English As A Foreign Language Case Study

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Nowadays, it seems quite normal to see people moving to new countries, temporarily or permanently, due to the fact that there are so many different types of transport and the act of going anywhere is increasingly cheaper than in the past. There are different factors which make people take that important decision. For example, looking for a new job or studying degrees abroad. However, the process of adaptation is not easy due to the fact that there are always adversities which people need to overcome if they do want to fit in a new environment. This essay will examine in particular some difficulties which international people usually have to deal with when they start a new life in Britain and possible solutions for these problems supported by…show more content…
Actually, there are English language teaching centres all around Britain in which people can obtain help to improve significantly their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. For example, the English Language Teaching Centre in the University of Sheffield which offers its students a wide range of English language courses for this purpose. This idea is supported by Duff who says that second language acquisition ‘involves linguistic, cognitive, affective, and social processes. That is, it is an ongoing interplay of individual mental processes, meanings, and actions as well as social interactions that occur within a particular time and place, and learning history.’(2008, p.37) Therefore, learning English in Britain can be an advantage and a good solution for any difficulty with the language while having new experiences with local people as learners are completely immersed in an unfamiliar and new country in which the first spoken language is…show more content…
There are occasions in which people also need help from other sources to be able to adapt to unfamiliar environments and lifestyles. This type of support can be provided by orientation programs for foreign people or outdoor orientation programs which are usually offered by government organisations or college institutions. Robert J. Cooper gives validity to this argument by saying that these sort of programs ‘have been studied in the past, resulting in evidence that suggests that the programs do increase perceived feelings of social support’(2012, p.3) which are needed when someone feels insecurity in contact with other cultures or environments. For example, there is a program called ORION Wilderness Experience at The Pensylvannia State University which has provided support to its students in the process of socialization ‘by exposing students to new outdoor activities and social circles within which to pursue recreation experiences.’(Cooper 2012, p.3) If people joined this sort of programs, they would be able to overcome insecurities and attain social
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