Goal Setting To Speak and Write English

Goals Setting to Learn English Language
Learning a language is not an easy task, but it helps to have the right tools. When learning English, you need good practice material, great teachers that keep your attention, and a clear vision of your journey. The best way to make sure you know where to start is by setting goals. Reaching a goal is a rewarding feeling in itself. If you’ve decided to do something, planned it step-by-step, and taken the action to accomplish it, the moment of victory feels so worth it all.

With learning English, the goals never end because you will always need to practice. However, as you become consistent with meeting each goal, you’ll see improvement in speaking and writing English. Mastering everything starts with a goal. Goals will help you to be, do, and have whatever you want. To master English you have to do more than have a desire, you must set the goals. They give you clear direction for what you should be doing everyday to be fluent in English.
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How To Set Goals to Learn English

It’s not hard to set a goal to learn English, but you should be smart about it. Don’t just say your goal is to learn English or that you want to be fluent in English by a certain date. Be more specific.

In the book, Surprised by Serenity. It gives great examples of how to set attainable goals. To sum it up, you must be able to measure it to call it a goal. A good goal for learning to speak or write English will include a deadline, the level you want to reach, and the daily actions you plan to take to get to that level. You daily actions should also include the amount of time you plan to spend each day.

One of my students started by learning English on her own. She plans to improve by practicing 30 minutes a day. Your daily number may be different. It may be larger or smaller. You could set a goal to practice an hour or 15 minutes a day. It all depends on how fast you want reach your goal and how aggressive you want to be with practicing. Your English learning goal can also be more specific like working on vocabulary for 30 minutes a day or practicing pronunciation.

You might want to practice homophones to improve when you hear words that sound the same and have different meanings. The important part is that you have a goal. Something measurable that you can work on everyday. When you review 100 vocabulary words or practice your English speech for one hour a day, you can feel proud like you won that day. Each step you take with your small goals, you will improve and get closer to your meeting your large goal.
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My Language Goals

I think it will help for me to share with you that I’m on a similar journey. I studied Spanish in high school and college, but put it down for many years. Now that I’m done with school and focusing on my business, I just started practicing Spanish again.

I’m better at writing and reading the language because I can do it at my own pace. I’m also decent at speaking what I know when I practice. The most challenging part is listening and understanding, especially when I hear Spanish spoken at such a fast pace.

I set daily goals to practice Spanish for at least 30 minutes a day using the Duolingo app. Once I surpass intermediate level with my Spanish speech, I plan to practice my conversational Spanish for an hour a day. I think learning Spanish will enrich my future travel experiences.

By the close of 2017, I want to be able to have basic conversations with Spanish speakers. Though we’re learning different languages, we’re on a similar path of setting goals to accomplish a challenging task. I understand, I’m on the journey with you, and I’m here to help as much as I can.

I want to hear from you guys. What are some of the goals you have for learning English? What do you need to practice most? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

12 thoughts on “Goal Setting To Speak and Write English

  1. Marquita Herald Reply

    I was born in the USA so I’m a native speaker, but I truly admire anyone who is making the effort learning English! I’ve learned a bit of conversational Spanish as well as Hawaiian but rarely get a chance to practice anymore. I keep telling myself that one of these days I’ll get serious about improving my skills. I’ve moved from the Islands back to the mainland now, so I’m thinking Spanish makes a lot more sense. In fact, I think I’ll take a look at the app you mentioned. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Danielle Post authorReply

      Awesome! Duolingo has been great at getting me back on track after not touching Spanish since college.

  2. Phoenicia Reply

    Great post and I like your opening photograph – very captivating.

    English is my first language. However I took French GCSE at secondary (high) school and did not do well at all. I made the mistake of believing I could simply translate every word in English to a word in French when in fact learning a language is far more complex than this. I wonder if I am now too set in my ways to take on an additional language. I would also like my children to be fluent in another language.

    • Danielle Post authorReply

      Thank you Phoenicia! If only it were as simple as translating. I too would like my children to learn a second language.

  3. Catarina Reply

    Personally started learning English at school in Sweden when I was nine years old. Then I lived in London and other places worldwide for 22 years and English became my first language during that time. Am hence bilingual and of the opinion that the best way of mastering a new language is to live where the language is spoken. If not the new language becomes a secong language.

    • Danielle Post authorReply

      Catarina,

      I agree with your take. When you surround yourself with the language, you’re forced to figure it out. You also have plenty of opportunity to practice!

  4. Doreen Pendgracs Reply

    English is my native tongue. I have heard many say it is difficult to learn. I have had difficulty learning Spanish because of the verb conjugations. They always stump me.

    • Danielle Post authorReply

      Doreen,

      That’s one of my challenges with Spanish also. At least we can recognize what we need to work on. That’s the first step. I’ve heard the same about English, but those who are dedicated to mastering it will continue to practice are devote time to learning.

  5. William Rusho Reply

    I have a dear friend who is an English teacher in Brazil. She has been at it for years.
    Even today, when we chat, she must ask what I mean by a phrase or sentence, such as “I am on my way out”.
    It is a hard language, but all new things are when you first learn them.
    I am learning Portuguese, and sometimes, it seems overwhelming. You just have to start small with the basics and work upwards.

    • Danielle Post authorReply

      I can see why that may be a challenging phrase. Language is a never ending learning experience! I made the mistake of trying to learn Portuguese and Spanish all at once. They have similarities, but some things can be confusing, so I think I’ll stick to Spanish for now. Lol.

  6. Erica Reply

    We learned a lot about goals setting in my nutrition studies program. I love the part about it being measurable to have some sort of reference. I admire anyone who speaks a second language. It takes dedication and bravery to put yourself into the unknown, take risks and learn.

    • Danielle Post authorReply

      Yes! Having measurable goals is the only way to be sure you’re making progress. I appreciate your take on learning a new language. Once you step into the unknown, you’re able to create so many awesome connections.

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