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10 minutes a day… English the effective way October 4, 2010

Posted by Daniel Martin in General.

I believe that motivation, commitment, perseverance, consistency and setting reasonable goals are essential tools to make progress when we learn a foreign language. Coming to class is a great option as well. After all, as a language teacher, I make a living out of it. But at the end of the day, it all boils down to what you can do with the language outside the classroom setting  rather than what I, as a teacher, can do for you in the classroom setting. As my students, you are already familiar with this, but it wouldn’t hurt to remind you one more time the significant difference that 10 minutes-at least- of exposure to the language a day can make in your learning process. It has to be every day. Not half an hour one day, nothing for the next couple of days. It won’t work like that. Ten minutes –at least– of exposure to the language every day. Make that commitment and honour it. The great thing is that you don’t even have to study. You can find something that you enjoy doing in your own language already and do it in English. And here’s my top 20 list of things that you can do to keep your language alive:

  1. Read a graded book or an original book.
  2. Find a newspaper online and scan through the articles.
  3. Listen to English music and be curious enough to look for the lyrics of at least one song.
  4. Have a look at what you did in class (look at your notes; a class handout; the textbook…).
  5. Chat in English.
  6. Have a Skype conversation.
  7. Talk to pilgrims.
  8. Interact with friends on Facebook.
  9. Send an email.
  10. Write in your journal.
  11. Watch The Simpsons (or any other TV show).
  12. Listen to audio material on your way to school.
  13. Watch YouTube.
  14. Watch CNN.
  15. Access the class blog and interact in it.
  16. Read something outloud.
  17. Play a computer game.
  18. Watch again at home the video you watched in class.
  19. Talk to yourself.
  20. Do homework.



1. Ali - October 6, 2010

All that is a good idea, but the English language is difficult, especially to speak it and it to declare correctly.
But good … with the time….

Gemma Miguelez - October 13, 2010

I agree with you, Ali:to learn a foreing language is always a hard task, however I encourage you to change your frame of mind. You can think English is only a pastime or a hobby. As everybody knows it’s a widespread language as well,so without a great effort you can find lots of sources to enjoy
studying:books,magazines,television… and internet which from my point of view is the eighth wonder of the world.To surf the net is a pleasure, you can look for whatever you are interested in.
Don’t panic.Try to have fun with your English time

2. rafa - October 5, 2010

As you know, I have signed the contract in class, and I promise to honour this contract, well I’m going it actually… Welcome back everybody !

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