Taking the First Steps on your English Learning Journey
Learning anything for the first time can be pretty overwhelming, but it always starts with a decision to try. Today, you finally decided to conquer the challenges of learning the English language. You're on the right track!
Mastering a new language is not easy, but it is doable if you set your mind to it. Every journey has a beginning, and you have to make sure that you are optimistic and driven when you start. If you feel lost on what to do to start developing your English skills, don't worry, we got you! Here are some steps that should help you prepare for the long but fun journey that awaits you:
Step 1: Know your skill level.
Before starting your English journey, you must know the level of your English skills. Knowing your proficiency level in the four core areas (listening, speaking, writing, and reading) will help you determine what you need to prioritize. In Bonifacio ENL Academy, we conduct an assessment test to determine where your English skills stand. It serves as our guide when creating a level-appropriate learning program that will help you improve in no time.
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Step 2: Set your learning goals.
People say, "It's not the destination, but the journey that is important." We think the journey and the destination are equally significant. For you to continue on your English learning route, you must have an objective in mind. Ask yourself, "Why do I want to learn English?" You may want to learn the language for migration or tourism purposes, or maybe for that promotion you've been eyeing since you started in the company. By knowing your end goal, you can enroll in a course that best suits your needs.
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Step 3: Choose the learning method that works for you.
Once you have a clear picture of your goals, the next step is to think about how you can achieve them, so you have to determine which learning method would work for you.
Most English learners either enroll in in-person or online classes, while others study independently or participate in language exchange programs. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages.
Online classes - taken via a learning platform such as Zoom or Skype
✔ flexible schedule and accessible lessons
x technical issues and connection problems
In-person classes - taken inside a classroom with a teacher (with or without other students)
✔ physical interaction and collaboration
x consumes travel time (to and from the school)
Exchange programs - usually taken in an English-speaking country and lasts for a few months to a year depending on the program
✔ widen the perspective on various cultures; first-hand learning experience
x expensive and time-consuming; not ideal for workers
✔ study at your own pace; inexpensive (you only need to buy materials)
x no feedback from a professional teacher
Regardless of which learning method you decide to go for, you should always consider the time and resources you can allot for studying. Also, you have to keep an open mind and try different methods to maximize your learning potential.
Step 4: Find a good school that will help you learn English efficiently.
Aside from the learning method, it is also necessary that you find a good learning partner. Of course, you may always opt to study on your own. In this case, you have to choose materials that would address your weaknesses in English. Aside from books, there are numerous sources available online such as podcasts and language learning apps. Watching English movies or TV shows can also help enhance your skills.
But nothing beats having an actual teacher, and that's where we come in! At ENL Academy, the teachers will help you reach your goals. The student programs are tailor-made to cater to the specific learning needs of the students.
So, what are you waiting for? Start your English journey with us! Click here to know more.