5 WAYS TO FLUENCY
Doing these things can improve your IELTS, OET and general English score +1 each month you do them.
Read Story Books – about 30 minutes a day (Extensive Reading)
Reading is the fastest way to improve your language skills. It is one way we learn our first language. Reading teaches you vocabulary, grammar, sentence structures, word orders, paragraph structures, story structures and much more.
Don’t read boring books! Read books you are interested in such as story books.
When choosing a book, remember the 80% rule. If you understand 80% of the words in the book, it is the right level for you. If you understand less than 80%, choose an easier book or a book for children.
Watch TV and Record – about 20 minutes a day (Extensive Listening, Pronunciation Drilling, Mimicry)
Choose a TV show or movie you like. Watch 5 minutes of the TV show or movie. Try to repeat everything you hear, even if you don’t understand the words. Use your phone to record yourself repeating.
Play the TV show or movie and play your recording. Does the pronunciation match? If not, try again.
This is a very fast way to improve pronunciation, speaking, listening, vocabulary, grammar, accuracy and fluency. Try to choose shows with good, clean accents like children’s movies.
Diary – about 5 minutes a day (Freewriting, Extensive Writing, Cognitive Programming)
For 5 minutes, every day, at the exact same times, just write. Don’t worry about vocabulary, spelling or grammar. Don’t even worry about what you want to say. Just write, without stopping, for 5 minutes. The first week of doing this will be difficult. After a week, you will start writing much better.
Your brain likes routines. It likes patterns. Because your brain knows that you will be writing at the exact same time everyday, it begins to prepare what it will write throughout the day. Over time, your writing fluency will increase greatly.
Talk to Yourself – all day long (Extensive Speaking, Building Language Chunks, Cognitive Programming)
It’s important to practice speaking. One way to do this is to narrate your own life in your head. For example, “I’m walking. I’m walking. There’s a dog. It’s a small dog. I don’t like small dogs. I’m hungry. What did I eat yesterday? Did I have noodles? I don’t think so. What do I want to eat today?”
This might seem crazy, but it gets your brain to stop looking for words and to start looking for chunks of words or even whole sentences. Try to only talk to yourself in your head, not out loud, or people might think you’re crazy!
Talk to Foreigners – 1 or 2 times a week (Authentic Situations, Confidence Building, Extensive Speaking and Listening)
The reason for learning language is to communicate with foreigners. If you’re not communicating with foreigners, why are you learning the language? Talking to foreigners will build up your confidence with the language and allow you to practice speaking and listening in real life situations. No matter how much you study, if you are not confident, your language level will always seem lower than it really is.