6 Reasons to learn English abroad when you’re 50+
Language courses abroad for more senior students are a great way to acquire a new language and cultural knowledge later in life. It is never too late to travel and get to know new cultures abroad. Whether it’s for a general language course, a special purpose programme, or even for new life experience, it’s good to try something new. Check out 6 reasons why you shouldn’t be afraid to learn English abroad when you’re 50+.
Learn a new language
To travel abroad and study a new language is an excellent opportunity to meet new and different people from other parts of the world. By learning a new language, you will practice four language skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading, resulting in fast learning and rewarding experience. English classes are usually based on your own interests, for example, news, travel, cooking, nature or other subjects. This makes classes more interesting and fun, and it will be easier to learn your new language.
It’s good for your brain
Several studies have shown that learning at any age improves mental health. People learning later in life are less likely to develop brain-related illnesses such as dementia. Learning a new language is a great exercise for your brain and it keeps it healthy.
Living with a Host Family
Only in language travel will you have the experience of living in a local family home. Language schools can select families close to your age range and people with similar interests. Living with a local family is a great opportunity to learn more about local culture and traditions as well as practise the language outside your classroom. You may end up staying friends for years.
Make friends from all over the world
Studying abroad and spending time together in school and outside of class gives you a unique opportunity to make new friends of a similar age and interests from all over the world.
As well as learning a new language, you will also have a lot of fun during your language course. Programmes for mature students usually combine an English course with various excursions, cultural and sightseeing tours. Study travel programmes for older students allow you to choose from several activities each week such as walking tours, visits to local markets, shopping or sight-seeing.
Unique life experience
A language programme brings many benefits and truly unique experiences in your life. Every opportunity to spend quality time in a different country, exploring new places, experiencing new flavours and sharing knowledge with people from different places in the world is something that is transformative and will last a lifetime.
Where can you learn English when you 50+?
If you want to learn English in the UK, Centres of English Studies (CES) offer English and Culture programmes for 50+ students in their centres in Harrogate and Oxford. The programme is two weeks long and includes not only 20 lessons of English per week, but also afternoon activities from Monday to Friday and a full-day excursion on Saturday. Both Harrogate and Oxford are perfect for this type of programme. Harrogate is a beautiful spa town located at the most southerly point of the Yorkshire Dales. Oxford is home to one of the oldest and most famous universities in the world. Each of them offers many sights to be explored and cafes and restaurants to take a break and practise your English skills with new friends.
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