What are common to English learners having made little progress?

G’day mate. What’s new? Today, I am going to discuss what sorts of common issues English learners might have. Many people have been debating the epicentre of causing English learners’ reservations. So I also want to join this topic. Let’s dive into it!

First up, many English learners tend to try to bite off more than they could chew

That is, supposing you don’t know anything about grammar, basic vocabularies and even correct pronunciation, you are always trying to do shadowing, reading aloud or dictation, etc. Without the basics, you can’t jump the gun! It’s rather detrimental to the trajectory of your English learning journey, I should say. It’s simply that if you haven’t started learning basic grammar rules, please do so first. Just take one text, and master it. Don’t start doing anything beyond your current ability! Learning step by step only makes your English learning faster and smoother in the end.

Second, many English learners tend to buy new textbooks one after another even before completing the one you’re having right now

This is quite a common pitfall of what many English learners tend to do. I do understand that there are a few exceptional circumstances such as getting a wrong text. But otherwise, you are highly likely to be trapped in a vicious circle. For instance, you are studying English grammar and have understood a half of chapters of the text you have right now, but you ended up flirting with another or even multiple new texts. In all probability, you start learning the same grammar rules that you’ve confidently understood, and presumably you will not learn the rest of your weak areas. You probably don’t notice how much waste of time you may have already spent. Ultimately speaking, you should select a text you searched, and stick to the one until it’s worn-out. I’m sure you are going to be champion.

Third, many English learners tend to cherish the illusion that going abroad to study leads you to the mastery of the English language

I am not saying it’s impossible, but you are highly likely to struggle to make progress even if you go abroad to study. This is simply because that in the end, your passion, dedication and perseverance could only prevail. This could be realised wherever you might be. So, even if you are studying a Master’s degree in an English-speaking country, you are using your current English ability to cope with your specific subject, but not studying the English language per se. Therefore, if your English level is below intermediate, then you seem to be stuck in doing pretty much everything such as presentations, essays, even tackling required reading for students.

I can imagine what you could do best is to catch up with the things you are obliged to do using your current English ability. All in all, going abroad to study doesn’t necessarily mean making spectacular progress of your English language ability. Even if you are planning to stay in an English-speaking country for a couple years, it all depends upon how much you could make a concerted effort to study the English language itself. Now you can get the hang of it like you can learn English wherever you are.

Last but not least, many English learners tend not to take any practical method

This is probably the one that I’d like to place great emphasis upon. The main cause of this may have driven by the fact that the English education in schools such as translation study and rote memorisation. Of course, I’m not saying they are totally bad. However, it’s hard to get the practicality of the English language. Translation study is obviously out of the question, while rote memorisation can be better only if you are keeping an active learning style like memorising new words and use them in speaking or writing immediately. In schools, however, it’s not like that way, that is, learning for getting scores or a ticket for entering university. I understand this objective cannot be removed, but what you should do is to separately keep studying English in a practical way.

If you want to know what this practical way should be, please contact me via email or leave your comment here. I’m offering a personalised online English program that tailors your concerns and needs. I’m confident that I can solve your problems in a short period of time, that is, within a year.

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading!

Have a great Monday!

Published by Masato Kawaguchi

I am an English entrepreneur here in Australia. I've been teaching the PTE exam for the last 2 years or so, now mainly general English online.

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