2011It’s almost January 1, the beginning of a new year and a new decade. It’s a great time to look at the blank page of the new year in front of you and decide to make a change.

In the U.S., we call this a new year’s resolution. Many people make resolutions to lose weight, save money, or quit a bad habit like smoking.

Do you want to improve your English in 2011? Now is the perfect time – English is becoming more important around the world as the language of international communication. A strong knowledge of English gives you more opportunities in education and in business.

Here are 10 resolutions you can make to improve your English in 2011, each with a link to more information to help you achieve your goal.

  1. Buy (and use!) a good English dictionary – Here are some features to look for.
  2. Study English in the U.S. – The absolute best and fastest way to improve your English is by studying with us!
  3. Practice English while you surf the Internet – Check out these resources.
  4. Learn a new word every day – Here’s where to find new vocabulary.
  5. Make an effort to meet native English speakers – Break the ice with these tips.
  6. Subscribe to blogs to improve your English – Start with these five (plus the IEI Blog!) and read them daily.
  7. Take the TOEFL – Learn to prepare for the test you need to get into an American university.
  8. Get into an American university – Do you know about your options?
  9. Immerse yourself in English every day – Even in your home country, you can dive into English!
  10. Learn about the culture of English-speaking countries – Start with this explanation of American classroom culture.


What’s your resolution for 2011? Tell us about it in the comments!


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