Why learn English? Looking for motivation!
13.10.17
Why learn English? Looking for motivation!

Why learn English? We set the right goals and look for motivation

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You have long decided that you want to learn English, but somehow you can’t learn it: you don’t have enough time or the chosen format of classes is not suitable or you just can’t do your homework. Then you should start over and ask yourself the question: “Why do I want to learn English?” After all, most often the true reason is motivation. It is motivation that makes us find time and not quit classes. Motivation makes language learning a fun and rewarding experience! How to find motivation for learning English?

  1. Understand Why Teach

    Remember that language is not a goal, but a means of achieving it. If you have a feeling or a vague understanding of the need to learn a language, ask yourself the question: “Why do I need English?” Perhaps you need it to get a job in an international company? Or do you want to go abroad? Or maybe you want to read English-language articles and attend conferences to be a specialist in demand? Everyone has different reasons, and it is very important to find your own.

  2. Define requirements

    We say: “To work in this company / to study at this university / to participate in this conference you need to know English”. This is so, but specifics are needed. Find out the requirements. In foreign universities you will immediately be told how many points need TOEFL or IELTS. In international companies, most often the requirements for language level are spelled out in vacancies. And for professional development, look at the requirements Cefr and relate them to your sphere.

  3. Rate your level

    For most, adequately assessing themselves is the most difficult. Take this issue seriously. An unknown online test that you find on the net will most likely not be enough. First, he will not appreciate all the skills, such as speaking and writing; secondly, as in any test, you can just get lucky and the result will be better than actually; and thirdly, unfortunately, the test may turn out to be of poor quality. Therefore, we recommend that you turn to proven methods. There are two of them:

    • go to a lesson to the teacher, so that he appreciates you (be prepared for the fact that it will take not 15 minutes, but a full lesson, and sometimes several lessons)
    • pass a proven test (for example, free Global Ambassador test, which we developed for distribution into groups), or even placement tests from well-known publishers, such as Oxford English Testing (the latter are usually paid).
      And if your goal is TOEFL or IELTS, then a test test is simply necessary - only in this way you will understand what the required points mean.
  4. Set a clear measurable goal

    The goal should at least answer the questions: what to do, when / before what period and what should be the result?
    For example, “pass an interview before the end of February”, “pass the TOEFL by 80 points on March 24,” or “reach the Upper-Intermediate level by the end of May next year.”

  5. Define a way to learn

    Now you need to understand how you will be engaged? Will you go to group classes at a language school, or do you need one-on-one classes with a teacher? Or maybe you want to take an online course or just buy textbooks and study on your own?

    It all depends on the goal and the current level. For example, if the deadlines allow, and the goal is quite common, then group exercises are quite suitable. If your goal is unique, and the deadlines are burning, then you need an individual and more multilateral approach. In any case, choosing between self-study and classes at a language school, we recommend that you seek professional help. Classes with a teacher are more likely to help you achieve your goal.

  6. Define the load and schedule

    It seems simple: you already know at what level you are, what and when you want to achieve. It remains only to calculate how intensively you need to do. But, unfortunately, this is not so simple, because it also depends on the degree of your learning ability, on the ability to correctly identify your weaknesses and choose a program of classes. At this point, everything is so complex and individual that only a good and experienced teacher will cope with it. And if you decide not to contact him, then you are probably a good and experienced teacher of a foreign language yourself.

    Turning to a professional teacher, be prepared for the fact that he can advise you to change the timing. It's not that he does not believe in you, he just knows more about the learning process. Trust in his experience! But do not hesitate to ask questions about the program - he must have a clear plan for your training!

  7. Try and praise yourself

    When you start practicing, it will probably be difficult, and you will want to quit. Stick to the schedule and your goal. Soon you will get used to it and will be engaged with great pleasure.
    Be sure to praise yourself during training. If you didn’t want to go to class, but still did it. You are well done! Praise yourself: for example, buy a box of your favorite sweets or please yourself with something else. Such small joys will help you overcome small difficulties on the way to the goal.

    Well, if nothing helps, and you begin to skip classes or do not do homework, you will have to start all over again. Ask yourself if you have chosen a good reason for learning English. If, nevertheless, your goal is worth these efforts, then return to mode and try for your own sake!

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