To conclude, there are numerous benefits to learning a foreign language. Travel and work are just two of them. Language skills also make us smarter and better.
First, while it is possible to learn the English language in non-English-speaking countries, the extent of an educational experience such as this is quite limited. Research has shown that total immersion into a culture that speaks English as its native language is the most beneficial and expedient way for English language learners to gain the Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) as well as the Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) needed for success in American culture as well as matriculation into an American university and beyond, into a formal career path. The many nuances of the English language simply cannot be fully covered in an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) environment as judiciously as they can when learning the language through living with the language on a daily basis.
This essay will discuss how my understanding of SLWR has evolved, and in examining the links between lectures and workshops, further reading and school based training (SBT), will reflect on how this has impacted on my development as an Engli...
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Though these learners have learnt English at school from an early age, their past language learning experiences seem to have not helped them due to lack of a language-rich learning environment with communicative focus.
In spite of this fact, as reported by *Eurobarómetro (2005), we are still far to reach the communicative skills in English that characterizes other European countries, what turns even much more necessary to continue boosting research on the learning and acquisition of that language.
Often, the question arises concerning the best method, strategy, or process to learn a second language; this is especially the case with learning English. Because the presence of English in the global marketplace has become so widespread in the past few decades, each up-and-coming generation realizes the benefit of studying and learning the language to help them gain a better foothold in many international industries. However, the debate of whether learning English inside the United States is truly more efficient than studying in one’s home country has come to light in the past few years, causing many issues for students. At The Language Company, extensive research has led to the understanding that studying English in the United States has many sound benefits that simply cannot be replicated by learning English in a foreign-language environment (i.e. where English is not the primary language).
The word that best fits is pepper. If you got that right, consider yourself a most accomplished learner of English! (Other words that fit are permeate, enrich, pervade, etc.)
Second, Intensive English Programs (IEPs), such as those at The Language Company, follow a tried and tested curriculum that is in sync with second language acquisition current practices and methodologies. The accreditation process that IEP English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in the United States go through upholds and enforces strict standards in order to sustain a high level of quality across the board, and this ensures that programs serve their clients in an efficient and respectable manner. The Language Company recognizes that this is not an inexpensive venture on the part of students, their sponsors, and their families; that is why, along with working to preserve a top-rate quality in our programs, we operate on an intense 4-week session calendar, with many of our students entering and succeeding in U.S. universities in as little as nine months. This ensures our students the highest quality English-language education in the most succinct time-frame possible. Furthermore, there are a number of colleges and universities across the nation who accept an Intensive English Program Level-9 completion from The Language Company centers for admission into both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Unfortunately, there is little chance of a program in a non-English-speaking country delivering the same caliber of instruction in such a short amount of time, even when eliminating the immersion aspect from the debate. The Language Company is confident that students can receive the best English-language instruction in the most expedient way possible by studying in the United States, and this makes for a smooth transition into the rigors of American universities as well as the global marketplace.
If any reader knows of research that has been conducted in comparing languages for their ease of learning, I shall be very interested to hear from you. (For example, I remember reading somewhere that Basque and Xhosian are two objectively difficult languages, but I can no longer find the reference). I would also be interested to hear which aspects of English you find most difficult, particularly anything I haven't covered in these articles. Please write to me at the e-mail address below.
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