More About my English Lessons

If it’s not already obvious, I’m looking to help those wanting to learn English as a second language, for whatever their reasons may be. I have spoken to many people who are currently learning the language and the main reason that kept popping up was that English is spoken all over the world, so they would really benefit from it socially and professionally. Taking these reasons into consideration, I have created lesson plans that I believe would be most helpful to you.

Generic English

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My generic English lessons are made to help you to feel more comfortable in daily interactions with natives. For me, this is an important one, as I understand how difficult it can be to have basic interactions in a language that you don’t speak well. Regular occurrences such as ordering food and drink, doing the weekly shop or using public transport should be an easy task. However, these tasks can seem daunting and scary when you’re not comfortable speaking the language. During these lessons, we will work together to create your personal learning goals, so that I can create fun and engaging lessons that will help you to reach them in good time.

Business English

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As said previously, English is spoken all over the world, which means that it is often required in the professional environment. The last thing you want is a language barrier preventing you from reaching your professional goals and getting your dream job. My plan for these lessons is to figure out the steps that you need to take in order to feel confident enough to apply for that dream job and confidently walk into that interview, showing off your English speaking skills!

Just a Chat!

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Personally, I wouldn’t call this a lesson, more of a friendly, one-to-one chat about anything and everything! These video calls are here to help you to feel more comfortable when speaking with natives, particularly if you are a more advanced learner and just want to top-up your skills.

British English VS American English

Which is best for you?

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The way you learn English will be heavily based on who and where you choose to learn from. Although it might seem like a strange decision to have to make, choosing between American and British English will have a huge effect on how you go on to use the language regularly. Although we speak the same language, you must consider the different accents, grammar, spelling and the meanings behind certain words. It might also be worth basing your decision on where you would like to spend the most time, although this hardly matters as you will easily be understood with either.

Once you begin to study the language, you will be surprised at all of the differences between American and British English. I would strongly advise not straying from your choice as the differences in accents, pronunciation and spelling would be extremely confusing if you are not an advanced learner. In terms of accents and pronunciation, you may find that films and television shows are useful in helping you to understand the language. It may be worth your time to watch some American and British TV, to help you to decide what is best for you, Hearing natives speak as they do in films can really assist you in having a deeper understanding of certain words and phrases.

There is no right or wrong answer when you are learning English, as you will be understood by natives no matter your accent. It does get more complicated when you have to consider which British accent you would like, or which American accent you would like, so if I were you, I wouldn’t even bother considering these. Your main focus should be enjoying learning English and having fun whilst doing it! In my lessons, I aim to create a relaxed and fun environment that doesn’t put any pressure on learners, but instead encourages you to enjoy the time that you are paying for!

Using Everyday English

Studying English and actually using the language to speak to natives are two very different things. Having spoken to current learners, there are various reasons as to why many are intimidated by the idea of utilising the language more often. There are many different sides to the English language and there is much to learn in order to fully understand it. As with any language however, a big downfall for many is the pronunciation side of things and the fear of getting it wrong. Shyness and potential embarrassment may be holding you back from confidently using the language to go about your day-to-day activities, be that attending university, ordering coffee, doing the weekly shop etc, etc… Practice makes perfect, so the more you use the language on a daily basis, the better!

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I know even for some natives, ordering coffee at their favourite coffee shop can be intimidating. With all of the different choices to make you the perfect drink, it’s no wonder that many may avoid places like this altogether. Nonetheless, I believe that this can provide you with the perfect opportunity to practice your English. Some tips for ordering coffee:

  • Take your time!- Try to ignore the busy environment and focus on what you are trying to say to the barista
  • Ask the barista to repeat the options (it’s their job!)
  • Once you have found your favourite drink, make a note of it and practice pronouncing it properly. Once you become confident with it, you will begin to feel more comfortable making your order in public
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This is just one example of a situation you may find difficult to navigate, but there are always ways around it. Try not to feel intimidated or rushed to make orders or pronounce a question correctly. The more you push yourself to get out and about when visiting the UK, the more speaking experience you will get. Instead of viewing these situations as terrifying encounters where you will be judged on your accent or pronunciation, you should be seeing them as opportunities to study the way that English is used on a daily basis. You may find that much of what you will learn through studying isn’t spoken in the same way. Slang is common everywhere, but some words have been changed and shortened so much that they are unrecognisable. It is important that you spend your time listening to the way that slang is used so that you can begin to sound more natural yourself. The more natural you sound, the more confident you’ll feel!

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The Different Ways to Learn English

If there is one thing that I know, it’s that nobody learns in the same way. Some people prefer to learn visually, whereas others learn from listening. There are so many different resources that can be used in lessons and it’s important that we work together to find the best way for you to begin learning. Without taking this time, you can end up wasting time and money studying English in a way that does not benefit you. I am dedicated to assisting you in finding and grasping your own method. In this post, I am going to write about the benefits of using different resources to understand a language more clearly.

Movies/Television Shows

The use of films and TV shows will always be helpful when teaching the English language, as teachers and students can use personal favourites to study the way that characters interact with each other and learn to speak the language in a more casual way. Many American/British films have been rerecorded in other languages so that they can be enjoyed by those who speak in different dialects, however, it would be more helpful for students to watch these in English in order to have a stronger grasp on the language. In our lessons, we can pick out different scenes to study and discuss the actors use of the language and the meaning behind it. We will then consider some other real-life situations that you may use this kind of language yourself.

Music

For those who prefer to listen and learn, music might be more useful! Singers often express a lot of emotion in their music, so their songs can be very useful to study the language that they use and their feelings behind it. A student can pick out their favourite song or artist and together we can create a story for the song and discuss what they are trying to portray in their words and why they might be feeling that way. This method can help you to understand certain words and language use.

Books

Going back to a more traditional way of learning, some students may prefer to read and write! In modern day, some may find this boring, however speaking and reading are both an important part of learning English. In my lessons, it is likely that I will use resources like worksheets for students to study. The use of fictional books can also be considered an effective way of studying the language, as some classics are known around the world, and everybody can understand a good story. If the student has some particular favourites, we can pick out some chapters and paragraphs to study and discuss. This method is particularly good for those wanting to advance their reading skills.

It doesn’t matter which method you find most useful as it is different for everyone. Whatever your preferred way of learning, we can discuss this in your first lesson and use it to help you find the best way to forward your English skills.

Feel free to message or email idealtutor@outlook.com if you have any questions.

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