Written by: Lucy, an FCE student at Languages International

Languages International Students in Class Christchurch New Zealand

These days, it is generally said that going to an English speaking country is an effective way of studying English. However, some people argue that it can result in disadvantages as well as benefits. Personally, I think learning a language overseas outweigh the drawbacks.

To begin with, there are some difficulties that international students can have due to the different cultures and surroundings, such as new food, customs and language. As a result, they may well suffer from serious homesickness. The high cost of living and other expenses can also be a big problem for most of them.

In contrast, learning English in another country gives students a good chance of gaining lots of new experience; for example, they can become friends with foreigners. Therefore, there is more possibility to practice English in their everyday life than in their country and learn it from native speakers.

In summary, studying English abroad can be a good way for some learners, whereas it might bring about disadvantages for others. From my own experience, I am strongly convinced it is more successful than in my country.                                                                     

This article was taken from the magazine that our teacher, May Anne’s FCE class created.