learner getting advice from teacher

The way teachers teach in the UK might be different from the ways teachers taught you in the past. For example:

  • you are encouraged to take part in practical activities
  • you are encouraged to interact and discuss with others during lessons, resulting in a noisy but exciting classroom at times
  • you are encouraged to share your knowledge and experiences during lessons
  • you are encouraged to ask questions if you do not understand. This is valued and seen as a strength and an excellent attitude to learning!
  • you are unlikely to be asked to learn facts by heart.

To help learn in school, you can:

  • Ask for explanations of the key words. Key words are the important words in a lesson. They are often repeated several times.
  • Use a glossary or a dictionary to learn about the keywords and some of the other words that you do not understand.
  • Use a translator or a bilingual dictionary to translate key words and some other words that you do not understand.
  • Ask the help of an adult. Do not hesitate to ask for help! The adults in your class are always happy to help as they think that asking for help is great for learning!
  • Ask the help of another learner in your class.
  • Join a homework club: some schools have an after-school homework club where learners can get the help of an adult to do their homework and revise what they have learnt.
  • Use your first language. Using your first language can actually help you learn English faster! For example:
    • when you are planning a story, it might be easier to think and plan the ideas in your first language before translating them into English
    • when learning about something new, speaking with another student who speaks your first language might help you both understand better.

To help learn outside school, you can:

  • Carry on speaking your first language if possible. Learn more about the benefits of being multilingual.
  • Talk with your family in your first language about what you are doing at school. Being able to discuss it in your first language might help you understand it better. It might be that you have learnt about it in the past or that your parents know about it. It will also help develop your first language which will help your learning.
  • Visit places that you would like to go to as this might give you the chance to learn about new topics that you have not learnt about at school. It is also very useful to visit places that are related to what you are learning at school!
  • Join a club. Do you have a favourite sport or hobby? There are plenty of clubs for children and young people in England. That is the perfect place to develop a new skill, have some fun, make new friends and practise your English too!