* Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Be confident. People can only correct your mistakes when they hear you make them.
* Surround yourself in English. Put yourself in an all English speaking environment where you can learn passively. The best way to learn is through speaking.
* Practice every day. Make yourself a study plan. Decide how much time a week you are going to spend studying and stick to it. Establish a routine.
* Tell your family and friends about your study plan. Get them to push you to study and also don’t let them interrupt you.
* Practice the 4 core skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. They all need to be worked on for you to improve.
* Keep a notebook of new words you learn. Use them in sentences and try to say them at least 3 times when you speak.
* Get help! If you don’t understand something you’ve got to ask someone. Ask your teacher, classmates or friends for help.
* Read for the general meaning first. Don’t worry about understanding every word, then go back and look up new words.
* For a word you don’t understand in a sentence, look at the other words around it. They will give you a hint. Try to guess the meaning from the context.
* Use English whenever you can. It’s as simple as that!
* Don’t translate into English from your own language. Think in English to improve your fluency. Talk to yourself…but not on the bus otherwise people will think you have gone crazy!
* To become a better writer brainstorm as many ideas and thoughts onto paper without worrying about grammar or spelling. Then think about the structure. After that, write your piece using good grammar and spelling. Finally, read it through or give it to someone else to check for mistakes.
* Have English radio on in your house. Even if you are not actively listening to it, you will still be training your ears.
* Nobody likes to hear their own voice, but be brave and try it! Record your voice and listen to your pronunciation and intonation. It will help you to identify your problem areas.
* Ask your helpful teacher if you can record his lesson. This is a great way to review. You can also listen to your teachers speaking speed and intonation.
* Use an English/English dictionary as it will help you to keep thinking in English and not translating.
* Don’t give up! Stay positive! Sometimes you will feel that you aren’t learning quickly enough. Everyone feels like this, don’t worry about it. You’ll get there in the end.
* Enjoy it! We learn more when we are having fun!
* If you get nervous when speaking, take two deep breaths before you say something. You’ll speak better when you feel relaxed.