There are as many reasons as there are people, but here are the five top reasons why London residents and overseas visitors are coming to London to learn a second language:
Great places to visit
London is the capital city of England, and therefore has the most pulling power in terms of attracting tourists and language students. The city is the home of four world heritage sites: the Tower of London, Westminster in central London, Kew Gardens to the west and Greenwich to the south-east. The Greenwich observatory, which marks the location of 0° longitude and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is known by adventurers and travellers around the globe and has long been a draw to visitors. Back across the ‘liquid history’ of the river Thames, the clock tower on the Palace of Westminster has long been the face and voice of world time, with its elegant roman numerals and clanging bell ‘Big Ben’.
Fab things to do
It’s possible to spend years living or studying in London and still not see everything. Every borough and district has its own secret treasures and surprises, and what you choose to do with your time is up to personal preference. However, there is general agreement that some of the fab things to do in London include:
- Seeing a Shakespearian play performed at the Globe theatre
- Watching the changing of the guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Queen Elizabeth II
- Visiting the British Museum to see treasures from around the world
London is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Its outward-looking attitude and its population of overseas citizens and visitors speaking so many other languages make it an obvious place to learn a second language. More than 300 languages are spoken within its boundaries, including Jamaican Patois you will hear at the annual Notting Hill Carnival, the oldest West Indian carnival in Europe.
An important factor is also the high educational standards in England in general. The high standards of teaching are achieved through a combination of government regulation and teachers’ own professionalism and understanding of modern teaching methods, including stimulating lessons and practical exercises.
Choice of language schools
London, as the destination of choice for overseas visitors, has the highest concentration of language schools in England. Many specialise in teaching English but some, such as www.uiclondon.com, employ native speakers in other languages to meet the demand from students wishing to learn a second language. Popular choices are Spanish and Chinese, the two other great world languages. What will your choice be?