Gain A Stronger Grip On The English Language By Improving Your Vocabulary!

It may not be that obvious, but the more books you read, the more you will improve in your English skills – expanding areas which involve grammar and vocabulary in particular. Through various surveys and research, we found out that constant reading also improves on other areas such as your writing and listening skills. In short, all of the above benefits are vital for you to be able to converse and understand the English language well.

Whether you are young or old, it’s never too late to want to improve or pick up the English language as formal learning matter. One of the easiest and most effective ways of learning is to read, only then you can expand your capacity and take in new words for this particular language. It’s always good to sign up for a class or so, as there will be someone to guide you through and share with you new ideas pertaining to English and literature. Hence, below are two of the common components that you can use in your learning curve of greater vocabulary.

Reading relentlessly

If you can’t decide what book to start with, just select one that’s the closest to you; start simple of course, trying hard to comprehend a difficult will affect your morale in the long run. Try to read books that are both old and new, as older books may be missing words that are commonly used presently and vice versa; with this cross reference, you’ll be able to patch up ‘missing’ areas of your vocabulary more effectively. Improved vocabulary means improved writing techniques, and schools, exams, or tests for the English language do encourage creative writing which in turn can garner a higher grade or score. One can also find their own ‘voice’ from reading other authors’ work.

If you chance upon books that are either fiction or non-fiction, you should not blindly read it till the end. But instead, you should take your time to absorb all the words, the writing style and any feel that you can acquire from the book, and finally compare the different works of different authors. By being able to spot their own unique set of commonly used words, it means that you get more exposure to a higher level of vocabulary skills; they are authors with successful published works, so learning from them is a good way.

Test your knowledge with workbooks

Well, after much reading, it’s time to put your knowledge to the test. Don’t worry, vocabulary workbooks are fun and informative, they are unlike any other conventional test paper. They can contain word games, fill-in-the-blanks and even crossword puzzles to test their familiarity with various words and spellings in a much more entertaining way. Students learning the English language are highly encouraged to make good use of them to learn to pronounce better, learn more about synonyms, antonyms, and their respective definitions. It is known that each student varies in their learning ability to memorize new words, and workbooks manage to help them revise better when they are out of a classroom setting.

Tips On How To Improve Your English Writing
1. Be careful to stay on topic. If you are writing about something unimportant, you may find that your main message becomes buried under trivial stuff. This makes editing particularly important.

2. Be sure that your writing is well organized! Poorly organized writing may not read well and may even confuse your readers. As you go from paragraph to paragraph, check for cohesion. Try to organize your paragraphs into some kind of logical order.

3. Writing takes patience and practice.

Private VS. Public Schools

Some of the advantages that your Children should be receiving at their private school are a curriculum that really focuses on teaching basic skills and an atmosphere that demands respect for authority and self-discipline. Plus, considerable attention is usually focused on maintaining order. There are fewer discipline problems because private schools can be selective about whom they admit and are under no obligation to retain children who don’t stick to the rules. In general, children at private schools work harder than those at public schools and are less likely to drop out. However, like anything else that has advantages, there are also disadvantages to attending private schools.

Undeniably, there are good and bad private schools just as public schools vary in their excellence. It is unrealistic to make a broad general statement that private schools are better than public schools. In order to decide whether your children could receive the same education at a public school as at the school they are now attending, parents need to compare the two schools. Look at the curriculums and decide which one best meets your children’s needs. Compare the copyright dates on textbooks. While old math and English
textbooks can be good instructional tools, old history and geography books will not give your children a solid knowledge of recent events and boundary changes.Consider also such things as class size, achievement test scores, the teachers, and the emphasis on order and discipline.

There is one additional factor to think about. The private school is giving your children a upbringing that cannot be duplicated. Furthermore, they are having the chance to be with a group with similar values.

The Parent-Teacher Conference: Must-Ask Questions
In order to help your child have a successful school year, you need to know what is expected of her, academically, from now until June. You can find out by asking some questions. Take this list with you to your next parent-teacher conference.

– What skills and knowledge will my child be expected to master this year?

– What will my child learn this year in key subjects like math, science, history, and English? 
– Are there challenging academic standards in place at this school, and how do they compare with those at other school districts? May I see them?
– How do you inform students about the academic standards they’re expected to meet? What kind of projects and assignments have you planned that will help my child meet higher academic standards?
– How will my child be evaluated?

– How are grades determined in your classroom?
– What can I do to stay more involved in my child’s academic progress?
– What can I do at home to complement what is happening in the classroom?
– How can I know on a daily basis what homework has been assigned?
– How can I support teachers’ efforts in implementing higher academic standards?
– How do you accommodate differences in learning?
– What if my child is a slow learner and falls behind, or is a fast learner and is bored?
– Are summer school, tutoring, or other programs available for students who need more help?
– How are older students prepared for further learning after high school?
– Are children encouraged to think about a wide variety of career interests?
– Are all students encouraged to take algebra by the end of eighth grade?