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How to learn English(Step by Step)

One Minute English, English teacher

How to learn English(Step by Step)

One Minute English, English teacher

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6 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Ask yourself Questions

    • 3. Make a Practice Plan

    • 4. Practice Every Day

    • 5. Check your Progress

    • 6. Practice Again

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About This Class

Learning English(or any language) can be a challenge because it takes time. 

In this course, I give you a step-by-step plan on how to study English. Planning is very important and knowing all of the pitfalls.

This course can help people who have been studying English for some time as it gives you the knowledge on how to continue your journey to English fluency.

There are no English grammar lessons in this course.

I have been an English teacher for 10 years and have learned 3 different languages so I want to share my experience with people on Skillshare.

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Hello, I'm Conor. I am a professional English teacher. I teach English online and I have been teaching for 10 years. I want to help students to study courses on skillshare as I love sharing how to communicate in English better!! Check out my facebook page One Minute English!

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1. Introduction: Okay, so before you begin, we can have a look at some important information. So this had to learn English step-by-step. In the next video, I will give you the beginning of the plan to learn English online. So first of all, it's good to know that learning English is a journey. So it doesn't really end, right? It's, it's something that starts and you keep learning and keep learning. Think about your own language. You always learn new vocabulary and new things. So you have to have this idea in your head that this is a lifelong learning thing. It's not something that you achieve and then you finish with it is something that you can always enjoy and always keep learning. So it is actually quite simple. You just need to follow these two things, right? You need to practice and study. Okay, I'll show you a little bit about the difference between them in the next slide. And you need to keep going and keep persisting, keep going, keep trying and keep going, and keep practicing, keep studying, keep practicing, keep studying. And eventually over time, you will make progress and improve your English skills. So let's look at these skills now. So we have four skills when you're learning English speaking, listening, reading, and writing, okay? And then there's also the knowledge parts of the things you need to learn, which are grammar and vocabulary, right? You've heard of these before. So the skills you need to practice, okay, It's not enough to just watch YouTube videos about speaking or reading or something like that. You need to actually practice these. Okay, So in school maybe do some worksheets or something and maybe that is practicing. Okay? But let's think about that, right? What is practicing speaking? It is actually speaking to a person, right? Listening is obviously listening. So you are practicing, you're listening now. And it's important to listen to things in English and not in other languages or in your own language. So practice reading and practice writing, okay, It's actually writing or typing nowadays. Okay? And then knowledge, right, is about the study, okay, So this is the part where you tried to study to help the skills, right? So when you have more vocabulary, it makes it easier to speak. And when you have, when you know more grammar and makes it easier to speak, listen, read, and write. 2. Ask yourself Questions: Okay, let's look at step one in the plan to learn English, okay, So first of all, you need to start by asking yourself some questions, okay? So why are you learning English? This is very important, okay. And is it to travel, visit to further your career? Is it to get a job? Okay. Because each of these are different, right? So you need to practice the different skills for your own personal reason. I learn languages often to just travel and communicate with people. So for me, speaking and listening are more important. I don't need to practice writing because it's not important for me, okay? But maybe you want to further your career. And in that case, writing could be very important. Writing emails, for example, could be a very important part of your learning English journey. And to get a job to write that would also include filling in your LinkedIn profile or something like that, and trying to get good at expressing yourself in English. Okay, the next one is how do you like learning? Okay, So because different people learn in different ways, okay, so are you a visual learner? Do you need to actually see a picture of something to remember the word? Some people, most people are visual learners. And to be honest, I think it's about 50 or 60 percent. And some people learn hourly. They, they need to hear something and then they remember the new vocabulary. And there's other types like kinetic learning which you need to be moving, okay, it's not very small proportion of people learn that way. Most people are visual learners. They need to see the word written down. So that's why I recommend writing all new vocabulary damp. And are you a social person? Okay. For some people, it's very difficult to speak another language because they are shy and they are not confident to speak in another language. So you have to think about that, don't, you don't need to put yourself in his very difficult situation of speaking in front of a 1000 people. If that's not something you like doing, right? If you are an introverted person, maybe an online class would be better one-on-one with a teacher, okay? And also you need to think about what is your level of English now at this point, okay, You probably have some level of English if you are watching this course. Okay. So are you a beginner, intermediate, or are you an advanced learner? Okay. Because what you need to do at each level is different, right? Beginner, they need to study a lot of grammar and pretty much do everything right? And intermediate. Then you need to start with a kind of a lot of grammar as well. And practice the grammar and make sure that you are putting the grammar into practice, including the skills right speaking and writing and practicing all of those things. And then when you become more advanced, is really about practicing a lot the scales of course, but then vocabulary becomes more important. It really shows the difference between somebody who's an advanced learner and an intermediate learner, if they can use the grammar with their speaking skills in a fluent manner. But also, you can see the vocabulary is much better, okay? So the last question is, what are my strengths and weaknesses? Okay, so you need to look at the chart we saw in the last video, the skills and the knowledge, Right? And what, what are your strengths, okay, maybe you are very good at listening, okay? Then you don't need to practice that as much, right? And maybe you're weak at listening speaking. So in that case, you need to just practice speaking, speaking, speaking and just open your mouth. Tried to start conversations with people. Tried to do something that will improve your speaking skills, or maybe it's writing. Okay, a lot of people kind of forget about rising and they don't like doing writing. So you need to start something and do something to practice your writing. That could be writing two paragraphs about your job or your interests, or writing a song or writing a diary, or updating your LinkedIn profile or anything like that. That includes producing the language in a written form, right? And then there's also the grammar and vocabulary. It can be difficult, right? To know if my grammar good or his my vocabulary good. You know, you need to think about that, right? Can you express yourself? Do you find the right words? And to express what you want to say? If not, then you can practice, combine a few of these skills and knowledge. I'd like to practice reading to improve my vocabulary, right? That's why I use reading. And I write down all the new words. And then you try to practice them. And producing the language, either with speaking or right. 3. Make a Practice Plan: Okay, so step two in this process is to make a plan, right? Specifically, I mean, make a study plan, okay, so you know what you have to do every day, right? That's a great way to make sure that you can make progress. Okay? So yeah, you know exactly what you need to do every single day. So on Monday, I know I'm going to study this certain topic, okay? And every Sunday, you can make a plan for the whole of the following week. Okay, so I just made us a sample study plan and something that you can use. But of course, feel free to make your own. So Monday you could start with reading. Practice reading and write down all new vocabulary in your notebook. And I used to do that when newspapers, okay, if I offend and newspapers in Portuguese and write down all the new vocabulary. And, but of course, you can use online resources like BBC or The New York Times or anything that you find interesting is a great place to start to keep reading in English and make it a weekly practice. Okay? So choose day. You could practice your listening. Practice listening to a new story and write down all new vocabulary in your notebook. Again, it doesn't have to be the news, right? Bbc six Minute English have brilliant lessons. There are only six minutes, six minutes long, okay, and you can get all the texts as well, but I definitely am recommends practicing with that the text first of all, okay, so first listen, even second, listen to just close your eyes and listen. Also could be a podcasts. Podcasts are excellent way to find something that you are interested in. Maybe that's technology or sport, or fashion or something like that. Find podcasts that you like. Okay, and of course, write down the new vocabulary. Okay, Wednesday, so we start producing the language now and practice are writing. So you write 200 words in English, right? And something like that. It can be anything. It can be, you can start a blog, you can start a diary. That's an easy way to just practice your writing, okay? It's excellent to get feedback. You don't need to get feedback on every piece of writing you do. But if you have a teacher or a friend is really good at English and send them your writing and try to get some feedback, okay? Or you can find tips about improving your writing. That's also a good way to improve your writing skills. So Thursday then we'll practice some speaking. Okay. Maybe it's better to practice speaking later in the week so that your brain is warmed