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Self Study Ideas for Beginners

Self Study Ideas for Beginners

As an au pair you will have lots of chances to practice the language of your host country. Finally you got there to do that! :)
Here are some ideas for improving your language skills even it is the English or not!

Speaking Activities

  • Talk to lots of people in the neighbourhood and when you are shopping.
  • Phone someone else that is learning English and talk in English.
  • Invite a classmate who doesn’t speak your language or a neighbour for tea and speak about your host family, host children or your home country in English.
  • Volunteer at a community centre, a cherity shop or at your host children’s school.
  • Get to know the parents and au pairs of your host children’s friends.
  • Meet a classmate once a week to review the work that you did in English class.
  • Very quietly mimic every native English speaker that you hear.
  • Challenge yourself to make your stress, intonation and speed match what you just heard –now everyone is your teacher!

 Speaking activities

Listening Activities

  • Watch T.V. using “closed captions”.
  • Watch the news, and series in English on TV.
  • Watch videos in English.
  • Listen to English songs on the radio, and on your music player

 Reading Activities

Reading Activities

  • Look at a picture and read an article about it in the newspaper.
  • Read signs on the street and on the bus.
  • Read a book to your children and talk about the pictures in the book.
  • Go to the library and borrow books for free.
  • Read a map and learn the names of the streets. 
  • Read flyers in the newspaper.

 Writing Activities

Writing Activities

  • Write a message in a card in English.
  • Write sentences about an interesting family activity.
  • Write sentences about your favourite family photographs.
  • Learn one new word or phrase every day and write it in a notebook.
  • Try out the ESL learning sites
  • Write your grocery shopping list in English.
  • Practise filling out a form with your name, address and other personal information.

 

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