Learning a Language research has consistently shown that the best way of learning a new language is to use a variety of different methods for short periods of time. This keeps the interest of the student and ensures that the learning is also fun. When learning how to speak English, try and use a number of the different methods outlined below and then only for a short time of 15-20 minutes each. This will allow you to learn English quickly and easily.
- Flashcards. These usually contain both the word and a picture associated with the word. This helps the brain to connect the written word with the picture and this means that remembering becomes easier. The research also shows that showing flashcards in quick succession repeatedly is also effective in improving learning.
- High Frequency Words. It’s common knowledge that most languages use a relatively small number of words more frequently than others. For the English language this is also true and only 25 words actually make up almost a third (30%) of the spoken English language!
- Video. The power of the moving image is tremendously effective in helping to teach English. A number of different research papers have shown that actually viewing English speaking movies a number of times is effective in teaching people how to speak English.
- Music. Western music is very popular around the world and this can be used to great effect when learning how to speak English. If you choose the right songs and actually listen to them a number of times you will find that you pick up the pronunciation and how the words are formed. This will help greatly when learning English.
- The Rassias Method. This technique was developed by John Rassias who is the founder and former Director of Dartmouth’s Language Study Abroad program. The technique involves a teacher who is very enthusiastic and dramatic when teaching. They will use dramatic movement and unexpected instructions to teach the language. We have all seen or met such people in our student lives …..remember Robin Williams in the film “Dead Poets Society”?