Are you an international student studying in a South Australian government school and are too shy or embarrassed to speak English?
Are you thinking of studying in Adelaide or South Australia but need some pointers on how to improve your English?
Seek no further! To help you, one of our international students, Ari, has put together some great and fun tips to help you improve your language skills before you leave home and while you are studying here. Improving your English will help you meet and mix with other international and local students and enjoy your study abroad experience.
Why don’t you try them out?
- Find some local friends you’re comfortable with and talk to them.
- If you have a friend that speaks your language, talk to them in English instead, you can help each other learn.
- Talk with your teachers and homestay hosts – they’ll help you get started.
- Talk to as many people as you can. You’ll be amazed how much you can learn from short conversations.
- Join sport clubs! Clubs help you get used to the Australian culture, and will definitely help your English while making new friends.
- Surf the net and read web pages that are in English, try to make sense of what’s going on, or Facebook in English and it’ll encourage your friends to reply in English too.
- Read anything you come across, books, comics, or even signs. It’ll help you get used to the language.
- Rent yourself a DVD, watch it in English with subtitles in your language, and try to connect the spoken lines to the written captions.
- Don’t rely too much on your translators, if you don’t understand what something means, just ask someone.
- Last not but least… be confident! Don’t be afraid to talk to people, Aussies are nice people!
Practicing your English in these fun ways will expand on your skills learnt in your English class and help you when having conversations with people in Australia.