Lessons for better English is a collection of Successful English articles – organized like a textbook or course outline – for English students and teachers. Its goal – to help you improve your English by helping you understand and practice successful language acquisition.
Someone once told me that you need to know three things to successfully complete a project. You need to know:
- What to do;
- Why it’s important to do that; and
- How to effectively use the resources or tools you have to get the job done.
This collection of readings from Successful English explain the what, why, and how of language acquisition. And, as a bonus, I’ve added three stories that tell how different people have successfully used these ideas to acquire, or pick up, English and other languages.
I. What you need to do
If you only read one article in Successful English, it should be The power of reading and listening. It clearly describes what you need to do to improve all aspects of your English – reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
II. Why that’s important
Successful teaching and learning need a solid foundation. There must be good reasons for what teachers and students do. The basics, a series of short essays, briefly explains the theory and research behind the ideas you find in Successful English – why they’re important and why they work.
III. How to work effectively and solve problems
Even when you know what to do and why it’s important, you may still have questions. Here are answers to some of them:
- How does reading or listening to popular fiction help improve my English?
- Fine-tune your reading for better English
- How can I get the greatest benefit from my reading?
- Does correcting mistakes help me improve?
- How can I tell if my English is getting better?
- How to fight negative feelings about yourself and your English.
- Is working hard the answer to better English?
- What should I do when I see a word I don’t know?
- Why is English so difficult?
- How can I learn to speak better?
- I’ve worked hard to improve my English, but it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. What can I do?
IV. Success stories
Case histories – the experiences of people or companies – are popular in many university management programs. Here are three case histories to encourage you and give you more ideas for improving your English: