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Learn English With A Powerful Peer Group


What determines success or failure when learning English as a foreign language? Is it the method used to learn? The teacher? Psychological factors?

In a study by Dr. Stephen Krashen, it was found that “peer group” or “identity” was the single most powerful contributor to success.

Immigrants who learn English fastest are those who have a strong English peer group. A peer group is a community of English speakers.

Students who fail usually lack a peer group. They tend to toil alone- trying to learn English by themselves. These students have no connection to an English speaking community. Therefore, they never form an identity for themselves as English speakers.

By contrast, top performing students almost always have a peer group. Success, it turns out, happens together. Students who are connected to a positive, enthusiastic, supportive group of English speakers develop faster speech, faster understanding, more vocabulary, better grammar, and better pronunciation.

Interestingly, the peer group does not have to include native English speakers. The benefits of an English speaking peer group are just as powerful- whether the group consists of enthusiastic English learners, native speakers, or a mix of both.

A.J. Hoge, Director of The Effortless English Club ( ), says, “It doesn’t matter if the group is full of great English speakers or poor speakers, what is most important is the attitude of the group. It is essential to join a group of positive, motivated, and supportive English speakers.”

The lesson for English students is simple- join an English speaking group and improve much faster.


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