It’s summer holiday, everything slows down and our minds fly to the seaside, sun and relaxation. Indeed, summer holiday is a period for recreation but it can also be the perfect time for practicing and improving the things you have learnt during the year. Practicing English should be a continuous process – it can happen outside the classroom, at home, at the cinema, in a restaurant or in other countries. And it can also be a social and fun activity. Here is what we suggest for practicing English outside the classroom:
1. Practice English through reading – this is the best way for practicing your vocabulary, grammar and writing skills at the same time. Chose an interesting topic to transform the reading experience into an enjoyable way of spending your free time. There are many things you can read – English newspapers, magazines, books, short stories, readers or poetry. Choose the texts wisely, they have to be difficult enough to challenge you and to help you learn new vocabulary but not too difficult because you will feel discouraged and you’ll stop reading the book.
2. Practice English through games – it is the funniest and most entertaining way of practicing your language skills. Get together with your family and friends and play English games. You’ll acquire more and more vocabulary and develop your conversation skills. You'll be having a good time and improving your English all at once.
3. Practice English through music – even if you listen to music or you play English songs, practicing English through music can be a relaxing way of learning and remembering new vocabulary and idioms and also a great way of improving your pronunciation and grammar. Music is also a great way to develop your listening skills and it can help you be more receptive to hearing English. Singing is also important because it is a natural way of remembering things. Everyone loves music and that is why this is one of the most powerful language learning tools available.
4. Practice English through movies – this is a fun way of improving your English knowledge in terms of fluency, pronunciation, native accents and culture. Movies are a great occasion to hear real English spoken by natives with different accents. Select interesting movies and you will surely enjoy this activity. You can choose to use English subtitles, depending on your language level. Try to understand the words in context, see the spelling in the subtitles, and hear the correct pronunciation.
5. Practice English through English channels – news, documentaries and TV shows are perfect for language learning. Spend some time watching quality TV programs and you will expand your horizons, you will be informed and you will make a visible progress.
Learning shouldn’t be a monotonous activity. It can be fun, entertaining and enjoyable while also being effective. What you have to do is to choose the method that is the most appropriate for you. Dedicate some time to the activities that you enjoy - reading, playing, listening and watching subjects in English and your language skills will improve. The more you’ll practice the better you’ll become.