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How Spanish Came to Be the Second Language of America

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When asked the question “which country has the most Spanish speakers?” the answer seems simple, right? Spain!   Well, actually Spain only has the 4th largest population of Spanish speakers in the world and the real answer might be closer to home than you think.   There are 41 million native Spanish speakers in the US plus a further 11.6 million who are bilingual, putting the US ahead of Colombia (48 million) and Spain (46 million) and second only to Mexico (121 million). Even around 6% of Alaskans are Spanish speakers.   With an expected 138 million Spanish speakers by..


Learning Styles for Languages

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The idea of individualized learning styles became popular in the 1970s, with the common concept being that individuals differ in how they learn.   Proponents of individualized learning styles recommend that teachers assess the learning styles of their students and adapt their classroom methods to best fit each student's learning style and there is ample evidence that individuals express preferences for how they prefer to receive information.   With that in mind, here is our breakdown of the four main learning styles and how you can cater to ESL students with those particular styles. Visual Learners Students with an inclination..


Why Is it Important to Learn English as a Second Language?

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English functions as a universal language, with one-quarter of the world’s populations speaking it as either primary or secondary language. Learning English comes with a range of benefits, from greater earning potential to greater access to some of the best education facilities the international community has to offer.   In order to allow our students to access these benefits, we are proud to offer our ESL courses free of charge to our students and to extend that offer to their families. So, if you are thinking about taking on a second language and are considering learning English, here are some..


8 Reasons Why Learning a Second Language Benefits You

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1. Making a Connection Being able to communicate with the people around you is one of the key facets of human society. By doubling the number of languages you know, you can massively increase the number of people you can make a connection with, allowing you to learn about new cultures, traditions, religious and other peoples lives. 2. Advance Your Career The demand for bilingual professionals is rising exponentially. In fact, between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. job postings specifically geared toward bilingual candidates more than doubled. This is unsurprising in a country where more than 60 million..


6 Great Tips for Learning a New Language

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Follow Your Interests Even if you’re totally excited about this new language learning journey you’ve embarked on, at some point or another chances are studying this new language is going to feel like a chore. My best piece of advice is to find ways to incorporate your studies into things you’re already interested in.   Movies are a really good tool, especially if you can find subtitles in the language you’re learning as well. The subtitles annoyingly don’t always exactly match what’s being said, but it will still keep your brain listening and reading in the same language.   Music..


What Are the Main Difficulties for English Learners?

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So you’ve decided to learn English as a second language and now you’re afraid of making mistakes? Don’t worry, you're not alone. English is a complex language and language learners often make mistakes because they are influenced by their native language.   The best strategy when it comes to learning English is to become accustomed to the most common difficulties that new learners face when learning English as a second language. This will help you avoid those mistakes and develop your own successful learning patterns. Benefits of Learning English as a Second Language Learning English as a second language is..


What Is Your ESL Learning Style?

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Every student has their own unique learning style and finding out what yours is can help you with your English studies. Once you understand how you learn, it is easier to set up your work environment and studying techniques to reflect that, allowing you to get the best out of your ESL lessons.   Where not everyone has a learning style that fits into an easy category, below are five general learning styles that cover most students. If you see one that you obviously fit into, you can use the learning tips we’ve included to help you make the most..


Five Tips For Overcoming Your Language Learning Anxiety

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Have you ever been sat in a language lesson and wished that the ground would just open up and swallow you? Do you stay awake all night panicking about your exams? Have you ever avoided speaking during class or assignments because you were scared of making a mistake? Don’t worry if you have these kinds of anxious thoughts and feelings are common among foreign language learners. To help you get the best out of your English lessons, here are some tips on how to manage that anxiety.   Not Every Word In Your Sentence Must Be Correct It is totally..


How To Learn English By Listening To Music

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Learning a new language is all about making it part of your life and spending a little bit of time every day concentrating on picking up something new about the language you are learning and slowly building up your fluency.   Music is an easy way to build English into your daily routine. It’s a low effort, low impact way to pick up pronunciation and colloquial phrases or expressions and is as simple as putting in your headphones. Listening to music in English means to can be studying whenever you are on the move and while you are completing other..


Preparing For An Online Course

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Online educational courses are becoming increasingly popular due to their flexibility and proven results. Here at Northwest we understand that not everyone has the opportunity to commit to on-campus classes, which is why we offer a range of online and hybrid courses designed to fit around your busy Las Vegas lifestyle. While online courses are an excellent way to approach education, they do require a little preparation on your part to get the best out of them, so we’ve put together some tips on how to best prepare for an online course. Make sure you have the right technology Online..