Learning English as a second language

Published 19th November 2012
post thumbnail

null

by Gema Martinez Paredes

The acquisition of English as a second language usually begins once a first language has been established. Often, when a child starts school they will be introduced to a second or even third language. Children find it easier, but anyone can learn a second language at any age, you just need a lot of practice!

English is one of the most important languages in the world, mainly because it is often used as the language of business. The pace of social language learning is different from the pace of learning an academic language. According to some studies, school-age students learning English as a second language will count for 40% of the world’s population within a few years. The Asian and Hispanic populations are the largest contributors to this percentage.

When learning English in an academic environment, we go through five stages: basic, elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate and advanced.

  • Basic: the time spent at this level usually lasts 0-6 months. Although we don’t speak much at this level, we can understand about 500 words and with these we can form very basic phrases.
  • Elementary: usually lasts 6 months. People develop an active vocabulary of approximately 1000 words. They make many short sentences, and respond to questions with ‘yes’ and ‘no’, they begin to understand simple texts and respond with short answers.
  • Pre-intermediate: lasts for 1-2 years. At this level, they understand much better and begin to communicate with other, although sentences contain grammatical errors.
  • Intermediate: lasts for 1-2 years. They start to form more difficult sentences when writing and speaking.
  • Advanced: usually lasts for 2 years. The person already has native speaker level, speaks English fluently and can understand all kinds of texts.

In the case of learning English in a social situation, the person who is learning a second language needs to put into play a number of social strategies which are essential when interacting continuously in the classroom. In the study mentioned previously, they describe two types of experience in this regard; one conducted in a real situation of communication in natural English and the other in a regular school environment.

disney-institute-lingua-translations 178 × 75
amazon-lingua-translations 120 × 28
procter-gamble - Lingua Translations 114 × 92
london-partners-lingua-translations 154 × 101
Swansea City | Lingua Translations 154 x 146
Man City | Lingua Translations 154 × 154
FC_Barcelona_(crest) 154 × 156
Star_Wars_Logo.svg_-1 1280 × 773
FiFA | lingua Translations 154 × 86
The-Score 232x120
M & S 271 × 186
Walmart-Lingua Translations 232 × 65
Welsh Government & Lingua Translations 400 × 400
Costco & Lingua Translations 232 × 155

 

TUI-Group Testimonial 205 × 46 EN

Ian Chapman – Director of Holiday Experience –

“Lingua Translations provides instant multi-lingual options for TUI’s 24/7 Holidayline, so 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year TUI’s customers are connected to an interpreter instantaneously. This service is designed to help holidaymakers who find themselves in difficulty and require non-English language assistance.

The service offered by Lingua Translations provides us with instant translation for every destination we travel to, and has proved invaluable.”

Roland Garros 2018- Useful Vocab!

The French open 2018 Roland Garros is almost here!     On the 21st May, some of the best will take to the clay courts to compete for the French Grand Slam title. Now, when it comes to clay, we’re always going to think it will be Rafael Nadal, but this year, who knows! Could …

Read More

Signing up a birth

Signing up a birth You might’ve seen my blog a few weeks ago about an Iranian couple who required an interpreter for the birth of their child. I’m sure anyone who has given birth or been a birth partner will say it is a scary and traumatic experience. You are hoping that everything runs as …

Read More
Get a quote today