So you’re thinking of moving to London to learn English? It’s certainly the right place to be to immerse yourself in the culture. Learning a second language is great for your future employment prospects with bilingual candidates looked upon favourably by recruiters.
How Best to Learn English – Your Options
If you’re already at an intermediate level in English, applying for a course in English Language at a university could be right for you. Full-time courses work best for achieving fluency, which does not leave much time for working to pay the bills. You will come out with a respected qualification, but you will have to pay large fees. For students especially, London is a very expensive place to live, but has many world-class universities competing for you to enroll. It’s a matter of weighing the pros and cons for your situation.
By far the most immersive choice you can make is to enroll on a dedicated language course. A focused approach is the main advantage of attending a language school like TTI School of English. You will have lots of resources to use to improve in all areas, written, spoken, and listening comprehension. You will have the benefit of learning among other people at the same level as you. Another benefit is the flexibility offered by an independent language school; you can work alongside your course to fund your studies and earn a living whilst improving future employability.
It is very difficult to learn a language completely on your own. At some point you will need to rely on a teacher of some kind in order to get your speaking to a good level. But that’s not to say it’s not achievable. It could be a great way to supplement other learning and bring new skills and vocabulary to your other studies. After all, everyone will learn differently.
In London especially, due to its sheer size, you will see lots of adverts for private language tuition. This can be expensive depending on the individual. As a supplement to a course or other studies, working with a native speaker will really help you improve. You will be able to work at your own pace and go over parts of language that you struggle with in more detail.
Some Final Language Learning Tips
- Conversation – get out of your comfort zone and talk to people.
- English TV and Film – watch native speakers talk, and listen to their accents.
- Online resources – Check out English news publications and vocabulary sites.
- Intensity, not length of study is the key to success.
- Carry a pocket dictionary or use vocab apps on your phone.
Finally, don’t worry about making mistakes, we all do it, and it actually can help you learn and improve as you go along.