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How to make your English learning plan and achieve your goals

Hi. I’m Rebecca from engVid. In this special lesson I’m going to show you
how to plan your English learning so that you can get the best results based on your
needs. And in order to identify your needs, we’re
going to go through a series of questions. Okay? Now, these are the same questions that I use
with my consulting clients from all over the world to help to find the best path for them
to achieve their goals. And I believe, if you follow these steps,
you will be able to do the same thing. So what you might want to do is to grab a
piece of paper, and as we go through the questions, make some notes for yourself.
Okay? And then by the end of the lesson, you may
actually have a much clearer idea of what the next step is in order to achieve
your English learning goals. Okay? And also, what are the best strategies
that you can use to get there. Okay? So, are you ready? Let’s get started. Okay, so the first question that you need
to ask yourself is: “Why are you learning English?” Now, I know that sounds pretty obvious, like:
“Why? Well, okay. I need to… I have to…” These are some of the things that I hear upfront,
then when we go a little bit further we start to get more real reasons. And why is that important? Why is the “Why?” of our life important? Because the “Why?” is the motivation, the
“Why?” is your fuel to reach… To help you take this journey.
Okay? Learning English is a journey, and you need
that motivation and you need to know clearly: “Why am I doing all of this?” And so, in order to do that… First somebody might say to me: “Well, I’m
learning English for my job.” I say: -“Okay. Why are you learning English for your job?” -“To get a better job.” -“Why are you trying to get a better job?” -“To earn more money.” -“Why are you trying to earn more money?” -“Because I have to provide for my family.” -“Why do you have to provide for your family?” -“Because I love them. They’re the most important thing in the world
with… to me.” Okay, now we found the real reason. It wasn’t just that you’re learning English
for your job, you’re learning English for your family who you love with all your heart. So, like in everything, there’s a rational
reason why we do something and there’s an emotional reason. If you can find your emotional reason, then
along with your rational reason, now you have really strong motivation. So ask yourself these questions, okay? Because nobody has to do anything; we choose
to do something. Find your: “Why?” and you will have the strongest
motivation to achieve your goals. Okay? So, now, more specifically, let’s look at
some of the “Whys” that people have usually. So, number one: University. Let’s suppose you’re trying to get into university. Why is it important to know that? Because the “Why?” is also going to determine
the “What?” What you need to study. So what’s your “Why?” Is it to get into university? If so, then you need to focus on academic
English. All right? And that’s actually an entire field of English
language learning. It’s called English for academic purposes. Then you need to get those kind of books,
attend those kind of courses, work with teachers who have experience in those areas. All right? Why? Because your needs are very specific.
Right? Your needs are to be able to write papers
and assignments at a university level, to understand lectures, to read textbooks with
lots of technical vocabulary. Right? So that’s why focusing in on your “Why?” to
get into university will help you to determine your “What?”
All right? There are many more questions. Let’s suppose your “Why?” is an exam, you
need to pass an exam. Then… Let’s suppose it’s the IELTS, or the
TOEFL, or the TOEIC, or the PTE, then your study strategy is completely different.
Right? From somebody else, because these exams are
like a world in themselves. You need to understand the exam, you need
know reading, writing, listening, speaking, but not just in general, but for that exam. You need to know how to do well there, and
you need to find a teacher or a training program which prepares you for the exam, which is
very different from just general English learning. Okay? And that’s another area where you
will need specialized training. Okay? Next, if it is for your job or your career,
then you’re probably talking about business English. But, again, within the world of BE, which
is business English, there are so many different needs and so many different areas. What are your needs? If it’s for your job or career, what do you
actually need to be able to do better than you do today? Do you need to write email more effectively
and correctly, do you need to give strong presentations, do you need to entertain clients
or talk to them on the telephone? By identifying exactly what you need to do
at work, you will then focus on that particular skill.
