English Language Learning in London
It’s important to make sure your English language learning isn’t confined to what you do in the classroom. In order to really make the most of the time you’re spending in London and the money you’ve invested in coming here, you need to take advantage of every opportunity to improve your English skills. Fortunately, living in the UK will mean you get chances to practise your skills every day as you travel around London, buy food and goods, and go on trips. However, there are lots of other things you can do to make sure you’re consolidating the skills you’ve learned in the classroom.
Here are some of our top tips to help you get the most out of every opportunity to improve your English skills while you’re studying in London:
Speak English outside the classroom: do this as much as you possibly can. Whether you’re going about your daily life in London, or conversing with your fellow students, try to do as much in English as you can. After all, practice makes perfect!
Read, watch and listen to English media: whether you listen to British radio, read a local newspaper or turn on the television, these all present you with opportunities to learn new vocabulary and common expressions.
Keep a diary: be sure to note down any new expressions you come across and what they mean, as well as anything you’ve heard or read but don’t understand. These will make great discussion or learning points with your tutors or fellow students.
Don’t be afraid to ask: if you hear or read anything you don’t understand, make a note of it in your diary and ask your tutor. Don’t be shy to admit that you don’t understand something – it’s only by asking questions and finding things out that you’ll learn and develop your skills. Equally, if you’re out shopping or on public transport and you’re having problems, don’t be afraid to ask a member of staff or even a member of the public to explain something to you.
Go on trips and social events: Bloomsbury International has a lively and diverse programme of social events and trips that range from visits to the theatre to day trips outside London. By joining in on some of these events, you’ll get the chance to learn new vocabulary, as well as getting more opportunities to hone your skills.
Perhaps you’ve got some hints and tips of your own that you could share, and ways you’ve discovered to practise your English skills outside the classroom.