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Find your passion and achieve your English language goals

Here at 'We Love IELTS', we love IELTS. We love it because we see the possibilities it opens up for our readers, and because we love helping you achieve the score you need. However, we don't expect you to love the exam itself, because, let's face it, very few people actually like exams. At the same time, we shouldn't underestimate what love and passion can do for you as a language learner: a good IELTS score is a side-effect of finding a connection to the language that goes beyond simply understanding it and using it in an exam-focussed, mechanical way.  Along with so many other people in England, I’ve recently been inspired by the achievement of Jürgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool Football Club, who led his team to victory in the Premier League with record-breaking performances after a 30-year wait for the title. Jürgen, who is German, does not speak English perfectly and the English teacher in me notices grammatical errors when he speaks. However, he is known throughout the footballing world to have a ‘way with words’, which means that when he speaks, he truly communicates, and people are eager to listen to what he says because he always finds the right words to make his message strong and inspiring. I believe that it is this desire to share the love and passion he feels for football with others not only allows him to use the English he already knows to great effect, but to keep improving all the time. And in the meantime, who cares about grammar when you have something to say and inspire others.  A couple of years ago, I worked with a student who was preparing to do a PhD and although he came to me thinking that his English was not very good, by the end of term, he produced an essay that taught me about energy transformation in batteries in a way that not only allowed me to really understand the processes involved, but his passion for the topic made it come alive for me and I understood the role his research will play in changing the way we use and store energy. By the end of the semester, his English had improved significantly without him even noticing, although he did, of course, still make mistakes, and he’s now contributing to published articles in scientific journals with a team of native speakers.  I am very lucky to be working in a profession where I get inspired by my students (and readers) all the time and I guess my message to you is this: Find your passion and find a connection with that passion and the English language.  Another one of my students has a passion for writing and although her English isn’t perfect, when we studied one of her stories in our literature class, her classmates got more excited about her work than the famous English writer we studied the week before, because she had a message the other students needed and wanted to hear: ‘Don’t wait to show others what matters to you until you’re perfect at it. Get your message out now.’ For example, if you love food, there are many exciting cookery programmes in English for you to watch, but why not go beyond that and share the love for your country’s cuisine with others by making some cookery videos in English yourself, so others can enjoy what you love. By figuring out how to communicate what really matters to you to others in English, you’ll improve your language skills more effectively than by doing endless grammar exercises (although there’s a time and place for those, too, of course).  So what’s your message? How would you like to inspire the world?  I can’t wait to find out! Sophie

Sophie Hodgson

2 July, 2020

Find your passion and achieve your English language goals

Find your passion and develop your English language

Here at 'We Love IELTS', we love IELTS. We love it because we see the possibilities it opens up for our readers, and because we love helping you achieve the score you need. However, we don't expect you to love the exam itself, because, let's face it, very few people actually like exams.
At the same time, we shouldn't underestimate what love and passion can do for you as a language learner: a good IELTS score is a side-effect of finding a connection to the language that goes beyond simply understanding it and using it in an exam-focussed, mechanical way. 

Along with so many other people in England, I’ve recently been inspired by the achievement of Jürgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool Football Club, who led his team to victory in the Premier League with record-breaking performances after a 30-year wait for the title.

Jürgen, who is German, does not speak English perfectly and the English teacher in me notices grammatical errors when he speaks. However, he is known throughout the footballing world to have a ‘way with words’, which means that when he speaks, he truly communicates, and people are eager to listen to what he says because he always finds the right words to make his message strong and inspiring. I believe that it is this desire to share the love and passion he feels for football with others not only allows him to use the English he already knows to great effect, but to keep improving all the time. And in the meantime, who cares about grammar when you have something to say and inspire others. 

A couple of years ago, I worked with a student who was preparing to do a PhD and although he came to me thinking that his English was not very good, by the end of term, he produced an essay that taught me about energy transformation in batteries in a way that not only allowed me to really understand the processes involved, but his passion for the topic made it come alive for me and I understood the role his research will play in changing the way we use and store energy. By the end of the semester, his English had improved significantly without him even noticing, although he did, of course, still make mistakes, and he’s now contributing to published articles in scientific journals with a team of native speakers. 

I am very lucky to be working in a profession where I get inspired by my students (and readers) all the time and I guess my message to you is this: Find your passion and find a connection with that passion and the English language. 

Another one of my students has a passion for writing and although her English isn’t perfect, when we studied one of her stories in our literature class, her classmates got more excited about her work than the famous English writer we studied the week before, because she had a message the other students needed and wanted to hear: ‘Don’t wait to show others what matters to you until you’re perfect at it. Get your message out now.’

For example, if you love food, there are many exciting cookery programmes in English for you to watch, but why not go beyond that and share the love for your country’s cuisine with others by making some cookery videos in English yourself, so others can enjoy what you love. By figuring out how to communicate what really matters to you to others in English, you’ll improve your language skills more effectively than by doing endless grammar exercises (although there’s a time and place for those, too, of course). 

So what’s your message? How would you like to inspire the world? 

I can’t wait to find out!

Sophie

Sophie Hodgson

Sophie has been supporting students on their IELTS journey since 2003 and feels privileged to have watched them succeed. While most people probably do not like taking tests, Sophie believes that preparing for the IELTS exam can be both interesting and fun. She loves language and structure and enjoys exploring both with her students to help them achieve their aims.

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