Why learn English?
With 2.5 billion people worldwide either speaking or learning English, it truly is the global language. For many people, learning to speak English could be the gateway to world-class higher education and even employment.
Why learn English?
It is the most common medium used by speakers of other languages to communicate with eachother. More internet pages are in English than any other language, and it is the language in which much academic research and news information appears.
In the business and political worlds, understanding English is indispensable.
Because English is so widely used, most people know at least a few words. But as with any language, fluency only comes with systematic learning and plenty of practice. One of the best ways to combine formal English language study and regular practice is through an English language course in an English-speaking country. Constantly using the English learned in classes during the student’s free time reinforces and accelerates learning.
“With 2.5 billion speakers, English is a global language”
A host of opportunities for learning English as a second language exists worldwide, and choosing the best option depends on several factors, including the individual’s learning objectives, time available and naturally also budget.
Providers of English language courses range from private language schools and public colleges attracting students from all over the world, to educational tour operators running organised summer programmes for mainly young people from the same country.
Among the most popular countries for English study are the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada. In recent decades, Malta and South Africa have attracted more and more English language students, while in the future many expect to see more programmes in the English-speaking countries of Asia, notably Singapore.