What Lockdown or Quarantine does to your English:
Help? Yes, but only if you do the right thing!
For people who use English as a second language, the lockdown period can badly affect your English proficiency if you don’t take steps to maintain it.
Regression: The effect can be just as bad as happens to international students who struggle to develop their proficiency, get what they need and then return home for the summer holidays and don’t speak, hear, read or write English for several weeks. Invariably, when they return to Australia, they find their English has regressed and they have lost a lot of proficiency.
Develop your English while in Lockdown
What to do: Here is some advice on what you can do to maintain your proficiency and go on developing it. We have broken this down into four separate blogs and provided links to each blog below.
- Use English as much as possible. The most basic principle in language learning is that language is learned through use. The more you use it, the more it will develop. You must use it, speak it, listen to English speakers, read, and write every day.
Consider taking tutorials with ISLPR Language Services (ILS). They are available all the time online during the lockdown to ensure you are ready to take your test when tests are readily available again wherever you are located. Go to our booking page to book tutorials or tests. (If you are in Queensland, you can still do your test from our head office in Brisbane).
Explore the ISLPR blog. There is a lot there to help you develop your English: other blogs, webinars and general information.
Shortly, we will be releasing a 12 week online course. During the course you will receive a lot of information, advice and exercises you can do to develop your English. You will also receive some general feedback on your work.
Are you interested in more personalised help with your speaking? Now is the perfect time to try out an ISLPR English tutorial! We've discounted our tutorial prices for the next few months. We also have a special tutorial package available until 30 June 2020.
Enrolments for our online English course opened on Wednesday, 29 April 2020. This is a 14 week online course that aims to develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Spaces are limited and enrolments close Wednesday, 06 May 2020. For more information, click here.