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10 reasons to learn English

This article looks at the international importance of the English language, describing how it is used worldwide and why learning the language is an important skill to have. Many adults take English language courses for a variety of different reasons. Perhaps they want to enjoy worldwide travel or improve their job opportunities. Or maybe they’d like to keep up with international news and business or be able to enjoy English speaking music and films. This article focuses on 10 reasons why you should learn to speak it.

If you’re thinking of taking up a new language, English is one of the most sought after. This article looks at 10 great reasons to learn to speak English.

1. Travel in English speaking countries

A large percentage of the world’s population is made up of English speaking countries, so knowing the language opens you up to a wide range of travel opportunities. It’s much easier to get around a foreign country if you know the lingo!

London, England

2. Communicate with people worldwide

In many countries where English is not the first language, it’s still widely used as a common language. For example, it’s widely used throughout Asia – in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong – and throughout many parts of Africa. It’s also the second language throughout most of Europe.

So, you’ll be able to use your English skills to communicate in many countries around the world, even if they aren’t officially known as an English-speaking nation.

3. Enjoy more job opportunities

The demand for English-speaking employees is worldwide. Companies are always on the lookout for people who can speak English. If you have it on your CV, your chances of getting a job are greatly increased. If you become proficient enough, you can even use your skills to become an English teacher, via a TEFL course.

4. Watch popular films

Many of the world’s big blockbuster movies are in English. By learning the language you’ll no longer have to rely on subtitles to watch some of your favourite films.

Hollywood sign

5. Understand popular music tracks

The music scene is dominated by the USA and Britain – with most of the world’s biggest pop and rap stars singing in English. By learning the language you’ll be able to understand the meaning behind the tracks that you love.

6. Keep your mind active

Scientific research has proven that using your brain to learn a language can reduce your risk of having problems later in life, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Keep your mind active by picking up a new skill and enrolling in an Exeter based English school with Skola.co.uk. There are many courses available, for all ages and abilities.

7. Keep up with international news and business

English is the main language for news and information across the globe. Over half of the world’s newspapers are published in English, and the television news for many countries is also broadcast in it.

8. Reading great books

As well as reading great English and American classics, many best-selling books from around the world are published in English, making it an essential skill if you want to read the best worldwide literature.

Book collection

9. Gain a higher status in society

In many countries people who speak English hold a higher status in society. English is the most commonly used language in business so, if you can’t speak it, you’re at a significant disadvantage compared to those who can.

10. Teach your kids

If you manage to master the English language, you’ll be able to teach it to your kids as well. This will help open up job prospects and opportunities for them.

Learning a new language is a great way to broaden your skill set and open up opportunities worldwide. Enrol in an English class now to learn one of the most popular languages used across the globe.

 

Useful links

BBC

The BBC’s online resource to help you learn English

The Guardian

The Guardian has articles related to learning English

British Council

This website has a range of games, stories and exercises to aid your learning experience

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Helping your kids in their education

Teachers and schools are not the only persons and places that contributes to children’s education, parents and homes are part of the system too. For that reason, it is important that the familial environment is adapted and supportive. Kids have to be able to do their homework in the best conditions and to receive help from their parents, whatever their level of education. Parents don’t need to be teacher themselves to support their kids, a positive and responsible attitude is all it takes.

Be interested and responsible

Little details can make a big difference between a kid who doesn’t really care for school and one who is doing well. Children look up to their parents, so if you are taking an interest in what they are learning at school, they will realise it is important. Take the time to go over their homework, before or after they have done it depending on your availability. You will be able to see what they are doing but also find out what your kids like or don’t like, or where they weaknesses are.

It is the parents job to ensure that their kids are doing their homework, so establish rules and boundaries, like no television or computer before homework, and stick to them. Be attentive to their attitude so that you can pick up on signals and act before they get too much behind. Children education should be parents priority, so even if all you want to do is crash on the sofa after a long day of work, take the time to help your kids with their homework if they need you to.