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If you are studying English at an institute, you will no doubt be going to English classes on a daily basis. This is good (of course), and also easy to identify what you did ‘English-wise’ today. However, this is a question I want to ask yourself at the end of your weekend days. This will tell you a lot. It may even tell you that you spoke English more than you realised.
I want you to look at each episode you went through today and what English you spoke, read or listened to. These might be things such as:
- Talking to the shop keeper at the minimart
- Buying lunch
- Getting in and out of a taxi
- Buying a movie ticket
- Ordering in a restaurant
- Taking a friend to the doctor
- Reading something of interest online
- Completing an important English assignment
- Booking a flight or hotel online in English
- Making an effort to spend time with someone who doesn’t speak your own native language
…and so it goes on.
Before you close your eyes tonight – ask yourself about these kinds of things during the day – outside of your usual ESL classes. You may discover you do more than you think – or you may discover you don’t do nearly enough.
Whatever the outcome – something important to think about.