This is the most natural way of learning English – talking with other people. The more you talk with people, the better your English will get and the easier it will be to speak in seminars and presentations. It will also help you understand better in lectures. So it’s good to meet people and make some friends who do not speak your language. Above all, if you have fun talking with people, your English will improve.
Meet, speak, have fun
- International Weekend day trips around the country
- Go to a brilliant event
- YSJ English Conversation Group – Wednesdays 4.00-5.00pm in the YSJ Chapel (see Campus map)
- Volunteering and jobs, on and off campus
- Join the gym and go to a fitness class
- Play sports
- Use your Students’ Union
- Use Facebook and Twitter to find out about Global Campus Events and to follow interesting people from YSJ and around the world.
- See what's happening at the Union and search for other York St John University groups.
- Get your hair done (hairdressers like chatting!)
- Clubs are a good way to meet people. If you like photography, for example, join a photographic society. If you like cinema, join a film club. Simply google "photographic society york" or "film club york".
- Introduction to Academic Speaking from Andy Gillet's UEFAP website
- More detailed advice from Reading University's guide for international students
- Good Phrasebank (“Speaking in Tutorials”) from Palgrave Macmillan
- Basics of presentations on the Skills4Study website
- More good basic advice from Andy Gillet's UEFAP website
- Presentation Planner from the Hong Kong CILL website
- Good advice for international students from Reading University: Preparing presentations and Delivering presentations