People learn English for many reasons. Unfortunately, learners often think that there is only one way to learn English and that the same things are important for everyone. Students who are aware of why they are learning English can also be persuaded that different things are important for different learners.
We have identified four types of English learners:
1. English for Career Purposes Learner
As a Career English learner, you are interested in communicating in English for your job. You need to know the correct forms of English used on the job such as letters, vocabulary and more. Things like slang, advanced grammar formulations, etc. are not so important to you.
2. Global English Learner
As a global English learner, you are interested in communicating in English. North American or British culture are not so important to you because you just want to communicate in English. You may communicate with people from a number of countries and things like idioms, phrasal verbs and slang are really not that important to you.
3. Learner Who Wants to Live (or already lives) in an English Speaking Culture
As a Environment English learner, you are interested in learning English to live in an English speaking country or environment. You need to be able to pronounce well, know idioms, phrasal verbs and slang.
4. English for Fun and Pleasure Learner
As a Fun English learner, you are interested in using English to get across the basics. You need to be able to do basic tasks like ordering food in a restaurant, talking to other people etc.. Things like slang, advanced grammar formulations, etc. are not so important to you.
Originally written by Kenneth Beare