Here is the second of the 3Cs of Effective Learning – Curiosity.
Having the desire to know and learn new things is an essential element of mastering anything. We need to be actively involved in our own learning. You won’t learn a language well just sitting in a classroom and waiting for the teacher to tell you what to do! It is important to take responsibility for your learning and to take every opportunity to practice and consolidate what you know. Here are few things you can do to get started:
- Ask lots of questions – be curious (of course!). This way you practice asking questions and listening to the answers. Never be afraid to ask for clarification, if you don’t understand something.
- Don’t be afraid of making mistakes – mistakes are not evidence of failure to learn, on the contrary, they are strong evidence of learning taking place! You learn by making mistakes and becoming aware of them.
- Watch plenty of DVDs (in English obviously!) – use English sub-titles too. This way you can watch, listen and read in English!
- Listen to your favorite English songs or the latest hits and read the lyrics too. This is a fun way to expand your vocabulary. You can find lyrics on a site like http://www.azlyrics.com
- Look up new words in a monolingual dictionary. This is where you really learn the meaning and use of words. Here is my favorite dictionary www.thefreedictionary.com
- Read articles in English. The articles on http://news.sky.com/skynews are nice and short. If you follow the main international news, you probably already know it in your own language and this is certainly an advantage for building up your vocabulary. There are also news videos to follow – lasting from one to three minutes.
- Watch videos in English on websites like www.youtube.com or on other video sites like www.videojug.com
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