Updated: Dec 13, 2019
One of my jobs as an English language coach in Houston is to teach English. But another one of my roles is to empower men and women to move outside of their comfort zones and to really use the language, experiment with the language, and to make mistakes with the language. Yes, I said mistakes! It is only when learners do this that they are able to grow their vocabulary, their self-confidence, and move closer to their long-term goals.
If you are a perfectionist like I am, it can be particularly hard to attempt new things and risk making mistakes. But I know from experience that stretching my comfort zone is exactly what I need to do. If you can relate, here is some inspiration.
15 Ways to Stretch Your English Skills Today
Make small talk with a person in line at Starbucks.
Sign up for a Zumba or yoga class.
Send an email to your son or daughter's teacher.
Create or revise your résumé.
Attend a free ESL class at your local library.
Attend an interviewing workshop at your local job placement or staffing agency.
Attend a local job fair just to ask questions.
Sit in on a university or community college class (let the professor know first).
Go to a restaurant that you've never eaten at before.
Write a paragraph describing your dream job and share it with a friend.
Write a business plan for that money-making idea that you have.
Attend a free lecture at your local art or science museum.
Volunteer to teach your native language at your child's school.
Read a Dr. Seuss book aloud to your child.
Attend a meeting of your Home Owner's Association.
What is one thing that you can do this week that would take you out of your comfort zone and help you to improve your English language skills? Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect English! Challenge yourself to be seen and heard by others.