I had a number of enquiries from Visitors to the Blog, wanting to know how they can learn to not only adequately communicate in English, but to be able to speak, read and write the language.
Learning to speak a new language is difficult enough, but to be so proficient in the language that you can easily find a job in a country where English is the native or official language, can be very daunting indeed.
I did some research and found the following resources to be helpful in reaching your goals to learn to speak and write English and to test your proficiency in the language:
- What can offer you a greater insight into English as a native language, than the BBC? I headed over to the BBC’s website and found that they do indeed offer resources which include a selection of learning material for learners of all proficiency levels. You will find access to these resources here.
- What I found especially helpful is an App offered by the BBC, which brings together all the English lessons in one package. I have included the link to the App under the Blog’s Resources tab. You are welcome to browse the Resources and to download the app from the link provided.
Now that you can speak, read and write English in a proper manner, your next goal will probably be to test your proficiency and to find a job in a country where the language is spoken, or to use it to become a Freelance Writer. I conducted some further research on the Internet (isn’t the Internet just wonderful?). I found the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with my online search and thought that the site can be helpful for those readers of the Blog who wish to test their proficiency in the English.
According to IELTS, it’s System “measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).”
IELTS is available for academic purposes “for people applying for higher education or professional registration”, and for General Training for those people wanting to migrate to Australia, Canada and the UK, or who wants to gain work experience in an English-speaking environment. According to IELTS, “both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking”.
There is also an IELTS for the USA. IELTS USA “provides information and support to organizations that use IELTS to measure the English language proficiency of international applicants and works with US stakeholders to increase the number of institutions and programs that use the test throughout the US”.
There are obviously many more websites offering the above services and resources, but given the enquiries which I have received, I thought that the above will serve as excellent starting points for those of you who, (who like me) are not native English speakers and who wish to improve your English language skills.
Once you are satisfied that you are ready to look for that perfect job where you can pursue your passion and reach or your goals, I have job listings right here on the Blog!
Please let me know what you think and if there are any other topics which you feel I should cover to help you to reach your goals.