English Courses Abroad: What are the Options?
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Learning a foreign language can be done in a number of different ways: you could take a course at a local language centre or college, you could teach yourself the old fashioned way using grammar books and vocabulary lists, perhaps you could take an online course over a few months or, and this is by far the most fun way, you could take a language course abroad. As an English as a Foreign Language teacher, I have spent years helping students from all different parts of the world who come to me to learn English and I can say, without doubt, that those who spend even a tiny period of time during their studies living abroad in an English speaking environment are by far the most successful by the end of their time with me.
How does learning English abroad work?
Over the years I have more or less seen it all. A lot of my students go to English speaking countries to take a language course, but some go to work, or live with a family, perhaps as an au pair for families with children. Throughout the years, a number of my students have gone to New York, London, Sydney, and hundreds of places in between, to take a variety of language courses. LAL Language Centres is a good company to think about, since they have centres in various cities and countries and have fantastic student satisfaction records.
What can a period of time abroad lead to?
A lot of students will simply use their time abroad to get to know the countries and cultures a little better, and of course to improve their English speaking skills. However, more and more common these days is to take an officially and internationally recognised English language qualification. For example, I had a student recently who went to take his IELS Malta exam, the International English Language Testing exam. So wherever you want to go, remember that the opportunities are always there for eager students!
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