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A lot of people learn English at school, where English is a common subject. Many people also want to spend their own personal time to learn English. Some of these people may not know any English, where others will have learned some English in school, and will want to advance their knowledge of it.
There are two ways to learn English outside of school:
- Institutional learning
- Individual learning
Institutional learning[change | edit source]
Many people join lessons like school lessons but at learning centres where any people can go, no matter their age. In such a centre they will join a class fitting their existing level of learning of English, so that they will be in a group for the teacher to help them learn.
Individual learning[change | edit source]
Other people try to learn English on their own, or in a less formal setting than in a group of people with a teacher.
People can also listen to radio broadcasts in English, or watch television programmes in English to help them improve their listening ability. A popular channel to listen to the radio on is broadcast by the BBC, called the BBC World Service.
Online learning[change | edit source]
A popular way to learn English in the modern world is to make use of the internet where there are many websites that can help learners. The BBC World Service has a free website for people who are learning English as a second or foreign language called BBC Learning English. There are many online community forums such as Englishforums, where many people meet to learn English. Questions are answered quickly even with help from volunteer teachers from all over the whole world. You can also learn English on Youtube with free channels like English with Jennifer, Fast English or EngVid.