What Makes London Such a Special City for Students?
Language level: Advanced
If you are interested in learning English as a second (or third… or fourth…) language then you can do that pretty much anywhere in the world. As one of the most widely spoken languages in today, you are almost guaranteed to find language courses being offered in most major cities in most countries on the planet.
However, if you wish to combine the very best teaching with outstanding opportunities to immerse yourself in the very culture that birthed the language itself then surely there is no better place than the UK. Steeped in culture, history and tradition, the UK represents an amazing location for studying any subject.
So if you’re about to study English in London, congratulations – you’ve made a fantastic decision. Here are some of the reasons why we think studying in the UK and London is one of the best things you’ll ever do:
Yes, you will find teachers who are native speakers of English leading courses up and down the country. In London, however, you will find a huge variety of native speakers of English. Expect to come into contact with all kinds of English accents from all over the country and beyond – what better way to expose yourself to the rich diversity that is so characteristic of the English-speaking world?
Practice, Practice, Practice!
Nowhere else in the UK will you find so many opportunities to practice the knowledge and skills you acquire in your classes. No matter what your hobbies or pastimes are you will almost certainly find them catered to in London.
If you love music, there are countless venues for live gigs. Love films? Dozens of cinemas are located in London’s West End alone, including some of the most famous in the world. If you love sport, London offers world class sporting facilities and stadiums. You can visit the London Olympic Park one day, catch a Premier League football match the next, and then go for a tour of Wembley Stadium the day after that. Foodie? Then go to Borough Market – you’re in for a fantastic time!
These are all superb opportunities to get out and practice your developing language skills – while having a great time and finding out about one of the world’s most famous cities as you do it.
Meet new people
Whether in class or out and about in streets and pubs, parks and markets, London is a truly cosmopolitan environment. It is a melting pot of nationalities and cultures, and it is possible to build lifetime friendships here with people from all over the world. Go to Brick Lane to find some of the most popular Jewish food in the city; visit Edgware Road for Middle Eastern culture – shisha cafes and Lebanese food aplenty; go to Gerrard Street in Soho for London’s Chinatown. You can be eating Swedish meatballs in Marylebone in one moment, and enjoying authentic Thai cuisine in Notting Hill the next.
Experience British Culture
If you are learning English as a new language, then there is a good chance that you are interested in British culture, too. All this grammar and vocabulary – it doesn’t exist in isolation. It is part of a rich tapestry of lives, experiences and interactions. To reach the highest levels of understanding and proficiency in a language, we also need to appreciate its culture.
If you are looking to learn English so that you can delve deeper into the culture, (or if you are looking to delve deeper into the culture so that you can learn English), then you could not be in a better place than London. Of course, there is far more to the UK and the British people than any one city – but London is an amazing place to start!