Should I study English in a UK language school?

English lessons

There are lots of excellent English language schools in the UK. There are at least 20 in Brighton, a city on the south coast of England. It can cost you time and money to study English on an English language course for international learners. Therefore, you might ask the question “Is it possible to learn English without going to English lessons?”

Learn English naturally

Yes of course it is. No doubt thousands of people every year arrive in England with a very low English level and learn English “naturally”.  They speak to English people, work with English people, and eventually, they master English. You could too.

How to find the best language school in the UK

Excellent English schools

There are a lot of excellent English language schools in the UK. It is fantastic to have choices in life. However, this can also be quite confusing. So the question is: How do you choose choose the best English language school for you to study English at?

There are some very large organisations that own chains of language schools around the world. In most cases, they provide a good standard of teaching and other services such as accommodation and social activities.

However, there is one problem, they are often very expensive. If you have a lot of money and do not have much time to research other schools, then perhaps these schools would be ideal for you.

Do you need a "perfect" English Accent?

Perfect English in England

Students who want to learn English in England often want a "perfect" English accent. They don't want an accent from their first language. They believe their English learning journey will not be finished until they sound like a native speaker.

It is understandable that a lot of people have this attitude, and there is nothing wrong with wanting to perfect a skill. As a matter of fact, I am impressed when I meet someone whose English is at such a high level that I mistook them for being English at the start of our conversation. I always reflect on what an incredible achievement this is.

Learning English reading skills: Common mistakes.

Reading improves your writing, listening and speaking skills

The best way to improve your reading skills is to practise. You can do this on your own, and it would probably be helpful to join an English language school. English Language schools understand that reading is a very important part of learning English more generally. Improving your reading skills will actually help you improve your writing, your listening and even your speaking skills. It will also help you learn new vocabulary and develop a better feel for how sentences are constructed and the different ways English can be used.

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!