Chapter 20. A plan for learning English.
Today I've decided to devote my blog to the problem arised by koorosh from IRAN - a way of learning foreign language. I believe this is the problem which is interesting for all those who study English, e.i. for all the current audience. The question of a plan for learning English is difficult enough. I must confess I'm not a newbie in English, in fact, I've been studying it for a quarter of a century. But it's a far cry to what it's meant to be. I started learning English at school and continued it at university. It was just a subject in a raw and I found it boring and useless likewise the majority of other subjects. So, when I left university I forgot English for a while. I got back to it several years ago, when I came to conclusion that English is absolutely necessary for participation in the modern world and especially in software design. Widespreading of the Internet helped it a lot. I pulled English out of the bottom of my mind and found it obsolete or even failed. At the moment I've got an idea that it was done on purpose. As soon as I learned English in the period of the iron curtain there was an intention to make us able to read texts and unable to communicate. But it's only my suspicion. Anyway I started to learn English again and now I'm on my way. Previous knowledge sometimes helps me, especially in grammar, but simetimes hinders, first af all by wrong patterns.
Despite the fact that my process of learning English was mostly occasional and erratic, I think that by the present moment I've realized the best way of learning. The idea is as simple as it could be - you must have a goal. But attention! There is a trap! The goal like 'I want to know English' is wrong. Process of learning is infinite and you are at risk to never succeed it. The goal must be sensible and achievable. To pass an exam - is a good goal. Thanks goodness, several exams for different levels are available. For instance, you can choose FCE -> CAE -> CPE line, or step by step increase overall band score in IELTS. It's up to you what will you choose, taking into account what your English is for.
Speaking for myself, similar to koorosh, I've chosen IELTS. It seemed to me more practical because it tests ability rather than knowledge. And this is ability that I need and that I'm weak. For instance fast seizing the mean is critical for reading. By the way, Tricia, following Your advice to read through unknown words I face with difficulty in understanding the mean of the whole sentence. Not knowing a word I often can't recignize where a subject ends and a predicate starts. Is there any key to cope with the problem?
I'm afraid I can't give a lot of advise for exam preparing strategy, beside you should have as much practice as you can. Different levels of English require different approaches. And it's might be better to ask available english teacher for recomendations. But if someone find it possible to share his or her tips and tricks here it would be terrific and usefull for all of us.
Wish you nice weekend.
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