3 Easy Steps to Fluency - for Teachers and Students.

I've been teaching English for nearly 15 years now. So long that I now train new teachers how to teach English as a CELTA Teacher Trainer (a university of Cambridge certified programme) 😜
One of the most common struggles my trainees and students have, when learning English, is wanting to speak more FLUENTLY, express their opinions more CLEARLY and ACCURATELY without having to translate from their L1 (their first language/ mother-tongue). Does this sound like you?
If you are also looking to be more Fluent in English for work, your personal goals or passing an exam, but find it difficult to progress and always seem to use the same basic level words to express yourself. Frustrating, isn't it?

Do you:

  • learn new vocabulary but can’t remember its’ meaning when you see/ hear it again?
  • use a dictionary to learn new words but can’t use them correctly in conversation?
  • sometimes feel like you have a bad memory?
If you answered yes to any of the points above then continue reading; you will definitely find this article useful. I decided to write it with students in mind so that I can help them with different methods in processing, digesting and retaining new language to have a better chance of recalling and using the English in a more fluent capacity.

Ok, let’s get started… so how should we learn new vocabulary?


All you have to do, is try these 3 EASY Steps…

1. Your memory is helped when new words or expressions are introduced in an interesting and engaging way so that, for you, it is memorable. If you are a visual learner you will need to see it, if you are an auditory learner, you will need to hear it, if you are a bit of both (visual and auditory) you will need to see it and hear it. This gives you the best chance to remember the new language.
(find out what your style is by doing this quick quiz from Brainbox.co.uk - What is your learning style?)

2. It is really important to learn new language in a context that you have a personal interest in i.e. a situation that you usually find yourself in e.g. if you work in an office and want to learn new expressions about how to deal with difficult clients, the new vocabulary needs to be introduced in a similar scenario. This ensures you are then able to express yourself in familiar contexts using appropriate vocabulary which have relevant meanings.

3. Follow the S.L.O.W steps below (created by Iman Sasso):
Say it out loud (repeat and use it in conversation - multiple times)
Look at it (notice how it is used in its context)
Organise your thoughts – What does it mean? Check in a dictionary and translate it! What words are around it? Give your brain time to process it further. What type of word is it - a noun/ verb/adjective?
Write it down in your learner diary. Write the translation next to it (for lower levels), write an example sentence using the word.

*Most Importantly

  • Use the new word(s)/ expression as much as possible in conversation or in writing; this will help you retain and remember it.
  • Remember, you need to see and use new vocabulary (in context) many times before you will be able to remember it

Thank for taking the time to read my article, hope you find it useful.
Try out the methods and see how you get on. Hope you find a method that works for you.

I'd love to hear if they helped you and how. Better yet, if you have and tried and tested methods that work for you, would also love to hear about them.

September 27, 2018
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Hello! I am a highly qualified, Oxford and Cambridge certified, English teacher/ trainer who has had 14 years of face to face and online teaching experience, working in Taiwan, Spain, the UK, Malaysia, Egypt, France and now Mauritius (10+ years with the British Council). I specialise in developing fluency for work or conversational English for travel and making new friends. I am very experienced teaching Business English and Soft Skills courses such as Presentation Skills, Communication skills, Writing emails and Reports for career progression. I have designed and delivered hundreds of courses successfully, both online and in the classroom, to students of all levels including many Fortune 500 companies and CEOs from different parts of the world. I have also been an IELTS Examiner and currently help students prepare for their speaking and writing tests. I am fun, innovative and extremely passionate about your success in language learning. I pride myself in meeting your expectations by offering great value for money/ return on investment. For every student, I always carry out detailed needs analysis, diagnostic tests and then come up with customised syllabus/ lessons to interest you and meet your specific language learning needs. I believe that learning happens most successfully through engagement. If you are interested and having fun, you will learn a lot quicker and have a better chance of remembering and using what you learnt. I work extremely hard to make this happen... I am always prepared to go that extra mile to make sure you achieve your personal goals - whatever they are. I won't waste your time teaching you things you don't need as sometimes happens in group classes or even one-to-one lessons at language schools.   I won't use a book with topics that only interests you 20% of the time -  that's a waste of your money.   In other words, I have the knowledge, patience, passion and experience to help you succeed so I will: - listen to your needs - Why do you want to learn? How do you prefer learning? What do you want to achieve? - do a diagnostic - What are your current Strengths and Weaknesses? - give you material that will interest you and help you reach your learning goals - make sure you enjoy and learn - give you feedback and correct your errors  - advise you on learning independently - give you links to free resources that will help you - guide you on further study possibilities - and give so much more *support To sum up, ​​I currently teach teachers how to teach English, which means I have in-depth knowledge of how learning happens most effectively and what methods work best for different types of students based on their backgrounds and learning preferences. Together, we WILL have FUN! Together, we WILL LEARN! Together, we WILL SUCCEED! ​​
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English
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United Kingdom
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New!
Speaks:
Arabic
B2
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French
B2
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Spanish
B1
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Mandarin
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Hello! I am a highly qualified, Oxford and Cambridge certified, English teacher/ trainer who has had 14 years of face to face and online teaching experience, working in Taiwan, Spain, the UK, Malaysia, Egypt, France and now Mauritius (10+ years with the British Council). I specialise in developing fluency for work or conversational English for travel and making new friends. I am very experienced teaching Business English and Soft Skills courses such as Presentation Skills, Communication skills, Writing emails and Reports for career progression. I have designed and delivered hundreds of courses successfully, both online and in the classroom, to students of all levels including many Fortune 500 companies and CEOs from different parts of the world. I have also been an IELTS Examiner and currently help students prepare for their speaking and writing tests. I am fun, innovative and extremely passionate about your success in language learning. I pride myself in meeting your expectations by offering great value for money/ return on investment. For every student, I always carry out detailed needs analysis, diagnostic tests and then come up with customised syllabus/ lessons to interest you and meet your specific language learning needs. I believe that learning happens most successfully through engagement. If you are interested and having fun, you will learn a lot quicker and have a better chance of remembering and using what you learnt. I work extremely hard to make this happen... I am always prepared to go that extra mile to make sure you achieve your personal goals - whatever they are. I won't waste your time teaching you things you don't need as sometimes happens in group classes or even one-to-one lessons at language schools.   I won't use a book with topics that only interests you 20% of the time -  that's a waste of your money.   In other words, I have the knowledge, patience, passion and experience to help you succeed so I will: - listen to your needs - Why do you want to learn? How do you prefer learning? What do you want to achieve? - do a diagnostic - What are your current Strengths and Weaknesses? - give you material that will interest you and help you reach your learning goals - make sure you enjoy and learn - give you feedback and correct your errors  - advise you on learning independently - give you links to free resources that will help you - guide you on further study possibilities - and give so much more *support To sum up, ​​I currently teach teachers how to teach English, which means I have in-depth knowledge of how learning happens most effectively and what methods work best for different types of students based on their backgrounds and learning preferences. Together, we WILL have FUN! Together, we WILL LEARN! Together, we WILL SUCCEED! ​​
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