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How to learn English quickly

 

Learn English Quickly

To make the most of your time at BROWNS English Language School and in studying English in Australia, here are some tips on how to learn English quickly.

Find out what your learning style is. Are you an eye learner (or visual)? Then you learn best by seeing words written down, taking notes and making mind maps. Are you an ear learner (or auditory)? Then repeating new words aloud, talking things through with a teacher or other student and telling stories will help you learn. Are you a body learner (or kinesthetic)? Then you can do role plays, move around while learning things and can learn by writing and rewriting edited drafts. You may also use a mixture of these styles. English language courses in Australia usually tend to focus on different style in different lessons or in different parts of lessons. 

Think about how you can integrate newly learnt skills together. For example, you may have been watching TV and written down a couple of new words or a phrase that you heard. Try to use them again as quickly as possible either in conversation, in an email or in a writing exercise in class. Keep practising the new language until you get the context and pronunciation right. Think of yourself as a scientist, testing and retesting!

Use the resources around you every day. Just a simple walk down the street can be a great lesson. Look at all the signs, eavesdrop on all the conversations on the bus and train, and ask every shop assistant lots of questions about their products. TV is a great medium, especially soapies where the stores are quite simple and you’ll learn lots of local slang. The Internet is an amazing resource so if you can find a site related to one of your interests, you can read new vocabulary, natural grammar, listen to native speakers and maybe even chat with people who have the same interests. Remember that English language schools are not the only places where you can learn English. When you learn English in Australia, English is around you all day. 

Finally, the most important aspect to learning English quickly in Australia is your attitude. The trick is to have fun learning but have the serious intention to learn. Studying English in Australia is sure to be one of your best memories for the rest of your life. Be strong but flexible enough to make mistakes as sometimes it feels like you are back being a child! English language schools will help you do this. Learn to express your ideas and feelings and remember everyone has to right to their point of view since the ability to listen is an equally important part of the communication equation. This is an expectation once you reach higher level English language courses. Finally, remain optimistic and keep your eye on your long term goal – you will have forgotten any small problems when you have your dream job or are communicating easily with travellers on your next holiday.

Why should you study English in Australia?

There are many choices of country when it comes to choosing an English language course. Why should you study English in Australia?

Why Study English in Australia

To get the most out of your English learning experience you need excellent teaching, high quality materials, and access to the latest technology and high speed internet. You want to study English in a country with a strong economy and stable political situation. You want to study in an industry that looks after international students. You also want to immerse yourself in the language, through unique, fun, and interesting experiences. Australia offers all of these things. 

The curricula of English language courses in Australia are modern and cutting edge; the teachers are highly qualified (to maintain accreditation, ELICOS colleges must ensure teachers meet strict requirements); and the telecommunications system is second to none (Australians are some of the fastest uptakers of new technology in the world!).

The high-quality English language schools in Brisbane, for example, offer a wide range of courses, including IELTS exam preparation, Cambridge FCE, CAE and BEC exam preparation and courses like English + Surfing. The national organisation English Australia provides regular opportunities for teachers to develop professionally which ensures they are improving constantly and aware of latest research into language learning.

Australia has one of the best ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) and ESL education sectors in the world. It is carefully regulated by the Australian government with strict standards for colleges to follow. Last month, the Australian government published a report called ‘Studying in Australia’ which discussed the views of students, agents and parents in six different countries about studying in Australia. Compared to other popular destinations for international students, “Australia’s student visa costs, tuition costs, living expenses and demonstrated minimum level of funds needed to apply for a visa were the same or lower.”

Recently, the government has conducted a thorough review of the international student visa program and has announced a number of changes that will make it even easier for students to enter Australia to study at an English language school. Some of these will come into effect on November 5 2011. More changes will take effect in mid-2012 and together they will make Australia an even more attractive destination for students who want to study English. 

Australia also has a wealth of opportunities for travel and experiences – there’s something for everyone! We’ve a range of different climates and landscapes: hot, dry desert; warm, humid rainforest; stunning coastal scenery. Try diving on the Great Barrier Reef, visiting Uluru and the red centre, climbing the iconic Harbour Bridge, driving along the Great Ocean Road or exploring World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park just for starters! Visit our world-renowned wine-growing regions – the Barossa Valley, Margaret River, the Coonawarra. Check out the theme parks on the Gold Coast – Dreamworld, Seaworld, or Movieworld. Meet some of our iconic Aussie animals at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane or Currumbin Sanctuary on the Gold Coast. 

Make sure you consider Australia when planning your overseas English learning experience.

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