Out of the hundreds of cities out there where you can study, how can you tell which is the best place to learn English?
Do you choose an English speaking country, an exotic country, or an academic one?
Does it even make a difference? Will the teaching methods change between an English speaking country and an exotic country?
There are so many factors to consider when choosing where to learn English. Everywhere seems to have something to offer – going by pictures alone will make any choice impossible.
Just think of the most famous five: The UK, Australia, Canada, USA, and Ireland. They are all English speaking countries and all provide the necessary tools to get the ‘oh’s and ‘ah’s out of any visitor. Of course, these countries are the forerunners when it comes to EFL learning. In fact, not only do you get English during lesson time, but you walk out of the school and you have no choice but to use what you have learnt in class. Because these countries’ first language is English, they provide a guarantee of full-immersion and EFL students benefit from this need to use the new language.
On the other hand, if you are looking from something new, you can easily look past these five and explore through the list of hidden gems spread out across the globe. Places like Malta, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Morocco, and New Zealand are just a few of the countries offering the possibility to students who are looking to learn English. Malta and Cyprus, with their ridiculously blue seas and ever so warm weather, the Netherlands and their many cosmopolitan cities, Morocco with the bursts of colour and culture, and New Zealand being just about as picturesque as you can get.
To study and learn English abroad is not just about text books and lesson techniques – It is an experience which includes the place you are staying in. If you are unhappy with the country, the experience will become one you would want to forget.