Set realistic English goals to help you improve your English

Setting realistic goals to improve your English

Learning English, or any language, can seem very overwhelming. There is just so much to learn and you really want to improve quickly and be able to have perfect English conversations with everyone you meet. Unfortunately, putting that pressure on yourself can make you feel useless and frustrated which often means you learn less or even give up on learning English altogether.

Try setting a few LITTLE, REALISTIC goals instead……

Think about the last time you had an English conversation with somebody. Was there a point in the conversation where you couldn’t say what you wanted? Ok, just focus on that language and make that your next goal.

Perhaps you wanted to describe your family but you didn’t have the right English vocabulary – So make this your goal:

Learn how to say how many people are in my family, what their jobs are and how we usually spend our time together.

Perhaps you wanted to give somebody directions and you had no idea how – Make that your next goal:

Learn how to give basic directions and describe landmarks and local facilities.

Perhaps you wanted to explain that you were ill but you didn’t know how to say what was wrong with you – So make that your next goal:

Learn how to describe common illnesses and talk about medicine and treatments.

Do you get the idea? You can even make yourself a list of things you want to be able to do in English and then just focus on the language for those goals one at a time.

☑ English language for describing my home town and my childhood
☑ English language for talking about my family
☑ Phrases to use in the supermarket when I go shopping
☑ English language for talking about my plans for the future
☑ Phrases to use when I’m buying a train or bus ticket
☑ Phrases to use when I’m negotiating in a business meeting

Gradually, you will start to notice set phrases and common vocabulary in English that you can just re-use when you are in that situation again or talking about that topic again.

By setting yourself these little, realistic goals you will feel more focused and less overwhelmed, which will definitely lead to improving your English more quickly….. and with a positive feeling on the way! 🙂

If you think this approach to learning English could work for you, have a look at my Everyday English posts because some of your goals might be in there!

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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

4 thoughts on “Setting realistic goals to improve your English

  1. Totally agree! I often see people freaking out because they focus on what they CAN’T do. Smaller, realistic goals allow them to focus on what they CAN do.

  2. I love this article, thank you so much! Setting small realistic goals feel much less overwhelming 😊

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