I began to study English quite late, not until my 11th grade. For my highschool graduation I did not study it at all during my 12th grade, then come back to it beginning my undergraduate years, after making sure our Mathematics Department offered no French class at all.
At that time there were not much materials available, and I didn’t have much money either😀. I was not very hard working, but quite, enough to try to find the best way to put the English language into my head. I’ve tried to take courses in difference English Learning Centers, online courses, self study using books, magazines, and online resources… Through everything I see that the best way to study English is the combination of everything.
If you have enough money, find a good Learning Center. Otherwise, use the money to register to one or two classes at a good Learning Center to know how they teach and how we are supposed to study. In my opinion, the not-so-good Learning Centers will simply make you get bored and sometimes give you poor strategies to study. Of course in each center there will be good teachers and not-so-good teachers but for the better Center you will have higher chance to meet a good one in your class.
If you don’t have enough money, don’t worry. Learning English is a matter of self study more than class study, provided you have good strategies and resources. Strategies can be found in many English Books in the bookstores, and online from forums and websites. For resources, you can buy good books, cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, download from internet, etc… I don’t deny the importance of good teachers, but if your presence condition does not allow you to take class with them, self study still guarranties you passing Toelf and GRE. Then once you have the opportunity to go study abroad, you will have plenty of chances to improve your English with native teachers.
In any cases, with or without taking classes, good strategies and good resources are important. However, your own effort and dedication to the study are the key to success.
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