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Studying English at a Language School

Hello, folks. So this morning, we’ve come
along to a very good language school in London because we want to have a look at what it’s
like to be a student in one of these schools. Come, and let’s find out. — Hi, Lee. — Hi, Ben. — So our viewers are learning English on
the Internet. What would be an advantage of coming to a language school for a time to
learn some English? — I think the key difference is that when
you’re at a language school, then you are part of a whole experience. If you’re learning
online, it’s great, but it’s for an hour or two, and that’s it. Whereas if you come to
the school, then you have complete immersion in a whole day of English if you like. If
you’re staying with a host family, you have English experience before you come to school.
All day, you’re speaking English, and if you take part in our social activities in the
evening, then you’re carrying on. So it’s constantly learning and taking in and processing
of new information. — Sure. So if someone was studying here and
staying with a host family, they might share meals with the family. — Yeah. — And I guess there are students coming from
many different countries. — Exactly. And of course, then you get this
interaction with loads and loads of different students from all over the world, which, again,
really challenges you in different ways when you’re learning English, I think. — And do students come here for a couple
of weeks? — Some do. Some students come for a couple
of weeks. Some students come for a year. It depends on what that student is looking for,
what they need, what their plans are. So it can be either-or. — And I guess it’s very exciting being here
in London. You know, we’ve got a lot of English culture around us. — Of course. I mean, the history, the art,
the literature, the theatre scene is just really advantageous to learning English. It’s
just an amazing city. So to come and study here is a really good thing, I think. — Yeah. I mean, I guess the student can learn
more the more they put themselves in an English environment, the more they speak. — Exactly. If you immerse yourself in something
completely, then you’re going to get more out of it, I think. — Cool. Well, is it possible to go and have
a look at a class this morning? — Yeah. Absolutely. I think Dan is waiting
for you upstairs. — Great. Thank you very much.
–You’re welcome. –Let’s go upstairs. So let’s go and have a quick look now at a
general English class and what that looks like in a language school. Okay. Come have
a look. — Hi, there, Dan. — Hi. — Hi. We’ve just come to have a look at your
general English class today. — Hello. — What exactly are you going to be doing
in class today? — Today, we’re looking at the difference
between literal and non-literal meanings of nine elements of vocabulary. I was just asking
Nir what he thought about the difference between “enough food” and “too much food”. So, sorry. — I think it depends. — Okay. In this meaning, do you think that
it’s — if there is “lots of”, is it good or bad? — Yeah. It’s good. — Good? Would you agree, guys? It’s good? — I think it’s bad. — Okay. Hands up if you think it’s good.
Nir, you stand alone, my friend. I’m sorry. Hands up if you think it’s bad. — In fact, that’s what I looked like last
night at about 10:30. But what other words? Fly. That’s what I’m looking for, “fly”. Read
the sentences with your partner. I want you to decide two things. No. 1, which sentence
is the literal meaning? Which sentence is the non-literal meaning. No. 2, what do you
think the non-literal meaning means in other languages? Okay. Good. So it’s a word. You
can use it, but it doesn’t mean what you think it means here. In this case, you mean “hard”,
not “hardly”. — “To question.” “Question” can be a verb? — Yes. Of course. “I question.” Yeah. Good
guess. Well done. So that was a great lesson from Dan. They’re
really engaging in the teaching, and the students were obviously enjoying it. We’re going to
go down to the lunch hall now and grab a bit of lunch. And then, we’ve got a couple of
students who we’ll be talking to. They’re from different parts of the world. So I’m
hungry. Let’s go and eat. [Crowd chatter] Well, that was a delicious lunch. And we enjoyed
having a look at Dan’s class. Now, we’ve got three students at the London School of English
here. And firstly, folks, could you tell me what course you’re doing and how long you
have learned English for? So starting with Takami. — I’m taking a Cambridge English examination
preparation course. It’s called FCE. So just this course I have studied three weeks. Yeah.
I have another five weeks. — Okay. And before, when you were in Japan,
how long did you learn? Like, one year, two years learning English? Or — — Honestly, no. Nothing. — Nothing at all? Okay. Wow. Very interesting.
Okay. Thanks. And Veronica? — I’ve done the general course for one month,
