In 2016, the English For Study website was brought into existence when the first articles were published in April/May.
Over the past 8 or so months, English For Study has grown, and I’m incredibly happy to be able to help so many English learners around the world to improve their English.
So, to celebrate the end of 2016, and to help you start 2017 with an English learning BANG, here are my top 5 English learning articles from this year:
#1 Improving Your Listening With a Simple Change
In this post, I show you the importance of ‘metacognitive strategies’. These are learning strategies that are not often used, but can have a profound impact on your English learning.
One of these strategies is ‘reflection’, and I show you how to use it to improve your English listening in this article.
#2 Overcoming Speaking Anxiety
Some people feel sick when they speak English. Others get very very nervous. If this is you, you might have speaking anxiety. It’s common, and it’s sometimes caused by a lack of confidence – especially if you’re not usually anxious.
In this article, I show you how to get over speaking anxiety in English.
Here’s what one English For Study reader said about the article:
Your articles are amazing, each subject you are writing about hits a nerve.Specially this one i was having the same feelings for last couple of weeks, as i am working with native speakers and i am the only one who’s not a native speaker. And this makes me anxious.I will definitely go with your five strategies.
#3 English Vocabulary Advice
In this mega-article, I asked a bunch of other English teachers to share their best vocabulary learning tip.
…An English learning BOMB exploding with wisdom.
#4 The Presentation Checklist
This was an article that I wrote for English With A Twist – a website run by my friend Shanthi.
In the article, I shared some essential checks that you should do the day before you do presentation.
I’ve been teaching people how to give academic presentations for several years, so if you’re going to give a presentation soon, I think you’ll appreciate this value-packed article.
#5 Essay Opinion Phrases
Shayna, from Espresso English, asked me to write an article about academic writing. One of the areas that a lot of students struggle with is giving their opinion in an essay.
Unfortunately, the IELTS test (and most similar language tests) encourages you to give your opinion in an informal way. In academic papers, you can’t do this.
I really wanted to just make this a short overview of some of my most popular articles, but as I started writing it, I found that there were really too many great ones to share!
So, here are a few more of my favourite articles…
Academic Tenses: Which tenses should you use in your essay? Which tenses are most popular? I wrote a simple reference guide to answer those questions.
Culture & English: Learning English isn’t just about the language; it’s also about the culture. I wrote a guide to some of the most popular cultural situations you’ll find yourself in if you visit the UK.
Learn English Faster: If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I don’t believe in special tricks or 24 hours to fluent English. I do believe in systems and principles, however. In this popular article, I shared five ways for you to speed up your English learning.