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14 Benefits of ESL Programs

05 February 2020 | 0 comments | Posted by Che Kohler in Academia

Benefits of ESL programs

English is the western worlds language of choice with many countries adopting it as its first or second language. As the internet and globalisation open up opportunities across the world, English has become more important. Non-native English speaking parents continue to push their children into opportunities to learn English so that they may branch out and find work or studies abroad.

ESL classes also prepare immigrants to the specifics of English speakers and western society. Concepts that may seem second nature to us take much longer to become clear without guidance and instruction. So ESL classes facilitate a proactive measure to ensure that immigrants understand their rights and responsibilities.

While these are probably the primary motivations to sign up for an ESL program, there are some other benefits many do not consider, such as:

1. Turning students into global citizens

ESL classes also help students by getting them to interact with a native speaker native speakers and to gain familiarity with native speaker speech and the strategies for dealing with it.

Probably the best effect is that ESL classes will ultimately assist immigrants' ability to do all that is expected of a citizen of an English speaking country. To have an income to buy goods and services, to pay taxes and to live cohesively within the community. Without ESL classes, this may not occur.

Having so many possibilities for students, you can see why ESL programs across the globe are in desperate need of reachers and why it has become such a lucrative venture.

2. Communicating in a new language

Naturally, the primary advantage a person gains from attending an ESL program is learning to communicate in the English language. While it may seem like a given to some, this ability allows the individual to create connections with a broader range fo the population and open up new opportunities.

3. Changes the brains electrical activity

It was believed that there is a change in brain functioning when students had obtained a language ability in the new language. This new skill is said to stimulate their ability for learning in ways never seen before.

4. "Superior memory function."

Language learning showed an increase in memory capacities; this was especially strong in short-term memory. This is a massive benefit because it allows the brain to keep information in mind for longer durations while thinking processes are activated.

5. Increased mental flexibility

Learning a new language is said to open up pathways which allow a person to use "differing avenues for thought." A second language helps the brain to be more flexible and agile.

6. Increased problem-solving abilities

A person also benefits from language learning by gaining increased problem-solving skills in all of the following areas: abstract thinking skills, concept formation, creative hypothesis formulation, strengthened capacity to identify, understand and solve problems; the ability to focus on a task by filtering out distractions and extraneous information and an increase in multi-tasking ability.

7. Greater comprehension for how language works and is used

Language acquisition also benefits a person by creating a greater understanding of how style works and is used. The study found individuals with multilingual communication were able to read better and interpret social situations, which improved their performance in social settings.

8. Prevents the deterioration of brain functioning over time

It is also reported that multilingual individuals had a decreased rate of 2 to 4 years in the development of age-related cognitive problems such as dementia.

9. Increased ability in digital literacy

The culmination of all these advantages results in another ancillary benefit which is increased knowledge in digital literacy. Because of these quickened mental abilities, multilingual individuals have a remarkable ability to stay up to date with modern technologies.

10. Help immigrants to find work and reduce unemployment

When someone is equipped with the ability to learn English, they then open themselves up to new opportunities both locally and internationally. Overseas work can be accessed via immigration or even building up a portfolio of work online.

11. Give people a platform to immigrate

If opportunities are scares in the country of choice or the niche the person has a fascination in doesn't have a local market to sustain working in the filed. English as a second language can help with the immigration process and allow the individual to find work in countries where their skills are highly valued.

12. Helps teach about racial tolerance and multiculturalism

When someone learns the English language from a native speaker, they cannot help but learn about the cultures synonymous with the western world. This opens up the learner to new ideas that they have not had in their local culture and gives them a better understanding of other cultures customs and promotes tolerance and multiculturism in the process.

13. Contributes to the alleviation of poverty

As mentioned previously learning English as a second language provides the individual with new Opportunites and opportunities that have better remuneration.

When these second language skilled workers find themselves getting access to new opportunities and addtional disposable income.

Those who benefit from the new opportunities then help their friends and families, promote the benefits of English and help people they come into contact with move out of poverty and uplift future generations.

14. Contributes to the growth of the economy

As more people find better levels of work and higher sources of income, they begin to not only send money home through remittance. That money is used in local communities to improve the velocity of money in some areas of the world that were previously devoid of this influx of capital.

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