English language courses
Why Should I take an English Course Abroad?
If you want to learn or improve your current English skills, it is best to take part in a language course in a country, where you can learn, practice and interact with native speakers. The gaining experience abroad, and cultural particularities will make your experience much more enriching and will help you become confident in oral communication, and in the general use of the English language.
In our courses, you will have the possibility to interact with international students that are looking forward to improving or learning English and with native-speaker teachers, that accompanied by the methodology of our schools, will lead to an effective and intuitive way of learning this language.
Where should I take an English Course?
No other language has such a wide range of destinations available for you to learn English abroad. Linguland offers more than 50 schools in 9 countries all over the world. In addition, we guarantee the quality of our English courses through personal visits to our schools and through our active participation in international conventions such as ICEF.
The reasons for taking an English course abroad may vary from individual to individual depending on the time and budget available for this purpose. The majority of our students choose to take their English course in England, the United States or in Canada. While others prefer to learn English in the comfort of sunbathed beaches on the island of Malta
. In order to decide which destination suits your personal preference best, we recommend you to review the following aspects:
- Time available for your language course: One of the advantages of learning English is that the diversity of destinations available for this purpose are large in relatively close or in distant places. We recommend you if you are planning to do a Short-Term language course to select a destination that is closer or of your personal interest and if you are interested in a Long-Term course distant destinations.
- Planning your budget: Depending on the destination of your choosing the discounts and prices for your English course may vary. For this reason, If you want to receive the best price quote, we recommend you to compare different destinations of your interest and discounts available for your language course.
- Course duration: The duration of your language course depends mainly on the purpose and time available for your English course. Most of our schools offer special prices, promotional discounts, and recreational after-class activities that will help you achieve your goals. Additionally, during your stay in our homestay accommodations, you will have the chance to interact with native speaker families in other scenarios, that will bring you additional vocabulary and the possibility to learn English in a supportive environment. If your objective is to do an international exam preparation course (such as TOEFL or Cambridge exams) you will need at least 4 weeks of preparation depending on your current English skills.
English Dialects: Different Types of English
Our English schools have developed an interactive methodology of teaching this language, improving your current language skills and help you learn English effectively. But you must bear in mind that depending on the destination of your choosing, regional dialects will play an important role during your stay in this country. Free-time activities will allow you to learn and get used to these regional peculiarities and particular way of speaking.
The English language
While learning a new language we usually try to refer to our native language, trying to find an expression and then try to communicate in the way we would in this language but in English. Usually, this kind of use of the English Language could lead to common mistakes or misunderstandings. To avoid this during your language course, we have created some shortlists that will allow you to identify the most common and correct them.
The use of upper and lower case letters
The use of capital letters, the rules and the proper use of them are important to keep in mind while writing in English. Like other languages, in English, the first letter that starts a paragraph begin with a capital letter and most of the rest of the words are written in lowercase, but there are some exceptions to this rule and some examples could be found in the following table:
|Incorrect in English||Correct in English|| Explanation|
|A colombian student||A Colombian student|| Country-specific words are always capitalized, including nationalities|
|Dear Mrs. Pérez, thank you for..|| Dear Mrs. Pérez, Thank you for..|| The first word after the salutation and a comma is capitalized|
|My birthday is in april.||My birthday is in April.||The Months are always capitalized |
|I don´t work on sundays.||I don´t work on Sundays.||The days of the week are written in capital letters.|
The mentioned rules are especially important in official letters and emails, in which you want to make a good impression and making a poor choice of words or grammar mistakes will make you stand out, and not in a pleasing way. During your English course, you will learn the different rules for good writing.
Singular and plural nouns in English
Here are some examples for you to help you understand the use of the singular and plural nouns in English. During your language course abroad you will have the opportunity to practice each of the following cases:
|Incorrect in English||Correct in English||Explanation|
|I need informations.||I need some information.|| The word information is an uncountable noun in English, which is why its form is always singular |
|I learn vocabularies.|| I learn vocabulary.||Vocabulary is a collective name, so it doesn't have a plural form |
|The police was suprised.||The police were suprised.|| Police is a plural word in English |
|The peoples are nice.||The people are nice.||La palabra people is written without s and has a plural meaning |
In most cases, our students have no problems mastering the use of the plural of nouns in English. However, advanced students should also pay attention to these subtleties to enrich their knowledge of this language.
Pronunciation in English
The correct pronunciation will avoid misunderstandings and allow you to have fluent and pleasant conversations. In our language courses, you will systematically practice pronunciation and oral expression.
| Word || Incorrect in English || Correct in English |
| purchase || purCHASE || PURchase → emphasis on the first syllable |
| employer || EMployer || emPLOYer |
| employee || emPLOyee || emploYEE |
| data || [data] || [deɪtə] |
| psychology || [psaɪ…] || [saɪ…] → the letters ps are pronounced as a letter s |
Learning English abroad will allow you to be constantly surrounded by native-speakers who would correct your pronunciation and will help you enhance your current language skills. During your course, you will be given tips to improve your pronunciation and practical exercises to learn them.