5 tips to gain fluency in written English for non-native speakers

February 4, 2013

Guest post.

If you’re studying English, it’s hugely important to nail the written side of the language, as much as the spoken side. English can be a notoriously tricky beast to master, with a variety of grammatical quirks and rules, and it can sometimes seem like a mountain to climb. Here are some tips which may help you along the way.

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Read, read, read

It may seem obvious, but the more you absorb written English on a regular basis the quicker you’ll pick up the fluency of the language. Consider subscribing to an English-language newspaper or magazine; bookmark some English-language websites and make them a part of your morning routine; start reading an English book  from a library. You’ll surprise yourself by how quickly you’ll pick things up subconsciously.

Get help from the professionals

No matter how much you try to teach yourself, nothing quite matches the experience of having a trained tutor guide you through the language process – especially if you’re learning the language in its native country. Fully accredited schools, such as Malvern House, offer a broad range of English courses based in London for students of every calibre. With them comes the incomparable benefit of being immersed in the culture you’re studying.

Start an English-language blog

If you’re feeling relatively confident in your skills, why not start a blog? It can be on any subject of your choosing (it could even be about your experiences in learning English…) but the important thing is it gives you an opportunity to put your writing abilities to the test.

As with reading, the more you write, the more your confidence and skills improve over time. If you’re feeling brave, you can ask native English speakers for feedback!

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Try using dictation exercises

This is an excellent way to match your speaking language skills to your written. There are a number of online resources which offer free audio files of a short piece of spoken English; your task is to write what you hear, using correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Dictation exercises are a useful way of seeing which areas require improvement and which you are excelling in.

Keep a strong routine

Get organised. Your written English will never improve if you’re not properly motivated. Make all of the above part of your daily routine and stick to it rigorously. Make a diary and set yourself targets for the future – deadlines are often the most effective way of working.

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