Posted on: 5 March 2018
Do you or does someone you know speak English as a second language? Have you or have they been wondering how you, or they, can have improved career prospects? While the United States may not have an official language, knowing how to speak English is something that is extremely important to most employers. Fortunately, there are classes that can be taken to improve your English level. Even if you are a highly self-motivated learner, there are some reasons why taking a class may be the right decision for you:
Better vocabulary: If you don't speak English natively, this can sometimes be obvious in the word choices that you make. Even if the words are correct, they may be ones that would be considered strange to a native speaker. In most cases, your friends or acquaintances who are native English speakers are going to be too polite to correct your word choice unless it is something that is very wrong. ESL classes can help you to improve your vocabulary and improve your word choices, bringing your vocabulary up to be closer to that of a native English speaker.
Improved accent: Unfortunately, there are many people who may react negatively to being spoken to by someone with an obviously non-native accent. Even though it's obviously not true, these people will assume that you're stupid simply because you have a strong accent. Whether you work in a retail setting or in an office, these kinds of people may purposely try to get you fired just so that they don't have to have anything to do with you. Even when your employer sides with you and not them, this is a hassle that you do not need. Good ESL classes can help you to improve your pronunciation, giving people fewer excuses to hassle you at work.
More employment opportunities: Some jobs may require you to have an advanced knowledge of English in order to be hired. For instance, working in technical support or as a business-to-business salesperson are both things where prospective employers are going to want you to be able to quickly produce responses in English in order to better assist customers and prospective customers. Business-level ESL classes can help you to get these higher-paying jobs and allow you to improve your career prospects as a whole. Instead of being stuck in a retail job, you will be able to work almost anywhere you want.Share