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Main concerns of EFL Learners according to Unique Languages survey
London-based language course provider Unique Languages recently conducted a survey with some of our English language teachers and learners to determine the main concerns of learners of English when learning the language.
With one of the widest networks of EFL teachers of anywhere in the UK and over 150 English learners, we feel that we are perfectly placed to pick up on the zeitgeist of English learners today. Learners frequently talked about the perfect tenses being of significant concern, particularly present perfect. Even Advanced level and Proficiency level English learners make regular errors with this.
Here are their main concerns:-
This particular tense is always a concern for students of English. We encourage our English language teachers to spend time on this tense during the early part of the English course and to return to it several times during later lessons.
Between trying to adopt a more British accent or not knowing how to pronounce specific words, pronunciation of the language is regularly cited by learners as being a vital part of any English course. We ensure that all our English language trainers include pronunciation practice within each lesson.
Our Spanish and French learners of English are particularly keen to develop their knowledge of phrasal verbs. Our native speaker EFL trainers take different approaches to the teaching of phrasal verbs. Ask your personal English teacher for a lesson on this vital subject.
The frequency of this issue did surprise us a lot. During some of our lessons, learners are required to think "on the hop" through role playing scenarios that they might not be familiar with. This pushes our learners to think on their feet and develop skills for dealing with unfamiliar situations.
We have met with our English teaching staff to relay the results of the survey to them and we will be ensuring that they use all their skills and talents to ensure that our learners' concerns are addressed in greater detail than they have been.
For further information on how Unique is able to personalise our lessons to the needs of our English learners, drop us a line by e-mail to email@example.com or telephone us on 020 3566 0145.
Our website address is http://www.uniquelanguages.com