If you are a non-English speaker or learning English as a second language, it can feel like a big task. With so many rules when it comes to writing and speaking, English can feel like a difficult language to understand.
But once you have started to learn English, you will realise it is far simpler than it seems. Learning a language is difficult but can have so many benefits. The way you learn English is important too.
In this article, we show you how learning English is simpler and easier when you opt to learn with a course that you study from home.
Why learn English?
If you are living and working in an English-speaking country, learning English will have many benefits. Learning to speak and write fluently in English will help you in many ways:
- Everyday life – from shopping to catching a bus, to buying a train ticket to ordering food, being able to do with a good standard of English will make life a lot easier.
- Increase your confidence – being able to hold a conversation in English is important especially at work. Being able to do so will help your confidence.
- Help at work – working is not just about money. When you move to a new country, new town or village, speaking English can help to make you feel more at home and included in your new life.
- It is important – for many employers, hiring people with a good standard of spoken and written English is important for their business. By completing a course and gaining a qualification to show you have a good standard of English will be helpful as you look for work.
How to learn English at home
There are many ways that you can choose to learn a new language.
One way you can learn a new language, is to sign up to a course that you complete online. You can do this at a time that suits you and you can spend as much time as you like to complete the course.
You will have activities and things to do to practice your new English skills. You will regular access to the Internet too as your course materials will be online.
These types of courses involve completing some of the course online as well as having a booklet or workbook to write in.
Again, like an online course, you can complete an English course at home and in your own time. You can also read some of the course materials, practice some of the speaking activities at work, on your way home or whilst out shopping.
This type, of course, is held at a college or local school. Classes are usually held at the same time each week, with courses last for several weeks. Some courses last for 10 weeks or more.
This means that you will need to make sure that you go to every class. You will make friends and have chance to practice your English language skills.
Not everyone feels comfortable or can go to a class at the same time for every week.
One of the most important aspects of learning something new, like a language, is the support you get.
Support comes from many different people. With online or at home courses, you will get a lot of support:
- Your tutor – with NCC’s home learning courses, your tutor will be a major source of support and help. Your tutor will make sure you have all the information you need to complete you course and be able to speak and write English fluently.
- Other students – learning a new language means you need to practice and sometimes, the best people to work with are other students.
- Your family, friends and work colleagues – practicing your written and spoken English skills on a daily basis is important. There will be many people willing to help you get learn English!
Choose the right course
Choosing the right English language courses for you is important. When looking at courses, check:
- How much support is offered as part of the course?
- How much is the course? Some courses can be very expensive. You should also check when you pay.
- How long does it take to complete the course? Is there a time by which you must complete the course by?
- What qualification do you get from the course?
Learning a new language is fun and exciting! When looking at how to learn English, always look at how well the course suits you and the level the course is being offered at.