Learning English abroad is an unforgettable adventure but convincing your parents to allow you to go can be tough! Read our post and find out what arguments to use to make your dream come true.
Cape Town is an amazing city for your language adventure abroad. You’ll love the urban landscape as well as its stunning natural beauty. What’s more, the local LAL school is situated in the vibey area of Sea Point.
Would you like to study abroad in your 30’s? If the answer is “yes” but you’re hesitant because of things you’ve heard, this article has been written specially for you! Today, we’re going to confront the myths about studying abroad in your 30’s to show you what you can really expect from such an experience.
Many people decide to study English in England or in the United States. These destinations have been popular for years but it’s good to know that they’re not the only ones out there. Today we’re going to tell you a bit more about another English-speaking country to consider, if you’d like to study abroad… Have you ever wondered how would it be to learn English in Canada?
Parents often freak out just thinking about their children going away on their own. Especially the idea of a teenager travelling to a different country alone brings many different thoughts to people’s minds. Is sending your teenager to learn English abroad really such a scary thing or have you just been exposed to too many myths on the topic? In this article, we will explain how it really looks like when a teenager studies at LAL.
Do you need holiday but you also feel that you really need to work on your English skills? We have a great solution for you that will allow you to combine business and pleasure: learn English in England and experience English Riviera holidays at the same time.
Have you ever heard about the borough of Torbay in Devon? This amazing location has not one but three picturesque towns to offer to visitors: Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. This place full of sandy beaches and tourist attractions is also known as the English Riviera. Sounds tempting? I promise you that holidays spent there will be an unforgettable and relaxing experience. You won’t even notice how and when your English has improved.
Sunbathing and Co.
What can you do there when you’re out of the classroom? The South Devon coastline is very diverse. It’ll pleasantly surprise the fans of sun-bathing with its beautiful beaches. That’s not all what you can expect, though! You can go for an adventure to explore secluded coves or find rockpools. If you need a bit of an adrenaline rush, climb up one of the cliffs and look down…
Walks and Hikes in the Area
Do you prefer to be active instead of lazing around endlessly? Don’t worry! The incredible English Riviera has a lot of green and wooden areas for you to explore on foot. You can go for a hike with your friends from school and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, while burning calories from all the delicious local meals you’ve eaten.
Be Active in Your Free Time
Is walking not adventurous enough for you? No problem! There’s plenty of water activities in Torbay that may be more to your liking. Here’s just a sample of what you can do in this gorgeous area: water skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding and many, many more activities! Take your pick today or wait till you’re there to see what you’re in the mood for.
Have a Beer… or Two
Would you like to taste local beers during your visit too? There’s a countless number of places in Torbay where you can sit and have a pint like a real British person. Traditional English pubs are mixed with modern bars, so you’ll definitely find your new favourite spot there.
Visit Local Historical Sites
If you’re interested in learning English as well as expanding your knowledge of the British history, the borough will not disappoint you. There are many great locations just a stone’s throw away from Torbay but why not enjoy what’s under your nose first? Check out the Spanish Barn where prisoners used to be held, Napoleonic forts in great condition and Agatha Christie’s holiday home.
Enjoy Countless Events in Torbay
During English Riviera holidays, you should also explore numerous events that happen there throughout the year. Have a look at our picks and decide what tickles your fancy:
- Torbay Steam Fair
- Brixham Pirate Festival
- England’s Seafood Feast
- Torbay Carnival Week
- Occombe Festival
- BMAD Motorbike Festival
Sounds good? Check the dates, get your tickets and don’t forget to have all the fun!
Museums Can Be Cool Too
Do you like museums? Torbay gives you an opportunity to explore them too. You’ll have a lot to do, if you want to see them all.
Torre Abbey Museum gives you a chance to go through 800 years of history at one go. The museum also has a number of art galleries and for the fans of Agatha Christie, a Potent Plants Garden. Torquay Museum will take you even further back in time, telling you about geology, archaeology and people of South Devon. If that’s not enough, top it up with a visit to Brixham Heritage Museum. It’s housed in an old police station and is completely free to visit!
I hope that our list of things to do in South England has inspired you to come and study in our school in Torbay. If you want to learn English in England, the English Riviera is one of the most beautiful and exciting locations to do so. We’re looking forward to meeting you in person!
Is it really expensive to study English in an English-speaking country? The cost of studying abroad will depend on many factors. It’s usually possible to find an option that will be suitable for both you and your budget.
Today we’re going to deal with the most common misconceptions about the cost of learning English in a foreign country. If you want to know how to study abroad without breaking the bank, this post will definitely be useful for you.
Myth 1: I Can’t Afford It
This is a very common complaint…coming from people who haven’t even researched the cost of an English course abroad. First of all, there are many different courses that you can choose from. Do you want an intensive course or are you happy with a standard number of hours? Are you okay with learning in a group or will you only consider private tuition? Do you want to learn English to improve your general language skills or does a highly specialised course better suit your needs? These questions are all very important, if you’re trying to evaluate the potential cost of an English course in an English-speaking country. Try to answer them, before you even think about choosing a destination.
Myth 2: Some Destinations Are More Expensive Than Others
There are many different expenses involved in planning a trip to an English-speaking country and plane tickets are often the most expensive part of the whole plan.
On the surface, a language stay in Malta may seem cheaper than the one in Fort Lauderdale. You should remember, however, that everything is relative. If it’s cheaper for you to fly to a “more expensive” destination, it may turn out that the overall price of your experience there is lower than in a different, “cheaper” destination you’ve been considering. Don’t let labels such as “expensive” and “cheap” discourage you from doing proper calculations, when choosing your destination.
Myth 3: I Have to Spend a Lot Of Money During My Stay
This isn’t true. We encourage our students to use our services for both the course and accommodation. When that’s paid for, there’s not much left to organise and pay for. Of course, you need to take into account the price of flight tickets when considering studying abroad. However, once you’ve paid for your flights, it’s entirely up to you how much money you’re going to spend during your language stay.
Depending on your destination, your LAL accommodation may even have some meals included in the price! The remaining food expenses depend on your choices. You may opt for expensive restaurants or for quick and convenient food options.
Remember that excursions aren’t obligatory. You can decide yourself, which trips you’re really keen on and which ones you’d rather skip.
Myth 4: I Can Just Learn English in My Country
There are many people who have become fluent language speakers without leaving their country. English courses are led by qualified native English and native-level teachers all around the world. At the same time, no one can deny the linguistic benefits of a trip to an English-speaking country.
Would you like to improve your language skills fast? The experience of language immersion, such as the one offered during the LAL language stays, is one of the best ways to improve your English level quickly. When you’re in an English-speaking country your language learning is not limited solely to the time you spend in the classroom. You need to communicate in English with everyone around you: your friends from the school, the staff, people on the street. English surrounds you at all times: you hear it on TV, on the bus, in a museum… There’s no way to escape it and it’s a great opportunity to become more fluent in English!
Myth 5: I Will Never Save Enough Money to Learn English Abroad
You’ve thought about everything… You’ve chosen the destination and the course that’s a great match for your needs. You’ve even decided that your trip should be one-month and not three-month-long, as you initially imagined, to cut the cost of studying abroad. Still, you don’t have enough money.
What to do now? Don’t despair and start saving! Think about all the take-away coffees, lunches at restaurants and clothes that you don’t really need. Cut the small daily, weekly and monthly expenses that don’t make a difference and get an experience of a lifetime for the money saved.
I hope our myth-debunking post helped you get a more optimistic view of the cost of studying abroad. Remember about the facts and don’t listen to the myths, regardless of how many people spread them. See you at one of the LAL schools soon!