up, right? You're starting to think in English, you practice the previous three days. And speaking is the most important thing, I think, because you're kind of combining everything really, you know, you're combining your listening, you need to listen and, and your grammar and vocabulary, you need to use everything right when you're speaking, but maybe not writing. So you can take an online class. Lots of opportunities now, websites like I talkie and calmly and promptly reply that you can use to have an online class or you can find a language partner, right? Are many websites that you can use to find a language partner to practice your English, okay, and then on Friday, we'll practice some grammar and vocabulary. So you can watch an online grammar class and do some exercises, right? So what I would do is find, find a list of topics, right? Grammar topics. And for your level that say it's the present perfect, okay, So type into YouTube, present perfect, a grammar lesson. And then watch the video. Maybe watch two or three videos, and then type in to Google, present perfect exercises. And I think there's websites like my English pages where you can do some exercises okay, to reinforce the knowledge, right? And then vocabulary, I mean, you should have lots of new vocabulary from the Monday and Tuesday. So just try to review those new words. And you know, the weekend too, if you feel like it, just keep looking at those new words and try to use them. 4. Practice Every Day: Okay, let's move on to step three. Step three is to practice, okay, so you have your plan now and you need to practice. You need to do this every day, right? It's good to take about three months with this plan that you have, and we'll see later that you can revise and check your plan. So you need to practice every day, right? At least Monday to Friday. You can take the weekend off if you want. But now is the time to practice your English right? Every day. And also you need to study more the higher the level you are. Okay. So you find that at the beginning when you are learning English, you only need to start study for practice for 15 minutes or half an hour and then your brain is very tired. But the more, the higher the level that you get two then the more you need to study. All right, so I made a little chart here. So if you know the levels in English, we have A1, beginner, i2, Elementary, and B1 intermediate, B2, upper intermediate see on advanced and C2 proficient. Okay? So you need to study more when you increase your level, okay? So you also need to think about when you don't want to study, okay. Because there will be some days or you're like, No, I don't want to just study. Okay. So you need to prepare for the days that you don't want to study. So what can you do? Well, I would say one option is to book a class, okay. If you book a class for every Thursday, for example, I think on our plan, then you have to attend the class, right? Because you paid for the class. And then no matter watts, you have to do it. It's something similar than going to school or something. If you go to school and you have to learn, you got dressed, you left her house. There is some sort of thing that makes you have to do it, right? And if you really are tired after work or something like that, then you can watch TV and watch videos and books. Just tried to think about it as like, okay, is this really helping me to progress? Probably not watching hours and hours of Netflix or something like that. Just half asleep. It's not very good, but it is good on the weekend or something like that. But it's not your real study time. Okay, So you should look at the charts rights and see what level you are back here. And if you're a B2, then okay. You wanted to study for one hour and a half AM Monday to Friday. Okay. And that should be proper study, not just relaxing and watching. Okay. 5. Check your Progress: Okay, so now let's look at step 4 and in this video course about how to learn English, right? So step four is to check your progress. Okay? I would suggest doing this after three months of hard study, maybe even take a break for a week and just think about how, how is your journey going? How are you getting on? How are you progressing, okay? Check your progress after three months, okay, so first thing you can do is take a level test. You can think about what worked and what didn't work, and make a new list of grammar topics, okay, So depending on your level, hopefully you have increased level. I decide on new ways to practice and congratulate yourself. Well done. You have studied for three months and probably you have increased in a level in learning English. Okay, So let's talk a little bit more about this. So a level test is a great way to see how much you have improved, right? It's even a good idea just to record each level tests that you do and listen to yourself and tried to think about where, where was I three months ago. What was my level of English like three months ago on think about that and say, I made an improvement, right? And think about the next step, right? So think about what worked. So what, and think about what you did that helped you, okay, well, what worked? I can guarantee you that studying grammar and if you were speaking and listening every week, it will definitely improve. Okay? And, and think about new grammar topics. Okay, So we needed a new lists, right? Maybe 20 more topics, 15 more topics, something like that. So if you're increasing