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    What to Expect From a Homestay Experience

    Last updated 20 hours ago

    At ASC English, many of our students come from overseas for our ESL programs. For those students, we recommend Welcome to America Homestay services. A homestay program gives students the chance to live with an American family and learn more about American culture, all within a safe environment. Here is a look at what to expect from a homestay experience and how to get the most out of it:

    What Is a Homestay?
    homestay is a type of accommodation for students studying abroad in which the student lives in the home of a host family. The family usually provides a set number of meals per day, plus a clean, comfortable place to stay. The families that provide homes for students through the Welcome to America Homestay program provide two meals per day plus a private bedroom. For study abroad students, homestays are ideal because they take away concerns about finding a safe neighborhood in a new city. They also offer a great way to experience real, day-to-day life in a new country.

    How Can I Get the Most from a Homestay Experience?
    One of the biggest rewards you can reap from your homestay is tons of language practice! Engage in English conversation with your host family as often as you can. Be sure to discuss your ESL class schedule with the family and ask about the house rules. Get involved with family outings and events whenever possible to absorb more about the city and culture. Offer to pitch in and help with household chores, and don’t be afraid to share things about your home and culture with your host family.

    The team at ASC English is here to help smooth your transition to Boston in every way we can. Call us at (617) 860-3212 to learn more about our homestay recommendations and how to apply to our ESL and TOEFL iBT classes. 

    Highlights of the Intensive ESL Program

    Last updated 7 days ago

    At ASC English, our Intensive ESL program is designed to accommodate students with all levels of English skills, from beginning to advanced students. Within the program, we can help you achieve your personal English goals quickly though lessons that combine reading, writing, and speaking.

    If you need to learn English quickly, then our full-time program is right for you. Take up to 21 credit hours per week to complete your courses quickly. You can also opt to take part-time classes, depending on your needs. Our program is appropriate for accomplishing a range of goals, from getting ready to attend college at an English-speaking university to becoming more competitive in the business world.

    Which ASC English program is right for you? Contact our staff for help selecting the right ESL program for your needs. You can reach our Boston campus by calling (617) 860-3212. 

    Study Tips That Can Help You Ace the TOEFL Exam

    Last updated 14 days ago

    The Test of English as a Foreign Language, or TOEFL, is an important tool that U.S. universities use to determine that prospective students who speak English as a second language have sufficient language skills to succeed in the classroom. Since TOEFL exam scores carry so much weight, studying may seem a little overwhelming. However, with a few simple study tricks, you can go into the exam feeling confident about your abilities to pass the test with ease. As your TOEFL exam approaches, give these study tips a try.

    Study Before Sleeping
    Instead of trying to have an all-night study session, read over some of your study materials and then head straight to bed. While you’re sleeping, your brain strengthens your memories, and the material you reviewed right before sleeping will stick. Note, however, that you shouldn’t actually study in bed. Doing so will only disrupt your sleep. Your brain is also in a prime state to absorb new information first thing in the morning as well, so crack your book again as soon as you wake up.

    Take Breaks
    You don’t have to torture yourself with hours and hours of studying to do well on your TOEFL. In fact, doing so is counterproductive. Instead, take frequent breaks to keep your brain fresh. Even better, reward yourself periodically for your hard work with a snack, short walk, TV break, or whatever you look forward to. Knowing that there is a break around the corner will help you stay on track.

    Study Out Loud
    As you practice your English vocabulary and grammar, don’t just read your notes. Say everything out loud instead. By reading notes out loud, you both see and hear the information, so it is more likely to stick in your head.

    ASC English School in Boston has a range of ESL and TOEFL prep courses to help you get ready for your exam. Students in our iBT TOEFL prep classes raise their scores by an average of 15-30 points. Find out more about our courses by calling (617) 860-3212.

    Practice Past Tense English Verbs with This Video

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Mastering verb conjugation is one of the trickiest parts of learning most foreign languages, and English is no exception. English past tense verbs can be particularly challenging, but with some practice, using them will become second nature.

    Use this video to get extra practice with some basic English past tense verbs. This video focuses on verbs that refer to common actions, like eating, cooking, and baking. These verbs will come in handy when you’re practicing English conversation in class and when you’re testing your skills in the real world.

    With classes at ASC English in Boston, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the English language so you can feel confident taking the TOEFL and attending classes at U.S. universities. Learn more about all of our ESL classes by calling (617) 860-3212.

    How Private Tutoring Can Help You Learn English

    Last updated 28 days ago

    When you’re learning English as a second language, sometimes classroom lessons aren’t enough. That is especially true if you need to focus on boosting your language skills to pass exams like the GRE and GMAT to get into graduate school. At ASC English, we offer private tutoring options to supplement our classroom instruction.

    Our GRE and GMAT private tutoring programs are designed to help students get the specialized instruction they need to score competitively on these grad school entrance exams. We also offer private tutoring lessons for students in all levels of ESL students, students who need extra help preparing for the TOEFL, and those who need to boost their math skills. Students should note that private lessons alone will not qualify them for Form I-20.

    Private tutoring is just one way ASC English can help you master English as a second language. Call our Boston school today at (617) 860-3212 to get answers to your questions about our private tutoring, ESL classes, and TOEFL prep

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