Go beyond your boundaries, extend your limits and soar like a Kookaburra!
Don't forget the reason you are here. This experience will forever change you, make the most of it.
Remember that vocational means for employment. The attention to detail, effort and competence expected at a workplace will be the same as in a VET course. Try to view your studies through the prism of how they can be applied in a real workplace.
I strongly recommend immersing yourself in the language and culture by, ideally, living and hanging out with people from different nationalities, abiding by strict English only routines, as well as getting the most out of your English classes by being proactive and enthusiastic learners. During class, it would be most advantageous for you if you could put your mobile phone away, listen to your classmates and your teacher, and ask plenty of good questions and most of all enjoy your English lessons! And don’t forget to go over your class notes - the more you review, the more fluent you will become!
Talk with people who speak English, ask lots of questions and actively take note of new vocabulary ….. then practice, practice, practice.
NEVER GIVE UP. If you feel you’re not learning English anymore, quitting will mean you’ll probably forget most of what you’ve learned. Keep on trying until you meet your language goals, or consider changing your goals: they may be a little unrealistic.
To improve your speaking skills you must have conversations with native or fluent English speakers as much as possible. To improve your writing skills you should read English newspapers, magazines and books.
A little advice to students to help improve their English skills: Make a habit of reading something in English for at least 10 minutes every day. Do it in your spare time - your vocabulary will grow and your grammar will improve.
SPEAK ENGLISH 24/7 AND FIND AN AUSSIE BOY/GIRLFRIEND.
Live English, eat English, dream in English and you will speak English.
Have the confidence to speak to students from other countries. Every time you speak English you are practicing the grammar and vocabulary you learn in college and that will help you to remember it and to improve. Don’t worry about making mistakes – that is how you learn!
Attend all your classes, participate in class discussions, share your ideas and experiences in class so you can learn about other people’s perspectives and relate your studies to real world experience.
Take advantage of studying in Australia. Listen to the sound of the language you hear every day. Try to copy the stress, intonation and rhythm of native speakers. Language is like music. You have to learn the sound of English as well as the grammar and vocabulary.
Your language learning journey is undoubtedly going to be filled with challenges, but don’t let that discourage you; let it motivate you! “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” - Theodore Roosevelt
Focus actively on your studies, Eat properly and get plenty-of sleep to ensure you are alert in class. To practise improving reading skills watch 10 minutes segments of a movie with subtitles and to improve listening use the same 10 minutes but just do listening without the subtitles.
- Read some more.
Don’t read the dictionary. Read a book or Wikipedia or a website. Learn vocabulary in context. Language has a meaning. It has a situation. The dictionary is for referral, not reading.
Don’t be afraid of making mistakes or of asking questions. Watching English movies or T.V shows can also help.
Read in English for at least one hour every day. Read about topics that interest you – if you’re interested in fashion, read fashion magazines; if you like sports, read the sports section of the newspaper. Reading is a great way to improve your English.