Immerse Yourself in English To Prepare For Your IELTS Test
Immerse yourself in English
Last year, a record two million people took the IELTS test around the world. There are preparation classes and study materials available to help you prepare for this assessment, and it is important to use all these resources. In addition, it is important to immerse yourself in the language in your everyday life, so you can acquire the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills that will help you gain confidence and do well in your exam.
Read and write
Improving your English reading skills can be fun. Think about your interests and the activities that you enjoy, then find related materials to read. Do you enjoy sports? You can decide to read the sports section of the newspaper every day, or get some sports magazines to read in English. Do you enjoy comic books? Find some fun English comic books; that way you can read and laugh at the same time. If you can identify what you really enjoy reading, it will become easy to immerse yourself in it every day. Research has also shown that if you read for pleasure, you are likely to be more confident and less stressed out.
Immersing yourself in writing English in your everyday life can be just as enjoyable. For instance, you can engage in conversation on social media with friends who are fluent in English, or even with your fellow students. You can also write to-do lists and other reminders for yourself in English every day.
Listen and speak
Listening practice is important. Besides listening to practice tests, you can immerse yourself in listening by watching English TV programs or listening to the news in English. You can also spend time with friends who speak English fluently, or go to places such as coffee shops where people converse in English. At first you may not understand much, but rest assured that our brains can function more efficiently than we think. Listening to English as you learn enhances your brains capacity in other areas such as math and logical reasoning as well.
Make it a point to also speak English every day. Speak to friends and classmates or go to a restaurant where you have to order a meal in English. If there is no one to speak to, develop a habit of speaking to yourself; just don’t do it too loudly.
Immersing yourself in English can be an enjoyable way to complement your studying. By doing this, you will get a lot of practice in reading, writing, listening and speaking. This will help you feel much more confident by your test day.