Our English teacher gave us a task to complete Dialang Test (an online diagnostic system designed to assess a person’s proficiency in 14 European languages. Competences tested are reading, writing, listening, grammar and vocabulary). Here are my results:
At the moment the result I have achieved in reading is rather good for me, however, I have to improve it to reach better result which is necessary in my English teacher career. To improve my reading skills, I have to read many books of different kinds with different language styles. There are variations of books, novels, articles, etc., that can be found in the internet, for example, https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/8821.Best_Postcolonial_Literature and https://www.waterstones.com/category/cultural-highlights/end-of-year-highlights-2016/the-best-fiction-books-of-2016).
I am not totally disappointed with such a result in writing because I know I am now improving that skill every day – after starting my education at UCN I write different essays, notes and even E-mails in English thrice as more than before, and I have already noticed some good improvements. Furthermore, I have to read more books. I believe that while reading you improve writing skills as well because you look at the example of the correct writing style and explore new vocabulary, grammar and structure rules all the time.
I am very dissatisfied with my listening results as I thought it was one of my best developed skills in English, and it has turned out that it is totally opposite. To improve my listening skills, I would try to have more conversations with native English speakers and watch more English movies with subtitles turned off. I will also daily complete some listening exercises using the British Council Website (http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/skills/listening-skills-practice) to increase the level of my listening skills.
In Latvia, teachers were usually concentrated on teaching grammar, that’s why I have C1. Despite that, I want to achieve higher results and to make that come into life I have to read more – I believe while reading you explore your language grammar and vocabulary skills as you think about context, meet new words and language structures. However, there are also lots of grammar exercises which are available online (https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar and https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/grammar/). I will also read specific books which contain topics, dedicated to grammar (many grammar books available here: http://www.macmillanenglish.com/courses/macmillan-english-grammar-in-context/) .
I am totally disappointed with such a result in vocabulary, but it was rather expected. At school where I have been studying the most attention during English lessons was payed to grammar, and vocabulary was on our own. To improve my vocabulary skills I have to read more and to have more conversations with native speakers. I have also begun doing a new daily exercise – every day I learn 10 new words in English by using the website http://www.world-english.org/improve_vocabulary.htm .