Students who are learning English and want to master the language should look outside the classroom for opportunities. Research shows that while classroom studies help students build a good foundation, it’s real life exposure and practice that make all the difference. By putting themselves in casual settings where the second language seamlessly fits in, they are able to practice their listening and comprehension skills in a real life setting.
Learning English is about more than just knowing the words or understanding basic grammar. Getting a perfect score on an exam or a piece of homework is a milestone every student should be proud of, but there’s more to truly knowing the language than just getting good grades in class. In order to take your knowledge from theory to real life application, you’ll need lots of exposure and practice.
Think about it this way: If you’re enrolled in classes, you might be in the classroom anywhere from a few hours a week to several hours a day. What about all the hours of each day that you’re thinking, reading, and speaking in your native language? That time can be put to good use by visiting places where English is spoken and immersing yourself in the language. So-called book smarts are always beneficial, but the real milestone in learning a language is being able to communicate with native speakers, something that can only be accomplished through practice.