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Whether you are a native of the UK and want to improve your knowledge of English or whether you are a foreigner wanting to learn this incredible language, there are a wealth of opportunities for you with online or home tutoring. As a first language some students find English easier than others, but in order to excel in a subject, bespoke home tutoring will give you the edge among peers and will improve your self-esteem and confidence. One only has to listen to someone like Stephen Fry or Will Self to appreciate what a wonderful language English is, especially when delivered by someone who has wit, intelligence and a passion for a wide lexicon.

 

Is it difficult to learn English?

 

English is a beautiful but complex language made up of many other languages: French, Latin, German, Italian – they all play their part and from spelling to more complex GCSE English Literature exams, one-to-one tutoring will offer personalised support to anyone who needs help or wants to improve their vocabulary.

 

English is an essential part of the national curriculum and having a good command of English is important in all walks of life. For primary school children who need a hand with their reading, as well as university undergraduates who are looking for help with their essay writing, mastering English is essential. In business, to be able to articulate clearly and explain arguments puts you in a far stronger position when negotiating deals or questioning important transactions too.

 

Do you know your tenses, past participles and iambic pentameter? Your tutor is likely to ask you to explain and write examples, so imagine the feeling of joy that you will have when you are able to explain Shakespeare in a style and with examples peculiar to him.

 

Which is the best way to learn English - online courses or private tuition?

 

Online courses are fine, but this is about language and what better way to learn than by talking to someone? One-to-one tutoring allows the tutor to work on your individual learning objectives without worrying about distractions or other students so those who take private English lessons often find they improve quickly. He or she will tailor educational strategies to suit your needs and adapt each session appropriately to ensure you meet your full potential.

 

If you struggle your tutor will notice, which means all of your weaknesses will be dealt with immediately. A good teacher will be patient and empathetic while offering encouragement and support. It is also important to note that in a home tutoring situation you are able to ask questions more than once – your tutor will admire your enthusiasm and keenness to get things right.

 

What’s the best way to prepare for English study?

 

  • Read everything you can get your hands on
    Whether it’s classic literature, paperbacks, newspapers, websites, emails, your social media feed – look at the shapes of words, how they are used and make yourself aware of the punctuation and how it is used.

 

  • Actively take notes of new vocabulary

Whenever you hear or read a new word or expression, write it down. Carry a notebook!

 

  • Talk to people

After all, language is meant to be for communication. However, it is also about exclusion and this is where dialect, colloquialisms and slang come into play.

 

  • Listen to podcasts

With topics covering everything imaginable, there’s an English-speaking podcast out there for you.

 

  • Ask a lot of questions

As you learn English, you’ll soon collect a mountain of questions. If you’re enrolled in a course, ask your teacher but if you’re learning alone, don’t worry, find answers in blogs or language websites, ask other learners, or read through forums.

 

  • Take a lead from characters you like

Choose a native English-speaking actor or singer you like. Find any interviews they’ve given – and watch them! The slang, stories, humour and anecdotes that come out of these interviews are sure to give you plenty of food for thought.

 

  • Decide what is important to you

Are you going on a gap year? Travel and tourism vocabularies will be your guide. If it’s for business, then you may want to familiarise yourself with more specialist areas of the language.

 

English is a formidable, beautiful language used the world over. Learn it, embrace it and most importantly, enjoy it!

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