Tips for International Students Learning English

There are a variety of ways that international students can learn English in their spare time and in the holidays.  When you have a free half hour with nothing else to do, why not make the most of that time by practising your English skills?

There are many apps to choose from that will help you learn English.  All Apps featured on this list come with high customer ratings and recent big fixes, meaning you will get the most out of your experience with these apps.

This will help you to feel more confident and achieve better grades when you return to your studies.

Practising English Everyday

There are many ways you can practise your English through everyday activities, such as:

  • Watching English films / TV with the subtitles on
  • Reading everything: signs, menus, posters, newspapers, advertisements
  • Listening to the radio
  • Reading books. If there is a word you don’t know, see if you can work out what it means from the context of the sentence.  If not, look it up and then try and use that word in sentences throughout the day.
  • Writing a diary / journal. Describe what you did throughout the day in English.  It’s a great way to log your memories and to improve your English writing skills at the same time.  You will be able to see how your writing improves over time.
  • Socialising with friends.  Playing sports is a great way to meet new people and practise your English.  Try and find friends of a different nationality to yourself so you are encouraged to speak English.

Top Apps for Learning English

The British Council has Apps for Learn English to download from their website onto your mobile phone and tablet.

Learn English Grammar

This is a top interactive grammar practice app designed to help improve your English grammar.  This will help you both when talking to people in English, and with your written work during your studies.  The app offers thousands of questions to help practise and reinforce your English grammar skills.

Practice English Grammar

This app was nominated for the 2014 Best Education App and comes with over a thousand questions, over 750 flash cards and over 100 games.

The Speak English App

This app can also be downloaded from iTunes and is designed for iPhone and iPad.  This helps you to train your English pronunciation and speaking skills.  You listen to the spoken words, repeat and compare the results!

Grammar Express: Tenses Lite

This app can be used to learn your tenses, which many international students find difficult, not only at first, but sometimes for a while.  This app contains over 1000 examples with grammar rules and 750 test questions with explanations.

You can practice your skills the next time you are speaking with someone, for example when ordering food or when speaking with your class mates!  Learning English really is all about how much effort and time you are willing to put into practising your skills.  Making this a regular habit in your spare time like evenings and holidays will help you to succeed faster.

We think it’s a cool idea to keep a brief learning journal so you can look back on how much effort you put in and can see the rewards of your own hard work!