Most Effective ESL and ESOL Programs for English Language

Most Effective ESL and ESOL Programs for English Language

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Most Effective ESL and ESOL Programs for English Language

Learning English is probably the best thing you could do to better your life. The benefits of knowing English are beyond just pleasure. About 1,500,000,000 people in the world speak English with another 1,000,000,000 learning it. All international conferences and competitions are conducted in English including the Olympics. It's the main language of most international organizations including the United Nations, NATO, and the European Free Trade Association. English-language magazines and newspapers are the only ones that can be bought in every part of the world too. Whether your interest is to study English for personal enrichment, professional, or academic purposes, English is beneficial for any person's interests. There are a number of reasons why a person would want to learn English as a second language. Because of all these benefits, there are a number of programs for people with English as a second language (ESL) and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) to help them learn or improve their English.


One option for learning English is through DVDs or other means of self-directed software. This method works great for people who want to work at their own pace and study whenever they wish. It's also a great tool for practicing pronunciation because you have the option for rewind or fast forward. With most software, you have the luxury of being able to see subtitles in your own language at the bottom of the screen to help you if you need them. You can also change the subtitles to be in English to read as you watch and listen to the DVD. However, a disadvantage to using DVDs or other self-directed software is the inability to gain feedback from peers and instructors. This could get frustrating to a user if they're struggling with course material or cannot move forward with the program. DVDs as a learning tool could be perfect for a student that already has a rudimentary knowledge of English but is in need of a refresher course.


Online learning is a great tool for someone who is unable to commit to a classroom schedule and is looking for more flexibility and convenience. Because it's online, you can attend anytime from anywhere in the world that has internet access.It's also more economical than taking a classroom course. It eliminates the peer pressure or stress to keep up with the class or hold the class back found in a classroom course. This is also a great method if you are shy about speaking in public because the internet offers anonymity. With online courses, you have the option of personal one-on-one time with a tutor to help you learn faster and concentrate on your weak areas. Students can chat freely with their teachers through online chats, email, and in group discussions.


Learning English in a traditional classroom setting may be the right choice depending on an individual's learning style. The traditional classroom environment provides consistent interaction with an instructor and other students who are in the same situation. In an ESL/ESOL class, you and your fellow students have a common purpose. It provides students with the opportunity to form peer groups with other students to study and work with. Also, while learning from software has many nice features, a live instructor is always going to be able to do a better job of listening and helping. Studying in a classroom also structures your learning. You're constantly motivated because the class schedules requires you to be there. Without this kind of structure, it may be difficult for you to achieve your goal. Although taking a class may be more expensive than the other options, when you've invested time and money in your ESL/ESOL classes you are more motivated to see them through to completion. Committing to an ESL/ESOL class, you're demonstrating a level of commitment to your goal.


Learning English as an ESL/ESOL student may seem discouraging at first but the process can be simple. There are a number of different ways to learn English – DVDs, self-directed software, online, or in a classroom. The benefits to learning English are comparable to none other. It could better your social life and give you an advantage in your search for a career. 


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