Another stage of your English learning journey is coming to an end. Time to reflect on how you have done this year. Coach John gives some tips about maintaining and improving your English during the long summer months.
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to hit the ground running: start something and proceed at a fast pace with great enthusiasm
to meet up with: to go to a place to be with someone
fellow: belonging to the same class or group
to take advantage: to make good use of something
to pack: to put (clothes, etc.) into a case, etc., as for traveling or storage
to head for: proceed or go in a certain direction
graded readers: books that have had the language level simplified to help second language learners read them
wide range: extensive or diversified in scope
device: a thing made for a particular purpose, esp. a mechanical or electric invention
Listen to the audio and read the text.
Maintain your English this summer
Everyone deserves a good holiday, but is taking a break from your English a good idea? As the saying goes, ‘Practice makes perfect’. With a little planning, you can use the summer months to maintain and even improve your language skills and be ready to ‘hit the ground running’ when you start your English course at ECP in September or October.
Do you know any English speakers? Why not meet up with your fellow students for a coffee during the summer? When you are on holiday, take advantage of every opportunity to chat in English.
A GOOD BOOK FOR THE BEACH
Don’t forget to pack an English novel before you head for the beach. If you think reading a novel in English might be a bit of a challenge, there are plenty of other options such as graded readers or comics. Whatever you read, it is a great way to augment your English vocabulary. ECP has a wide range of books you are welcome to borrow for the summer. Just send John a WA on 657731354 and pop in to choose a book.
LISTEN TO THE AUDIO BOOK WHILE YOU READ
If you use a device to read your books, why not listen and read at the same time? It’s a great way to focus on and improve your pronunciation.
WATCH YOUR FAVOURITE SERIES AND MOVIES WITH ENGLISH AUDIO AND/OR SUBTITLES
We have easy access to series and films in English on various platforms. Come to the famous ECP CINE NIGHTS on Friday, June 30th at 18.45 and you’ll discover how easy and enjoyable it is — a great way to celebrate the end of your course.
USE ECP RESOURCES
So, enjoy your summer holidays, wherever you are going, but don’t forget your English, and see you all in September or October!
Written by ECP coach John Hird
Let’s chat about that
- Give a summary of the text to your coach and/or classmates.
- What have you learned this year?
- Do you feel you have improved? Why / Why not?
- Have you already planned your holidays? Are you going to an English-speaking country?
- Which tips do you think are best? Which ones will you try?
- Have you got any other tips to maintain and improve your English this summer?
- What are your objectives for learning English next term? Will you ‘hit the ground running’?