The methodology of learning the English language is not something set in stone. While certain courses or learning packages will certainly lay out some basics, in the end it is up to the individual English student to determine how the learning process will and should take place.
In fact, one of the most often asked questions by beginner students is how much time to set aside for learning and how to divide that time between the numerous elements that they will need to cover. This is a particularly poignant question when said student chooses to learn the language without any supportive classroom environment or the guidance of a teacher.
Try Any Method, In The End, Your Current Level Dictates How Often You Should Practice English
The simple answer to how often you should practice is that you will find simply have to find out yourself. You can certainly start with a classic one or two hour approach, depending on your schedule and goals, however, in the end you will find that it is the way you progress and other outside factors which determine how often you should practice.
Beginners should seek some advice on how much time they should spend learning on some of the numerous forums or free resources for learning the English language you can find online. They should also monitor their progress in order to change and adapt an already set schedule to their individual needs. An interesting experiment is to compare how much time it took them to learn a grammar class now compared to a month or two ago when they first started. This should give them an idea about how fast they are progressing and how they should change their learning approach in order to advance quicker or maintain the current pace.
Intermediate speakers should already have a good idea how to schedule their time in order to get the most out of it. As a student advances he should always try to challenge himself, even if the method he is currently on works. English students, particularly intermediates should always try new approaches and see how that works for them. For example, an intermediate student who is learning on his own should definitely try to look over some classic classroom environment material which can be easily found online. He might just find that the classroom method of learning helps him with certain aspects of the learning process.
The problem advanced students face isn’t how to learn faster or how to allot their time in order to progress with a certain facet of the language; it is much more a question of how to schedule their time in order to always keep fresh what they already learned. Forgetting the lessons you don’t often use is one of the biggest problems advance speakers face, particularly if they reached their desired level and have stopped the learning process.
Allotting time for recapitulations and reexamination is a key element in becoming and staying a fluent speaker.