Creating an English Study Plan
Welcome to the eleventh lesson of our "Why Can't I Speak English" course, Creating an English Study Plan! In this lesson, we will cover the following topics:
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What is Speaking English Fluently?
We came to the last part of our video course. In the video lessons in this section, I will give some advice so that you can speak English as soon as possible. In our first lesson, we will learn what an English Learning Roadmap, I explained at the beginning of this video course is and how we can put it into practice.
The first wish of anyone learning English is to be able to speak English fluently as soon as possible. So, what exactly is what we call Fluent English, let's understand it first. What we call fluent English is that you can talk to other people in a social setting as if you were speaking in your native language about any topic. You should be able to easily switch between different topics and ideas at any time during the conversation. You should not hesitate in any way while talking, so thoughts like "I wonder if I said what I wanted to say correctly?” should not occur in your mind. You should be able to use complex words and expressions the way you want. You should never have a communication gap with the other person. Finally, you should be able to do all of these things with a native English speaker. Theoretically speaking Fluent English is something like this.
Now, after what I have told you, you may have certain thoughts like "professor, I don't think I can speak like that even in my mother tongue". Yes, you are right, because even I cannot speak both Turkish and English in the same way that I have mentioned. If you have noticed, I made a note saying "Theoretically". But despite everything, every day I take small steps on my English roadmap that I have drawn for myself. Look, although I’ve been speaking English almost like my native language, I say that I still draw up a road map and follow it. Learning is an endless adventure. Your mind should always be open to learning something new.
What is an English Learning Roadmap?
While drawing an "English Learning Roadmap", we first need to think realistically. If you are learning English for the first time, then you need to create a roadmap accordingly. If you speak intermediate English and you still think you have some shortcomings, then you need to create a roadmap to fill those shortcomings. Everyone's roadmap is different because everyone has a different reason to learn English. But please remember that, as I explained in my first lesson, your reason for learning English should be to communicate with people and understand a different culture rather than materiality and personal ambition. If you do like this, it will be much easier for you to master English. Your other goals should come after this.
Now I'm going to tell you how someone who has just started learning English, can draw a Roadmap. This Roadmap I have created is not absolute and you can change some points for your own needs. The first thing I want you to do is to think about what days and hours you can study English in a week. In the previous lesson " How Can I Spare Time for Learning A Language?", we talked about how we can devote time to English during the day. We have seen that we can learn English both Passively and Actively. Among the passive learning methods, I think the most effective method is listening to English radio or music. Sometimes I listen to English podcasts on YouTube, that is, channels where English conversations are made about a certain topic. I will share with you the different learning resources I used in another lesson, don't worry.
The biggest difference between Active Learning from Passive Learning is that it is something that requires your concentration. During Active Learning, you need to be 100% committed to learning English. You can achieve Active Learning by solving English Grammar questions, reading an English book, writing an entry in your diary, or writing an essay. Speaking English with a foreigner is also Active Learning.
While you should spend 3 to 6 hours for Passive Learning depending on the situation, I recommend that you spend an average of 2 hours for Active Learning. Since active learning will be more tiring, I wouldn't prefer doing it for more than 4 hours. Because as you know, too much of everything is harmful, even things you think are good for you. By doing Active and Passive Learning every day, you can learn English by living it in your own home. For those who do not remember what living in English is, please take a look back at the lesson "Do You Live English?" on the method of "Immersion". We should immerse ourselves in English as much as possible during the day.
Now that we have determined which days of the week and at what times we will learn English actively and passively, it is time to embody our Road Map. If I were you, I would be thinking about how I can have simple English conversations as soon as possible. Even if you can't speak English properly, I recommend that you learn to simply introduce yourself at an event, tell you what you do, and finally learn to ask other people the same type of questions.
Let's Create a Sample English Roadmap
Let’s have three different sized goals on our Road Map. Let the first size be Small Goals, the second size Medium Goals, and the third size Big Goals. Our Big Goal, for example, might be to be able to speak English at the A1 level. Our big goal is our goal that will take the most time to achieve. In the lesson "Do You Dream in English?", according to “CEF” or "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages", to specialize at A1 level, I explained to you that you need to study the contents and patterns created for this level for an average of 100 hours. Of course, as I mentioned earlier, this study time is not absolute and can vary from person to person.
Now that we've set our Big Goal, next, let's set our Medium-Sized Goals. To set our Medium-Sized Goals, we need to have an English textbook or other study material on hand. The Road Maps we create randomly may not be realistic. In a later lesson, I will talk about some of the different study materials and textbooks that I will recommend to you. For our Medium-Sized Goals, in this lesson, I will go through the A1 level topics of Mr. English's "English from Zero" video course. If you want to see the topics of this video course, I shared the link of the page showing the curriculum of the course in the video description, you can see everything you need from that page. I will divide my Medium-sized Goals into three parts: "Correct English Pronunciation and Intonation", "Creating Basic Sentence Structures" and "Asking Questions and Giving Detailed Answers".
Let's write our Small-Sized Goals for "Correct English Pronunciation and Intonation", which is our first Medium-Sized Goal; Let these be "Understanding How Sounds in English Are Produced", "Learning the Phonetic Alphabet", "Correctly Voicing Vowel Sounds and Consonant Sounds ", "Understanding Consonant Clusters" and "Correct Intonation of Words".
Next, let's write down our small-sized goals for "Creating Basic Sentence Structures", which is our Second Medium-sized Goal. These are "Correctly Using Parts of Speech", "Correct Intonation According to Word Types" and "Creating Sentences with the To Be Verb".
The small-sized goals for "Asking Questions and Giving Detailed Answers", which is our final Medium-Sized Goal are "Using Possessive Adjectives and Prepositions", "Asking Questions with Question Words" and "Creating Action Sentences with the Have Got Verb".
As I mentioned earlier, all of the goals in the Roadmap we have created here are based on the curriculum of the "English from Zero" course. If you have a CEF-approved English Textbook, you can also create a different roadmap by looking at the topics there.
If you are afraid to set goals for yourself or if you are afraid of doing something wrong, then you can follow Mr. English's "English from Zero" course with peace of mind. This course is a very detailed video course created for those who are starting English for the first time and want to learn English up to Advanced English. With this course, I will create your English Roadmap for you, so you can just focus on learning English. If you have any questions, you can post on the Mr. English forums. I usually reply in 12 to 24 hours on average. For more detailed information about Mr. English's "English from Zero" course, you can click on the link in the video description.
Now that you have created your Road Map, you can now learn English goal-oriented. Keep watching this video lecture series as I have more tips and tricks!
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