AEE 831: 3 Ways to Make Your Daily English Routine Even Stronger with James Thomas

Today we have a special guest on the show!

We have English teacher James Thomas from Spoken.

James has some great ideas today on how you can make your English-learning routine even stronger.

 

3 ways to make your daily learning plan stronger:

 

1) Make flashcards: Pick up a book that interests you. For advanced learners, underline words you don’t quite understand along the way, look them up when you’re done and create flashcards, either on paper or online. For intermediate learners, look them up and make them as you go. So rewarding when you re-find a word after you’ve studied it and committed it to memory.

 

2) Music and Movies: Of course this is a popular way to supplement English learning due to the availability of English-language media, but don’t forget the English subtitles as well for tv/movies, and read along with the lyrics for music! Gets your subconscious working with film, and a first listen with the lyrics helps you better understand the song going forward.

 

3) Hard work pays off: Try a 1 to 2 paragraph dictation once a week. This was such valuable practice for me learning Spanish. There’s NPR articles, or United Nations radio as well, and go through and try to write every word from an audio article. The goal of language learning is fluency, so shooting for 100% comprehension in an article is the goal here. Listen as many times as you want, but if you can’t get a word/phrase, move on and concentrate on the rest.

 

 

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Bio:

James is the newest Spoken Coach after relocating to Spoken HQ in Chattanooga from Nashville, Tennessee.

He spent 2016 teaching English in Sangolqui, Ecuador near the capital city of Quito. While there, he climbed various mountains and joined an urban bicycling group and a pick-up ice hockey league. Before that, he had spent time in Valparaíso, Chile while studying Spanish during his college years. He has also traveled to Iceland, Norway, France, Canada and Guatemala. He loves connecting with learners from all over the world while chatting through Spoken lessons. He enjoys skating, going to see live music and watching soccer during his free time.

 

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