Okay? Because what happens when people get confused
about learning English or when they get stuck in a particular area it’s because they lose
focus. Okay? They think they have to just keep doing a
lot of English, a lot of grammar, a lot of vocabulary. No, it’s not just that. In the beginning it’s some of that, but afterwards
it gets focused to a specific goal, like: “I want to be able to write a… Not an excellent… A perfect email, but an excellent
email as far as I’m concerned.” Okay? Or: “I need to make sure that I can give that
presentation and really nail it.” So when you identify that, presentation English
is very specific. There are books which are just about how to
do well in presentations, there are teachers and trainers who will work with you to optimize
your presentations. Okay? Such as myself, I do that all the time. I work with diplomats, I work with executives,
I work with international students who are preparing for their PhD or
something like that. Okay? And various situations where that’s
a very specific skill. Okay? So by identifying what your exact needs are,
then you will be able to find the right, and design the right, training program
or trainer for you. Okay? Let’s go on. Let’s suppose your needs are more to become
a specialist of some kind, then you need something which is called actually “English for Specific
Purposes”. And in case you don’t know, there are actually
specific books; English for Engineers, English for Nurses, English for Doctors, English for
Lawyers, English for Journalists, English for Engineers, all kinds of detailed professions
have their own textbooks. And you may be able to find a trainer who
has actually specialized in this area. So that’s something else to keep in mind. All right? So identify if your profession is something
specific, and check out if there are materials specifically for that. You might be surprised. I, myself, have written specialized materials
for various courses that I’ve run: English for Accountants, English for Economists, English
for Production Engineers, and things like that. Okay? So check that out and think about whether… What your real needs are. Next, maybe it’s not about this. Maybe you’re learning English for social purposes
or for personal reasons. You want to make more friends, you want to
travel, or for cultural reasons. You want to be able to enjoy movies and songs,
and really understand them, and grow as a person and enjoy more of English life, then
your kind of English is going to be different. Right? The English that you need to focus on. It’s a little bit more conversational, more
general. Okay? And also the resources that you’re going to
use are going to be quite different. You might be listening to music and songs,
and watching shows and movies, or listening to the news. Your whole strategy will be completely different. Okay? Now, a couple of other questions that you
need to ask yourself along this journey is: “When?” For example, what do I mean by that? When do you need to achieve a specific result? When my clients come to me they usually have
something that’s urgent coming up let’s say in a month or two months, or even next week. There might be a very important presentation,
so we have to achieve something in a short period of time. So, do you have a short deadline? Do you need to appear for an exam very soon? Or do you have a longer deadline?
Okay? So think about that. Is it something you must do urgently or do
you have time? And also, what kind of time do you have available
to devote to this goal? Okay? Do you have…? Are you able to work on it full time? Are you a younger person who can spend a lot
of time on it? Or are you a working person, you can only
work on your English part time, you can only work on it on the weekends or only in the
evenings, or only 15 minutes a day? Whatever it is, identify
that answer for you. Okay? It will help you to design a program that
you can stick with. Because the point is if you design a plan
very ambitiously but then you can’t stick to it, it’s not going to help you.
Okay? So design something realistic, taking into
account your daily schedule, and your reality, and your life.
Okay? Now, the other point is: “Where?” Where do you want to study English?
Okay? Are you looking to study locally?
Okay? Are you trying to go overseas and go to a
language school abroad in Canada, or the States, or in England, or Australia? Or are you ready to study online? This is how I do most of my training. Right? I work with people on Skype and so on, and
that way it doesn’t matter where in the world people are. Of course today people are working online
with all kinds of trainers, so that’s another big option that’s opened up to you, the whole
world has opened up to you, so you could find a trainer online or a program online. So this is another point that I want you to
make in case you’re making notes, is: “Where is it possible for you to study? Can you leave your country? Do you need to leave your country? Is it the best option?” Think about it.
Okay? And next we’re going to look at a few more
questions that are going to help you zero in on what you really need. Okay, so let’s look at the next question,
which is: “How much?” which means: How much money? How much money do you have available for this
purpose of improving your English? Are you going to go with the free option? Okay? Where you perhaps do not really have a budget
for that but you still want to improve? Or are you going to be looking at some paid
options? Or, of course, you can always look at a combination
of those. All right? So let’s see how your budget affects some
of your options. All right? So then we come to the: “How?” So, are you going to study, for example, by
yourself, kind of, you know, with the free option? In a group or a school? Or with a private teacher or trainer? These are some of the main options that people
choose. So, what are some of the things you can do
alone? You can do a lot alone, especially today. Right? You know that, you’re watching me right now,
you watch engVid, you watch all our teachers, so you know that you can do a lot of English
language learning online. So, of course you can go online, watch engVid,
as I said. You can also watch lots of other things.
Okay? You can… You can watch the news, you can listen to
music, you can watch your favourite TV shows, you can watch movies, you can play games,
you can download apps, you can read books. And from each of these you can
learn something different. Okay? From the news, there’s so much… So much vocabulary you can pick up. You can learn about accent, you can learn
how to speak well. From the music you can go and look at the
lyrics of a particular song that you love, and that’s a great, fun way to improve your
English. By singing, okay? Do you know that music has a special quality
because of the music and the words, you’re actually using both parts of your brain and
you can learn really easily? So learning the words of a song and singing
it in English are a wonderful way to improve your English, and also sometimes your grammar,
depending on what you’re listening to. Okay? And your accent as well. And all of these have ways in which you can
mine that for whatever you need; for vocabulary, for expressions. When you’re watching something, sit down with
your notebook. Right? Write down the words, write down the expressions
that your favourite actors sing. Write down a phrase and a song that you want
to try to use yourself. Something that appeals to your heart is something
that you’re going to use, and it’s a great way to learn.
