Learning to speak English well may be the best thing you can do to improve your life.

That’s right. Do you think it would be fun to have access to information that other people can’t get? Talk and write letters to interesting people that others can’t communicate with? Impress people around you whenever you opened your mouth? Make big jumps in your career, leaving others miles behind?

You can get all this if you speak English well.

Get access to knowledge

What are you interested in? Is it science? Music? Computers? Health? Business? Sports? Today’s media — such as the Internet, television, and the press — give you almost unlimited access to knowledge about your favorite subjects. After all, we live in the information age, don’t we?

There’s only one problem. Most of this knowledge is in English.

Here are some examples of knowledge you can use if you know English:

  • Most pages on the Web. That’s over a billion (1,000,000,000) pages of information! It’s amazing that learning just one language gives you access to almost all knowledge on the Internet.
  • Books — on any subject, from all over the world. Read books by British or American authors, and books translated from other languages. Whatever you’re interested in, you can read about it in English!
  • The press. Only English-language magazines and newspapers can be bought in every part of the world. You don’t have to search for Time, Newsweek, or the International Herald Tribune!
  • Science. English is the key to the world of science. In 1997, 95% of the articles in the Science Citation Index were written in English. Only about 50% of them were from English-speaking countries like the USA or Britain. (source)
  • News reports. Watch international television networks, such as CNN International and NBC. They broadcast news much faster, and more professionally, than smaller, national networks. And you can watch them everywhere in the world.

Communicate with people

We like to call English “the language of communication”. Why? Because it seems all the people in the world have agreed to use English to talk to each other.

  • About 1,500,000,000 people in the world speak English. Another 1,000,000,000 are learning it. (source)
  • 75% of the world’s letters and postcards are written in English. (source)
  • Almost all international conferences and competitions are conducted in English. For example, the Olympics and the Miss World contest.
  • Diplomats and politicians from different countries use English to communicate with each other. English is the main language of organizations like the United Nations, NATO, and the European Free Trade Association.

If you can communicate in English, you can:

  • Contact people from all over the world. Talk about your ideas and opinions on Internet discussion groups. Send e-mail to interesting people. Learn about their life and culture.
  • Travel more easily. Communicate with people wherever you go — English is spoken in more than 100 countries (source). Ask directions, have a conversation, or… ask for help. Who knows, maybe English will save your life someday!

Push your career forward

If you want a good job in business, technology, or science, get out of that armchair and start learning English now! (If you already have a good job, start learning before you lose it!)

Knowing English will let you:

  • Put “excellent knowledge of English” on your CV. Get your dream job, and earn more money.
  • Gain technical knowledge. English is the language of technology, especially high technology like computer science, genetics, and medicine. If you’re going to read about technology, you’ll probably have to do it in English.
  • Learn computer science. Read technical articles without difficulty. Or write your own articles!
  • Be a world-class businessman (or -woman). It’s simple. International business is done in English. And all business today is international. So if you want to play, you have to know English — to contact other businesspeople, go to conferences, read international business newspapers and magazines, etc.
  • Become a better scientist. Contact scientists from other countries, go to international conferences, visit academic centers abroad. Learn about new scientific discoveries by reading papers, books, and magazines.
  • Use your computer more effectively. Most computer applications are in English, so you will understand them better — and become a better employee.
  • Learn new skills for your job. The section “Get access to knowledge” explains how English helps you learn.

If your child is able to attend a university, here are some tips about which school to choose.

Tip 1

If you have young children you should buy a house after you know what school to send your children to, this decision is even more important than the location of your house. In the area of Marbella there are some good A-Level schools. The schools are of a high standard. The primary language is English.

If your child has the capabilities to go to university, I prefer the International School of Marbella (Aloha College). The system of the school has a very good entrance level for university. The school teaches according to the IB (International Baccalaureate) system. English is also the primary language.

On the international school children learn how to read, write and present properly.

There is also a competitive but yet positive atmosphere. An example is this short story competition:

College Short Story Competition

Aloha College Short Story Competition:International Book Day Aloha Children from Year 1 to Year 13 are invited to participate, and there will be 2 prizes for each Key Stage (for the best English and the best Spanish entry). The prizes are FNAC gift vouchers The subject of the short story is to be “Travel.”

Or their attention to drama:

Antigone

After the success of the Peter Pan Christmas Pantomime, the Year 12 Theatre Arts students decided to surprise their audience once more in March with its Greek tragedy production of Antigone by French playwriter Jean Anouilh. Antigone is one of Anoilh’s “Plays Black” and is based on Sophocles’ version of the classic tragedy where the eponymous heroine dies for the crime of offering her dead brother, the rebel Polynicies, proper burial rites despite the decree by the king, Creon, that ordered Polynicies to remain unburied and unwept.

Anouil’s play depicts an authoritarian regime and mirrors the injustice of WWII occupations in France. Antigone and her uncle Creon are to confront each other in this outrageous royal family embroilment leading to nothing more than death and sorrow. To describe Antigone as a tragedy is a euphemism.

Helen Warrick and her students have worked hard this term to produce a different and controversial play for a more mature audience proving to all the depth of our multiple talents guided by the study of world theatre and multiple genres. We look forward to providing more entertainment and heart warming theatre to all our devotees next term.

And on an international level they participate in for instance:

Ambassadors of the future

This year Ms Buis and Ms Mora will be taking a group of pupils from Year 10 and 12 to Milan. The reason: attending the IMUN conference held there at the beginning of April. For those of you who don’t know, IMUN stands for the International Model of the United Nations and it is basically an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy.

In Model UN, students take on roles as diplomats and participate in a simulated session of an intergovernmental organization. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.

In an attempt to get into the mood for it and after working so hard on their resolutions, our pupils organized an international social event where we all enjoyed a taste of the countries we will be representing this year: Morocco, Denmark and Mexico. We are confident that all their efforts will now pay off. Ciao a tutti!

Tip 2

Now about the location of your future house in Spain. A perfect location which is only a 15 minutes drive to Aloha College is Ojen. This white village has some well established and good looking finca’s (country houses). You don’t have to be afraid of burglars like in the urbanization areas in Marbella. Life in the country is far more relaxing and also relatively realistic.

This article is about choosing the right school. I pointed out only two different schools, but of course there are other good systems such as The German School in Elviria.