English As A Second Language (ESL)

Did you know that there are more than 7,000 languages spoken worldwide? How many languages do you speak? 

Even though English does not have the biggest population of native speakers, it is one of the most common languages spoken globally, in approximately 101 countries. In addition, many individuals learn English as a second language.

Despite the benefits of learning English, it might not be easy to learn and understand. Below are some tips that can help you create a successful plan to learn a second language:

Set a goal for yourself

Fluency is not always the aim when learning a second language. There are different levels of proficiency that you can use in various settings. 

For instance, you might only be able to converse and still be an English speaker. On the other hand, you may be proficient at reading and writing but struggle with carrying out a conversation. In both cases, you are still considered an ESL speaker as you have the skills to either converse or read and write. 

Focus on what you want. Do you wish to be proficient at speaking/conversing or highly fluent or understand and speak basic English sentences?

Defining a goal before you start learning is important to track progress and achieve your goals. 

ESL classes

While you can learn ESL at home, some individuals prefer to take ESL classes either virtually or in a classroom. Interested in becoming a massage therapist? 

Wholistic Health Training and Research Centre virtual ESL  classes levels 4-6, equivalent to a grade 10-12 level, to help you learn and understand basic holistic health and terminology concepts if English is not your native language. 

Qualified ESL instructors will help you improve your English speaking skills at any stage of your learning and stay on track with your goals to help you learn along with your fellow ESL learners. 

Practice 

To improve your speaking and writing skills, ensure that you expand your vocabulary. Expanding your vocabulary will allow you to better converse, understand new topics and concepts. Here are some practice tips:

  • You can use a dictionary or find online dictionaries and terminology related to the concepts you are learning. 
  • For example, practicing could involve having a conversation with a friend, family member or a native English speaker. 
  • Having conversations with others will naturally improve your speaking skills. Other ways to improve your reading, writing and speaking skills include reading books or watching movies. 
  • As it will provide you with natural exposure to the language. In addition, it will help you learn new words and be better able to form sentences for a conversation. 

Constant exposure to English will not only help you learn and improve your skills but also help you retain and grasp the language more. 

Have fun

Learning a second language can be stressful. Stress can make it harder for you to learn, understand and grasp the language. However, it is essential to be patient and have fun while learning English. 

Think of it as a rollercoaster experience and learn from the mistakes you make along the journey. Being patient and encouraging yourself will help make the experience more enjoyable. 

 

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