Choosing Materials That Are Too Hard

Learning a new language takes a lot of time and effort. It is important to know your level and work with the materials that are correct for your English level.
Many students want to speak English just like a native speaker right away. But remember that you need to set realistic goals for yourself to continue studying English. For example, you will learn a new verb tense this month, or you will learn three new vocabulary words in today's class.

When you are choosing materials, or when you are working with materials in class with your teacher, it is important for them to be comfortable for you. Some students choose materials that are too advanced, and they end up feeling very discouraged.

The materials should challenging, but not frustrating. If you are working with materials that are too easy, you will feel bored. But if they are too hard, you will feel lost and frustrated. You should always ask your teacher if you are not sure.

Here are some points to keep in mind when you choose materials:
  1. Vocabulary: You should know most of the words. There should be a few new words, but no more than five or six.
  2. Grammar: The materials should mostly contain structures and tenses that you are familiar with. There should be no more than one new grammar structure.
  3. Exercises: The exercises should also match your level in terms of how many sentences you must write, the conversations you must have, or the grammar you must use. 
Remember that you should always feel challenged, but not very frustrated. Learning English should be fun, and choosing materials that are appropriate for your level is the first step!