when students stop making these mistakes, they change the way they learn English. They learn faster and their speaking improves almost effortlessly.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 10, 2008
What are the most common mistakes that students make when they learn English? Which mistakes do most English learners need to correct in order to learn English much faster?
The Effortless English Club has identified top 5 English learning mistakes made by international students:
1. Focusing On Grammar
This is the biggest, most common, and worst mistake. Research shows that grammar study, in fact, actually hurts English speaking ability. Why? Because English grammar is simply too complex to memorize and use logically.... and real conversation is much too fast. Students don't have enough time to think, remember hundreds or thousands of grammar rules, choose the correct one, then use it.
The logical left-brain cannot do it. Students must learn grammar intuitively and unconsciously, like a child. Do this by hearing a lot of correct English grammar- and the brain gradually and automatically learns to use English grammar correctly.
2. Forcing Speech
Both English students and teachers try to force speech before the learner is ready. The result is that most students speak English very slowly- with no confidence and no fluency. Forcing speech is a huge mistake. Don't force speech. Focus on listening and be patient. Speak only when ready to speak- when it happens easily and naturally. Until then, never force it.
3. Learning Only Formal Textbook English
Unfortunately, most English students learn only the formal English found in textbooks and schools. The problem is- native speakers don't use that kind of English in most situations. When speaking to friends, family, or co-workers, native speakers use casual English that is full of idioms, phrasal verbs, and slang. To communicate with native speakers, do not rely only on textbooks, learn casual English.
4. Trying To Be Perfect
Students and teachers often focus on mistakes. They worry about mistakes. They correct mistakes. They feel nervous about mistakes. They try to speak perfectly. No one, however, is perfect. Native speakers make mistakes all the time. Instead of focusing on the negative- focus on communication. The goal is not to speak "perfectly", the goal is to communicate ideas, information, and feelings in a clear and understandable way. Focus on communication, focus on the positive. Accuracy will automatically improve over time.
5. Relying On English Schools
Most English learners rely totally on schools. They think the teacher and the school are responsible for their success. This is never true. The English learner is always responsible. A good teacher can help, but ultimately the student must be responsible for their own learning. They must find lessons and materials that are effective. They must listen and read every day. They must manage their emotions and remain motivated and energetic. They must be positive and optimistic. No teacher can force a student to learn. Ultimately, learning is the student's responsibility.
While these five mistakes are very common, the good news, according to Hoge, is that they can be corrected. He states, "when students stop making these mistakes, they change the way they learn English. They learn faster and their speaking improves almost effortlessly."