I’d like to learn a new language, English, but I haven’t thought much about how to do it or what I need. Here are some things you should think about before you start.
Learning a new language is difficult and takes time and money. There are a lot of different English schools out there and some are good and some are not. It’s now always easy to find the right school or program that will work for you. So, here are some steps to help you plan before you actually start studying.
STEP 1) KNOW YOUR GOALS:
Take some time to think about and understand your goals. Why do I want to learn English? The better you can articulate your goals the easier and faster you’ll learn English. Ask yourself, Is it for work, for travel or do I need to be able to study in an English Course at university?
STEP 2) FIND OUT YOUR LEVEL:
Before you even pick up a book, first find out what is your level of English today, at this moment. Most schools will give you a free diagnostic test that can tell you what your starting level of English is. At our school, The English Connection, we are happy to not only give you a test to find your level, we will also interview you to confirm your level. It’s a free on-site interview to help you understand your level.
This is important because when you learn a new language, you will advance in the language one level at a time. So, you need to know what level you are starting with. The levels of English language are divided into 7 levels, here they are: A0, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2:
Starter or A0 // Elementary or A1 // Pre-Intermediate or A2// Intermediate or B1 // Upper Intermediate or B2 // Advanced or C1 // and Proficiency or C2.
STEP 3) UNDERSTAND YOUR TIME:
How quickly can you advance from one level of English to a higher level depends on how much time you have for studying. For most normal people it takes about 10-12 months to advance one level. You should plan to study in a group with 2 lessons per week with a teacher. That should be about 3-4 hours a week studying in class. Then you should also plan to study at home about 2-4 hours a week. With this amount of study a normal person will usually be able to advance in one level of English with every course of study you complete. However, the higher levels may take longer (B2, C1) because the amount of language to learn is much greater at the higher levels. If you don’t have this much time to study then it will take you longer to advance to the next level.
STEP 4) CHOOSE A GOOD COURSE PROGRAM:
Once you are sure that you have enough time to study, you should look carefully at the program of study. There are many English study programs on the market today but only a few really good ones and many not so good. The study program should be comprehensive in that it helps you to advance in all aspects of language learning, speaking, listening, conversation, reading, writing, grammar, and build your vocabulary. If a study program only offers you conversation, be wary, it may end up using your time and money and you won’t advance very quickly. Spend a little time to look carefully at the study materials and study program.
At The English Connection we use Cambridge University study materials and courses which we feel are of the best quality available on the market today. They have been developed after many years of testing and research and they are written by some of the most experienced and successful authors today. These tried and tested courses are always undergoing revisions and updates to help the language learner develop and grow in the language quickly. In addition to these high quality materials, we also have courses to prepare student for Cambridge International exams. For students in school, our exam prep courses help students start early and by the time they finish school they are ready to use English successfully at university. We offer Cambridge exam courses for all ages of students and all levels of language ability.
STEP 5) DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU:
In learning a new language it is important to remember that you need to find a program that works for you. Remember, you know how you learn best and you are in control of your learning experience. This means that If something isn’t right or if what the teacher or course is giving you doesn’t help then you should ask to make changes so that you can learn.
At The English Connection we use native speaker teachers as well as Russian teachers who all have a high level English. And all of our teachers are trained in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) so that all our teachers know the best methods to help students learn English at every level. And we make a big effort to listen to our students to understand their needs and to help them learn better. In addition we use modern classrooms equipped with electronic white boards and small group sizes (4-8) to help students learn English successfully and quickly.
Also, at The English Connection we also have a performing arts program for students who want to learn drama and dance in English and to give students opportunities to perform in English. Learning English is difficult but it can also be great fun. Come and see for yourself, we are waiting for you!!!