Tips to improve your English language skills
Updated on Dec 20, 2013 - 3:24 p.m. IST by None
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If you are planning to study abroad, it is very important for you to have very good English language skills. For an international student, it is a must to have good English language skills as almost all the universities across the globe teach in English, except a few European universities. Most of the times a student is asked to prove his English language proficiency skills by appearing in either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English (PTE) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The first step of getting into a good university abroad is to pass the language tests as mentioned above. Top universities like University of Oxford and University of Cambridge set very high score for language tests for the students who come from non-English speaking countries. Hence, it is really important for a student who wishes to study abroad to improve his/her English language skills- both speaking and writing before applying in a foreign university. There are many coaching institutes that provide quality training to the students to improve language skills. These institutes also help in preparing for the tests such as IELTS and TOEFL.

Here in this article, we provide you a few useful tips to improve English language skills:

Tips to improve English speaking skills

Read English newspapers and books as much as you can: This is one major rule for learning English. Reading English language will help you get accustomed to the language and learn vocabulary. It is always good to read out aloud so that you can get the pronunciation well.

Speak in English: Don't miss out any chances to speak in English, even if it is ordering a coffee or paying the tip. Don't ever shy away from speaking English as this is the best chance to improve your language.

Watch English shows and listen to English songs: This is a really good practice to understand various accents and get them right. Watch a lot of English movies and listen to English music. This will help you in improving your English well.

Talk in front of a mirror: If you are not confident in speaking English in front of others, the best practice is to talk in front of a mirror. Here, you don't need to worry about the reactions of others and you can be free and make mistakes. Don't forget to record the talk so that you can listen to them later and correct the mistakes.

Tips to improve English writing skills

When it comes to writing English, there are many things that need to be taken care of such as grammar and composition. Those who have tried and tested know that it is not an easy task to get them right so easily. Here, we are giving you a few tips to improve English writing skills:

Practice writing on a daily basis: You must write something in English eery day to improve the language. It could be about anything and of any length. It may take a lot of time in the beginning to write something and there will be a lot many mistakes. As a beginner, you must not lose heart. Once you practice writing English everyday, it will increase your speed in expressing ideas and if you correct the grammar regularly, it will further help you in reducing the grammatical errors.

Get the help of online resources to get correct grammar: Today there are many websites that provide free and paid grammar check services. If you don't have a teacher to guide and correct you, you must get the help of these online tools. Most of these tools point out mistakes and provide the right answers and solutions.

Always carry a dictionary: As mentioned in the reading tips, reading books is a must to improve writing skills. Also carry a dictionary and find out the meaning of new words. Try using these words while practice writing. This will help you to understand various ways of expressing the same ideas.

Finally, be determined and don't lose hope: Learning an alien language is not that easy. So be determined and don't lose hope. Keep on trying and have patience. Learn from mistakes and make sure you never repeat them.

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