Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Q and AFrequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of learning English?

  • Learning a foreign language improves memory and concentration.
  • Business – English is the most common language in trade and commerce.   English speaking business people would benefit by learning the language of their business partners.
  • Lingua Franca –  English is a bridge language in countries where two or more languages are spoken.
  • Entertainment –  Watching movies in English, social media communication

Is the need for English language instructors growing or getting smaller? 

The need for learning English has increased in the last few decades because,

  • The world is becoming more connected with the internet
  • Business is global, and English is the language of commerce

Could a person operate as an instructor strictly online?

Yes.  It is possible to run online classes in English.  However, a classroom environment is the best way to teach English.

Does the Learning Teaching book series teach the teachers more than what they learn in school?

The Learning Teaching book series is intended for training teachers of English.  Courses such as the IELTS course use Learning Teaching as a textbook.  Learning in a classroom environment is preferable to learning from a book.  The Learning Teaching by Jim Scrivener is probably the best book at this time on the subject of Learning how to teach English.

Why did the book Understanding and Using English Grammar by Betty Azar start with a topic about Verbs?

Verbs are an essential part of speech because, without them, a sentence cannot exist. They serve several purposes within a sentence: Make a statement, help to ask a question, give a command, express action, and express a state of being.

Is learning just 3,000 words is enough to understand most of the everyday English conversation?

Yes.  Learning the 3,000 most important words should be enough for essential communication, for example, a foreign tourist in an English speaking country.  It is necessary to build vocabulary, starting with the most useful words and not waste time learning words that are not used in everyday communication.

, does this apply to other languages as well? For example, will knowing these 3,000 everyday words in French or Spanish keep me up to par with daily conversation, just like in English?

Why is it so much more difficult for an adult to learn a language than a child?  Is it that we are too focused on our base language?  Or is it because our brains are no longer developing?  What method would you say works for adults?

Do you think that adding the first person pronoun can boost content interaction and engagement?

If you are talking about blogging then, yes, speaking in the first person (I) helps build up trust and engagement with the audience.  The first-person perspective is considered unprofessional in newspaper and technical writing.

Do you think Grammarly will help me make better sentences? 

Yes, Grammarly is especially useful for people for whom English is not their first language. Word order is a big problem.  English is less flexible in terms of word order, compared with many other languages

Do you know of an online course I can enroll and study in my spare time? Can you recommend a trusted site where I can enroll?

I recommend Rocket Learning for an excellent online course in English and other languages.  However, I recommend finding a teacher, and preferably a physical classroom rather than online tutorials.  You will learn much faster with a real teacher.  Use online tuition when it is the only option.

We provide online one-on-one tuition.  Please contact us to arrange lessons.

How would you help someone to speak a different language as I would love to be able to speak Portuguese?

Enroll in a language school that teaches Portuguese, the fastest way to learn a language is to have a teacher and classroom situation — otherwise, signup for the Portuguese course on Rocket Languages. To learn pronunciation, practice with a local Portuguese speaker.


One Comment

  1. I am 63 years old; I admit that I have never been fooled by English; in school and in college I studied German and French. I have a penchant for foreign languages. But I did not have the opportunity to practice. Now I need English. Do you think that with a vocabulary of 3000 words I can handle the Internet? It’s hard for me to learn a foreign language at my age. But I strive, because this helps me to keep my memory. Carmen

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