If you have an upcoming internship in the UK and want to practice your English, to make sure you get the most out of your work experience, you can receive English lessons before you start your internship. At our Twin English Centre, we offer General English, English for work, English One-to-one, Tailor-made courses and more, to find out more information check out our website.
Alternatively, if you don’t have the time or money to take advantage of our tuition before your internship, then we’ve put together a useful guide to improve your English communication skills, including your: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
- Make sure you listen to English music. Music is more memorable than just reading a text book, because of the rhythm, rhyme and tone. Not only are you more likely to remember the words in a catchy song, but hearing how the words sound, means that you will also be able to pronounce them better.
- Watching English films/TV can help you to understand the context in which phrases and words are used, because the actors/actresses will speak the words and also express their emotions/feelings through their body language. DVDs, or anything you can rewind, are particularly helpful for your listening skills because if you miss what was said the first time, then you can go back and listen to it again.
- Scroll the internet for any materials that might help you, such as this website, which has a short drama series called Fortune and it is designed to help English language learners. It provides two levels of English: Blue for High Elementary and Pre-Intermediate (A2) and Gold for Upper Intermediate and Low Advanced (B2+).
- Whilst we are on the matter of searching the web, check out what YouTube has to offer, there are many videos that are full of useful tips and lessons to help you learn the English language.
- Download language learning apps on your phone or tablet, such as Duolingo, which provides an interactive and engaging way of learning a language. Apps like Duolingo are designed to be educational and fun, which means you’ll be more likely to remember the language you are learning.
- Make sure you read as many English-written books and English language learning text books as possible, by doing so you’ll learn more about sentence structure, grammar and punctuation.
- When you’re practicing your speaking, always write down all of the new words you learn and use them in sentences, this will help you remember the words and what they mean.
Useful tip: Make sure you know what learning method works for you, such as memorising words and phrases, being in a group and practicing your conversational skills, reading and revising from text books, setting yourself tests, watching something and imitating the way they speak and pronounce words, etc. However, you go about learning, if it works for you then you are more likely to succeed!