5 Best Ways to Improve your English in Australia
Do you want to study a degree in Australia, but your English is only at a beginner’s level?
Don’t let that stop you! You can improve your English in Australia and get started on the degree of your dreams much sooner than you think.
Here’s our guide to 5 different ways you can improve your English in Australia.
1. Study an English course that’s packaged with a degree
There are lots of options when it comes to studying English in Australia. But, if your aim is to move into study as soon as possible, you should consider a ‘packaged course’.
A packaged English course is one that provides a pathway to university.
At Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT), there are three English language options: General English, and
English for Academic Purposes (1 or 2). Successfully completing English for Academic Purposes 1 guarantee entry into a Diploma of Business, Diploma of Communication and Media Studies, Diploma of Information and Communication Technology or Murdoch University Preparation Course (MUPC), which can help prepare you for further study at university.
I feel proud that I have already completed my English course and am ready to pursue my course at Murdoch University starting from February 2019. I must thank MIT and my teacher Dinaz for their support and help in completing the course.
I found this course to be very useful, not only for academic purposes but in my daily life too. Studying English is an ongoing process and I look forward to learning even more at the university. – Yeshi Dorji (MIT student, Buthan)
You can read more about English pathways to Murdoch University here.
2. Make English part of your everyday life
To learn English quickly, you need to let it take over your life a little. You have to watch movies in English, listen to English language music, read newspapers or books in English, listen to English radio stations, and make English-speaking friends!
Your room will be covered in post-it notes with English words on it. Your flatmates will think you’ve gone crazy but keep going. Immersing yourself in language is one of the best ways to learn it quickly.
Of course, this is much easier to do when you’re learning in an English-speaking country – which is another great reason to study English in Australia.
I read articles of interest in English to learn new words – Raj Kumari Shrestha (MIT student, Nepal)
When I learn a new word, I search its synonyms and practise these extra words. – Supreet Kaur (MIT student, India)
3. Learn tricks that language teachers use and that is proven by science
The human brain isn’t a computer. Everyone is a different type of learner, and some ways of understanding new information will work better for you than others. You need to find out what works for you.
Some of the language learning tips recommended by language teachers include:
- Using word and visual association to remember vocabulary
- Learn English sounds before you learn the meaning
- Focus on patterns to learn grammar quickly
See here for more tips on how to learn English fast using the latest tricks from science.
I’m working on a vocabulary book for new words. Every time I hear a new word I search the meaning and write it down in the vocabulary book. – Raj Kumari Shrestha (MIT student, Nepal)
4. Use all the resources an English course offers
If you’re studying an English course, you may not realise how many resources you can access on top of what you’re learning in the classroom. Make sure you ask your teacher about all the extra help available! For example, at Murdoch Institute of Technology, you can access:
- One-on-one consultations with your teachers
- Personal tutoring at the Student Learning Centre
- Weekly study skills and literacy workshops
- Various online resources
Read about how to fast-track your English using MIT resources here.
5. Join a language group
An important way to learn any language quickly is to practise speaking and listening as often as possible. A great way to do this is to join a language group!
Your language school will often have its own language groups, and student services will know of others in your area. Or, you can look up English groups online, via Facebook or social media.
At MIT, you will have access to join Murdoch University’s Language and Cultural Exchange (LACE) program. Not only is this a great way to practise your English, you get to do lots of fun activities and make friends from all over the world.
I try to speak with people that are not from my country to practise my speaking skills. The more you interact, the more you learn – Supreet Kaur (MIT student, India)
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