Thanks again to everyone who entered! Here are the first two winners. I’ve posted their submissions “as is,” which means that I didn’t edit their English. The main focus for this contest was good ideas, not perfect grammar!
The first category is “Most Useful Technique,” based on my opinion as a teacher and as a language learner myself. Two people submitted similar ideas, so there was a tie (two people scored the same/both won). Here’s the first one:
I would like to introduce the tools of studying in English with attaching photo.
The notebook is necessary to memo for new words or new sentences.
The English-English dictionary and The Oxford Thesaurus are also necessary tools.
I use them since I was a student of English school in Malaysia.
The teachers recommended to use them!
Books are written by English.
I try to read them out!!
Picking up some nuances or learning way to native’s thinking from them.
The magazines, CNN English Express,to Include in CDs. I use for improving my listening.
This combined technique was submitted by the user @10lizy on Twitter. It focuses on books, but she uses them in many ways. Graded readers are great for picking up vocabulary. Easy-to-understand regular books are great for learning words that go together and sentence patterns. She also mentions that it’s a good way to learn how native speakers think, and the nuances of words. She also uses English learning books with CDs for listening practice. She writes sentences and words in a notebook (some researchers say that this works well if you do it in a certain way.) Finally, she has a thesaurus and a dictionary to help her get a deeper understanding of words.
Here’s the second one:
Hi, I’m AlexaderBD on the twitter and this is the first time I write to someone that have English as first language. xP
About the contest I can say that my English was not that bad, but was not
that great too, and my solution to improve it was to read books. I have choose
the reading of books because books are one of my big love. When I have a doubt about some word in the book I use a dictionary
This is a picture of the book I’m reading at the moment.
I think this is what is suppose to do in the contest, if it isn’t please let me know.
But the main reason to make me participate is the help me improve my English.
Hope you can understand everything I try to say. :p
This technique comes from @alexaderBD on Twitter. He has a more direct approach of reading novels in English. He is comfortable reading English, loves reading, and speaks another language that’s related to English, so this is a great choice for him. Huge novels like The Stand (or Harry Potter) aren’t a good idea until you’re comfortable with them. If you are, then you can use them to improve your vocabulary, your reading speed, the different ways you can use words, your understanding of difficult things like articles, and so on.
If you just read books about English, it’s not very useful. But if you read books in English, I think it can be a very useful technique. Great job, both of you! If you wrote me about which prize you wanted, I’m sending your prizes soon. (Some people didn’t answer about their prizes…)
I’ll post more winners tomorrow!