Study ESL in the US
If you are an international student and are interested in improving your English, there is no better place to study English as a Second Language (ESL) than the United States. Whether you want to learn English for work, school, business, or medicine, you are bound to find a program in the US to suit your needs.
Why Study ESL?
The world is becoming more and more interconnected every day. As it becomes possible to communicate with anyone in the world in real time, there is really only one remaining obstacle: language. There are over 6,500 languages spoken around the world. The second most common of these languages, after Mandarin, is English. English is considered to be one of the most important languages to learn for a variety of reasons. Most international business in conducted in English, so if you are looking to be employed by an international company, you will likely need to meet minimum English requirements in order to advance your career. Or, if you are interested in studying abroad in an English-speaking country, most schools will require that you have a minimum understanding and proficiency in English. Even in non-English speaking countries, you will often find that most people’s second language is English.
English is also one of the main languages of entertainment. Learning English can help you better appreciate music, movies, and books. Additionally, the vast majority of all papers published in scientific journals are written in English, and there are over a billion pages of websites in English. The ways in which learning English can benefit you are endless.
Learning English for Work/Business
If you are looking to advance your career, learning English is a great step. Learning English can improve your chances of getting a job, as well as your chances of career advancement if you are already employed.
Being able to write your resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter in English will open you up to possible opportunities with companies that require your applicant information to be written in English. A well-written resume will show a potential employer that you have a good command of English, and encourage him or her to invite you in for an interview.
In your interview, your English fluency will also help you to secure the job. The world is becoming more and more connected, and the need for communication has never been greater. The majority of international business is conducted in English, so even if your interview is conducted in your native language, having the language experience will be invaluable. The same applies to advancing your career after you are hired; knowing English can help you establish relationships with people who can help you with future promotions throughout your career.
Learning English for School
If you are interested in studying internationally in an English-speaking country, you will most likely be required to meet a minimum level of proficiency in the English language. And because it is spoken so widely across the world, speaking English can help you communicate even in non-English-speaking countries.
Some of the best colleges and universities in the world are located in English-speaking countries such as the US and the UK. These colleges and universities use English as their medium of exchange. Learning English can help you to obtain a world-class education that will benefit you for the rest of your life.
Learning English for Medicine
If you are a medical professional, you know that patients come from all over the world and speak a number of languages. Today, more and more people speak English, either as a first or second language, and so it is becoming more and more necessary for medical professionals to learn English. With English skills, you will be able to communicate with more of your patients and their loved ones, as well as fellow medical professionals who speak English.
Medical English courses are unlike normal intensive English programs. You should already have mastered general (conversational) English before enrollment, as these courses are designed to teach English used in a hospital or clinical setting. Your conversational English should be at an intermediate or advanced level, and you should have a thorough understanding of anatomy, physiology, and your own medical concentration.
So whatever your reasons for learning English, it is bound to benefit you for the rest of your life.
Ask our Student Advisor, Mina Morgan, your English as a Second Language question!