Who are the biggest role models for English language learners?

Throughout our #InspiredtoLearn campaign, we’ve been looking at how the world around us inspires and motivates us to become better at English. We’ve already explored how English-language movies, music and TV shows can be a fun way to improve your English, but who are the role...

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Who are the biggest role models for English language learners

Throughout our #InspiredtoLearn campaign, we’ve been looking at how the world around us inspires and motivates us to become better at English. We’ve already explored how English-language movies, music and TV shows can be a fun way to improve your English, but who are the role models whose success makes all that learning English seem worthwhile?

Celine Dion: The most successful non-native English speaker

Our survey results varied from country to country, but the overall winner was Celine Dion, who was considered the most successful non-native English speaker by 27% of our 6,000 respondents. Colombian songstress Shakira was a close second, landing exactly a quarter of the global vote. Both Celine Dion and Shakira had successful singing careers in their home countries, but hit the big time globally once they started releasing music in English. In third and fourth place respectively were actresses Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek, who made the leap from Spanish-language films and TV to the bright lights of Hollywood, a move that wouldn’t have been possible without proficiency in English.

Role models help English language learners stay motivated

Many of the people we surveyed said that they found it difficult to stay motivated, which can be problematic for students and teachers alike. It’s easier to stay on track if you have a role model to aspire to. Fortunately there are countless examples of people in the world of entertainment, sport, politics and business who have achieved great things through learning English. Football managers José Mourinho and Arsène Wenger were also cited as inspirations, but female entertainers proved to be more popular role models among our respondents. Take a look at our infographic for the full results.

Who do you think are the biggest role models for English language learners? What great things will learning English help you to achieve? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #InspiredtoLearn.

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