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How to improve your English if you are an EAL student

By Corina David

Shorter Oxford English Dictionary

Mastering grammar has never been an easy thing to do. Needless to say, for those who acquire a new language this is all the more difficult. There is the instinct of "thinking" in one's native language and translating the concept into English. Most of the times the technique works. However, there are many other instances when translating and hoping that the structures and word order will match, simply doesn't work.

If you are a self-taught student, but need some advice, you might want to follow these steps to help you improve your level of English:

Isn't English spelling overestimated?

Given the fact that English is the language many people can speak, the language that presently dominates the internet and the world of social media, one may feel tempted to say that the rules of the language should become less strict; that certain mistakes should be overlooked. However, while several variants of English are accepted in the spoken form, the written one still needs to respect the same strict rules - disregarding them will rather have negative consequences. It is learners' responsibility to learn the language accurately, not the other way round!

And as a conclusion meant to underline how important it is to use English accurately, ask yourself the following question: "How would you like to receive a formal letter from the CEO of a reputable bank with spelling mistakes? (It does happen)" Would you still trust the services of that bank? Let us know!

This article was written on behalf of Bellerbys College, a college for international students, offering ambitious young individuals the possibility to study in UK. They also offer English language courses aimed at helping students for whom English is not the first language or simply need to improve it.

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