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

Why learn English? Set the right goals and look for motivation

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You decided a long time ago that you want to learn English, but for some reason you can’t learn it: there isn’t enough time or the chosen format of classes doesn’t fit, 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 learning a language fun and rewarding! How to find motivation to learn English?

  1. Understand why to teach

    Remember that language is not an end, but a means to an end. 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 apply for a job in an international company? Or do you want to study abroad? Or maybe you want to read English-language articles and attend conferences in order to be in demand as a specialist? Everyone has different reasons, and it is very important to find your own.

  2. Define Requirements

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

  3. Rate your level

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

    • go to a lesson with a teacher to be assessed (be prepared for the fact that this will take not 15 minutes, but a full lesson, and sometimes several lessons)
    • pass a validated test (for example, free test Global Ambassador, which we have 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 trial test is simply necessary - only in this way will you understand what the required scores mean.
  4. Set a clear, measurable goal

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

  5. Determine the way you study

    Now you need to understand how you will do? Will you take group lessons at a language school, or do you need one-on-one lessons 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 classes are quite suitable. If your goal is unique and deadlines are tight, then you need a personalized and more comprehensive approach. In any case, when choosing between self-study and classes in a language school, we advise you to turn to professional help. Lessons with a teacher are more likely to help you achieve your goal.

  6. Determine the load and schedule

    It seems simple: after all, 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 practice. But, unfortunately, it 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 training program. At this point, everything is so complicated and individual that only a good and experienced teacher can handle it. And if you decide not to contact him, then you yourself are probably a good and experienced teacher of a foreign language.

    When contacting a professional teacher, be prepared for the fact that he may advise you to change the terms. It's not that he doesn't believe in you, it's just that he knows more about the learning process. Trust his experience! But feel free to ask questions about the program - he should have a clear plan for your study!

  7. Try and praise yourself

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

    Well, if all else fails, and you start skipping classes or not doing your homework, then you have to start over. Ask yourself, is there a good enough reason for learning English? If, nevertheless, your goal is worth the effort, then return to the mode and try for your own sake!

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