This will begin a new blog of adventure, hobbies, and cultural sharing for my many students around the world. I hope this sparks many interesting conversations.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Experience and tips.
I HAVE LEARNED A LITTLE BIT OF FRENCH, SPANISH, GERMAN, ITALIAN, CHINESE, AND SOME RUSSIAN. SO, I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE. I KNOW THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO PRACTICE.
LEARNING ANOTHER LANGUAGE IS NOT SOMETHING WE CAN LEARN NOW, AND EXPECT TO REMEMBER IN THE FUTURE, WITHOUT ALWAYS PRACTICING.
I HAVE TEN THOUSAND HOURS EXPERIENCE, TEACHING TEN THOUSAND STUDENTS FROM OVER 50 COUNTRIES ALL OVER THE WORLD, ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE, AND I HAVE DEVELOPED THIS NATURAL METHOD TO LEARNING.
THIS IS THE NATURAL WAY WE LEARN A FIRST LANGUAGE, AND IS ALSO EFFECTIVE IN LEARNING OTHER LANGUAGES.
Listen and repeat – Watch movies / television / films in English, preferably with English subtitles. And then repeat what they say. You can also listen to news or talk radio. (vocabulary / listening comprehension / pronunciation) at least 10 minutes each day
Reading – Read something that is interesting to you in English; nothing too difficult or too easy. You should read speaking the words. If you can, record your reading to listen to later. (reading comprehension / vocabulary / speaking practice / pronunciation / grammar and sentence structure) at least 10 minutes each day
Writing – Write in a notebook words and phrases by topic or category in your language, and then translate to English, also writing down the synonyms and antonyms, and other definitions and forms of words. Write questions and responses, in past, present, and future tense using the new vocabulary. Read the questions and responses speaking the words. Review. You can also practice by describing something in detail. (vocabulary / grammar and sentence structure practice / speaking practice) about 5 to 10 minutes each day
Speaking – Speak English all day, and then your native language after. (speaking practice) 35+ hours each week
ENGLISH ONLY at home for 30 minutes with family.
Read English bedtime stories to your children.
***THIS IS NOT THE ADVICE OF EDUCATION FIRST.***
***THIS IS MY PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.***
You still need to keep you private lessons with a native English speaking teacher, so you can listen to the different accents and ask them: ‘Is this how I correctly say this word?’ And, ‘Is this how I correctly use this word in a sentence?’
The teachers are here to help you learn, but you should be doing more outside of class than inside of class.
I am usually available Monday to Friday from 0900 EST to 1600 EST, and then 1630 EST to 1900 EST.
You can book a class with me through the EF system or by contacting me at: Carl.K@teachers.org