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There are a lot of people – particularly older people who have no desire to learn to read and write English, but understand that it would be handy if they could speak it more confidently. The question I was asked was, can I just learn to speak without the other stuff as well?
This posed an interesting point. Is it really easy to learn to speak a language without knowing how to read and write it? I think it depends on what you want to learn it for, and what competency level do you already have?
Here is a breakdown of what I would suggest:
|Competency Level of English in all disciplines||Competency level in speaking||Reason for learning to speak English||Recommendation|
|High||High||Confidence building||Speaking class only|
|High||Medium/Low||Confidence building||Speaking class only|
|Medium/Low||High||Confidence building||Take a full course, you can’t avoid the reality of being weak in the other areas|
|Medium/Low||Medium/Low||Want to use it for day to day usage in the street to get by||Perhaps a short course in simple speaking greetings and vocab might be useful|
|Medium/Low||Medium/Low||Want to be able to do business||Invest in a full course, it will help you in every way.|
|Medium/Low||Medium/Low||Confidence building||Invest in a full course, it will build your confidence in every way.|
So there you have my opinion on this. Ultimately I will always recommend someone to take the full course because learning English isn’t just a one off thing, it really is a life long journey and the better foundation you have, the more you can learn along the way.