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17 Way To Improve In English For 2017

17 learning strategies to improve your English language skills in 2017

Happy New Year! Have you made any resolutions for 2017?  If you are starting English classes or looking for motivation here are 17 learning strategies that will make you more successful.

What are learning strategies?

They are methods, hacks, tips, shortcuts that help you achieve your goals and be more successful. When I teach students I try to give them these types of strategies so they can improve faster and, ultimately. communicate more proficiently.

How to use these suggested English learning strategies:

Try one or two of these ideas at a time. Focus on it for a specific amount of time: for example, a class (e.g. # 9) or a week (e.g. # 4 or 15) or a month (# 1 or # 12). Adding a new learning strategy will reinvigorate your learning. We all like something new and fresh!

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The 5 Best Dictionaries for learning English

If you are learning English you need to have ready access to a good dictionary. Most of the time I use online dictionaries or apps that can be consulted without an internet connection. Here’s a list of some of my favourite tools:

Recommended Dictionaries

Online

Merriam-Webster
After Facebook, this is probably the website I visit most. Merriam-Webster has a free online dictionary, thesarus and learner’s dictionary. It’s a busy website, but it is good. MW is an American company so American spellings and definitions are given precedence.

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Read poetry to practice your pronunciation

Proper pronunciation in English is a combination of the right sounds and rhythm. The rhythm of English is how we understand words and meaning.

The Writer’s Almanac is a great resource to practice proper pronunciation, especially rhythm. The website publishes a different poem and recording every day. The poems and accompanying recording are very valuable resources for students who want to practice pronunciation on their own.

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