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Going back to school to learn English as a 30+ student

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As a mature student, learning English is certainly possible and can be a rewarding experience. The ease of learning English, like any language, can vary depending on individual factors such as previous language learning experience, exposure to the language, motivation, and dedication. However, mature students often possess certain advantages over younger learners, such as life experience, greater discipline, and clearer goals, which can positively impact their language learning journey. 
 
EC English Language Centres are well-known language schools that offer English courses for students of all ages and proficiency levels, including mature students. They provide a variety of programs tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of adult learners, which can make the language learning process more effective and enjoyable. We have English courses for the over 30s where you will learn alongside your peers with lessons on General English, English for Work and programmes aimed at leisure too. 


 
Going back to school may seem daunting – but remember that excitement you had when a new term was starting and capture that!  We have some tips to help you go back to study and on how to tackle learning English. 

 
Set Clear Goals 

Determine why you want to learn English and set achievable short-term and long-term goals. Having a clear purpose will keep you motivated and focused throughout your learning journey. 
 
Consistency is Key 

Before and after your course, you should dedicate regular time to learning, even if it’s just a few minutes each day. Consistent practice will reinforce your skills and help you progress faster.  
 
Immerse Yourself 

Surround yourself with the English language as much as possible. Listen to English music and podcasts, watch English movies or TV shows, read English books, and practice speaking with native speakers or language exchange partners. 
 
Take Advantage of Language Resources 

Utilise a combination of resources such as textbooks, our EC LIVE online courses, Hello Talk language app, podcasts, and our free downloadable eBooks.  

Practice Speaking 

Speaking is a crucial aspect of language learning. Don’t be afraid to practice speaking English, even if you make mistakes. Speaking regularly will boost your confidence and fluency. Talk to yourself, answer quiz show questions, sing along to songs – it’s all valid practice. 
 
Join Language Clubs or Meetups 

Seek out local language clubs or meetups where you can interact with other English learners and native speakers. Practicing in a social setting can be enjoyable and beneficial. 
 
Be Patient and Persistent 

Language learning takes time, so don’t expect to learn everything in one week. Celebrate your progress, no matter how small, and stay persistent even when faced with challenges. 

 
 
It’s never too late to learn and a 30+ English langue course could be perfect for you. Everyone learns English at their own pace, so be kind to yourself and stay motivated. At EC we have many years of experience and teach with regular feedback to each student and lessons that are relevant to life. The key is consistent effort and practice. With determination and the right resources, you can achieve your English language learning goals and fully enjoy your new skill in work and leisure situations. 

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