For years the whole process of learning a new language was confined to a boring classroom and a repetitive, memorizing based course. Slowly, new ideas and methods made their way in, and the whole process got a little easier and a lot more efficient. Making things more fun and taking a different, sometimes indirect approach to learning a new language didn’t hurt the results, it actually improved them.
Today there are a huge number of courses specially thought out to play on any type of student’s strong points and a lot of methods that make the whole process fun and that strip away the grey and grim way of classic learning techniques.
There are also a lot of new methods for self-learners to approach the long road to English proficiency, one of which is integration.
Improve your vocabulary through your job
A way to learn the language and get great results without feeling like you’re spending too much time learning is to integrate your learning time with a daily activity. It can be anything really, from a hobby to some daily routine, to anything you enjoy doing.
Try learning by integrating your studies with your job, regardless of what your job might be. If for example you work with certain materials or in a field like engineering try to look up the equivalent of all specific terms in your field. Try to use English as often as possible while working and expand your new vocabulary. The fact that you are learning things in a field you have knowledge about and are comfortable with will help you better retain the new words. You can also save a lot of time by doing your “learning” at work.
Try sparking up discussions with English natives in your field. Communication is the best way to get a firm grip on the language and by talking about something you know and are passionate about you can cover a lot of words. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes at first or to look up as many words as you need.
After you mastered a sufficient number of words you can improve your grammar by forming sentences with your newly acquired words.
Use common actions
Another great way to integrate your studies is with common actions like eating or food. You will have the benefit of learning some very basic yet useful information while cooking or going out to eat. It will be very easy for you to acquire information as food is generally very recognizable; even more, you can immediately use your new vocabulary as ordering and recognizing food is one of the basics in just about any English course.
By associating your studies with field you are passionate about you can greatly increase the efficiency of learning and the retention of information. Also make sure you try a rewards system. If your hobby is sculpting, and you learned a predetermined number of words by incorporating sculpting in your studies, reward yourself by getting a new tool, or by going to a gallery. It will help motivate you to learn more while improving your skill and making the time you spend learning English more delightful.