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I remember the days when the smartest person in the class was always the one who was going to do well in life. Well I thought that until I sat back and realised that the winners around me now (40 years later) were not the highest achievers, in fact the highest achievers are nowhere to be seen – maybe stuck in a university somewhere writing research papers. The real success stories are the ones who were above average learners who were open to learning more and always willing to put into practice what they learned to propel themselves further.
The key point here is that being smart is always good, but being open to developing yourself is more important. If you are an English student – knowing all the grammar and getting high marks in your monthly exams is good, but….the person next to you who worked the hardest in the street to get their project online with the best English they could do, is really the true future success story in English.
Exam marks nowadays are becoming less and less important and more emphasis is put on practical project development. For example, if you are someone who needs to advertise your product and you need to prepare a very effective advertising campaign for those who need it – in English! – the most effective use of the English will be the most successful.
English language learning is a practical exercise, and the results in an exam are definitely important but really only measure what you can do in an exam. The long term result of ‘practical application’ is total immersion of English into your life.
And isn’t that everyone’s goal?