7 Ways to Excel in Your ESL Classes

CultureWorks students practise their English skills while they relax in the student lounge
CultureWorks students practise their English skills while they relax in the student lounge.

Want to get the most out of your ESL classes so you can graduate quickly and move on to university? Read on for some helpful hints that will make you a stronger, faster English learner!

1. Keep a Daily Journal of Your ESL Adventure

Writing a daily journal in English will help you practise your new language skills on a regular basis. A journal is a great way for you to record the new experiences you’re having in Canada, and even share with friends and family back home. Plus, you’ll get an excellent confidence boost when you read over past entries a few weeks later, and see how much your English has already improved!

2. The Best ESL Students Ask Questions in Class

Asking questions helps to ensure that you’ve understood directions, new concepts, and corrections. Questions are really the best route to learning faster and with improved accuracy. Speaking up also helps you feel more comfortable practising English in front of others.

CultureWorks students get comfortable with public speaking during fun exercises.
CultureWorks students get comfortable with public speaking during fun exercises.

3. Immerse Yourself in the Language

If you’ve moved to Canada to study English, then you’ve already made an important first step in immersing yourself in your new language.

Push yourself to the next level by using English when you’re interacting with locals (buying groceries, going to the movies, grabbing a coffee) and you’ll see just how much faster your language skills grow!

CultureWorks organizes trips and activities that immerse students in local Canadian culture.
CultureWorks organizes trips and activities that immerse students in local Canadian culture.

4. Practise, Practise, Practise

Practising your second language is important, and it can be fun too. Maximize your downtime by reading books in English, watching English movies, or playing video games in English. This kind of regular practise will boost your comprehension skills.

If you’re taking English courses for UOIT University because you want to study Engineering, then reading articles about industry trends (in English) will also help your comprehension improve quickly.

5. Don’t Get Discouraged by Mistakes

Saying the wrong thing, pronouncing words incorrectly, mixing up grammar, or getting nervous while talking are all normal parts of the language learning process. Don’t be too hard on yourself when you make a mistake. It happens to everyone.

6. Prepare for Tests Early

Last-minute cramming can leave you feeling stressed and unprepared for a test. Instead, try studying a little bit every night. That way, you’ll remember what you learned, do better on your tests, and move on to university more quickly.

7. Have Fun

Living in another country is an incredible experience! You get to meet new people, see new things, and grow as a person while you learn English.

If you get out there and have some fun, you’ll have more energy for learning, have more opportunities to practise English, and ultimately – do better in your ESL classes!

Are you looking for an intensive English program in Canada? Take a look at our ESL program to see if CultureWorks is right for you!