Different Ways You Can Learn English


It can be a challenging and daunting task to try and learn English, just as it is to learn any foreign language. There are different elements involved in learning a new language. These include learning to say the words and what they mean, learning to hear the word and understand what is being said and learning to write the words in a way that makes sense and that others can understand.

There are several different ways you can go about learning these skills and different people will find different methods that suit them. Foreign languages are often taught in schools as part of the curriculum. This is often a good way to learn a new language as the lessons are at a steady and age appropriate pace. These lessons combine the teaching of speaking, listening and writing English so that the student gets a balanced knowledge of the language. They will often include cultural knowledge appropriate to the learning of the language.

Often, the skills learnt in school as children, are neglected after they join the workforce or choose to study another subject at college. It may be required or desired later in life to revisit the English language. In this case the pupil will probably not need to start from the beginning as they will probably have retained some of their previous knowledge. It may be sufficient to sign up for adult education classes, to refresh and build upon the skills already possessed.

Complete beginners could also join adult education classes at a beginners level. The benefits of taking part in a class include interaction with a teacher who speaks the language and can correct errors easily, and also interaction with other students, learning from each other as they go along. A teacher will be able to pace the lessons according to the level of the students.

Sometimes it may be necessary for the student to learn English more quickly than a group class allows, or the student may struggle in a group situation. If this is the case it could be beneficial to hire a one to one tutor. This is a more expensive option, but the student will benefit from the tutors undivided attention, and the lessons will be structured around the students particular learning needs.

For some, attending a class or a set of lessons will not be an option financially or because of time constraints. For this type of student an audio course may be suitable. This normally consists of a tutor book with an accompanying audio CD that work together to teach the skills needed. These courses can also be found online. This way of learning is cheap and convenient, however, the student will not be practicing conversing with a native English speaker and there is no teacher to help correct and explain mistakes.

It is generally acknowledged that the most effective way of learning a foreign language is to immerse oneself into the culture and be surrounded by native speakers. Of course not everybody will be able to spend enough time in an English speaking country to be able to do this, however doing so for even a short period of time could really enhance the students skills.