Learning English as a Second Language (ESL)

The best way to integrate you into a new environment is to learn the language of the land. This axiom is true anywhere and it is relevant to any person preparing to live in an English speaking country. Learning English as a second language - ESL, enables him to take advantage of all the opportunities in the new surroundings regarding his education, job, or social networking. English is accepted as the global medium of communications, as the language of worldwide business and the major lingua franca of cyber space and the world of technology. Hence its proper understanding would open up many doors of opportunities in any field leading to accomplishment and advancement in one's profession.     

However, a person who seeks to learn the English language may or may not have an adequate level of knowledge a propos the types of learning facilities accessible to him/her. Hence, as a preliminary step, a potential ESL student must collect the following information:

  • A list of ESL programs and schools chosen on the basis of suitability vis-à-vis timings, fees structure, curriculum, teaching style, and program flexibility
  • Nature of each program, that is, whether it is online, class-room, correspondence or self-study program.

Next, analyze the pros and cons of each program and place them on a scale of suitability before finalizing on one that serves one's requirement most beautifully.

Some Tips Towards Your English Learning Success!

Some people may find English as very different from their first language and hence not easy to learn. Some others find English as not very different from their first language and hence easy to learn. As an example, a person whose first language is Chinese may find some difficulties in learning ESL while a German speaking person may find English learning much easier as German and English have many similarities.

Nevertheless, irrespective of such differences, anybody whose first language is not English will be able to accomplish writing, reading, speaking as well as listening English efficiently and confidently, by following a step-by-step approach to learn English as ESL.               

  1. Lay down your English learning objectives in terms time frame, different abilities such as writing and speaking at various levels.
  2. Enroll in to a suitable ESL school/program
  3. Never miss a chance to practice what you have learned; be it a new word, phrase, usage or a grammar rule
  4. Constantly encourage own keenness to Learn  
  5. Take a vow to speak only in English until your English proficiency is improved to an acceptable level and stick to your vow
  6. Learn at least one new word, its meaning and usage, daily
  7. Learn and internalize the English Grammar rules and use them always correctly
  8. Learn pronunciations through constant practice
  9. Do not get discouraged but learn from Mistakes

Always tell yourself that you did learn your first language when you were at a very tender age and hence, learning another language now, when you are older and matured has to be easier!




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