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Why are you thinking about learning better English?

If you’re reading this, it is because you are thinking of improving your level of English. You probably know this will take effort and determination, and you are willing to do it.  That’s because you think it will be worthwhile – here are some of the reasons you are right.

1. The most widely understood language in the world

According to the British Council, English is spoken by 1.31 billion people in the world, and the use of English will continue to grow. For many people, English is still synonymous with opportunity and a better quality of life.

2. It is the language of business

In a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit, nearly 70% of executives said their workforce needed to master English to enable their expansion plans. English remains the global language of business so is a vital tool.

 3. A compulsory subject in many countries

There’s greater demand across the world for communication in English. Some countries have stated that fluent English is required in order to become a civil servant. English is a compulsory part of the educational curriculum in schools around the world too, soit is not just the workplace that is seeing a growing use of English.

4. It is the language of the internet

Social networking and relationships lean more towards English than any other language. The internet has created a level playing field in terms of English use. According to Internet World Statistics, more than 536 million people use the internet in English, more than a quarter of all users. A large proportion of entertainment such as film and music is created in English, which means there is a lot of free fun content out there to learn from!

5. It is the language of learning

English has become the language of academic knowledge globally. More than 50% of internet pages are in English. There are many universities around the world that have recognised the need for English and are now teaching entire courses in English. In the UK alone, the UK Council of International Student Affairs estimates there are 430,000 foreign learners, with 750,000 in the United States.

If you have decided to learn better English, you have be undertaking quite a challenge. Even so, you can see from this article that it will be worth the effort. You will not be alone in your studies, either, so take the opportunity to join a learning group or community if you can.

Learning a better standard of English can lead to many new opportunities. As well as broadening your mind, it can change your life – as the above reasons show.

Are you thinking of learning better English? What has prompted you to think about it? Is it related to work, or a personal goal? Let us know how we can help you!


workforce – (n) - people who work or are available for work, either in a country or area, or in a particular industry or firm

a civil servant – (n) - someone who works for the government, its administration or one of its departments

a level playing field - (idiom) - a situation in which everyone has a fair and equal chance of succeeding

undertaken quite a challenge - (past participle + n) - to commit to a task or situation which tests someone’s abilities

broadening your mind - (idiom) – expanding your understanding of the world and other people's ideas, beliefs and cultures

This blog has been written at level B1. Practise your reading and listening by reading the blogs below.

About The London School of English

The London School of English has over 100 years of history teaching English and communication skills to adult learners. It is the joint #1 English language school in the UK according to the British Council inspections, the highest rated English language school in the world on Trustpilot, and the best value for money school according The English Language Gazette. 

Our practical, individualised approach enables our clients to learn effectively and make rapid progress. Courses include General English, Individual English training, Legal English, Business and Professional English, IELTS preparation and Academic English. We also offer bespoke business solutions for staff training and assessment. 

You can learn English with our expert trainers in our London centre at 15 Holland Park Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, or you can choose to study English online in groups or in individual classes. 

Contact us online or via phone +44 (0) 207 605 4142.

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