How to go from Beginner to Intermediate Level! Learn how to improve your English with my top 3 ideas to help in this process. In this video, I am going to show the best way to improve your English level and become a confident speaker in English from beginner to intermediate level. Learn these 3 ideas!
Here is a quick summary of the video and the instructions for the exercise you can send to me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to my facebook page (use the messenger to do it)
it is really important that you really know what your level is. Many people say they are beginners, but they are not beginners. Many people say they are intermediate speakers, but they are not. How do you define your level? In my opinion, it is a combination of skills that will define your level.
Your writing skills
Your listening skills –
Your speaking skills
Your reading skills
These are the 4 skills that together will define your level. Some students will think, well I just need to speak, that’s all I want. But you know, that’s not how it works. Together, these 4 skills will help you have the speaking level you are looking for.
My tip number 1 is:
Dedicate time to study the 4 skills: Writing, listening, speaking and reading. You can not improve speaking if you don’t work on your other skills. By writing, listening and reading, you will be preparing yourself to improve your speaking. Now, be strategic when you do that, choose subjects that are connected. Turn all these skills into 1, so that they can help you with the speaking.
To help you, here is an exercise you should do for 7 (SEVEN) days, ok?
Read articles (texts) about cell phones
Listen audio/video materials about cell phones
Write about cell phones
THEN, after 7 days you will record a 2-minute-answer (ONLY 2 minutes, please) and send to my email or facebook.
During these 2 minutes, you will talk about: THE IMPORTANCE OF CELL PHONES
Why am I asking you this? To show you that when you do the right exercise you can talk about anything. You can do this kind of exercise with different subjects. You can talk about vacation. You can talk about traveling. You can talk about food. There are many different subjects you can search.
Tip number 2: Educational videos are great, but how about different kinds of videos? Many students who are studying English only watch English teaching videos or TV series. But there is so much more you can explore. For example:
If you like technology, watch videos about technology.
If you like traveling – watch videos from vloggers about traveling, about their experience.
If you like reading about motivational things – watch about those things.
Why? Because it is more difficult to do so. In these videos, they are not trying to teach you English, they are just talking. They have no public speaking techniques (most of the times), like actors and actresses do. They just turn on the camera and start talking.
Tip number 3: I’m preparing a video to talk more about this, but I will briefly talk about it here, because I feel it is important to do so. Grammar! You need grammar. But there is a misinterpretation when it comes to studying grammar. I’m not asking you to buy a grammar a book and study it every day one hour every day. No! that’s now that’s not what I am talking about.
But if you just ignore grammar, when you become an intermediate speaker if you will have many problems to build your sentences, to express yourself, your communication skills will be very limited.
You need to find useful contexts so that you can include grammar. Writing is a good way to do that. When you write you consequently, you need grammar. So, maybe you want to talk more about your favorite tv show. Start writing about it, as you write, you will understand what grammar points you need, what words you need. That’s when you stop writing, read a little grammar, watch some videos to get some ideas and explanations and then go back to your exercise. That’s how you do it. You have a purpose. You are writing something specific that will require grammar, so you prepare yourself.
People who say that you don’t need grammar are mistaken. At some point if your never studied grammar, you will get stuck, so don’t run from it, embrace it, but do it strategically. Studying a grammar book without a purpose in mind is pointless.
Dannyyel’s question NO X Not
Use not with auxiliary verbs: I do NOT like sports, Iwill NOT travell
Verb to be: She is NOT nice
don’t use “NO” before a verb: I no like you! (NO) that’s incorrect, ok?
You can use “No” before a noun without an “article”. The idea here is a bit different. You are saying that there is NONE, zero, “ANY”. It is a bit different from negation.
I have no time (none, zero, I don’t have ANY time)
there are no students! (there aren’t ANY students)