At The Dynamo Institute, we are a firm believer that the best way to learn English is to immerse yourself in it from all aspects of life, both socially and academically. Extra-curricular activities are encouraged, and are keen to show you ways that you can extend your learning away from the classroom. I have put a few of the best tips together that you will hopefully get a lot out of:
1) Connect with your DYNAMO classmates!
Meeting with other students is a great way to continue your conversation skills, especially if they come from a different country. There are a lot of things you can do and see in Queensland, and it is great to be able to share this time with your classmates? However, it doesn't have to end there - have you ever thought about writing a journal about your time here, and sharing it in class?
2) English speaking meetups
Social media has often helped people with similar interests come together to have fun, network, and even learn. Look up groups and events on Facebook or meetup.com in your area, and get together with like-minded people. There are even events that are just for developing your English speaking ability, which are some of the best Facebook/Meetup pages to communicate with others and attend events with people who have similiar interests to you.
3) Follow your interests, or expand on the in-class topics with extra resources
Everyone has their own interests, so it is a good idea to explore websites, newspapers, and books to learn more, and improve your English vocabulary. Use a range of different materials, including watching documentaries, reading blogs, and/or listening to podcasts. You can even expand on your in-class topics, to explore these areas more, and reflect on what you learnt with your classmates!
4) Review your in-class work
It is very important to follow up your in-class learning with some review time and self-reflection. Go over what you have learned, and share your ideas with your friends. By comparing your work with other students, you can develop a deeper understanding of the topic, and language in general. Create a vocabulary journal with a mindmap of new vocabulary by adding phonemes, synonyms, antonyms, collocations, word forms, sample sentences, etc.
We hope this will encourage you to take the extra step outside of the classroom, and give you a more rewarding experience here. If you have any questions, or would like more help with out-of-class activities, please see your class teacher for ideas on what you can do.