You can learn English in a language school?
You might think that this is a strange or even silly question: Can you learn English in a language school? The majority of people will naturally respond, “Yes, where else?” Basically, it is that the majority of people are wrong on most issues. This is how our society is. A few people dominate the majority and conformity is the cowardice of modern societies. Because everyone is trying to learn using English courses and English language schools, I try it also. “Why should I think of something new? If language schools and language courses do not work after all, there would not be so many of them.” By this logic, the tabloids would be a useful and objective source of information; after all they are the most widely read German newspapers. It is a fact that most people book an English course (online or in a conventional language school) in order to improve their English.
However, the majority of these people, even after the course, are not satisfied with their English skills. This means that the majority of methods obviously are not working properly. Of course, no one will openly admit that he is still unhappy with his English even after visiting a school. Finally, the whole thing costs money and is associated with high temporal and spiritual effort. Every week students must attend the course and then also do the homework.
When I say that I still cannot really speak English, others think that I’m not smart enough or do not have a will to succeed. Finally, there are some Germans who actually speak fluent and correct English. Why not me? Why I did I not learn English under the same conditions?
But back to our school; to find out how effective and useful a course they offer, suppose you are at school and pose the following questions:
- How much time will I spend in your school and how much will it cost me? (If you attend a weekly 90-minute course, your chances of improving your English skills at a sustained and measurable level are extremely low.)
- Do we use books in the classroom? (If the school uses books, you should buy them before the course so you can use them yourself. You do not need to wait for a school in order to deal with a textbook. You may also find yourself with no money for a course. The same goes for spending on so called worksheets. So for worksheets, the Internet is full of free worksheets and podcasts for English learners. You do not need to book a language course to get these materials.)
- Did the teachers who work in the school, even learn a second language following the methods of the school? (Most schools will try to sell a new, innovative approach to language learning. These are in most cases nothing more than working with textbooks and some entertainment by native speakers. If these speakers speak imperfect German, it means that they themselves have used the school’s own method before. So what makes these teachers believe then that the methods of language schools are effective?)
- Will I be able to think in English after finishing the course? (No school will guarantee this result. If the school cannot guarantee, however, that you can think and speak English naturally and fluently, why do you need this course?)