Studying abroad is still ... unfamiliar with foreign languages?
Perhaps you still believe that those who are international students must be very good at foreign languages. This is unfortunately not 100% applicable to reality! There are many people who have studied abroad for many years but are still not quite foreign. This is very unfortunate, especially when you can completely create your own language environment 24/7.
Yes, the biggest reason why international students cannot improve their foreign language skills is because they do not give themselves the opportunity to communicate, chat with native or international friends. Choosing to share a house with fellow Vietnamese has accidentally stripped most of them the opportunity to become close friends with international friends. Moreover, international friends often have a habit of playing in groups instead of being in the same class as in Vietnam, so if you are not actively involved with a group of friends at the beginning of the school year, you will definitely have The ability to only play friendly with Vietnamese or Chinese friends (the foreign language situation of ordinary Chinese groups is not better than Vietnamese students!)
Another reason is that in Vietnam, people often have a fear of saying wrong things, and gradually turn themselves into an oasis in the middle of the class. There are many other reasons such as being afraid of expensive, busy with studying, busy doing extra work ... making international students not take advantage of the surrounding language environment.
So what do you have to do to improve your language skills? => Apply 8 tips:
1. Actively express views at class time
Making a presentation, discussing in class is the best way to score points in the eyes of friends and teachers in class as well as expand relationships right from the first days.
Most importantly, besides practicing English, you are also trained in academic skills such as critical thinking, verbal expression or simply as persuasive skills when the opposite person has an opposing view.
2. Enthusiastic to join
Foreign universities own hundreds of large and small clubs (Press Club, Astronomy Club, Movie Club, Painting Club ...) At the beginning of the school year, your electronic test box will be full of information. "Recruit" new members. Your job now is to understand the time and content of each club's activities to choose for yourself the most satisfactory society. Or if you wish to establish a club founded by yourself, you can also go straight to the Student Council Office to learn about the association process.
Experience is that you should participate in clubs that allow you to go to many places to study, expand your eyes and can create useful relationships. Do Đại sứ trường học có lẽ là công việc lí tưởng cho những yêu cầu kể trên. Chưa kể, nhiều trường còn “tặng kèm” 1,2 tín chỉ và đôi khi là cả tiền công tác phí để khuyến khích tham gia.
3. Making more for foreigners
Many international students English, America I often choose to be a Vietnamese nail owner - maybe because of a higher salary, or because this job is also easier to ask if there is an introduction. However, in the long run, this is an extra job that does not bring you many benefits.
If you have the opportunity to choose, try to work for foreigners to work in a foreign language environment. The fact is that being friends with foreign friends, being a native waiter is the fastest way to improve your language. You can apply for service in cafes, bars, restaurants, etc. Hotcourses Vietnam characters have had interesting jobs in the UK like doing charity work at second hand stores. Chest heart and strokevà cả “thủ thư” tại một nhà sách phi lợi nhuận Book Cycle.
4. Try to make friends with international friends
In addition to classmates, you should also invest in relationships with international friends (classmates, schoolmates or exchange students from other countries). If you are not a party enthusiast, you can also choose activities such as going to coffee, watching football on weekends, visiting a neighboring city or simply inviting them home to enjoy a Vietnamese-style meal.
Along with the opportunity to "bump" with a variety of voices when speaking English, these friends will open you the door to their culture. And maybe, they will open the door to welcome you to visit their homeland later.
5. "Immerse yourself" in English, literally!
Read it whenever you can! Not only reading reference books for learning, you can read from world information on reputable news sites to read books, original English novels, read e-books like Kindle, Scribd ... capital. Equipped with the ability to explain words to readers extremely convenient.
A small change that makes a big difference is installing your computer, phone and e-mail languages into English. These are things you regularly contact during study abroad, sometimes you will discover new words in familiar areas.
To remember vocabulary, you can use the smartphone and bookmark Google Translate. But to remember longer, use a pocketbook - a place to record interesting new words that you can flip through and review at any time - during waiting or walking, for example. .
Besides, practicing thinking in English will help you reflect faster in communication. No need to think highly, you just need to practice expressing your emotions or reporting a certain event that takes place in the day in English, using all imaginary vocabulary in that situation what you will say in English.
6. See gameshow, watch movie series
Movies and TV shows are an endless resource for you to practice listening and understanding English skills. When watching a program, you can choose a non-subtitle mode to enhance your listening and guess the meaning of the word. Series Friends nổi tiếng từng là bộ phim truyền cảm hứng học tiếng Anh của thế hệ trẻ ngày trước.
Through movies, you also know more slang words and interesting differences between English - English and English - American, or characteristic English voices of different Europeans, Asians or Latin Americans. Come on.
If you don't have much time, you can also choose the games with topics related to your area of interest: Shark Tank with business enthusiasts / startups, Masterchef for food lovers, cookers ... There are a number of options available on Netflix!
7. Imitate native speakers
A little trick of learning English can become a habit in your communication to repeat the sentence of foreigners in conversation. You may find it strange but this method really works, you just need to repeat the end of the sentence as an exclamation or as a way of expressing your attention, and you will learn how to copy Made using intonation in sentences. At the same time, the brain will analyze the logic of sentences, new words and context, the word is that you will remember longer and apply in other conversations. The next time you will see how your communication is more natural and smooth.
8. Study, study, study forever
Most higher education institutions have supplementary English courses. These classes are called EFL (English as a Foreign Language – Tiếng Anh như ngôn ngữ thứ 2) for international students. You can also go to foreign language clubs to access English in more vivid forms (visit, participate in extracurricular competitions) and in case you need to practice writing skills, Do not hesitate to contact the International Student Department of the school for further instructions.
Back after studying abroad, many international students were surprised when their English language ability was significantly improved in both grammar and communication, with more accuracy and intonation. After three years of study, there have been students from the English level of IELTS 6.5 increasing to 8.0, with listening and speaking skills enhanced significantly.
The last advice is to dare to face mistakes, get out of safe areas, such as stepping up and talking to others at a prom, ... to become more bold and confident over time. . Feeling a special confidence also helps you add creativity in your language practice. Studying and persevering in self-improvement is the key to success in the journey of language learning.
These methods apply not only to English but also to other optional languages in your study destination, for example you can learn more. French, Spain, Switzerland, ... To master a language, it is necessary to apply a lot of practice and turn it into a daily routine of yourself.