Second language acquisition, in our case the English language, is rarely associated with the social element of learning, an aspect that can prove to be quite beneficial for students. Focusing too much on learning rules and accumulating information can deprive a student of the most important, useful and pleasant part of learning a language, the social element. This generally happens to people who study alone, as a class environment generally provides some basic form of social interaction.
Sometimes People That Know English Are Reluctant To Use It
Using your newly acquired skills in a social interaction of any sort, from communicating with fellow students, to using it while traveling or earning some sort of income from translation jobs for example can be just as good a learning experience as the actual class, tape or program you are on. It can help with a number of issues, from speech, accent and cadence to grammar and vocabulary. Besides the obvious benefit, the social aspect should be the main motivator for learning a second language. The idea that once mastered, the student will use it to open himself to a whole new marketplace of ideas and possibilities, to millions of English speakers around the globe should be the motive behind wanting to learn a language. This is why ignoring the social part of learning a language can lead to reticence in using it and in turn to slower progress. There is a huge number of students who hesitate to use the English language even if their knowledge would easily permit them to speak it in a social interaction. This can be due to a general problem with socializing that the student might have but it can also be an issue due to the learning method.
All students should make an effort to use whatever English they know as soon as they learn it. The context can be anything, from speaking online with friends to joining forums or online video platforms to using the language in real life while talking to tourists or native speakers.
Why Not Dub Movies For Friends Or Family
If reaching out to people that speak English or finding people online is a problem there is a great way to use the English language, improve your knowledge and have fun while interacting with friends and family. Dubbing English movies, news, TV shows or other programs or entertainment options can be a fun activity as well as a real test for your skills.
Depending on where in the world you live, TV channels that air English spoken movies either choose to dub or use subtitles for them. If the movies are not dubbed, or in case you buy a movie or rent it without subtitles using your new skill to help your friends, parents or even grandparents understand a movie is a great way to interact socially while using your English knowledge. It can also be a great way to help out older members of your family view certain movies, documentaries or foreign news that they would have never been able to understand.
Regardless of what scenario you choose, this is an easy way to interact with people while also helping them out and practicing your English.