and then I’ve started three weeks ago the CAE course, which is the Cambridge Advanced
Exam. And that last — — Why did you choose this course? — The CAE? — Yeah. — Because I needed to get into university,
and I’ve also heard that this academy prepares very well students to pass the exams. And
I’ve been — — So you’re hoping to study in a university
in England? — No, not in England, in Switzerland. — Okay. — And they are asking for a B in CAE. And
yeah. They’ve told me that this academy really will help you to pass the exam successfully. — Good luck to you. — Thank you. — And Francis, tell me, how long have you
been learning English, and why did you decide to come and study in England? — I started English in secondary school and
some more in university. And I decided to come here because I want to improve my English
a lot. But only for pleasure. And for me, the best place to learn English is in London. — Sure. — So I come here, and I’m learning here in
this school. — Cool. Veronica, had you been studying in
Spain how to speak English? — I’ve studied English in Spain, but with
au pairs. At school as well, but the level in my school was pretty low. So yeah. The
au pairs have helped me to get this fluency. — And how do you find the teachers different
in London and in a language school compared to in a school where you’re from? — Well, I think that teachers here have more
experience, and they do really know which mistakes do students make. Whereas the teachers
in Spain, obviously, they are experienced as well, but not as much as a language teacher
would be. — So they’re more specific? — Yeah. More specific. They know the mistakes
that people from different countries make, and yeah. I think that’s the main reason,
I think. — So Takami, do you feel you’re improving
your English in a good way? — Yeah. Just getting better. But of course,
I need to more improve. But I feel that day by day getting my English better. — Cool. And so for all of you, it’s been
stimulating; it’s been an interesting time being here? You’re obviously making really
good friends here. Is it something you’d recommend to people? — Absolutely. You should go. — Yeah, definitely. Yeah. I’ve already spread
it all over. — You should come here. It’s a life experience.
You have to do it once at least in your life. I enjoy it a lot. I improve my English a lot.
I make a lot of friends from different parts of the world. So it is amazing. I enjoy it
a lot. — So guys, I’ve lived in London for six years.
And I feel I know it well, but for you coming to London, is it a good place to come to?
Is it easy for you to speak to people and practice English being here in London? — Yes. I met some very friendly people in
the pubs or wherever you are. And yeah. It’s very easy. For me, as I said, it’s a life
experience to be here. So London, for me, it’s the capital of the world. — Wow. — It’s not the United States; it’s not Washington.
It’s London. Very cosmopolitan. — London’s on the map. — Yeah. Absolutely. — And are there enough things for you to
do? — Definitely. — On the weekends, for example, are there
opportunities to do things? — Yeah. You won’t run out of chances or different
activities to do. One weekend, you can go and see a theatre play, a musical, and then
visit different areas from the city. It is a very versatile city. You can go to the north
of London, and it’s completely different from the south of London. So you won’t ever — — I feel like I’m in a different country
in some parts. — Yeah. It’s like a country. So you won’t
ever get bored of living here. — Great. So the best way for you guys to
learn English, is it from reading? Is it from listening? Is it a mixture? What’s the best
way? — I think it’s a mixture because you learn
the grammar basics in class. Then, afterwards, you can socialize at lunch. And then afterwards,
with the social program, you’re able to talk to everyone and get to know everybody and
talk about your country, their country. You learn different cultures. You — yeah. You
get to socialize. — Is it difficult for you to speak English
to someone from Spain? — Well, if we — — It was easy the first day that we met each
other, so it’s easy. Yeah. If you met someone and you start speaking English, it’s easy
to ongoing with that. — And if both of us want to speak English,
then it’s okay. Because I know other Spanish students here that they feel that they want
to speak Spanish with me, for example. But don’t do that because we are all here to improve
our English, and we are interested in learning English, not in speaking our native language. — It’s true. — And here, you have the possibility to speak
24 hours. — That’s why it’s the best way. — So after school, you can go to the pub. — No sleep. — Exactly. — We are trying to speak English even with
same country people. — That’s cool. — It’s important. — Well, thank you so much for coming in and
speaking today. It’s been really useful. And I hope there’s been something for you to learn
back home. Thank you, guys. — Thank you.

