Thursday, 30 June 2011

Ready to Commit?

Great!

Don't throw away your textbooks but start seeing them as simply the starting point of your learning.

They're a necessary foundation but you are going to need much more to step into your new life.

You need to start surrounding yourself with English ... magazines, books, websites, news, TV, films, Youtube, podcasts, music, Facebook and much, much more! Talk to yourself in English. Think in English for a few minutes at a time throughout the day. Immerse yourself in the English language!

Making a Commitment

Your motivation to improve your English may be academic, professional or practical. Perhaps you have a desire to travel or live in another region of the world. Perhaps you have an English-speaking boyfriend, wife or business partner. The ability to connect with the global English-speaking community with ease offers obvious benefits.

Do you know what your motivation is?

Think it through. A clear motivation will drive you through the challenges of learning another language.

Keep your motivation in mind.

English for IELTS

So, you're preparing for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test? Looking for some tips? Here's Tip #1: Stop looking for tips!

IELTS tests your language level. It's an extremely well designed test that succeeds in doing just that -- discovering where your level of English fits on a scale of 0 to 9, where 9 is native speaker level.

As with any other test, it's important to familiarise yourself with the requirements of the tests and practise as much as possible. Certainly, good advice and feedback will help you, too.

I can promise you, though, that if you approach the test looking for "shortcuts", you will be making sure you DON'T receive that higher band you're aiming for!