Want to study English in Australia? Reasons to learn English

A language mutual to many tourists and locals alike, English is often regarded as the “International Language”.

As such, it’s an increasingly popular language to study, particularly for foreign students who wish to study in, move to, and work in a new country like Australia.

This week, we run through reasons why you should study English, and how learning a second language can boost brain and memory function as well as concentration and multi-tasking!

English is the most widely spoken language in the world

While Chinese and Spanish beat English is terms of the most spoken languages, English is often considered the most widely spoken and widely spread language in the world.

This is due to several factors:

  • English is an official language of 56 countries
  • The vast number of people who speak English as a second language, in addition to their native one
  • The popularity of English being taught as a foreign language in schools all over the world

It’s no wonder an estimated 1.5 billion people all over the world are learning English!

English is the language of…

Science

Good English skills are critical when following a career in science, as, according to Why English Matters, up to 98% of scientific research papers are written in English.

Aviation

On the 1st January 2008, the International Civil Aviation Organisation declared that all Air Traffic Controllers and Flight Crew Members associated with international flights must be proficient in the English language.

This ruling stemmed from concerns rising from air traffic controllers and pilots to safely and effectively communicate.

Business

Did you know that 1 in 4 people speak English at a “useful level”? That’s the equivalent of about 1.75 billion people!

As mentioned in the previous point, English is not only an official language of 56 countries, but it is also increasingly the secondary or a dominant language in other countries.

Learning English helps you further your studies

Many of our international students who enrol in our English courses do so to power them with the knowledge of the English language which then allows them to further their studies in their chosen fields, such as Patisserie or Commercial Cookery, Childcare and many more.

Our English for Academic Purposes course, for example, supports international students who have the goal of entering and studying at an Australian university or college.

During this particular English course, you’ll focus specifically on reading and writing skills.

You’ll be assessed through:

  • Writing essays
  • Making presentations
  • Language analysis (for example, reading and summarising articles)

The benefits of learning a second language

There are plenty of benefits of learning a second language beyond furthering your studies or career prospects.

Learning a second language like English can…

Improve your memory

A 2013 study from the University of Granada found that bilingual children performed better in “working memory” tasks than monolingual children.

Working memory refers to short-term memory including perceiving, processing, and storing information.

Engage your brain

Research has shown that those who study or learn a second language display better concentration than those who knew only one language.

The research also showed that it didn’t matter whether participants learnt the second language in infancy, adolescence, or as an adult, so it’s never too late to start studying English!

Boost concentration

Yet another study has found that those who know a second language are better at ignoring irrelevant distractions and focusing on their core task.

Improve your first language

This is a really interesting one!

Learning the linguistics of your second language (whether it be English or any other) will also be applied to your native tongue, improving your writing, speaking, and reading skills?

Think of learning a second language as a sort of refresher course for your first, where you revisit grammar, sentence structure, and conjugations.

Enhance global travels

With a solid understanding of the English language, you can feel confident while travelling to and communicating in the 56 countries that call English an official language!

Learning English doesn’t only help you when it comes to planning and booking accommodation, flights, and activities, but also expressing what you want in a restaurant, to a tour guide, a shop assistant, or your hotel receptionist.

A grasp of the ever-popular English language allows you to independently travel and enhance your experiences!

Want to learn English in Australia?

Academia welcomes hundreds of students every year through our doors to study English and help propel further studies.

Our English courses are available at both our Melbourne and Brisbane campuses, where students from all over the world are nurtured by supportive, warm, and encouraging teachers.

Find out more about our English courses, all of which are NEAS approved:

Overview of Festivals in Melbourne for 2012

There is a lot to love about Melbourne. Undeniably one of Australia’s most progressive, interesting and popular cities, Melbourne is rich in culture and activity and is home to some of the country’s most exciting and popular festivals.

Why Melbourne? It’s the perfect location for a holiday or to take an English course…

Melbourne draws people from all parts of the world. Tourism is very important in Victoria and this Australian state offers a range of wonderful things to see and do. Melbourne is widely regarded as Australia’s food capital and is punctuated with world-class restaurants and beautiful cafes, bars, pubs and clubs.

Melbourne offers great opportunity in terms of business, employment and study. A popular destination for students, Melbourne’s educational institutions are internationally regarded and offer courses in a wide range of areas, including some of the world’s best English courses. Melbourne is a great place to learn English and is understandably chosen as a perfect place to live and work while enhancing personal and career opportunities through confident use and understanding of the English language.

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Does Studying English Improve Your Chances of Working in Hospitality?

People choose to learn English for a variety of reasons. One of the most significant and common reasons for undertaking an English course is to enhance employment prospects and increase your appeal as a potential employee. Hospitality is one of the main industries in which confidence and command of the English language offers distinct career advantages.

Why is learning English (even as a part of another Diploma) so helpful to a career in hospitality?

International trade and relations characterise the way so many businesses operate in this day and age, and English remains one of the most commonly spoken business languages. Because English is so often a common denominator for communication, it follows that people travelling all over the world and living and working in many different countries use English — in business, in hotels, in restaurants, bars and many other settings in which service is important.

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The Advantages of Speaking English When You Travel

There are many great reasons to learn English and the advantages that come from speaking English when you travel are many, varied and valuable. In so many parts of the world, English is the ‘international language’ — although it may not be the language that is native to, or most commonly spoken in a particular country, English is most often the language that travellers share and local people use when communicating with visitors.

Here we take a look at six of the greatest advantages of speaking English when you travel:

1:  Ease of making bookings

As so many travellers will testify, being able to quickly and easily make reservations and other bookings is critical to the success of your adventures. Needing to spend time, effort and possibly money on translations and explanations can be stressful and is simply not effective.

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Why Studying English Can Help Your Hospitality Career

Although the hospitality industry includes many different careers and there are various opportunities for progression and promotion, these are often out of reach unless a person is a proficient and confident user of the English language. Being able to effectively communicate using English is important no matter where in the world you live, work or travel. Certainly, being able to successfully communicate in English is imperative when working in an English speaking country.

Why English?

Without doubt, the universal language of the hospitality industry is English. It does not matter whether you are a housekeeper in London, the maitre d’hotel of a restaurant in Singapore, a croupier in a Dubai casino or the concierge of a hotel in Sydney, it is almost guaranteed that you will be expected to have not only a passive understanding of the English language, but confidence in actively using it.

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5 Features of English Courses

Learning English is a potentially advantageous and lucrative career and professional move for many people. Because English is so widely spoken across the globe and because so many business and other exchanges occur using the medium of English, it follows that candidates who are proficient and confident users of the English language are so appealing to employers.

While different providers of English courses offer different English language courses, there is a range of features that prospective students should seek. In some situations, students will be combining their studies of the English language with another course, such as: Diploma of Business, and it makes sense that the two courses should be complimentary.

What are some of the most important features of English courses?

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How to Decide Which English Course to Study

Having made the very wise decision to learn English, the next thing that you need to determine is the actual course that you will take. With so many different courses available – and quite a number of them claiming to be effective and professionally beneficial – it is not always easy to know which course to study.

Excellent English courses offer career advantages…

It is no myth that when a person is able to communicate and speak a language well, potential exists for them to increase their earnings as well as enjoy accelerated career progression and a variety of interesting and possibly high profile roles. A person’s ability to use the English language effectively is significantly determined by the quality of the English language course that they have taken.

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