Do you speak English?

Why learn languages? What language course should I choose? What do I need languages for?

If you want to start learning a foreign language, define your expectations first. Do you plan to study abroad?The academic requirements are complex: good reading knowledge, the ability to understand and communicate orally and for research purposes.

Are you planning to do business abroad or to work with native English speakers? Then you'll definitely need a good range of specialized vocabulary, the ability to use English for informal and formal communication, orally and in written.

As an adult you must have already identified your learning style. Some have difficulties in listening comprehension, others find it hard to speak. So, start by identifying your strengths and weaknesses.

Once you have identified your learning style, next step is to decide which kind of language course best suits you: on-line or offline courses, blended learning, intensive and/ or immersion courses. Much of online learning is free and learners can set their pace, share ideas and information with other learners. Very independent learners might prefer teach-yourself books or CD-ROM modules. I recommend this type of instruction only as an additional activity. Burlington English is a digital solution offering a good blend of online sessions and face-to-face lessons in Everyday English and English for Special Purposes. Teachers can assess the student's progress and deliver feedback. A specially designed USB microphone makes Burlington English a unique product allowing students to concentrate on improving their pronunciation.

If you want to learn English formally as preparation for an exam, then you should register with any of the language centres at home  or abroad Language Study Centres accredited by the British Council offer language programmes that meet the needs of the high-school students:to get confidence and fluency in English. This is an excellent choice for young adults who will receive an LSC Certificate of Achivement at the end of the course. For those who need a more formal qualification, Trinity College London ESOL certificateCambridge University ESOL certificateIELTS and TOEFL are the most widely-accepted tests .

Success never comes easy. Some might say it is luck. Never. It's hard work, but never let it get you down! Learning English can be fun, so keep smiling!

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