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How to Keep a Learner Diary

One of the most difficult aspects to learning English is keeping track of all the new things you learn in your lessons. Also, if you live in a country where English is the native language, you will meet new words, phrases and idioms every day.

So how can you keep a record of all the new things you learn?

One way is to create a learner diary and there is a great on-line tool called ‘Penzu’ that will help you do this.

It’s so simple to use and it’s free. So why not give it a go? You can also share your learner journal with other people so they can see how much your English is improving.


Go to the Penzu website at www.penzu.com and click on ‘SIGN UP’ or ‘TRY IT OUT’.

When you’ve done that you will see an image of a lined sheet of paper. You can then type your title MY LEARNER DIARY and write about the new grammar or vocabulary you learnt that day.

Other things you could write about are:

· Notes about reading or listening texts you used in class.

· Stories about your life in Australia.

· Tips about how to learn English effectively.

· Information about a place you visited on an excursion.

· You can even add photographs of your classmates or places you visited.

You need to register with the website to save your diary entry. You can then share it with your friends and family back home. Or you can get your classmates to create a Penzu diary too and read about each other’s’ experiences.

Fill it in every day and you will have a great record of what you’ve learnt on your English course.