Beginner English lessons and courses are often quite confusing for those embarking on the journey of learning English. How am I going to learn English if I don’t understand anything? Isn’t it better to have instruction from someone who knows how to speak my home language? And what can I do to improve my English level quickly? This blog post attempts to answer these questions and to put at ease those at Beginner English level.

Move from Beginner English to a higher level with these practical steps. Surround yourself with as much English as possible to ensure you succeed quickly.

Learning Beginner English from the Beginning

Learning a new language can be daunting and overwhelming. But once you have started the process you will see how worthwhile it is. And you will feel as if you’ve really achieved something really great. But how does one actually get onto the path?

Before you start, make sure you know what your goals are. And make sure that you are able to realistically achieve them. You might want to learn English for work, for study or just for yourself. Your goals will be based on why you want to learn English. If you need to learn English because you are going to further your studies in English, you are going to have to commit a long time to learning English to that level. If you are at Beginner English level, think about committing 8 to 10 months on an immersion programme abroad.

While your are learning English, make sure you are motivated and committed. This is the best way for you to progress from Beginner English to a higher level. Whatever your preferred method of learning English is, you are going to have to stick to it. This means doing your homework, learning English everyday and surrounding yourself with as much English as possible. And even if you feel that you don’t understand anything, rest assured that English is entering your brain.

Beginner English and my Home Language

As a student at Beginner English level, it is very tempting to fall back on your home language. I highly recommend that you don’t. Because by not doing so, you will learn English much quicker. Once again, this may seem daunting. But I promise you that it will be worth it.

Often when you’re learning English abroad in an English-speaking country, you won’t have this option anyway. And this is one of the reasons that this is the best way to learn English. You are forced to listen to English and to speak English. Both of these help you to move from Beginner English to a higher level of English quickly.

That being said, I do highly recommend getting a good dictionary to help you in the beginning. You can get a physical dictionary such as an Oxford Dictionary. You can start off with a bilingual dictionary but aim to eventually get an English only dictionary. Oxford dictionaries are fantastic because they have different levels. You can start with a beginner English dictionary and end with an advanced English dictionary.

There are also many dictionary apps that you can use. Search in your phone’s app store for something that has good ratings. You can also ask your English teacher, classmates and friends what they recommend.

How to Improve my English Level Quickly

As I mentioned before, if you want to learn English quickly, you must be committed. Below are a few practical steps you can take to move from Beginner English level to a higher level.

Take an English Course

This is the quickest way to learn English, especially if the course is in an English-speaking country. By surrounding yourself with English, you will learn much quicker. Try to make the most of your course by also staying with an English host family.

Learn English Online

You can learn English online if you can’t take an English course. Or you can also learn English online if you want to speed up your English learning while on an English course abroad. Take advantage of all the wonderful resources, courses and platforms online. And don’t forget about Oxford English Online! This is a platform that all students who learn English with us, have access to.

Make English Friends

Learning English is made much easier of it’s fun. And what better way to have fun than with your friends? You can practise your English in a relaxed environment with people who are supportive. And you can also offer them lessons in your home language. A language exchange is a great way for all parties to benefit from learning.

Read, Listen to, Watch and Think English

Let your downtime also count towards learning English. You can read English books and magazines to improve your vocabulary. I suggest listening to podcasts to hear good pronunciation. Watching movies and TV shows help you to hear colloquial language and slang. And by doing all of these, you will soon be thinking in English.


When learning English, everybody has to start from the beginning. You might be fortunate in that you learnt English from a very young age. This is often easier because children learn languages quicker than adults. But if you are an older student, don’t fret. It is still possible to be at Beginner English level and to improve. You need to be committed and motivated. And by following some of the practical steps in this blog post, you will move from Beginner English to Advanced English before you know it! Lastly don’t forget that taking an Beginner English course with Oxford English Academy in Cape Town or Oxford, is your absolute best option. So contact us today to book your course.