ステップ１：Build a word map
- Take a news topic that you want to become good at talking about
- Write down words in English that you can think of around the topic
- Use your dictionary to find more words and add them to the word map
How to find natural English: This is one of the most important steps. Lots of students have a lot of words they know, but unfortunately, they use a lot of words that are unnatural in English.
Compare your word map to words in the news
- Find six or seven news articles on the topic you are studying
- Scan these article for the words you wrote in your word map; you don’t need to understand everything at this stage
- You will probably find a lot of new words in the news articles that you didn’t write in your word map. That’s great because you are now building up new words, improving your vocabulary.
- Stay focused, write down only words that are related to your news topic. This is because there will probably be many words that are new to you, but a lot of them will not be related to your topic, and so if you write all the new words down, you’ll lose focus from the topic
- Now find seven or eight more news articles on the same topic
- Scan the articles to confirm there are a lot of the same words from your word map
- The more you do this, the more you’ll be able to remember the meaning of these words.
- You’re becoming an expert in natural English on your chosen topic
Listening to the news
Now that you have built up your knowledge of words used in the news on a particular topic, you will most likely be able to hear these words more when you listen to the news.
- Watch four or five news videos on the topic you have chosen
- On YouTube, choose the 75% playback speed, so that you can hear the words more easily.
- Watch each video a couple of times on the slower speed, e.g. 75% pace, then increase it to 100% playback speed, and see if you can still hear the words.
Here are my favourite three websites that I always recommend to my students for listening to the news.
Now you’re becoming an expert: time to write.
- You’rer starting to be able to hear and understand a lot of new words related to the news topic you’re studying.
- It’s essential for you to be able to produce these words now, so try writing a summary of an article you read, using the words you have been studying
- Go back to the article and compare what you wrote to the original, did you remember some of the words?
- Repeat this practice of writing summaries until you can remember the words with ease
- If you are lucky enough to have opportunities to speak with other English speakers in English, ask if you can talk about the news you have been studying
- Test whether or not you can remember the words you have been studying
- It might take three or four conversations with different people before you can talk about the topic with ease, but you will if you practice like this.