your level that say you move to a B2 level, then you need to change the topics, right? You need to start studying gerunds and infinitives and maybe reported speech or something like that. These topics which are a little bit more difficult and need a lot more practice. Okay, STI stops making sense at this point. Okay, So there are too many topics to list here, but think about what is your level now, right? When you get to level C1, grammar is not very important, I think. And so it's just really, you know, make sure that you understand all of the topics before even go back to some of the basic grammar things and make sure I really understand that, okay, but grammar at this point is not important, but b1, b2, and A1, A2, of course, definitely very important. Okay? You can also think about new ways to learn, okay, find new ways to practice. I always try to find new ways to practice my languages and whether that's finding a new language channel and new TV channel. Something, something I do is write down the lyrics to the song and I play it on guitar and I sing. Boats are so many ways to use the language. Maybe you could get involved in a forum, right, and starts writing. And there's a new app I think called club house or something. Maybe that's a good way to practice your listening. Okay, use music, listen to the radio, and choose maybe a country, you know, let's say, okay, I'm interested in, I'm from Ireland. I'm interested in Ireland. So listen to the radio from Ireland, which is RTE. And you hear all about Ireland and you can learn so much more. I personally, I always just listened to music because music is amazing, right? When I'm learning Spanish, I just choose Cuba or Mexico, Peru, or one of these countries and just spent ages listening to music in Spanish, right? And you could write a journal, write, write your thoughts, do some morning pages. And this can help you with your mental health. Maybe do some meditation in English, right? Sit down, relax. Try to think there are lots and lots of things you can do to improve your English. Write a short story if that's something that's interesting for you too. Okay? And you should be proud, right? Every little step you make, you are doing it right? You are practicing your English, you're, you're speaking and new language, you'll feel good. It does feel good to speak any language rights, and you'll probably want to learn another language okay, and speak to more people because that's good. It feels when you, when you make progress, right? Speaking English, you can speak to, Hey, everyone around the world nowadays, not nearly everyone, but if you go traveling, often English is the lingua franca that people use and speak to each other. Or, you know, get a better job or something like that. So you're one step closer to getting and achieving our goals. 6. Practice Again: Okay, let's move on to step 5. And this is practice again, right? There are two main rules, right? You need to think of a study in fact is and keep going and keep practicing k. So we're going to do another round practicing again. So repeat step, step three, write, study and practice every day for three more months. Okay, so it's very similar, but you just have new ideas and you have more experience at keep going, Right? So for me it helps to break up big projects like this into different steps, right? And say, Okay, I've got this much to do today. Then I take a little break and then say, okay, there's much more to do. And it just makes it so much easier to make a big project like learning a language and to make it into smaller pieces, right? So you can go for three more months now. Something to think about is the language learning plateaus. Okay, so this means that the more you progress in English, the less obvious it is that you are progressing, right? So, you know, at the beginning seems like, wow, this is amazing. I'm getting very good. I can speak a little bit, I'm having a conversation. But then you kind of plateau, right? So if you have a look at the chart here, you make a lot of progress at the beginning. And then it's kinda goes, it levels off a little bit, okay? And so it's really important to keep pushing, keep going at that point, right where in this chart it says 30. Okay, I just made that number up but invented that number, but okay, when you reach that level, I find it often comes around the B1 level, right? And people get stuck there. They just say like this is boring. Now I'm tired of learning English and not making any progress. But this is really where you need to put the working right? And especially if b1, b2 level, then you're kind of reaching fluency rights. And, and yeah, you're doing very well. Obi-wan, you still need to learn lots right? And intermediate level and put it into practice, okay? So when you get reached up B2 level, then you just need to increase your vocabulary. All right, I'm not really talking about using Duolingo or these platforms at this points, right? If you're at the B2 level, you have to start implementing more and more native English content into your studies, right? So you're listening to podcasts in the evening, or when you're driving your car, or listening to a radio, right? There's an app called tuning in a radio, where you can listen to any radio station from around the world and listen in English. So you can do that from your car or something like that. So you're just listening to this native English content like this video course now.