Let’s list the other stereotypes of learning English. Make sure you forget them as soon as you finish reading this post.
- Pronunciation does not matter
Non-English teachers often say that pronunciation is not the most important thing. However, in fact, it turns out that when we speak English at school, we are understood only by compatriots whose pronunciation does not differ from ours.
The correct principle: Good pronunciation is the guarantee of mutual understanding.
Now it is time to learn to speak so that you can be understood not only by teachers in your country and by former classmates but also by native speakers. Pronunciation is really important: an incorrectly pronounced word can play a malicious trick on you.
- Games and studies are incompatible
You might have been taught at school that the teaching process was a serious thing, there was no place for games. Outside the class you had to do exercises with the same uninteresting textbooks and learn tons of words. Maybe that is why you grew up taking learning as a boring thing.
The correct principle: Entertainment and English are compatible.
Not all entertainment is a waste of time. English can and must be learned through games, applications and social networks. Install some of the best applications for learning English. And do not forget to subscribe to the news of the groups that publish useful materials in the English language.
- Theory is the main thing
Remember how you learned long English rules or 40 new words by heart. Knowledge of theory did not help you to speak English for some reason. Despite this, some teachers believe that the main thing is to make students learn a paragraph or a few dozens of words, and everything will fine.
The correct principle: Theory without practice is nothing.
You need to learn theory in practice: by using words in speech, guided by the context, checking the learned words in articles, listening to audio and watching video. In this way, it will be easier to remember new vocabulary. Theory must be supported by a significant amount of practice.
- The curriculum is unchangeable
The school program is the same for everyone, regardless of interests and characteristics of a student. We all had to follow it strictly, no matter how illogical and uncomfortable it was sometimes.
The correct principle: The learning program must be tailored to your needs.
If you are studying English with a personal teacher, then you have every right to an individual approach. Teachers adjust to your needs and skills: each topic is studied as long as you need to understand it, and a teacher tries to make lessons as interesting to you as possible. And if you are taking a personal course, then the program is adjusted to your needs and interests.
- Study for the sake of study
At school, no one told you why you needed knowledge. This was a taboo question, to which vague answers were given.
The correct principle: Study for the sake of achieving the desired goal.
To make your studies as productive as possible, determine the purpose of learning English. If you know that you are learning English in order to reach the heights of the career ladder, communicate with foreign partners, feel comfortable when traveling, enter a prestigious foreign university, watch new TV series before everyone else in original, then you will hardly have a desire to give up everything on the halfway. A tempting prospect will be an excellent incentive for learning.
- Vacation is a time when you can forget about studying
This is rather your own principle. Remember how quickly you forgot all rules as soon as you got a final grade.
The correct principle: Regular lessons are the key to success.
If you want to experience constant progress, then long breaks in learning English have to be forgotten. Knowledge disappears from your head much faster than it gets there. Agree, it is silly to waste time and money on studying the language and to forget everything in a couple of months.
Therefore, do not spoil yourself with large breaks in studying. The best results come with regular practice. It is advisable to practice 2-3 times a week for 1-1,5 hours. On other days you can devote at least 15-20 minutes to English.
With such schedule, you will notice considerable progress in a couple of months. In order not to get bored, choose several activities and make a small schedule. For example, on Monday you watch your favorite TV series in English, on Tuesday you do some grammar exercises, on Wednesday you read a chapter of a book, etc.
- A school teacher is enough to speak
A school teacher was the only person who could teach you English. You might have believed that a teacher could give all necessary knowledge, and that it was not necessary to study outside a school.
The correct principle: Look for any opportunity to communicate in English.
If you want to learn to speak English, use all opportunities for communication: English courses, individual lessons with a teacher, communication with native speakers. Chat, speak, improve your English.
- Group studying is your only option
At school, your class was usually divided in two groups, and there were 10-15 of you studying the language. There was no logic in this division, as there were both good students and not that good students in those groups. Teachers taught the whole group according to one program, regardless of personal characteristics of students.
The correct principle: Individual lessons are the right choice.
Learning English at school is not very effective not because of teachers or a program, but because there may be 20-30 students in class. That is a big number to make classes productive. Therefore, instead of being disappointed in your own abilities or scolding school teachers, try the most effective way of learning the language – individual lessons. And if you are limited in time, then try learning English via Skype. Online lessons are a new word in teaching, and perhaps you will like it.
As you can see, those rules of learning English that you had to stick to in school can be forgotten. Time changes, and we change with it. So, if you did not manage to learn English at school, do not despair: new methods of learning the language will be your key to knowledge.
Try to use the new principles and do not forget to check our blog. We will help you achieve your goals.