Even if you are (almost) fluent in English as a Foreign Language (EFL), you cannot think that that is the end of the road for you. Any language skills – like soccer skills or piano skills – need upkeeping if you want to stay on top of your game.
Luckily, you have come to the right place, as we have compiled 5 tips to help you maintain your English fluency.
If you still live in your native country and opportunities to practice your EFL skills are scarce, consider joining a language club – either one that meets in person or an online one. Meetup is one resource you can use to find others who are learning English or are newly fluent in English.
Tip 2: Use Online Resources
There are so many resources online (see also here and here) to help you maintain your English fluency skills, and most are free, too. Some free online courses to consider to keep on practising English include:
- Coursera – You don’t just have to practice vocabulary and grammar all day long; look at learning something different in English, like learning about Bitcoin, Script Writing, and Write Professional Emails in English.
- Saylor Academy
Tip 3: Listen to Podcasts
Listen to a podcast or three a week to keep up your listening skills. TED Talks is another great way to listen – in English – to some interesting discussions on a multitude of topics.
Tip 4: Challenge Yourself withQuizzes
Many online resources – and even books – have English language exercises and quizzes for you to complete. These are great practice because it can illustrate in which areas you need more review or practice.
Tip 5: Use Movies and Music
English movies and music are other ways to practice your English skills, plus learn about a culture, too. Subtitles or song lyrics are also available for reading practice or in case there is a word or phrase you want to look up.
Do you have any more ideas about how you can maintain your English fluency? Please share with us.
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About the Author
Denine Walters is currently a freelance writer, editor/proofreader and ESL teacher. Previously, she taught online English lessons to students from all around the world and, before that, she lived and taught English to young learners in Taiwan. In her free time, she likes to read, do scrapbooking and grammar quizzes, and travel.