Learning English — Why?

Russian language speakers are fortunate in a way that their mother language is one of the official UN languages and today it is spoken by about 300 million. Historically, however, English is known by 1.5 billion or roughly 20 percent of the world's population, and this is the most obvious answer to the question Why learning English in our time. And now, let us see it in more detail.

With or Without English: Benefits of Proficiency In a Language In Which the World Communicates

The contemporaries proficient in this common, live, and continuously evolving language tool gain many additional benefits and opportunities including:

  • job prospects

There is no secret in the fact that job skills alone do not determine the value of a talent in the labour market. As statistics shows, those who know a foreign language (particularly English) usually have a salary 44 percent higher than the average, and these candidates also can seek the most rewarding and interesting jobs.

  • reading books and materials on specialized subjects in the original

Publishing output in the English segment is enormous both in fiction and non-fiction books. By the moment their translations will be available in your language the gap will be unfilled and the chances to become one of the most successful people will significantly decrease both in social and in scientific communications.

  • new access level to cinematography, stage, pop culture, and more

Everyone in Russia is familiar with the voices of great actors like Evgeny Leonov, Oleg Menshikov, Yury Yakovlev, or, say, Vladimir Vysotsky. Similarly, famous English-speaking actors have all spectrum of individual touch, timbre, and intonation if one only could watch the non-dubbed films. It is also very useful to understand the lyrics of the songs in a foreign language.

  • free and confident travels

Anyone who can speak English will never feel frustrated when travelling abroad because knowing the language allows them to easily contact the locals in a market or a shop, to ask how to get to a place, get needed help, and, finally to learn more about the country.

It is also a great communication experience when you meet people from other countries on the Internet, which, as we know, has no boundaries, hence mutual understanding is the primary ability.

Children Learning English — Why?

The pack of benefits for adults is obvious but why a child needs to learn English? For the start, learning foreign languages is a great exercise to boost memory and cognitive abilities.

It is more efficient to learn languages at this early age (e. g. your child can attend a kindergarten with native-speaking tutors and teachers starting from 2 years old in the CIS International School — please contact the managers of this non-governmental educational organisation to learn more about all the nuances of the educational services they provide).

For Russian youngsters who can speak English the following perspectives are open:

  • seamless integration to the educational process when the family emigrates to a new country
  • opportunity to go into high-quality education abroad
  • a stable foundation for a successful career in the future

The age of a student determines their needs and effective teaching methods.

Language Skills for The Younger Ones

From an early age, a kid can:

  • hear the speech of others
  • speak imitating the adults
  • sing songs and read books together with an adult and then view the pictures independently.

On this step, the objective is the same as upon learning the mother tongue, i. e. familiarizing with the sounds, developing a natural articulation, and basic understanding of the relationship between spoken and written language. All this happens in a language environment and that is why it is important to start communicating with foreign-language speakers as early as possible. Each year, preschoolers go through new steps, gradually moving to exercises but always in the form of a game.

English in Junior School

If a child has not been learning a foreign language during their preschool years, they still have time to learn one; as the scientists say, the age when a child can fully master phonetic system is up to 8-11 years.

The teaching methods in school are different from the preschool methods — games become less frequent and the number of exercises and tasks is rising. In junior years learning English includes:

  • introducing the grammar
  • developing reading skills
  • speaking exercises.

Opportunities to communicate freely, reading fiction books, and so on — all this plays also an important role.

English for Senior School

A student of senior school usually understands why he or she needs to learn English. So, the goals to continue education abroad simply cannot be achieved without a strong language proficiency acknowledged by an international certificate.

Educational methods for this age group include different forms such as training in writing and essay writing on a given topic and verbal argument skills using various subjects. For those who plan to apply for a foreign higher school, the ideal opportunity is the opportunity to learn profession-oriented subjects in English.

For instance, CIS International School offers an educational program Cambridge AS/A level to young people of the age 16-18 so that they obtain the Russian state certificate of secondary education along with the Cambridge international certificate which entitles them to apply for enrolment in the most prestigious world universities. The key to a successful entrance is perfect English as a second mother language.

As we can see, there are enough reasons to join the billion people who study English. One more thing to add, only true professionals can ensure that you can achieve excellent results in learning English.

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