Why learn English?

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Learning English for academia

Successful, stress-free higher education study demands specific English skills and these are covered by the many academic English courses on offer. 

Taking lecture notes, giving seminars, writing academic essays and papers as well as common academic vocabulary are taught and practiced in courses that start from two weeks, but are more typically four to twelve weeks.

For many English language students, learning English is part of a bigger study and career plan, featuring a series of ‘building blocks’ - often called a pathway - from language study through high school graduation to university. 

Many universities and colleges in English-speaking countries will accept international students directly from specially designed foundation programmes run by other institutions that teach English along with the study of relevant school subjects in English, sometimes referred to as ‘English-medium learning’. The institutions co-operate closely to ensure the foundation, or access, programme contains the right content and meets the required standard. 

Students have the added advantage of preparing for university entrance over at least a year in an English-speaking country, usually the same country from which they intend to graduate. This not only helps their linguistic fluency, but accustoms them to the culture and educational system of their future university.

Culture is a vital element of language learning. The customs of a country are reflected in its language and to integrate successfully, the foreigner should be sensitive to and largely follow those cultural norms. 

Learning English in the country where the language is spoken provides that opportunity through social interaction and everyday life lived among the people. 

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