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It makes a lot of sense that if you want to learn a language you should go and live in a country that speaks it. That way you are thinking and breathing English every moment of the day. But not all people have that opportunity, particularly English, yet English is the most sort after language in the world.
So today I want to talk about how you can immerse yourself into an ‘English environment’ even though you are not living with English speakers or living in an English speaking country.
- Make a rule to speak only English in your English class and outside in the corridor, reception area, computer lab, student room. Anywhere that is considered part of the school!
- Make a rule to ask the teacher questions in English frequently and encourage others in the class to do the same
- Make a friend with someone in your class who doesn’t speak your mother language, and spend a lot of time with them outside the class, at break times and in the weekend. Make a point to meet their friends too. The more people to talk to the better for everyone.
- Join an ‘expat’ club e.g. football club, etc., and play and socialize with the native English speakers, or speakers who don’t speak your mother language.
- Live with an expat family who speak English. Sometimes you may not have native English speakers, but at least you will be forced to speak English with them and they to you.
- Become an active student in your school who wants to promote English outside the classroom by organizing school events.
- Get a part time job in a place where English has to be spoken.
So there you are, if you have more ideas let me know!