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Jesse's blog 48 - Counsel2019.02.03


Jesse's blog 48 - Counsel

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Hi everybody!  Don’t forget that next week is counselling week, so most regular lessons are cancelled!  Counselling week is not just a vacation time though, it’s a good chance to think about your English studying and how you can improve your habits.  A lot of you have scheduled special counselling time with your teachers, and that’s great.  I look forward to seeing you!  For anybody not coming in for counselling however, today I want to give some general advice that can help just about anybody.
 
To become a good speaker, there are two really important steps.  One is that you need to understand the language.  This means studying grammar and vocabulary.  These are the tools that are going to help you build a good English sentence.  If you’re having trouble answering test questions, or writing sentences in general, you might need to find more time for this kind of studying.  Most people understand this, and it’s just a matter of finding the time to study.
 
The second is to use that understanding to make good habits.  This part seems more confusing and difficult for students.  In a conversation, you don’t really have time to think about all the rules you studied.  To use it quickly, the English needs to be a habit.  When you tie your shoes, you don’t think about how to do it, because you’ve done it so many times, it’s just habit now.  English is the same.  If you are studying really hard and you’re good at answering direct questions in class and choosing the correct answers on tests, but you have a lot of trouble in free conversation, this should be your focus.
 
How do you make habits?  You need to use it.  A lot.  So, you did your homework.  Basically, you understand the grammar.  Are you finished?  No.  Now you need to use it.  If you know another English speaker at work or in your neighborhood, try making sentences with that grammar all week.  If you can’t find an English speaker, write a few original sentences each day.  Talking to yourself is also good!  “I am washing the dishes.  The water is cold.  I am finished washing this plate.”
 
So when should you do your homework?  The night before your lesson?  No!  Try doing your homework the night AFTER your lesson!  Then, for the rest of the week, you can try to use what you studied, and build good habits.  The trick is that practicing doesn’t require the text book.  If you studied well, you can just try to think of sentences at any time, such as while doing laundry, on the train, at lunch, or even at a really boring meeting!
 
I think a lot of my students have this problem.  They’re great at answering questions, but conversation is difficult.  There are a lot of important things to do when you study a language, but today I really want to stress that it’s important to practice using what you studied, and build good habits!  Good luck!
 
(PS: USE NET CAMPUS!!!  There are lots of great study tools on AEON Net Campus!  Dictation, quick translation, and more!  There’s even a weekly 5 minute practice TOEIC!  If you aren’t using Net Campus, I strongly recommend it!)
 

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