Cornwall has become a tourist attraction in its own right. For those wanting to tackle the task of learning English in England, this seaside county is a fantastic location. Cornwall is the perfect environment for those who aren’t as proficient in English because, unlike larger regions or towns — London, for example — Cornwall isn’t as overstimulating. You can learn English in a calm space where you’ll have the confidence to practice and have the warmth and understanding nature of the Cornish people to help and encourage you.
How can the beaches help you learn English, you may be wondering? Well, they provide fewer practical benefits and more well-being benefits.
If you’re visiting Cornwall to learn English in a homestay, expect to have some free time at your disposal. This is where the beaches become an excellent reason to choose Cornwall as your preferred destination.
When you’re not learning English, you can spend time at one of Cornwall’s dozen beaches.
During the warmer months, beaches like Perranporth, Holywell, and Mawgan Porth will become an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The beaches have greater appeal because of Cornwall’s unseasonably warmer weather — where temperatures have frequently exceeded 30°c.
But even on cooler days, Cornwall’s beaches can be enticing. Many beaches aren’t limited to sand and sea. Water Sports are the top reason people visit Cornwall but there’s plenty to do beyond the sea as well.
An excellent example of this is Penzance, a harbour that also has access to Penlee House Gallery and Museum or Newlyn Art Gallery. Talking of Harbours, did you know Falmouth has one of the deepest natural harbours in the World!
How to Use Cornwall Beaches to Improve Your English
A day at the beach is an excellent time to listen, allowing you to passively improve your language skills. Put down your picnic blanket or beach towel, apply sunblock, and pull out a book and its accompanying audiobook.
Listening to the audiobook while following along in the ebook or physical copy helps with pronunciation, spelling, and vocabulary. It’s a very subtle and relaxing way to learn.
The History and Heritage
Cornwall is steeped in history. For a long time, the region had its own language, history and culture separate from England. The harbours, heritage sites, gardens, and arts and culture scene tell the story of Cornwall as a historic county.
You can explore historic sites like the Pendennis Castle. The lawns and castle are maintained by friendly volunteers, who are willing to answer questions — an excellent time to practice your language skills.
You can also learn about Cornwall’s historic harbours on a tour of Mevagissey harbour that details some of Cornwall’s rich marine life.
Another popular spot within Cornwall is Godolphin.
You can tour the property, farms houses and the gardens. But the tour of the house is the most fascinating part of Godolphin. The tours of the home typically only include four people; the size makes it far more engaging and friendly to beginner language learning.
How to Use Cornwall’s History and Heritage to Improve Your English Homestay
There are dozens of walking tours showing you Cornwall’s magnificent seaside destinations. These tours are an excellent way to learn about Cornish history while expanding your vocabulary. Given the slower pace of this seaside region, these tours should help you practice your communication skills. Many of these tours either have small groups or are one-on-one, being the perfect opportunity for you to speak — this practice will prove vital to gaining confidence when speaking English.
The Theatre and Culture
Who needs the West End when you have one of the oldest theatres in England at your disposal?
The Minack Theatre is open throughout the year, but during spring and summer, the theatre hosts about 20 shows. You will want to attend this open-air theatre because of its breathtaking location on the cliffs of Cornwall’s coast.
You can tour the theatre, participate in a workshop or take a tour of the grounds.
But you can also have the typical theatre experience at the Hall for Cornwall. Throughout the year, you can expect world-class performances ranging from classic British performances to immersive Bollywood experiences. You could even find a play you’re familiar with, which makes it easier to understand when watching it in English.
How to Use Cornwall’s Theatres to Improve Your English
You would be amazed at how much you can learn during a show. Before you attend, you can research the play’s plot to get a better understanding of what is being said and acted during the play. Besides being genuinely entertaining, the theatre is the kind of cultural experience that will help you improve your vocabulary and accent.
It’s time to take a stroll down one of Cornwall’s beautiful gardens. A garden is a great escape from afternoons spent learning and practising English. All of Cornwall’s towns have gorgeous gardens. You can visit The Lost Garden of Heligan, the Trebah Gardens, and the Glendurgan Garden — one of England’s favourite gardens.
Some gardens also have tours, which is the best time to converse and helps you practise English. Some gardens also have information boards detailing information about the plants or the history of the gardens. Reading these boards is less overwhelming than striking up a conversation with a stranger and can help you learn about Cornwall while improving your spelling and grammar.
And finally…..The People
The Cornish are known for their friendly and welcoming attitudes. Because of this, they’re more accommodating of tourists despite there being a language barrier. This is why English language homestays in Cornwall are among the most appealing homestay English teaching in England.
Your host and tutor will be friendlier, more engaged, and — most important — more patient. They will also help you navigate the seaside county better, giving you insider information on where to go and becoming a much-needed travel companion.
Learning English in Cornwall is like going on holiday.
Cornwall has become the go-to seaside county for most of England because of its breathtaking beaches, gardens, and heritage sites. Cornish food is also the talk of the town.
If these benefits sound appealing, it’s time to book your homestay English trip to Cornwall.
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