How to Improve your English Grade 1. Take responsibility It’s easy to expect your teacher to teach you English, but that’s not how language acquisition works. The teacher is there to help you learn English. This requires an active participation and effort from the student instead of a passive response. 2. Read regularly The importance of developing a regular reading habit cannot be overstated. All students who score highly in English are avid readers. Read books, magazines, novels, and newspapers in English. The Winchester blogsite has lots of articles and reading lists. Please visit: www.winchesterenglish.blogspot.com 3. Practise creative writing at home It is vital to practise writing skills on a regular basis. Students may work on essays, film reviews, character descriptions, and general creative writing. (Please find attached a list of appropriate essay topics. For a more comprehensive list please visit www.winchesterenglish.blogspot.com and click on “Essay topics” on the index). Send articles to the English department e-magazine: www.phoebusonline.com 4. Use a more varied vocabulary Check the meaning of new words. Maintain a vocabulary list or a personal dictionary. Use new words in essays. Download WordWeb (an excellent, free, quick, and easy-to-use computer dictionary). Visit: http://wordweb.info/ 5. Self study and online learning There are numerous websites that help students improve their English language skills. Check the English department website: sites.google.com/site/mrrobertsenglish for numerous language worksheets and a list of appropriate websites specially selected for our students by Winchester English teachers. 6. Use forums First find a forum you like. It’s not difficult. Nowadays you can find a forum for any topic you can think of. If you have a hobby or sport, why not share your passion? A good forum should be well moderated and have enough active members. Forums where you have to register to participate are better than free for alls, where you may have trouble from spammers etc. 7. Incorporate English into your daily life It is very important for a child to learn their native language. However, while this may be true, it is also important for students to practise their speaking, reading, and writing skills in English even outside school. Perhaps practise speaking in English with a sibling or your friend. (Remember 50 minutes a day in class is no where nearly enough to improve one’s language skills.) 8. Avoid errors in spelling Everyone makes errors in spelling. The important thing is to not repeat those errors over and over again. Have a spelling book in which you write down words that you misspell frequently. Go through the list on a regular basis and avoid repeating your mistakes. 9. Focus on proper use of tenses It is important to pay proper attention to tenses. Where appropriate, try and stick to the same tense throughout your writing. Avoid starting with the past tense and then switching to present and then to the past again. 10. Proofread Always revise and proofread your work before handing it in. 11. Develop listening skills Listen to the news regularly. Watch films and documentaries in English. Listen to audio books. 12. Pay attention to your teacher’s feedback Don’t simply look at your grade. Read the feedback the teacher has given. Try and put that into practice the next time you hand in an assignment.