ESL courses

English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world with more than 1.5 billion speakers. Speaking English can open up new opportunities and help you to succeed in life and work. You can communicate with more people, access some of the world’s top universities, and find a better career.

Studying English is not easy, but many students have found some surprising but effective methods have helped their skills. Read on to find out some unusual study tips that we recommend to students in our ESL program.

Listen Even If You Don’t Understand at English School

The great thing about learning English in Boston is that you will almost always be surrounded by the language. Whether you are walking around campus, in class, or in the library, try to take advantage of this and practice your listening skills – even if you don’t understand exactly what’s being said!

Studies have shown that ‘passive exposure’ to a language can improve language skills. This means being around the English language without necessarily understanding what is being said or responding. This is because your brain gets better at hearing the different sounds.

You could also do this by listening to English radio or TV in the background when you are doing other things outside of ESL courses.

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Passive exposure to English could improve your language skills

Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes

One of the best ways to learn a new skill is by making mistakes. If you mispronounce something or use the wrong word in an English speaking course or with friends, you will hopefully be corrected. This means that you will have the opportunity to learn from your mistakes, and improve your English language skills.

“I’ve learned so much from my mistakes that I’m thinking of making a few more”

As well as this, being afraid to make mistakes can hold you back from improving. The best way to learn is with practice, so speak and write even if you are not completely certain of the grammar or vocabulary. This will help you to improve.

Pick Up Your Phone

If you are used to putting your phone away in class or when studying, this tip might come as a surprise. You can access a wide variety of language learning applications on your phone to improve your English. Apps like Duolingo, Quizlet, and Babbel are all great for language learning. You can use these when you are travelling, waiting, or killing time. It’s an easy way to improve your English.

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Use language learning apps on your phone

Take Regular Breaks


It might not seem like a good study tip to take breaks when there is so much to learn. However, taking breaks can help you to be more efficient when you study and learn more in less time. The Pomodoro Method is a popular and effective technique that can help students to be more productive. It involves studying for 25 minutes and then taking a 5 minute break. Alternatively, you could study for 45 minutes, and take a 15 minute break. This will help you to maintain concentration and energy levels.

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