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Bloemfontein, situated in the heart of South Africa, is the capital city of the Free State. Also known as the city of Roses, it is a sizeable urban centre that doesn’t have the feel of a bustling metropolis. A trip to this city, with a country-feel, is bound to be very interesting!
It is always important to know exactly why you wish to embark on any journey. Your reasons or motivation must be clear and well defined. As weeks and months pass, your energy levels (in terms of study) might begin to decline. Also, modern day life is full of distractions: friends, social media, cell phone activity, the latest Netflix series, etc. It is at this point that keeping your goal in front may keep you motivated and on task. You must remain focused and disciplined. If you have decided to study English, make sure that you set very clear goals and achievable objectives at the outset.
A promotion at work may be beckoning, but requires a certain level of proficiency in English. You may be wanting to travel abroad to an English-speaking country and would like to make yourself understood, especially when seeking directions or having to order food. The neighbours in your block of flats are all English-speakers and you skirt around them to avoid protracted conversations beyond, “Hello. I’m fine, thanks.” These are all good reasons for you to enrol for an English class - and to stay the course. Achieving a good level of proficiency will make you feel more comfortable in your surroundings, less intimidated and leave you feeling less ‘left out’.
Many cities in South Africa are seeing a surge in the number of people wanting to enrol for English classes. More and more people see an English qualification as a way to advance in their careers and a way to fit into particular groups, in general. In previously Afrikaans-speaking neighbourhoods many parents are enrolling their children for English medium education, which they hold in higher regard than classes conducted in any other language. So, all around you there is a growing tide of humanity learning the language of Her Majesty, the Queen.
The road you take and the way you go about your studies are really matters of personal choice.
Not everyone is cut out or prepared to participate in lessons in a classroom. Some people don’t like being around a whole lot of strangers, especially when they will be learning something foreign or which they are uncertain about, in what may be an intimidating environment for them. Such an individual would rather prefer to online tutoring or one-on-one sessions with a private tutor.
A dedicated English tutor will be an indispensable aide for any learner of a foreign language. In Bloemfontein, you will be able to select a tutor from a host of teachers, full-time tutors as well as students. You may decide to run with one of the young ones - a student like yourself, close to you in age. Having recently gone through the curriculum that you are about to follow, s/he will, in all probability, understand the difficulties you may be encountering and know the expectations of the curriculum.
Then, of course, there are older or mature students who are at the top of their game and who may have already tutored a number of younger students successfully. Such a tutor would have gained a number of insights into the English ESOL curriculum, particularly so, if s/he has taught English to foreign learners locally or in an overseas setting. S/he would, no doubt, have identified the particular stumbling blocks that students encounter and be able to pro-actively coach them past those hurdles or challenges.
One of your greatest resources would be an ex-English teacher (or a practising one). With their command of the English language as well as their exposure to all aspects of the language, such a teacher would be in a fantastic position to structure a thorough and detailed programme or curriculum for any aspiring learner of the English language. S/he would skilfully lead you through listening exercises, specifically chosen to enhance a particular set of skills and not merely use it as a comprehension exercise. Reading texts would be carefully chosen so as to build up your proficiency in the language and not to challenge you at a totally unrealistic level at the very start. S/he may, at the outset, conduct some form of evaluation to assess the specific level that you find yourself at. Listening and reading would be followed by grammar lessons, especially in terms of the tenses. Only once these aspects have been grounded will your tutor move on to getting you to speak (in terms of presenting an oral topic) and to write.
Another popular way to learn English is through immersion. Some institutions arrange immersion (one-to-one homestays) with an English-speaking family. This encourages the student to use the language daily, in a domestic setting where you, the student, can benefit from individualised attention. Certain hosts arrange events or social gatherings, like a braai, to encourage communication with English speakers in an informal setting. Additionally, your host family may arrange excursions and picnics in the hinterland. These experiences will allow you to enjoy your learning in the great outdoors, to be exposed to the people and their culture, as well as the history of the landscape you find yourself in.
In addition to tutors, there are numerous institutions that offer ESL lessons for beginners in Bloemfontein. Language institutions or schools also offer ESL lessons for adults. These classes are small and learners benefit from lessons which follow a structured curriculum. This is important as your knowledge of English will, in this way, be built up incrementally, atop a solid foundation. Students also get to use the resources such as a listening lab and a computer room which may be available at these centres. These resources as well as the interaction with other persons, who are in the same boat as him/ her, could just be the morale booster that a gregarious person needs. It will keep them on track and up to date with their assignments and presentations. Their responsibility towards the larger group can also be the trigger that ensures that they spend time on their studies daily.
A Superprof tutor could assist you at home, either via the Internet or via one-on-one sessions, Rates are around R200 on average, with a number being more affordable, which help if you’re on a tight budget. Don’t delay: get online and start expanding your horizons exponentially. The sky is truly the limit!
The average cost of private ESOL classes in Bloemfontein is R195.
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Learning to speak English fluently has a number of benefits. English is the one of the most influential languages in the academic and business worlds.
The ability to converse in another language can open up many doors to you in terms of travel and culture. Other benefits of learning English include increased mental flexibility and improved listening skills.
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