Tips for Better Written and Oral English Work.
• Always check your work. When you think you’ve finished, check it again. Use a dictionary to help you find spellings that you are not sure of.
• Go to class regularly. Do your homework and hand it in on time. If your teacher doesn’t give you any homework, ask for some. Ask for extra work to do at the weekend. If you don’t understand something in class, ask your teacher.
• In written work – answer the question! To answer the question you must read the question! What does the question ask you to do? Make sure you do what it asks. If it says ‘circle the correct letter – a, b, c or d’ then circle the correct letter. If it says, ‘write about your family’, write about your family.
• Plan written compositions before you start. Think: what do you want to say in this piece of writing? Start with a short introduction, then write a paragraph for each idea. Your final paragraph should draw the ideas together into a conclusion. Each paragraph should contain about four or five short sentences.
• Read English language books and magazines. Read signs and notices. Write down any words or phrases that you don’t understand and look them up. Keep a vocabulary notebook where you write down new words and phrases. Check it regularly.
• Watch English-language TV. Use subtitles so that you can match the words to the voices. Record programmes and play them back, pausing the action if it’s going too quickly for you. Use the internet to find information in English. Visit websites that have games and resources for learning English. Print out materials. Recommend good websites that you find to your teachers and classmates.
• Don’t give up! If it feels like you’re not learning anything, persevere. You are doing