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2021 English Learning Resolutions

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The new year has started meaning it is time to set some goals and think about what we want to achieve in 2021! Last year we talked about setting new year’s resolutions. However, 2020 was such a difficult year, that many of us were not able to reach our goals. This year will be different. Things will slowly become more normal and until then we are better prepared to handle the restrictions and safety measures in place.

So, let’s get started!

This blog is going to look at setting goals to help you achieve your English learning and education-focussed goals. But first, it is important that we talk about what goals are and set them.

What are goals?

A goal is something that a person or group aims to achieve. In other words, it is something that you really want to have or happen. Goals are important because they help motivate us to work hard, persevere and not give up.

SMART Goals

Setting goals might sound easy – you just pick something that you want, right? Well, you can approach it like that, but you are not likely to be very successful especially if your goal is something big.

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When you think about your goals it’s really important to remember SMART.

SMART Goals are:

S – Specific
Being specific allows you to focus. Pick on topic or theme per goal.

M – Measurable
Think about how you will know when you have achieved your goal. How will you check your progress?

A – Attainable
Is your goal something that you can actually achieve? If your goal is to make 1 million dollars this year, think about if that is actually a possibility. Goals shouldn’t be easy, but they should be possible.

R – Relevant
Again, your goals should mean something to you. You will only achieve them if they make sense to you and your life.

T – Time-bound
Without a time limit goals could go on forever! By setting a timeframe we motivate ourselves to keep moving and make it happen!

Setting goals

Now you understand a bit about why goals are important and the things that go into setting great goals. Now let’s talk about how they apply to English learning and/or education-focussed goals and how Zoni can help.

Example 1.

SMART Goal: I want to improve my speaking so that I can introduce myself and talk about my life for 5 minutes with confidence by May 01, 2021.

Speaking better English is something that many people wish for. Being able to talk about yourself confidently for 5 minutes is something that is very challenging if you are a beginner, but it is not impossible, especially if you choose to study at Zoni!

All courses in our English program include speaking as part of their curriculum. In addition to this, we offer FREE conversations classes to our students. These classes will help you master the basics of spoken English and enable you to talk about yourself and everyday topics. Studying English at Zoni and joining these conversation classes will give you the technical skills to achieve your goal.

For more information about our English courses visit our programs and courses page.

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Example 2.

SMART GOAL: I want to learn Business English by the end of 2021 so that I can transfer to the international department at my work in 2022.

Maybe your English is not bad, but perhaps you are lacking the specific vocabulary and skills used in Business to get the promotion you have been dreaming about. Studying a specific business English course would certainly help you achieve this goal!

Did you know that at Zoni we have two ways you can learn English related to business and your career? We have an ESL Business English program which will teach you vocabulary and skills like making business presentations, writing reports as well as international business culture. Or, if you need something more focused on your particular area of work, we have a program called “English for Specific Purposes”. This is a course customised to fit your needs. For example, if you work in finance, we will teach you the English needed to successfully work in finance in an English-speaking environment.

Learn more about our business English courses.

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Example 3.

SMART Goal: Improve English to X level by July 31, 2021 and apply for X College for 2022.

Attending an American college or university is a big dream for many students. Not only are the English requirements tough, the application process is difficult to navigate. Studying advanced English and using Zoni’s FREE College and University Placement Service would definitely help you achieve this goal.

The English language level requirements vary slightly depending on the degree you want to study and the institution you want to apply for. Therefore, it is a good idea to book a consultation with our College and University Placement Office as soon as you can.

The College and University Placement Office is available exclusively to Zoni students. They will talk to you about your education goals, will recommend universities and colleges that offer courses fitting your profile, will tell you the English proficiency requirements and make sure your study at Zoni supports this.

And, when it comes time to apply, they will help you understand and fulfill everything needed for your application, plus all the tips and tricks to help you get accepted.

For more information, please speak to our academic advisors or contact us at info@zoni.edu

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Setting New Year’s resolutions or goals for the year can be fun! Making sure you set goals that are SMART and that you have a plan to achieve them is crucial to your success. We are happy to help you learn English and help you on the way to achieving your goals.

If you have any questions about studying at Zoni or any of the programs and services mentioned in this blog, contact us on info@zoni.edu.