Adult English School's Learn English
for students studying and learning in Sydney.
If you wish to learn English quickly,
follow everything on this homework guide.
1. Only Speak English
If you’re really serious about improving
your English the most important thing you can do is stop talking in
native language. Only use your native language for emergencies or with
people who cannot speak English. If they can speak English but want to
talk to you in your native language, ask them to only talk to you in
2. Socialise in English
You must actively talk with other English
speakers. This means either going to pubs and clubs and talking to
or joining a sport or activity group that has lots of English speakers
in it. If this is difficult, you could do some volunteer work. This
put you in a position where you need to talk in English in various
situations with a variety of different people. You can also hire
tutors to help you learn English. Find out more here: Private
3. Listen to discussions in English
Listen to talk back radio - 2UE 954AM,
2WS 101.7FM or any other station that has a lot of discussion. Try and
actively listen for at least half an hour a day. Listening to English
help you learn English faster.
4. Listen to news reports in English
Watch and listen to the news. ABC 7:00pm
7 days, 12:00pm weekdays. SBS 6.30pm 7 days, 9.30pm weekdays.
5. Learn Australian English
If you can stand it, watch Neighbours
6.30pm Ch 10 or Home and Away 7.00pm Ch 7 for Australian idioms and
These programs are soap operas so a lot of guys will probably say no to
this suggestion! If you do watch, please make notes.
6. Read novels in English
Read some of the top ten books. People
who read novels, even native speakers, have a much higher command of
English language than people who don't. The more you read, the better
English. It is best to read a few pages before going to bed and a few
when you first wake up. The top ten list can be found in Spectrum in
Sydney Morning Herald on Saturdays, or you can ask to see the top ten
of books at any Dymocks bookshop. Angus & Robertson Bookshops
have a wall showing the top 100 but these are not the top 100 recent
they’re the top 100 books in the past 200 years!
7. Write in English
Write in a journal or diary. At least
15 minutes every day. You can write about anything, as long as you do a
lot of crossing out! Don't just write and leave it. Go back over your
and correct and rewrite it until you're happy with it. If you're unsure
of your writing and want someone to correct it, choose the pages you
mind someone else reading and take them to a private english tutor.
out more about private English language tutors available in Sydney
8. Read in English
Read interesting articles from Saturday's
Sydney Morning Herald. I especially recommend reading Spectrum, The
Weekend and News Review. The newspaper is huge so there are plenty of
to choose from, and it only costs $2.20.
9. Do English crosswords!
For advanced students: Get a crossword
book or magazine. Try to do them either on the train, or while you're
for something. This is a great way to get you thinking about particular
words. Don't do the crosswords in the newspapers as they've been
for people who have been doing crosswords for 20 years. They're very
for native English speakers too. Just do the easier ones in the
magazines that you can pick up at your local newsagent.
Follow this guide in tandem with your personal
energy cycle. The morning is the best time to work on creative writing,
doing homework, reading newspapers and filling crosswords. Evening is
best time to be listening to the radio, watching TV or reading a book.
If you get bored or tired, stop and try
something else. Have fun! -
P.S. If you're looking for a fast course
to get you speaking English, you may be interested in our
English Conversation Course