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So what’s with the accent? In the English language, I mean

When talking about the English Language people often specify: “I speak British English.” or “I speak American English.

How many kinds of English Languages are there really?

Many times people declare they speak some kind of English or another? Does that really exist? Is it more a specification of the accent someone has along with minor differences in vocabulary?

Certainly there are differences between “American and British English”. They are so minor that you can feel safe in knowing that when traveling and using any kind of CORRECT English you will be understood.

English Language Learners strive to learn a second language as well as possible. Some are good at mimicking and copying accents. Some learners may be exposed to American teachers while others to Canadian, British or even Russian teachers teaching English. Does that make one better than the other? As long as the English you are learning and using is correct the accent should be the least of worries.

How can you sound American or British or Australian for that matter, when you are neither? Is it possible to have true and delightful conversations with English speakers from around the world? YES! SEDA College strives to provide quality education in the English Language no matter where you are from or where you are going. SEDA provides a complete emersion program filled with extracurricular activities as well as with meaningful experiences.

These provide students the opportunity to practice their English all day everyday. It is not a matter of learning English to pass a test. It is a matter of learning English for life. The skill of being able to communicate in another language especially English will give you a great edge in may situations.

The point of the matter is not the accent but your ability to communicate and transmit what you desire to.

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Why is it important to certify your level of English?

We know that English is one of the languages most requested by companies, so one of the main reasons to choose these certifications is that you can improve your Curriculum Vitae and make you excel to others with this accreditation of international validity. Government offices, companies and educational institutions recognize these certificates as proof of the language mastery of students.

It is also important at a personal level that you set a goal, prepare yourself and strive to achieve the best results in the test that you decide to submit. The certificate will be a trophy for you!

CAMBRIDGE EXAMS

Cambridge qualifications are for life. This institution has a great trajectory and worldwide reference in the language teaching evaluates diverse aspects like Reading and Use of English where the student tests their reading comprehension and their knowledge of language. The writing section takes into account the number of words that are requested in the indications, listening tests your ability to understand the information given in recordings and speaking is the oral part of the exam where you will be tested in your ability to communicate in English.
You do not need to go to the UK to do these exams, there are 2000 authorized centers in 135 countries around the world. But the evaluation is done in Cambridge directly as well as the issuance of the corresponding certificates

WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?

There is an extensive list of certifications you can choose from, ranging from the Key Performance Test (KET) which is a qualification that tests your skills to communicate in simple situations. Preliminary English Test (PET) will serve to certify an intermediate level of English. First Certificate in English (FCE) one of the most recognized certificates, is a qualification that proves that you are able to take classes that are taught in English or work in an English speaking country, upper intermediate level. Certificate in Advance English (CAE) C1 that verifies higher level language skills. Also Certificate of Proficiency in English (C2) CPE, is the most advanced certificate and denotes that you have reached the highest level in English.

CAMBRIDGE AND BRITISH COUNCIL

IELTS, the most popular exam to certify the level of English for higher education and work purposes (this certificate lasts for two years). Whether for academic or work purposes these exams prove your true knowledge. There are many online sites that offer materials to prepare you, each test is different, the recommendation is to study the structure and timings of the one you choose to ensure your results are the best! Do you know which one you would like to try? Try your English!

Via SEDA Blog

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The first thing one needs to learn a new language is passion

Valmiz Henkel is an English language teacher in Porto Alegre, Brazil and he loves learn a new language. Valmiz lived in Ireland for a year in 2011 and one summer she brought a group of 19 students over to SEDA College for a short English course. Valmiz spoke to SEDA News about her experience.

“I’ve been teaching English as a foreign language for 10 years. I worked as an English teacher in Dublin and then I returned to Brazil and decided to start my own business so now I am the director of Lingo Idiomas, a language school in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

I lived in Ireland in 2011 and I stayed a year here. That’s how I came in contact with SEDA.

Learn a new language

The trip to Ireland this summer is our school’s second exchange program. The first time I went to London with 4 students. This time I came with 19 students to study in Dublin. It’s been amazing and SEDA has helped me a lot throughout this year. It was the first time I organized a trip for my students on my own. I’ve learned a lot in the process and I want to repeat it.

THE STUDENTS LOVED DUBLIN

All the students loved Dublin. The people, the streets, the atmosphere of the city. Many of them wish to return some day and others even want to come back and live here.

When it comes to learning languages I think that the first thing one needs is passion! If you really wish to learn the language, it makes it easier. I had this passion myself and I fought to have the opportunity to learn the language. My family was never able to afford a language course for me, so I decided to study on my own, using some old books we had at home and photocopying some books from my school’s library.

When I started university and chose Letras Course to study English and to be an English Teacher. It wasn’t so easy so I decided I had to do something else to improve my English, that was when I had this amazing experience as an AuPair in the US. I stayed a year there and went back home fluent. Shortly after that I started teaching English and never stopped…

I was really glad to be back in Dublin. See all the places I loved, eat all the food I used to eat or simply walk down the streets of Dublin again. I thank very much SEDA College for all the help and opportunity. We are leaving Dublin with great memories!”

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Learning English at SEDA College

5 bad habits to drop when learning English

Here at SEDA, when our students are learning English our main concern is that our students always use a simple and efficient way. But to make it possible students need to drop some habits which are very common as we have found.

LEARNING ONLY IN THE CLASSROOM

Think of your English classes as just a learning guide suited to your current level. The development of communication skills is gradual, however, you will not progress if you limit your learning to the time spent inside the classroom.

“If out of 24 hours in a day, you devote only three to learning the language, the process will be very slow,” says SEDA’s Tiago Mascarenhas. “The contact with the language must be constant and intense”.

So try to use your time abroad to the max – speak as much you can, listen to English radio, watch TV programmes in English and read books in the language.

COMMUNICATING IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE

We find that many exchange students spend more time communicating in their native tongue than in English. While holding a conversation in English can be difficult at first, to continue communicating in your native language will slow down learning.

SEDA’s Academic Director Sibeal Turraoin, explains why: “Every time you speak in your own language, it makes it more difficult for your brain to switch back to English and recall what has been learned. I am bilingual myself, and I know from experience how much it slows down the learning process. The more you immerse yourself in the language, the faster and easier will you progress”.

NOT BELIEVING IN YOURSELF

When studying abroad, it is common for students with different language abilities to be in the same class or even live together. Some people have a natural ability to speak very well, but have trouble with writing, or vice versa.

“It is important that students do not feel intimidated by colleagues and never stop believing in their ability to learn,” said Sibeal Turraion. “Self-confidence is essential for learning. Do not be afraid to make mistakes”.

NOT BEING OPEN TO NEW EXPERIENCES

Being away from home and friends often makes students stick to people from their own country and seek environments where they feel comfortably surrounded by their own culture. But this can be a problem for the learning a new language.

Getting new experiences and making new friends are the two great advantages of studying abroad. All students should try and make friends with people of other nationalities, get to know new places, taste exotic dishes of the various world cuisines. Do not be afraid to step out of the familiar!

THINKING THAT LEARNING WILL HAPPEN BY ITSELF

Time alone cannot teach one a language. There are people who live for years in a foreign country, yet only manage to communicate with difficulty. The only way to learn a language is by making mistakes, but you also need to work in order to correct them.

We must attend classes, study at home and readjust all our daily activities for the language that we came here to learn. So watch TV in English, listen to music in English, read Irish news – in English, switch your social media and even your phone settings to English. “When you are completely surrounded by the language, you are learning even in your dreams,” adds Tiago.

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