Learning to write and speak English properly can be a challenging task, but certainly not an impossible one. As with any new project, the more practice time you put in and the higher your level of motivation, the faster you will learn. With the help of select source materials and computer software programs, you can improve your total comprehension of the English language over time. While the progress will not happen overnight, you can be sure it will happen.
Meet with a private tutor regularly or enroll in an English Language Arts course at a local university. Online courses are also available. Select a conversation English course, if possible, to improve your general speaking ability.
Study the rules of English grammar, punctuation and sentence structure if you cannot enroll in a part-time or full-time English Language Arts course. Select source material written specifically for improving grammar and writing. "The Bedford Handbook" by Diane Hacker, "Barron's Painless Grammar" (Barron's Painless Series) by Rebecca S. Elliott and "The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation" by Jane Straus are all effective choices.
Purchase phonics reading or language-learning software. Complete an assessment using the software to determine your level of comprehension of the English language. Levels typically range from beginner to advanced; some language-learning programs are geared toward adult learners, whereas others are designed specifically for younger students.
Read English-language books that are of interest to you personally. Interest in the topic is key to sustaining your sense of enjoyment in the material. Plan daily readings around a specific goal -- for example, 10 pages of reading per day.
Create a vocabulary journal. Add words that you learn during class or while studying. Write out the definition of each word along with a sample sentence. Study your vocabulary journal daily to improve your vocabulary skills.
- Reward yourself as you progress with your studies.
Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.