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Why am I not improving in English?

Dec 1 / Rebecca Hope
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You've invested a lot in improving your English speaking, writing, listening and reading abilities. But somehow you still feel that you're not reaching your goals.  

It's comforting to know that you're not alone in this struggle. The critical age of language learning is twelve. After that age, it becomes almost impossible to become fluent in a new language. Most second language English speakers learn English from a non-native teacher in their school years with grammar as the focal point. This lack of communicative learning results in students who are unable to speak and write in English with confidence and fluency. 

As an English as a Second Language teacher, I have worked with all kinds of students of which only a small percentage reach an advanced level. Not surprisingly, what separates those who break through to fluency is consistency, performance and correction.

1. Consistency

As with any form of performance, slow and steady is the way to success. If you want to become fit, it doesn't help spending one intensive week at the gym and then doing nothing. A consistent effort over a dedicated time is required. Once you've reached your fitness goals, you cannot simply stop working out. You need to keep practicing regularly. The same goes for language. It doesn't help to work with an English teacher inconsistently and expect to become a fluent speaker and writer.  

2. Performance

Speaking and writing in English are performance activities. Every time you write or speak, you are performing to an audience with communicative goals in mind. Confidence in your voice is developed over time and with practice. There are many guided performance activities which you can do to strengthen your confidence, fluency and accuracy.  

3. Correction

At some point in your English learning journey, you tend to become complacent. Bad habits fossilize and you give up on improving beyond your communicative abilities. If you want to reach an advanced level, sitting in your comfort zone is not going to get you there. It's on you to observe your mistakes and correct them. This takes effort to memorize, drill and perform the better versions. 
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If you are at a point in your English improvement journey where you feel that a jumpstart is needed, we have developed various 6-week transformational English language courses which are designed to keep your practice consistent and accurate to push you to an advanced level of speaking and writing in English.  We are here for you every step of the way and want to see you thrive in confidence and fluency.
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