With the end of the year fast approaching I would like to ask all of you reading this: what is your New Year's promise to yourself for learning English? Are you willing to do what it takes to become better skilled in the art of English communication? Or, are you just going to plod along in a mediocre fashion? Putting your fifty minutes in a class per week and hoping that it is enough to improve might be false thinking. Sorry. Realistic effort and careful planning separates my skilled students from my permanent beginners. I hope you want to uplevel you abilities. I know I certainly want you to do this.
If you really want to improve I think you have to evaluate your skill priority. What is most important for your skill set: reading. speaking, writing or reading? Or, do you want to be competent in all four? Some of my more skilled students are ready and willing to put the time in to make this happen. One of the most interesting quotes I have heard about language learning is that "It's just one word after another."
I think this might be accurate but there is bit more involved to it than that. More like: "One grammar pattern, one vocabulary set and on paragraph after another." But in essence the former statement is true one a foundational level, or beginner level, but the latter is more comprehensive.
Just curious if you are willing to practice pronunciation daily in front of a mirror to help? Are you willing to record you classes or voice to improve? Have you ever heard youself speaking English? Are you willing use half your screen time in English (including smartphone, computer, television)? Are you willing and able to write a small daily journal in English to hone those grammar skills? I sure hope so. If you want me to correct your grammar in a journal just let me know. I will take the time before or after class to correct spelling an grammar.
If you are making the same mistakes over and over again have you ever thought why? After teaching for several years now and studying Japanese for many years now I think I know the answer. It requires self evaluation (you) and neutral evaluation (your instructors).
Motivation is what I often speak to my students a lot about. Why are they studying English? What is the long term goal? What are the steps and processes for skill development? Are you more goal oriented or process oriented? I have learned that the goals take care of themselves naturally when the process (habits) become the goal. A new habit takes about three weeks to take hold. (I mean to be effective and long lasting) Good luck and Ganbatte. Study/Practice everyday!
oriented or process oriented?