As the internet brings the world closer through communication, the interest in second language learning has increased, especially in English. More than 1 billion people are believed to speak some form of English. For every native speaker there are three nonnative speakers. Three-quarters of the world’s mail is in English and four-fifths of electronic information is stored in English. Due to globalization and technology, English dominates the world as no language ever has, and some linguists are now saying it may never be dethroned as the king of languages.
As an ESL teacher, I try to encourage students to explore the English language just beyond the scope of our classroom. Some activities include reading the newspaper, watching tv and movies, and using language learning options online. Technology makes language learning more engaging for the students and allows for self pacing. Here are some sights that I usually recommend.
*includes other languages other than English
What if you’re a native English Speaker and you want to learn another language? It is a common myth that children learn a second language easier than adults. Adults and adolescents actually have an advantage in learning a new language because they have more efficient memories and greater knowledge on how language works. An advantage for a child is that For native speakers of English there are many online sources that you can visit if you want to learn a new language or practice a language you studied. I found this infographic that shows the easiest and hardest for a native English speaker to learn:
One additional tip for accessing language learning software: Often your local public library will have subscriptions to paid services like Rosetta Stone, Byki, or Mango and you can access them for free with your library card.
Happy language learning!