Top Cities to Study English

With so many English language programs scattered throughout the world, deciding on where you would like to study can be a difficult decision. Depending on what you are looking to gain from your English language program, you may choose to study in a large city, suburban town, Europe, North America, etc. Many students look for a unique opportunity that will allow you to make new friends, learn about a new culture, and travel, all the while learning English. As we continue to develop important information for students studying English, we want to hear what you have to say about it!

Where is the top city to study English?

London, UK? Boston, US? St. Julian, Malta? Sydney, Australia? Where have you traveled? What did you discover? Or, if you have already studied English overseas, where did you go and what was your experience like?

Once we survey the top cities, we will have informative information on the top cities to learn English in. There are many considerations that you will have to think about before studying English overseas, like transportation, climate, terrain, expense, etc. We will explore these important options as we look forward to helping you choose your ESL school!


IELTS Test

As you narrow down the international schools you plan on applying to, you will notice that most schools that teach their coursework in English have minimum language requirements for admissions. The most commonly used English language exam around the world, particularly in Europe and Australia/New Zealand, is the IELTS test.

You should take this exam at least a month before your application is due to allow sufficient time to have your scores sent to your schools. You can retrieve your IELTS results online two weeks after taking the exam. Be sure to do this early since your scores will no longer be available online after 28 days. If you miss this window, not to worry! You will receive the results of your IELTS test in the mail, which are typically mailed out 13 days after your IELTS test date.

While each school requires different minimum IELTS scores, the general requirement is that you should have at least a 6 or 7 out of 9 to show that you have adequate English proficiency to be well prepared for your academic courses. To make sure that you are properly prepared, the IETLS tests your ability to read, write, speak, and understand – all important skills in order to perform well in your academically strenuous class.

Check out the who, what, where, when and why’s of the IELTS for additional information!


Common European Framework

Are you planning to enroll in a British university? Do you need to meet minimum English requirements to show to admissions? Will you be sitting for an English language exam by Cambridge ESOL? If you answered yes to these questions, you may want to look into the Common European Framework and how it can work for you.

The Council of Europe originally developed the Common European Framework to help individuals monitor language improvement. If you are looking to learn English, you may find this a helpful resource. This language structure divides English learning into 6 categories of fluency. By breaking down language into these internationally recognized levels, you will be able to:

– Communicate your level of English to an employer or university
– Identify your current level of English skills
– Target areas on how to improve your language
– Tests your English skills and provide a worldwide certification

The Common European Framework will help you target the area of improvement by giving you a self evaluation and examinations to identify your strengths and weaknesses. This language structure will also list the areas of improvement in order to achieve the next level that will help you with your English fluency. Not only that, but the Common European Framework is used by textbooks, audio books, and worksheets so that you are studying material geared at your level. We have an entire section on the Common European Framework since we think this is a helpful tool to help you achieve your goal – good luck!


English Required in Slovakia

Recently, Slovakia has been dealing with a political debate over the languages currently taught in school. A new amendment has been introduced called the School Act Amendment that would make English compulsory for all students in Grade 3 or higher.English Slovakia

Currently, Slovak is the official language in Slovakia and is spoken by 5 million people. Students who are studying at a minority school may also learn Hungarian or Ukrainian. As a second language, students also have the option to take a foreign language like English or German.

Now, this system is being reevaluated. The School Act Amendment would make English a required language for all students in Slovakia. Sounds like a good idea? Controversy has surrounded this amendment and has started a debate. Why, you may ask?

This legislation would require English be taught to all school children in Slovakia. The current president, Ivan Gasparovic, has supported the bill saying that it will encourage students to learn two languages fluently. Opponents, however, say that English should not be a required language as there are other languages that may be more useful.

This just shows how important language is in the 21st century and the strides countries are making to equip their citizens with the necessary tools to be a part of the international community.