67 Replies to “Studying English at a Language School”

  • Nice, I have been in London for 3 week, but before I studied English at school in Dublin..
    For me was hard to understand very well because im deaf, so I need read lip.. 🙂

    Very good video 🙂

  • Wow that was cool. It would be great to see more videos like this. Showing schools from different places around the world so that we can see how it is to learn the language in an English speaking country. I've studied for more than two years in my country venezuela and I think the next step is to study English abroad. I haven't totally decided where (I like Canada) so videos like these could help me to make my decision better 🙂

  • Thank you benjamin for the video. I hope to study in an Uk university soon. Your videos as all the others from EngVig are verry helpfull for me.

  • I want to go to a english school, it looks exciting, all the people socializing and improving their english,and smiling, it looks very good. That could be a nice experience, this video really motivated me. Now I have to work to get money and then I'll have the oportunity to do that

  • Benjamin is always bringing something different to the channel! I love it! It just reveals his vocation for teaching! 

  • With this video I changed my dream! Now my dream is go to this school at London! I guess it'll be amazing for improve my english. I hope one day I can go for it…

  • Thanks Benjamin, nice video and inspiring for learn more more more English, I want to be there, and learn a lot English, greetings! from México

  • This is a video very interesting, I want to improve my English and see this people talking with you of other countries is a very very animator. I hope more videos how this. Nice job!

  • Very good video ! I like to hear other people talking about the experience to travel ! I'm going to Dublin in the and of the year, and a pretend to visit London, and now, i'm more excited to go London

  • That's awesome. In the beginning of the year, I studied for 3 months in San Francisco. The name of the school is St Giles. I really recommend it! 🙂

  • The lady speaks pretty well almost like a native speaker ,however the Chinese guy speaks really badly but no doubt that seems to be a nice place to go beyond so that I'll pay you guys a visit to see what is like to be in London and in such a wonderful school

  • Nice video! Here in Brazil is very difficult to learning english.
    i have been studying it for 5 months i love english what's the name of the school?

  • Oh god!!! THANK YOU!!! I wanted to study drama in United Kingdom but I'm just 16 and i'm french and I didn't know what to do to achieve the dream to be in a drama school in United Kingdom… First, I need to speak English very well and with this school I can do it!! I didn't know there was an English Language School in London!! Thanks to you to show us that school!!!

  • I´m from Germany and I´m 13 years old. Its funny, i learn englingish for about 4years in the middle school and i can understand erverything what you are saying. Your videos help me to learn for englishclasstests.
    Tanks for this great videos.

  • Interesting, that English school looks cool and I like it because you could know many people from diferents places.


  • I understand a little because my english is so bad. i'm from Laos if who want to help me Englisg welcom my Skye is Touy-xys

  • I just can't believe that guy !!! — he said that he's doing FCE course and he hadn't studied English before. How can a person do in  B2 level English course almost without preparation? )))

  • Hi Benjamin. In this moment, I study English in NYC, but I feel that I don't learn anything. I prefer your videos. In the school is only grammar and grammar. That is boring, and I fell that my English don't improve.

  • Excellent video, I could understand all the conversations, and I think it was a very good video for people who want to know how is studying in a Language school. Thumbs up, for sure

  • Je trouve vraiment dommage qu'il y ai aucune chaine qui propose des videos de conversation de personnes englaises sans montage. 

    Tout ce qu'on trouve c'est des videos super bien faite, super bien prononcée qui ne correspondent pas dutout à la réalité.

    Mais mince quand un enfant apprend à parler il n'apprend pas avec un tableau blanc derrière son interlocuteur ! Il n'apprend pas avec de mecs qui lui parlent mot à mot en tenant compte qu'il ne sait pas parler ! Non, il parle avec un langage familier sans prise de tête pas comme dans un film où tout est truqué et monté.

    Alors s'il vous plait faite des videos live du style de cette vidéo :

    Je poste ce commentaire sur toutes les chaînes qui devraient faire ce genre de vidéos.

  • I'm planning to go to a language school in London, in early of next year, but it's just so many choices, is anyone can give me some advice, I will very appreciate that!

  • That all is awesome, except one aspect not to have been headlighted in this video: money. You need to pay for living, studying and boarding passes. Studying at language school would be an amazing opportunity… if I had it. I'm really grateful to all EngVid teachers for their creative and useful lessons, I've watched a lot of them and I'm going to watch even more. Each of you is a fantastic teacher, fantastic in their own way!

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