Can Boarding School Help Students Learn English Faster?

We know that sending a child to boarding school can help them become more independent. This seems like common sense. But what about enhancing other specific skills? Well, did you know that you can learn English faster by attending boarding school? That’s right!

When you attend boarding school, you are encountering many different cultures. But the common link is that everyone needs to speak English in order to communicate; and when you’re living together and sharing space together, this means there’s a lot of extra time speaking English. Rather than defaulting to their original language, students are compelled to speak English more often than they might in a traditional day-school setting. 

If we don’t speak English regularly, it can be difficult to learn. In boarding school, students attend classes, enjoy outdoor activities, participate in clubs and live with English-speaking students. All of this contributes to them speaking English regularly. The more we speak a language, the faster we will become fluent.

ESL (English as a Second Language) classes or programs offered in boarding schools can also help students learn English faster. ESL courses help to improve students’ speaking, reading and writing skills. Boarding schools can provide students with an outstanding opportunity to improve their English skills through this more intense learning opportunity.

Beyond living and studying together, students in boarding schools get to enjoy smaller class sizes and deeper relationships with their fellow students and teachers. It’s these connections that also allow for a better and faster understanding of English. 

In a study conducted by The Association of Boarding Schools, they found that 78% of boarders reported they are motivated by peers compared to 49% of public school students. This is quite the contrast! It is through these relationships that healthy competition and motivation can contribute to pushing oneself further and working harder. This is all instrumental to learning English faster.  

So what are you waiting for? Enrol your student in boarding school today! Set them on the path to learning English even faster.


St. John’s Academy is a growing IB (International Baccalaureate) school nestled against Shawnigan Lake on Canada’s Vancouver Island. It intentionally brings together both local and international boarding students so that all of our students have an enriching and academically rigorous experience.



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