Knowing why you learn the English language or how you might use your newly acquired skill is a very important aspect when it comes to making good progress. The reason for this is that some people’s needs may not require them to speak fluent English, to know everything related to grammar or to speak with a perfect accent.
Tailoring your learning experience to your needs will mean faster results and a better altogether experience. A good experience with learning English, even when it means a student will stop at an intermediate or even beginner level, will allow that student to not think twice about resuming his or her studies or might even encourage students to try for a third language.
Know Why You’re Learning, Focus On What You Need
English students might not be learning the language just to add it to their CV’s in the hope of landing a better job; it might be the case that they already have a good job and have a new English speaking client. This is becoming a more popular case with the fast pace of globalization and the open market.
Often enough time is more important than the proficiency with which people speak so a quick and efficient learning process which will allow students to master the basics of communication, reading and writing as well as some specialized terms, depending on their field, is a much better solution than an in depth approach that will allow them to speak fluently after a longer period of time.
The key to determining how your learning process will go is to know exactly the reason behind English speaking needs. Once you figured out why you’re learning the language and how much time you can invest you should also look into adapting your vocabulary to your needs.
While a large vocabulary is always a good thing, some people simply don’t have enough time to memorize, read and learn enough. This is why English learners should always try to focus on memorizing words that can best help them achieve their goals. For example, a med student or professional who is learning the English language should also try to include as many medicine related terms in their vocabulary while letting go of other less used general terms.
The same approach can work in most fields and is guaranteed to give students more time to study what they need and a more efficient learning process altogether.
Keep Trying To Learn From Different Sources
While focusing on the exact learning material you need will save you time, you shouldn’t ignore all the traditional approaches for learning a second language. Try to diversify your materials or your learning methods. This means that you should still incorporate alternative methods such as watching TV, listening to music or conversing with fluent or native speakers. Accelerate the pace if you feel that will help, but don’t think that just because you’re learning on a tight schedule that you shouldn’t try to enjoy yourself or that you shouldn’t apply modern learning techniques.