Learn English in the UK – what to expect

There are different approaches to teaching English around the world. In some countries, especially for younger pupils in school, English lessons are a relatively quiet experience. There is a teacher at the front of the class explaining what words mean, and how they are used in sentences, and grammatical rules. The learners quietly take notes. There will be a test soon to check they were listening and have “learnt” the new English.

In the UK this teacher centred approach would be generally regarded as an old fashioned way of teaching English. If you book an English language course, including Cambridge examination courses such as The First Certificate Examination or Cambridge IELTS, at a language school in the UK, DO NOT expect to be taught in the way described above.

Is socialising and practising English important?

Is socialising and practising English important?

Yes, in fact socialising and practising English is necessary! Learning a language is not the same as learning something more factual like for example, history. When you learn history, you add information to your knowledge. To be very good at history, you simply need to know a lot about history.

So what is the difference between history and English (or any language)? To be good at a language, you have to know a lot about it and use it well! If you want to be good at English, you need to learn how to use it. Learning English is a develpmental process. What is the best way to learn how to use it? Practise! Practise! Practise!

Is learning English a good idea?

Yes of course it is!

It is good for your brain!

It improves your memory because it exercises the memory part of your brain when you learn new vocabulary and new grammar rules. It also enables you to think in a different way about the world because different languages express the world differently. Through learning a new language you can see the world through slightly different eyes.

Also, it is supposed to be very good for keeping your brain functioning like a young brain even if it is a bit old!

Learning English is a developmental process

Learn English faster!

A lot of low level English learners think that the fastest way to improve is to study in a high level class. They think that they will be learning a higher level of English and will therefore become high level. This is a BIG mistake!

Study English at the correct level

We learn a second language in the same way we learn our first language. Think of how babies develop their language – one stage at a time. They can’t just miss out part of the development and get to the end. No. Learning any language, including English, is a developmental process. If you want to learn fast you have to study at your appropriate level. If you are a low level student, you need to be in a low level class. This class is designed to help YOU develop your English as quickly as possible! It’s obvious if you think about it

I am nervous about my Cambridge English exams.

Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) the Cambridge Advanced (CAE) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Are you preparing for English exams? Perhaps you will soon be taking the Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) the Cambridge Advanced (CAE) or maybe the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

Anxiety and stress

How are you feeling about it? Different people feel differently about English exams. Believe it or not, some people actually enjoy them! However, the majority of people get quite nervous about their English exams, and if you are feeling terrified, you are not alone!