Here’s a common plea for help form High-Level English learners:
“My English Doesn’t Improve!”
There are three common reasons why this might be.
- You’re not doing anything to make it happen: This should be obvious, but you’d be amazed at how often people are frustrated because their English doesn’t improve… but simply aren’t doing anything to make it happen. Sorry to piss on your chips, but that ain’t going to work.
- You’re doing stuff, but it’s massively imbalanced: This can go in two different ways. Some people are doing stuff in English – watching TV, listening to podcasts and chatting to people in English. But that’s all they’re doing, and although they keep their proficiency sharp… their English doesn’t grow. Other people are putting time and effort into growing their English… but they’re ALL study ALL the time, and so they never develop any fluency. You need a balance… and yes, there is an optimal balance for improving. (My MEFA course is largely about implementing this idea.)
- You’re doing the right things… but learning the wrong things: I’ve said this again and again, but the materials you use to learn English from matter. You could be using the best method in the world and putting hours every day into your English… but if you’re putting the wrong English in your head, it’ll be useless. A common example is studying newspapers then wondering why your English conversation doesn’t get better. Simple – the language in newspapers is NOT what you need for conversation.
If you’re not sure what to do to get this focused intensive learning, or indeed how you should be going about the relaxed exposure part of your learning, or what materials you should be studying to progress quickly in English I put together this free training.