52 strategies to practice English during your vacation

Hi students,

We all need and deserve a vacation! However, we cannot lose touch with English during these 50+ days, right? Thinking about this, I have listed some strategies you can make use of. The idea is that you follow them in the sequence. They all are short 30- or 45-minute activities* you can do in a relaxing way to maintain your level of English for next semester! Yes, I have thought about the sequence, but you are free to go over the list and change the order and skip activities if you wish.

  1. Listen to a song in English while reading the lyrics;
  2. Read a news article in The New York Times;
  3. Write a text narrating your day.
  4. Make flashcards for ten words you learned last semester;
  5. Play Lyrics Training;
  6. Read a short story;
  7. Revise your own text (#3) and improve it if need be;
  8. Make sentences using the ten words you studied (#4);
  9. Study one listening track on one of the sites to practice listening;
  10. Reread one of the texts you studied last semester + redo the comprehension exercises;
  11. Write ten sentences using one of the structures you learned last semester;
  12. Make flashcards for ten words you learned last semester;
  13. Listen to a podcast;
  14. Reread the text you wrote (#3) and write comprehension questions to test yourself in the future. E.g.: Where did Gabriel go on December 20th?
  15. Make sentences using the ten words you studied (#12);
  16. Watch a movie in English and write down words you understand + words you want to learn;
  17. Watch a movie (you know) in English with no subtitles. 
  18. Read a blog about a subject you like — written by a native speaker;
  19. Write a text about your professional life.
  20. Make flashcards for ten words you learned last semester;
  21. Record yourself speaking English and listen to it; analyze what you can improve;
  22. Change the language of your phone to English;
  23. Revise your own text (#19) and improve it if need be;
  24. Make a list of ten words you learned last semester;
  25. Use Elsa Speak (iOS/Android);
  26. Answer the comprehension questions you wrote for your own text (#14);
  27. Do a grammar on one of the sites to practice grammar;
  28. Make sentences using the ten words you studied (#24)
  29. Go over the channel Rachel’s English on YouTube;
  30. Make sentences using the ten words you studied (#20);
  31. Reread the text you wrote (#19) and write comprehension questions to test yourself in the future. E.g.: Where did Gabriel start his professional life?
  32. Make a list of ten words you would like to learn in English; look them up;
  33. Record yourself speaking English. E.g.: a two-minute presentation about a specific topic;
  34. Read a short story and summarize it;
  35. Make ten sentences using one of the structures you learned last semester;
  36. Choose a relevant topic (e.g. parts of the body) and search some words related to this topic — use definitions, drawings, synonyms, antonyms, etc;
  37. Listen to your recording (#33) and check what you could improve;
  38. Answer the comprehension questions you wrote about own text (#31);
  39. Write a movie review about a movie you have watched;
  40. Label objects around the house;
  41. Listen to your favorite English-speaking artist being interviewed;
  42. Read some reviews of your favorite movie;
  43. Make ten sentences about one of the structures you learned last semester;
  44. Revisit all your flashcards;
  45. Watch an episode of a TV series you enjoy/ have heard of;
  46. Reread and summarize one of the texts in your coursebook;
  47. Review one of the lessons in the Grammar Bank in your coursebook;
  48. Revisit what you have studied in terms of vocabulary during your vacation;
  49. Go over the channel Exciting English on YouTube;
  50. Read song interpretations about a song you like:
  51. Revisit what you have studied in terms of grammar during your vacation;
  52. Review one of the lessons in the Vocabulary Bank in your coursebook;

Hope you can enjoy them and follow the ones you like. Keep on studying — even if it’s 30 or 45 minutes a day.

Cheers,
Gabe

Extra links: Learning Strategies / Como praticar inglês sozinho?

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