The more you read, the better you become at reading. Pretty obvious, right? But the wonderful thing about reading in a foreign language is that not only will you gradually improve your reading speed and comprehension, but you’ll also learn […]
If you could do one thing everyday that would improve your English language vocabulary knowledge, your reading and writing ability, and even your speaking and listening skills, wouldn’t you do it? According to many studies, you’d also experience increases in motivation, and […]
People summarize all the time in their day to day lives. You might summarize something interesting that you read in the news. You might summarize what happened at a party that your friend missed because she was sick. You might […]
Have you ever read a page in your textbook, and, even though you understood all the English, realized you don’t remember what you’ve just read? This happens when you’re not engaged with what you are reading. It’s difficult to be […]
How long does it take to learn English? As an English teacher, this is a question I get asked over and over. My answer is always the same: It depends. More specifically, it depends on these four main factors: How […]
This is a hodgepodge (a mixture) of strategies I often share with my students in Japan to encourage them to become more accountable for their own learning. Good language learners are very proactive. Do you use all these strategies? Are they any you think you should use more?