Top 10 tips for studying English in the UK

1. CONTACT PREVIOUS STUDENTS Ask your school if you can contact previous students. They will have advice on how to make the most of your time in the UK, probably things they wish they had done while they were in the country. Don’t end your time here with regrets – be prepared!

2. STAY WITH A LOCAL FAMILY If possible, arrange to stay with a family near your learning centre rather than in student accommodation. This will allow you to continue practising English beyond your formal lessons and learn more colloquial language at a pace and level that is spoken by native English speakers.

3. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE CULTURE Resist the temptation to stay close to your campus and get out and about to discover how the British really live. Visit a pub, try an English breakfast in a café and talk to local people. You will find that most people will be friendly, welcoming and helpful.

4. SPEAK ENGLISH AT ALL TIMES If there are students from your country on your course, it is very tempting to speak in your own language. Don’t! This is your opportunity to speak English all the time, and this means even with your friends. Only use your own language for telling family and friends at home about the great progress you are making!

5. MAKE FRIENDS WITH STUDENTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES This is another great way to ensure that you speak in English as you probably won’t be able to speak the language of your new friends. You will also be able to help each other with common mistakes that learners of English make.

6. READ A NEWSPAPER EVERY DAY Reading a local or national daily newspaper will help expand your vocabulary, as well as finding out about the issues that concern the British right now. It is also really interesting to read what British journalists have to say about things that are happening in your country.

7. LISTEN TO THE RADIO AND WATCH TELEVISION You probably won’t understand everything that you hear on the radio, but listening to continuous speech can help you get used to the pace and pronunciation of English. Watching TV is also a useful way to hear English spoken naturally; you can watch TV with subtitles to help your understanding.

8. JOIN A GYM OR AN EVENING CLASS If you are staying in the country for a period of time, consider joining a gym to meet more British people. If you don’t like gyms, there are many opportunities for evening classes ranging from local history to aromatherapy. Many local schools hold evening classes and information can be found in local libraries, or local council websites.

9. BE FLEXIBLE AND DON’T BE SHY The more you step out of your comfort zone, the more you will learn from your experience. Don’t be afraid to try new things, meet new people and practise your English. Go back home with a list of things you did, not a list of things you wish you had done.

10. ENJOY YOURSELF! Learning a new language and visiting a new country should be fun. Relax, soak up the culture and never stop speaking and listening to English. Have fun and good luck with your studies!