A few weeks ago, in our Advanced class, we looked at a blog post detailing the writer’s language learning goals for the coming year. Here, Noëmi writes her own goals as she prepares to leave Global School after spending a month here…
My name is Noëmi and I am a C1 Swiss student here at the global school of English in Edinburgh. My main goal during my four weeks stay at the school was to get more confident when using English, because I have always been really insecure about it. I don’t really know why, maybe I was afraid of potential judgment. Personally, I think that the lessons here in GSE helped me to get over this fear by helping me to realise that errors aren’t a bad thing and you can learn a lot out of them.
Where am I now:
Most of my knowledge of English language such as grammar and vocabulary, I know from my school back in Switzerland, but I would also say that watching English YouTube videos and Netflix series and also reading a lot of English books contributed a lot to my English, mostly to my vocabulary.
In the past I mainly used my spoken English during my English lessons in high school or during the holidays, so I am glad I got the opportunity to travel to Edinburgh and use the language I had studied for such a long time.
Due to my level of English, understanding everyday language and conversation is quite easy for me, although accents are sometimes a bit of a problem, but I think I will get used to that. Meanwhile, I am also quite comfortable discussing a more complex topic after I have done a bit of research on it.
But I often struggle with my English when I get “surprised” by a topic I don’t know a lot about, because then I get to the limits of my vocabulary and I get quite insecure about it. This also includes giving my opinion about something we discuss in class. I also don’t know a lot about how to use the formal written language, for example in a formal letter.
In summary, I’m quite happy with my level of English and I don’t struggle too much in most situations but there is always something I can improve and so this year I set a few language learning goals for myself:
What I want to achieve:
- I want to improve my vocabulary, both my sophisticated and my everyday vocabulary
- I want to keep up with English in my everyday life
- Although we studied a bit about it in school, I want to become more secure when writing formal letters using both formal and polite language and a formal style of writing.
- I also want to get more confident speaking in class and giving my opinion because I think these are really important traits.
What I’m going to do:
- I want to start watching more documentaries on different topics which interest me, because I think they are a good introduction into the formal and sophisticated language I want to learn. I also want to read more articles from different newspapers and magazines (for example Science Today or the New Yorker) both intensively and extensively to learn to understand the content and the style of writing and language. So I will start to read at least one article or watch at least one documentary a week.
- For my general vocabulary, I want to start using a notebook in which I can write down new words so I can revise them over time.
- I want to keep in touch with the people I have met here in Edinburgh and in the school to use my English more often and also to use it in other environments than my school offers.
- I will ask my teacher again about how to write formal letters or emails, do research about it on the Internet and also start to reread my old emails to see how the language is really used.
- To develop my personal and emotional security in my English class, I want to ask at least 2 questions and say at least 3 comments per lesson.
The original blog post can be found here: https://emmaslanguagejourney.wordpress.com/2019/01/05/new-year-new-language-language-learning-resolutions-for-2019/