can joined a debating club. and your friends in English Using English words when communicating with family or friends from home is another thing you can do to improve your English. then you will go backwards. b. We even do the intonation even though it’s meant to be a tone for LITTLE girls. . To pick up the expressions we can need in everyday life is to mingle with native speakers.. Relax when you speak – it actually improves your articulation. and went to meetings of societies that organise events which we can actively take part in. d.c. 6. 9. Talk to your family.. so you learn new words the right way by hearing how to pronounce them and how to use them. Don't be shy or afraid of making mistakes.

simple novels. e. 1.b. Read widely to expand your day-to-day vocabulary. You can read a lot of fictional and non-fictional works. road signs. d. Financial Review or the business pages in the daily newspaper). You also belong to a book club. Read course-related newspaper (for example. food labels. Seize every chance to practise your English on campus or other place. 2.. b. you will not be able to cut yourself off from your first language umbilical cord. You have the habit of reading at least one novel or text every week. Read more to read better a. c. Smart reading tips a. Unless you use English more in your day-to-day activities. write it down and practise it. Read magazines. Practice makes perfect. advertisement and anything you can find. native speakers will usually understand what you are trying to say. Read local newspapaer even for international events and news.  Reading In their research suggests that students who read slowly and translate back into their own language do not achieve well academically. c. what we should not do ?   DON’T mix just with people from the same language background as you. . So. DON’T be afraid of making mistakes. Try to read as many journals as possible. even the free newspaper and pamphlets at railway station or supermarket. If a phrase or word is always difficult. speaking by speaking and reading by reading. and newspaper. The more you use English the better speaker you will become. You learn writing by writing. cookbooks. d.

They will guide you through the text and show you the relationships between sentences. and listen to English radio and music a. If you cannot catch it. ‘firstly’. tables and other features of a text. Look for connecting words like ‘for example’. d. Focused reading means you are looking for particular information which keeps you concentrating. the index. Watching movies with English and Indonesian subtitles is a good way for me to improve my English. the contents pages. c. ‘secondly’. i. Looking at Indonesian subtitles just confirms whether you are right in understanding the meaning. g. ‘finally’ or ‘in conclusion’. You mostly learn English by listening to songs and watching movies in order to improve my listening and speaking skills. the reference section. ‘therefore’. b. Construct a diagram of your understanding as you read – that way you will remember the hierarchies of ideas and relationships between ideas embedded in what you read. d. ‘similarly’. f. Pay attention to the first sentence in a paragraph. You don’t look at subtitles when you can understand the film. ‘then’. Listen to English songs and sing with the English lyrics. it can give you an idea of what follows. Read academic texts with a focus. Watch movies and television. try finding the information in each chapter to answer each question – this is focused reading. and note figures. Try and guess the meaning from the context. Listen to local radio and even news from your home country in English. Familiarise yourself with what you are about to read – the structure (chapters. any differences in typesetting and what they signal. e.b. c. j. sections). Scan the text first and learn where information can be found in the text. you will look at the English subtitles. If your textbooks have questions at the end of each chapter.  Listening 1. h. Pay attention to the headings and sub-headings – they will help you understand what follows. ‘in addition’. Avoid looking up every word. . I expose myself to as much English as possible by watching TV or movies and listening to radio or music.

don’t assume that everyone who is a native speaker will be familiar with writing in an academic style. f. For instance. Keep a record of the feedback you get from your tutors and lecturers when they mark your work – reflect on this feedback and see if there is a common pattern of problems. take advantage of the ‘thesaurus’ option available on many computer word processing programs. i.e. .so you don't make the same mistakes again. (However. Read your own text aloud. If you run out of breath. Keep a journal – it provides practice and gives you an opportunity to reflect on your language and your experiences. You will pick up errors more quickly because you are using your eyes. when using Microsoft Word highlight the word you have used and ‘right click’ synonyms. e. TV programs really help a lot to improve your English skills so you are trying to watch dramas or shows more often. write a simple word and see if a better word can replace it. List your main points and use these as your topic sentences for each new paragraph. g. and your voice. emails and letters to your friends and acquaintances in English. Get a friend (especially someone who has English as their first language) to read what you have written – tell them to let you know if there is anything that doesn’t make sense or is not expressed in the usual way. Video record and replay TV shows until you understand the language. h. When you are writing for academic purposes. For example.  Writing a. Refer to this feedback when you are writing your next assignment . b. Use a learner’s dictionary which gives you examples of how language is used to make sure that you use new words correctly. Most international students write sentences that are too long! d.) c. When you are writing. Have grammar resources readily available. Watching documentary movies – sometimes it is easier to understand the grammar and learn new vocabulary. g. There is lots of online help and there are a number of good texts available – keep these on hand when you are writing. look at the structure of your sentences – they may be too long. draft an outline of what you plan to write. f. Take the opportunity to write notes.

k. find a friend in another country who have English as their first language . but it really helped us improve ability in English. novels .. if there is an unknown vocabulary . write email . we can learn good practice English with them . listening . and writing . family . reading . Many strategies can be used to improve the learning of English . hear all relating to the English . and with anyone from small things . simple . look in the dictionary . for example. ranging from talking to other people . try to get used to doing it all. To improve our English language is actually the bottom line is we have to practice anywhere . Many websites have discussion boards.j. when watching television . journal . radio . anytime . Conclusion : English has four main skills which consists of speaking . keep a copy and examine it carefully. we need to know a lot of vocabulary . works of fiction or non. and so on . until when we think . and if we can . . but it does provide practice.fiction . Consider those parts of it that you particularly like. or any graffiti hand with the English language . we need more practice speaking English in daily habits . When you come across a piece of text that is particularly well written. Discussion board writing is a particular type of writing. read the newspapers with English language . listening to music . Join one and contribute.