Okay? There are a couple of things to keep in mind. These methods and learning by yourself will
help you with reading and listening, improve your vocabulary, improve your grammar, but
when you’re talking about the productive skills where you have to produce the language which
are speaking and writing, there it’s really very tough to improve by yourself. Why? Because you need someone to talk to, you need
to practice what actually happens when you need to speak; and for writing, you need someone
to evaluate your writing and give you feedback. Okay? Because if you keep writing every day, you
might be making the same mistakes and that’s a shame, and that’s kind of a waste of time,
and time is also money. All right? So, keep that in mind. And now let’s look at what happens, then,
when we go to some of the paid options. So one option is to join a group or a school,
a language school, all right? There are all kinds of language schools, I’m
sure where you live, as well as all over the world, which specialize in ESL students. And let’s look at what the options are between… And some of the differences are between going
with this school option, or going with a private teacher or trainer. What will happen in a school, generally speaking,
not always, but generally, schools cost less per hour, so they cost less money. You’re going to make general progress because
you’re part of a group. And depending on the school, there might be
four people in your class, or there might be 14 people in your class, or 24 people in
your class. Okay? It depends on the time of year, it depends
on the school, lots of things. So you will make progress, but it’s more general
progress, and it usually takes more time because of that. All right? You’re not going to get as much time in a
speaking class, your writing is not going to get as much feedback, your… All of your skills. Okay? Are not going to get… You’re not going to get as much attention. On the other hand, if you decide to work with
a private teacher or a trainer, generally speaking per hour it costs more money. That doesn’t mean overall it’s going to cost
more money, but per hour it’s going to look like it costs more money. But what is the advantage with a private teacher? You’re going to make very
specific progress. Okay? So, for example, in your speaking, if you
have an accent issue, well, that’s difficult to handle-right?-in a class. Teacher can’t give you that kind of attention. Or if you’re trying to do some… pass a particular
exam, maybe you’re in the course, maybe you’re in the IELTS course or the TOEFL course, but
you keep having a problem with the writing and the teacher can’t help you in that context. So maybe you’ll do a combination of this. You will take the school classes or the exam
prep classes in general, but maybe for writing for a short while, you’ll do a combination
and you’ll have a private teacher who’s working with you specifically on your writing, or on your
speaking, or whatever your challenge is. Okay? And also because with a private teacher you
are the only student, you’re going to get… It’s going to take… You’re going to achieve your goals faster,
it’s going to take less time. Okay? Because you get all the attention, and therefore
you get a lot more value out of it, out of that experience, out of that money, out of
that investment of time and money. So don’t always write off the private teacher
or trainer because, if you’re facing a particular challenge, that teacher or trainer could be
the answer to your prayers. Okay? So these are some of the basic elements and
basic differences between the group and school, and the private teacher, and the solo options. Now, in real life you’re probably doing a
combination of these things at different times, and that’s perfectly fine. It’ll keep changing based on whatever you
need or wherever you’re at. It also depends where you are today in terms
of your level. If you’re a beginner, intermediate, you’re
probably going to start here. And if you’re at a higher level or if you’re
facing a particular challenge, you may go to that other option.
Okay? Also, with the paid option, remember sometimes
it’s coming out of your pocket. And if you work in an organization, they may
have a training budget which you have access to, so check that out. Check with your company whether they have
a budget to help you with your English language learning. I’ve worked with lots and lots of corporations,
and I know for sure that they do, and hopefully your company does as well. So I hope that each of these questions has
helped you get a better understanding of what exactly you need and what’s the best plan
for you to follow to achieve your goals. Remember, we’ve looked at the: “Why? What?
Where? When? How much? How? And with whom?” And each of these questions and each of your
answers has hopefully taken you one step closer to the best solution for your situation and
your reality. Okay? Now, if you’ve found this lesson helpful,
please subscribe to my YouTube channel. Feel free to share it with your friends if
you think it will help them to achieve their goals faster as well. And also in this lesson I’ve included, in the lesson description,
a link to my professional website, If you’re interested in working with me, you
can contact me there. All right? So, once again, thank you so much for watching. I really admire your determination. And I’ve seen thousands of people achieving
their goal of English language mastery and I’m sure you can do it, too.
All right? So, as always, bye for now and all the best
with your English.

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