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Are you stuck at home, wondering how to stay focussed on your English when all classes have stopped? We Love IELTS is here to help! Here are 5 simple things that you can do from the comfort of your own home without spending a lot of money to maintain your general English level.  1. Watch something in English Take notes, look up words, pause and repeat phrases that you like. Rather than just relaxing with your usual films or box sets try to watch documentaries. Choose a wide variety of topics so that you can improve your vocabulary in different fields. If you have a Netflix or similar subscription, great, you have a lot of options. Remember, you can change the language of many shows and also the language of the subtitles. Language Learning with Netflix is a Google Chrome extension that could be useful for you too. You don’t need to have a paid for TV subscription to watch English language documentaries, YouTube has plenty to offer too for free. Some of my favourite channels are National Geographic, Natural History Museum and Discovery Channel.  2. Surround yourself with English Some quick and easy ways to do this are: change your phone to English read English language news sites set your email to English  read magazines about the things you love to do in English listen to something in English while you do your everyday tasks - podcasts, audiobooks, radio plays, English language songs. BBC world service news review is just one example I suggest to my students. Join our social channels (Facebook & Instagram) to talk to fellow English and IELTS learners and take part in fun daily exercises! 3. Have some fun each day There are lots of ways you can improve your vocabulary without swallowing a dictionary. One of my favourite games to play is Freerice. You can choose to work on English vocabulary or grammar and if you’re feeling confident you could have a go at a different category e.g. literature. You’re even helping the World Food Program by playing this game!  4. Teach what you know If you’re at home with young children or relatives who don’t speak any English, you could teach them. Teaching someone is a great way to review what you already know. Basic vocabulary and grammar, simple conversations and so on. You can find plenty of websites that have activities for beginners. Who knows, you might find that you love teaching and it becomes a new lifelong passion. 5. Write in English Don’t only write in English for your IELTS practice questions, try writing  a diary in English, or why not start a short story? Everyday take 20 minutes to write, not for an examiner, simply to use the language that you have worked so hard to learn. Everything is easier with practise so keep trying, even if it is hard.  I hope that some of these ideas will help you. I’m going to write my next post about 5 things you can do to study for IELTS whilst you’re at home. Check back soon to read it.  Watch my Facebook Live on how to maintain or even improve your English: {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/PLjYwRjd1QKGBtLKgpXDxfbqsXenWyVkBy.jpg?itok=cLgBf3ea","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RybbyBuQ4CU&list=PLjYwRjd1QKGBtLKgpXDxfbqsXenWyVkBy","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":1},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive, autoplaying)."]}   Bye for now, stay safe and study hard. Emma

Emma Cosgrave

20 March, 2020

5 ways to keep learning from home

Learning at home

Are you stuck at home, wondering how to stay focussed on your English when all classes have stopped? We Love IELTS is here to help!

Here are 5 simple things that you can do from the comfort of your own home without spending a lot of money to maintain your general English level. 

1. Watch something in English

Take notes, look up words, pause and repeat phrases that you like. Rather than just relaxing with your usual films or box sets try to watch documentaries. Choose a wide variety of topics so that you can improve your vocabulary in different fields. If you have a Netflix or similar subscription, great, you have a lot of options. Remember, you can change the language of many shows and also the language of the subtitles. Language Learning with Netflix is a Google Chrome extension that could be useful for you too.

You don’t need to have a paid for TV subscription to watch English language documentaries, YouTube has plenty to offer too for free. Some of my favourite channels are National Geographic, Natural History Museum and Discovery Channel

2. Surround yourself with English

Some quick and easy ways to do this are:

  • change your phone to English
  • read English language news sites
  • set your email to English 
  • read magazines about the things you love to do in English
  • listen to something in English while you do your everyday tasks - podcasts, audiobooks, radio plays, English language songs. BBC world service news review is just one example I suggest to my students.
  • Join our social channels (Facebook & Instagram) to talk to fellow English and IELTS learners and take part in fun daily exercises!

3. Have some fun each day

There are lots of ways you can improve your vocabulary without swallowing a dictionary. One of my favourite games to play is Freerice. You can choose to work on English vocabulary or grammar and if you’re feeling confident you could have a go at a different category e.g. literature. You’re even helping the World Food Program by playing this game! 

4. Teach what you know

If you’re at home with young children or relatives who don’t speak any English, you could teach them. Teaching someone is a great way to review what you already know. Basic vocabulary and grammar, simple conversations and so on. You can find plenty of websites that have activities for beginners. Who knows, you might find that you love teaching and it becomes a new lifelong passion.

5. Write in English

Don’t only write in English for your IELTS practice questions, try writing  a diary in English, or why not start a short story? Everyday take 20 minutes to write, not for an examiner, simply to use the language that you have worked so hard to learn. Everything is easier with practise so keep trying, even if it is hard. 

I hope that some of these ideas will help you. I’m going to write my next post about 5 things you can do to study for IELTS whilst you’re at home. Check back soon to read it. 

Watch my Facebook Live on how to maintain or even improve your English:

 

Bye for now, stay safe and study hard.

Emma

Emma Cosgrave

Emma has been teaching IELTS for 20 years. She enjoys helping people to develop both their language skills and confidence.

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