English language courses are here to stay – Chinese is a long way off!
Why is it so important to be able to speak and understand English? As the world is becoming more globalised, people are travelling huge distances for both business and pleasure. But it is not only that. With ever-more sophisticated telecommunications we are now able to communicate with people on the other side of the world almost as though they were sitting next to us.
Communicate? Yes, communicate. We can define communicate as being able to express oneself in such a way that one is easily and clearly understood, or the ability for people to connect, one with the other. If we really want to be easily and clearly understood, if we want to connect with another person, we need to speak the same language and, in today’s world, English is often considered to be the most important international language.
So, how are you going to learn to speak and understand English? Do you really want to speak English or are you happy just understanding the language? Do you really need to be able to communicate in English?
The answer to the last of these questions is an emphatic yes! Ask most people whether they can speak a foreign language and they will say that they understand more than they can speak. However, the vast majority also regret that they are not able to speak the language better or, to put it another way, that they are not able to communicate better.
So, how can they improve their English language skills? How can they communicate better in English? One of the most effective ways is undoubtedly an intensive, residential language course, sometimes referred to as an ‘immersion course’. But, what does this involve?
Intensive English language courses involve the student living and experiencing real-life situations during which he or she will have no option but to try to express himself or herself in English. They will have to communicate in English. Why? Because the people with whom they are sharing their experience will not allow them to speak in any other language. If the students want to communicate, then English will be their only choice for the duration of the course.
Is it difficult? That depends upon each individual person. Some people find it more difficult than others. But one thing is true and that is that everyone is afraid of making mistakes and looking stupid. With an intensive English language course students learn by their mistakes, because they are learning through real-life situations. There is no other choice. This is an effective way of learning, but it is also fast because nobody wants to make the same mistake again!
The fact that it is fast and effective brings with it another advantage. The students will also find the experience motivating, because they will be able to see the results for themselves. The more they learn, the more they will understand and they will automatically be able to get more out of each situation. Each different experience will expose students to more vocabulary or to different grammatical structures. They might make more mistakes, but they will also be able to learn from these and, the more they learn, the more motivated they will be because they will see the results for themselves. Without realising it they will have created a snowball effect. More learning, more understanding, more understanding more results, more results more learning, etc, etc…
I have written the preceding paragraphs in the third person, but the context could apply to you. Let’s have a quick look back:
– Do you want to be able to communicate with other people, to be able to express yourself in such a way that you are easily and clearly understood?
– Do you want to be able to do this in English, acknowledged to be the most important international language?
– Do you really need to be able to communicate in English?
– Are you afraid of making mistakes and looking stupid?
– Do you want to learn from your mistakes, to see the results for yourself and be able to get more out of each situation?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then it is possible for you to learn the English language in a relatively short period of time by signing up to an Intensive English Language Immersion Course. Why not try the MovingOn Intensive English Language Summer Course?