English is either the official language or one of the official languages of over fifty countries. In addition, is also widely used in more than 100 countries. The English language has become the ‘lingua franca’ of international communication, aviation science, business, entertainment and diplomacy.
Many countries are making huge investments in integrating English language education into their school curriculums from an early age to improve the employment prospects of their citizens and to contribute to the countries’ economic development.
Learning English in a native English speaking environment has many advantages. Linguists recognise that language learning has a large cultural dimension and immersion in an English speaking culture can contribute greatly to developing a student’s English language skills.