English Study Tips
Students often ask us what they can do to improve their English quickly. Try these English Study Tips in this article. You will be surprised just how quickly your English improves. First some hints, tips and tricks on pronunciation, spelling and vocabulary.
- Learn the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) and the sounds of English by using the chart in your progress form. It will help you with pronunciation when you don’t have a teacher to ask.
- Put your hand on your throat to feel the difference between a voiced sound, such as /b/, and an unvoiced sound, /p/.
- Record yourself on your smartphone or tablet to hear what you sound like, so you know what areas of pronunciation and intonation you need to work on.
- Make a list of any words that your teacher has corrected on your written work or that you were not sure of and checked in a dictionary or spell checker. Remember to look at this list regularly.
- Download a word game like Scrabble or Boggle to your mobile phone or tablet (or play an online game on your computer).
- Choose 5 words you want to memorise, and put them into a context by creating a story. This is particularly useful for words which are unconnected.
- Label objects with stickers and write the name of the object. You can start by adding a label to all your stationary.
- Play word games such as Scrabble and Boggle. Online crosswords and riddles can also help you learn new vocabulary.
English Study Tips
- Study regularly – it’s better to spend 30 minutes every day than 2 hours once a week!
- Listen to the radio and watch some English TV every day (ask your teacher to recommend useful English programmes).
- Read newspapers and magazines – The result is that you will learn lots of new vocabulary and common expressions.
- Speak English outside the classroom as much as possible. If you live with friends who speak the same language as you, try and make ‘an arrangement’ to speak English only (for example, every day between 5pm and 7pm). Every little bit of practicing speaking will help.
- Buy a good dictionary (ask your teacher for advice).
- Keep a diary so you can write a little English every day. This will help you practice all the tenses in writing – you can do this slowly and use your grammar books and dictionaries to help.
- Start a vocabulary notebook and write down all the new words you learn each day. If you see an interesting word or expression, show it to your teacher who will be happy to explain and your classmates will enjoy learning something new too.
- Don’t be afraid to ask if you don’t understand something or need help with English pronunciation.
- Find English language exercises and games online. (Education Gateway)
- Book a course at Education Gateway. Learn English in a structured way and practice speaking with other English language students.
- Read our weekly blog, which includes study tips and interesting aspects of the English language. Plus a ‘fun with English’ section every week!
- Read our weekly newsletter, which includes a useful English study tip from a teacher every month.
About Education Gateway
Education Gateway is located next to Chiang Mai University in Thailand’s north; our modern school specialises in corporate English training for the service-provider industry, preparation programs for students to study abroad.
At Education Gateway, we focus on helping you attain proficiency in any English-language environment. Our new, well-equipped classrooms are designed for up to eight students per room. The small size of the groups in spacious classrooms allows teachers and trainers to provide individualised instruction and ensure that students progress satisfactorily. We also offer in-house training in the meeting rooms at your hotel. Our teachers and trainers are flexible, so we can arrange a specific training for your staff outside the office hours.
We offer customised English training for various industries including hospitality, travel, airlines, medical, automotive and manufacturing. Our program is equally suitable for company employees working in general management, secretarial/clerical, customer service, human resources or sales capacities. Both in-house training at your own facilities as well as private training in our classrooms is available.