There are many benefits to studying English in the UK (so many that it would be impossible to list them all!). Here are our top 5 reasons for coming to the UK to learn English.
The UK is the birth place of the English language. A fascinating country filled with history, culture and tradition. Silvana Richardson, Head of Teacher Development for Bell, explains the benefits of learning in the UK.
Total English immersion
The biggest advantage of studying in the UK is that students are exposed to many different English accents and dialects, which helps develop their listening skills. They need to use English wherever they are and whatever they do. For example, staying with a local British family, going shopping or out for a drink or meal encourages students to speak English outside of the classroom, which in turn helps them practise and consolidate what they learn at the school. It also provides opportunities for students to notice and acquire new vocabulary naturally in conversation – particularly the latest English slang words and idiomatic language – giving them the most up-to-date English language education!
Discover British history
The UK is rich in history and culture, from the British monarchy to William Shakespeare, Stonehenge and Harry Potter. Coming to the UK gives students the chance to not only learn a new language, but also uncover thousands of years of heritage. The UK is home to iconic movies and works of literature – students can visit locations from their favourite films such as James Bond, Love Actually and Paddington.
Make international friends
Every year thousands of people from all over the world come to the UK to study English. It’s a great opportunity to socialise with fellow English learners from across the globe, learn about different cultures and traditions, and build an international network of friends. Students become part of a global community united by the English language.
Explore a new country
As well as being an ideal destination for studies, the UK is a fantastic place to travel around. There are a variety of different locations to visit from vibrant modern cities, to the picturesque countryside and stunning coastline. There is something to suit everyone. Students can socialise with their new friends and explore the UK together – improving their use of English along the way. As well as the famous sights, there are a wide range of restaurants, shops, cafes, museums and galleries to choose from. Top traditional British activities include: going for afternoon tea, seeing a musical in the West End, eating fish and chips on the beach, and going for a curry.
Build independence and confidence
Studying in a different country, far away from home, develops a range of important life skills including: confidence, independence, communication and responsibility. All skills businesses look for in potential employees. English is one of the most widely used languages in the world, especially in business – learning the language in the UK will strengthen students’ CVs and help them to progress in their career.
Above all, studying in the UK provides students with a complete immersion in all things British – from the culture, to history, tourism and people. The perfect way to really learn the English language.
Study English in historic UK locations with Bell. Learn more about our English language courses for young learners aged 7-17 and adults aged 16+. In addition, we prepare international students for university in the UK and train the world's EFL teachers.