ESL classes are essential for students who wish to become fluent in English,
achieve high scores on the TOEFL exam, enter an American university, or
seek employment with an American company. Many international students
choose an English school in the U.S. because it offers them an immersive
experience they won’t find anywhere else. When choosing an
ESL school, consider the following factors.
Assess the School’s Programs
The programs the ESL school offers will play an important role in your
decision. Ideally, you should choose a language school that offers a comprehensive
menu of classes, rather than just ESL classes. For example, you may need
to take iBT TOEFL prep classes in addition to intensive ESL programs.
You can benefit from complementary classes, such as skills classes that
focus on specific topics like grammar, business English, essay writing,
and listening practice. To help you achieve your goals as quickly as possible,
you might want a school that also offers private tutoring.
Evaluate Whether Other Services are Available
Some ESL schools may offer additional services to their students. For example,
some schools might connect you with a reputable home stay service, which
places you in the home of an American family for the duration of your
studies. If you plan to use your English skills to gain admittance to
an American university or college, you might prefer an English school
that has established partnerships with local academic institutes. These
partnerships may allow you to apply to a college, even if you haven’t
yet taken the TOEFL exam.
Consider Student Life at the School
Traveling to another country to study English can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. It’s important to choose
a school that supports their students both in and out of the classroom.
You might prefer to choose an ESL school that offers planned activities,
such as day trips to area attractions to have fun with your fellow students.
ASC English offers a close-knit, dynamic
learning community to international students who would like to learn English near Boston.
At our English school, you’ll find a full calendar of programs,
including our intensive ESL classes, TOEFL prep, and private lessons,
along with our many outings in the Boston area. Give us a call at (617)
505-4573 for enrollment information and browse our website to learn more about us.