How to Keep Improving Your English after Kaplan
Learning English can help improve so many facets of your life; you’ll be a more valuable job candidate, can attend university in an English-speaking country, and will be able to communicate with people in international scenarios. While studying English abroad, you’ll notice your confidence growing with every day that passes, making you feel more comfortable when speaking or writing in that language. However, improving your English, just like mastering any other skill, takes practice and dedication, and doesn’t happen overnight.
The good news is, not all learning happens inside the classroom! Even after you finish your English course at Kaplan, there are many ways in which can keep practicing your English, and improving every day. Here are 5 ways you can keep learning even after your course has finished, bringing you closer and closer to language proficiency.
1. Use online study tools to reinforce the vocabulary and grammar you learned while studying at Kaplan
K +tools and K +extra are Kaplan’s exclusive online learning platforms, where you can practice the grammar and vocabulary you learned in class and apply that to new lessons and interactive content. You’ll benefit from videos, quizzes and tests specifically picked for your English level. You can even purchase an extended subscription after your course has finished!
There are plenty of other tools you can find online that will keep your brain active and reinforce the English you learned while abroad. Whether that’s an app on your smartphone or a website, the more you practice, the better your English will be.
2. Join a conversation club or international group
One of the best ways to practice your English is speaking with friends who are also learning the language. Conversation will help you become more confident in your skills and learn how to approach a variety of topics in English.
Many libraries, universities and cultural centers host free weekly or biweekly English conversation clubs. Look for one in your city and join; you will not only benefit from frequently speaking in English, but you will also meet numerous friends with similar interests.
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3. Watch movies or shows in English
A cool way to practice your English is to watch English movies or shows. Affordable services like Netflix have thousands of shows, documentaries, series and movies that you can binge on during a relaxing weekend. If you are looking to improve your spelling as well as your listening skills, you can turn on the English subtitles, so you will be able read as well as hear the dialogue.
4. Read more books and blogs
Reading is great hobby and has many benefits. The more texts you read in English, the broader your vocabulary will be. If you are looking to improve your language skills, try reading an interesting book or magazine each week. A good idea is to start by using a dictionary or Google to find the meaning of any unfamiliar word, and then looking at the word in the content it was written; that way it will be easier to remember its meaning. You can also subscribe to our blog to keep up with fresh and interesting educational content in English.
5. Keep in touch with your international friends
While saying farewell when you leave Kaplan might be very hard, luckily we live in a time where technology and communications help us cope with distance. Keep in touch with friends via social media, or speak to them over them phone! No matter how you choose to stay in touch, you will enjoy learning what your friends are up to (or even plan a reunion!) and you will practice your English. Double win!
Following these quick tips, you can make sure you keep advancing your English skills and reinforce all the progress you made while studying English at one of our Kaplan schools. Have any other tips for practicing your English? Share them in the comment section below!