Wow… what a year 2016 was… It was a year of endings and beginnings.
It was definitely been a year that not too many people will forget.
But, alas, at this time of year most people in the western world do three things:
So, to you I bring my number 2… Enjoy NostraSAMus’ predictions for 2017:
There’s a shift happening.
Teachers are beginning to see that not everyone needs a teacher. The more advanced and fluent you become as a learner, the less ‘teaching’ you actually need.
In fact, once you hit the level where you can use basic grammar and can have conversations, you don’t really need a teacher. You need more practice and an English guide or coach.
And in 2017, you’re going to see a lot more coaches coming out of the woodwork.
Now, here’s a little warning – a good English teacher does not always make a good English coach. A good English teacher will know a lot about the English language and how it works, but a good English coach will know how to learn most effectively.
So, when you see more ‘English coaches’ appearing this year, remember, investigate them fully and ask yourself “can they really help me?”
This year has been all about the phrasal verb. Phrasal verbs are soooo popular that almost every YouTube channel talks about them.
But that’s about to change. In 2017, English learners, like you, will start to notice that knowing 1000’s phrasal verbs is not the answer to communicating effectively in English. Instead, the smartest English learners are going to focus on patterns and chunks of language, and then they’ll look for people to show them how to use them correctly.
If this hasn’t already been disproved, 2017 is going to make sure that this myth is finally put to rest.
English learners everywhere are going to stop listening to ‘Engleesh teechurs’ who tell them that they can master English in just one month… People are going to stop listening to the ‘magic trick‘ or the ‘top secret tip to mastering English‘ because there’s no such thing…
Instead of looking for ‘magic tricks‘ and ‘top secret tips only taught to royalty‘, clever English learners are going to look for proven learning systems and strategies that work wonders for their English.
In 2017, you’re going to see more and more ‘pretty teachers‘ on your screen. These are ‘teechurs’ who look good and have textbookitis (the illness where someone talks like a textbook). Basically, they have a pretty face and read textbooks to you on camera… (You can’t always see the textbook)
“Is there anything wrong with these types of teachers?” I hear you ask…
If you just want to look at someone who looks good, go for it.
But me? Well, I’m not a pretty guy… But I do know what I’m talking about when it comes to learning and using English effectively.
In a future lesson, I’ll show you exactly how to identify a ‘pretty teacher’, so you can choose to follow or avoid them… but this lesson has already gone on for too long…
So, until next time – Happy New Year! I hope 2017 brings you as much happiness as you and your loved ones can endure.
NostraSAMus – Your English fortune teller
Ps. I didn’t forget about the reflection part… I made a short ‘Top 5’ list of some of my best posts this year. Click here to check it out.
Sam is the founder and creator of English For Study. He's also a lecturer in EAP/Academic English. Apart from making Academic English easy, he likes learning languages, lifting weights and eating good food.