8 Immersion Tips for ESL Students

8 Immersion Tips for ESL Students
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    If you're an ESL student, you know how difficult it can be to manage studies while trying to hone your skills in speaking, reading, and writing English.

    But take heart - there are small things you can do that make a big impact on your progress as an English speaker.

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1. Listen to Songs in English

The beauty of music is that it’s a universal language – and you can use this to help you learn English. Take a song you like that’s written in English, then find the translation in your language on YouTube. Practice singing along with the song in English. Once you’ve got it in your head, sing it to yourself throughout the day.

2. Watch or Listen to English TV

Watching and listening to English television shows will help you train your ear to the cadences and pronunciations of the language, so get in the habit of watching some English TV every day. Closed captions (usually marked with a CC icon) can be a big help with this.

3. Translate English Articles

Find English articles or blog posts online, then practice translating them to your own language. If you’re unsure, Google Translate can be a big help.

4. Write Our Articles

After translating, write the articles out by hand. This will help familiarize you with the letters of the language.

5. Find a School with a Supportive ESL Program

Trying to succeed in school without help can be extremely difficult, so try to find a school with a comprehensive ESL support program like this one. It will be invaluable in providing you the support you need to succeed.

6. Watch Movies with Subtitles

Try watching English movies with subtitles in your language and movies in your language with English subtitles. This helps your brain create a link between the two languages.

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7. Take Advantage of Translations

You’ll likely find many instances where English has been translated in your language on signs, disclaimers, and manuals – so use them! Read both your language and English to help you gain familiarity.

8. Take Advantage of Resources

Last but not least, don’t forget that there are tools available to help you. Take advantage of the countless online tools and programs available that can help you learn English – here’s a great list of 50 resources for ESL students. Studying while learning English is hard – there’s not doubt about that. But by following these guidelines and using the resources available to you, you’re sure to succeed!

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