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    Improving Your English with Private Lessons

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Classroom instruction is an important component of learning English, but private lessons give students opportunities to delve deeper into their language practice outside of the traditional classroom setting. At ASC English, we’re pleased to offer students a range of private lesson options to help them meet their language goals.

    Our instructors offer private lessons for students in three different categories. The first is test-preparation exams, which includes the SAT, IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, LSAT and more. The second is general English needs, such as academic writing or accent reduction. The third is business English, such as oral presentation skills, corporate writing or meetings and negotiations. During private lessons, instructors can focus on students’ weak areas, review classroom lessons, and practice speaking skills.

    Private lessons can help you see improvement in a short amount of time. If you are interested in adding private lessons to your ESL or TOEFL studies, call ASC English School in Boston at (617) 860-3212 for more information. Please note that private lessons alone do not meet the requirements for Form I-20 issuance.  

    What to Know About Applying to College

    Last updated 14 days ago

    In addition to studying for your TOEFL exam, there are many other things you have to consider before applying to a college in the U.S. Because there are so many different schools of all sizes and types, it can take a while to find your right fit. As you’re preparing for your TOEFL test, use these strategies to help you find the right school for you. 

    Make a Short List of Schools

    Start by narrowing down the list of schools you are interested in attending. It may help to restrict yourself to a certain geographic region, or if you know what you want to study, research the schools with the best reputations in that field. Your list of schools should include colleges you feel confident that you will be admitted to as well as a few schools that are more challenging in terms of admission. If you’re not sure how to narrow your school options, talk to other TOEFL students and your teachers for advice.

    Create a Deadline List

    All colleges have deadlines for applications, TOEFL scores, acceptance, fees, and more. Each college operates on its own schedule, and if you miss a deadline, you won’t usually be able to apply again until the following year. Avoid disappointment by making a list of deadlines for all of the schools to which you are applying. It may help to set reminders on your phone so you’re notified when deadlines are approaching.

    Sell Yourself in Your Essay

    Your college essay is your chance to tell the schools you want to attend why you would be a good fit for their student bodies. Use your essay to discuss the unique perspective you can bring as an international student and to describe what makes you who you are. This is a chance to help admissions officers see past your grades and TOEFL scores and understand you and your academic goals.

    With ESL classes and TOEFL prep at ASC English in Boston, you’ll have the skills you need to succeed in college from the application process to graduation. Get the English language skills you need and enroll in ASC English today by calling (617) 860-3212. 

    Preparing for a Job Interview

    Last updated 21 days ago

    It’s normal to be nervous before a job interview, but with a little bit of preparation, you can walk into the room with the confidence you need to impress your future employer. One of the most important parts of preparing is considering how you will answer some common interview questions.

    Watch this video for advice on tackling some frequently asked interview questions. For instance, if the interviewer asks why you’re leaving your current position, it’s best to focus on positive things you’re looking for in a new job rather than conflicts with your current boss or co-workers.

    Attending ESL classes at ASC English in Boston will give you the language skills you need to communicate with confidence in the professional world and beyond. Find out how our ESL classes can help you by calling (617) 860-3212.  

    Watch Teacher Chris Gross's TED Talk!

    Last updated 25 days ago

    This talk was given at a local TEDx event by ASC English School teacher Christoper Gross. In the Kyrgyz Republic, it is possible to kidnap a woman and make her your bride. While the Kyrgyz people often describe this practice as ancient and outdated, its origins are surprisingly modern, and surprisingly closely tied to women's increasing autonomy in other areas.

    Watch the full video here:

    Helpful Tools for International Students Learning English

    Last updated 28 days ago

    When it comes to learning English, practice is the key. However, many international students are initially reluctant to start conversations with teachers and classmates because they are insecure about their language skills or their accents. The good news for these students is that there are free tools available to help them continue their English practice outside of the ESL classroom. Try these tools to build your confidence with the English language. 

    Sounds: The Pronunciation App

    Learning English pronunciation helps international students worry less about their accents. With this app, you can master pronunciations by simply memorizing a series of symbols tied to different sounds. Use the free version of this app to learn the various sounds, or upgrade to the premium version to get access to quizzes and practice exercises to further your understanding of English pronunciation.

    Elevate

    Elevate lets you build your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English without long hours of practice. With this app, you play games that require you to use English to win, giving your language skills the workout they need in a fun way. Even if you get an answer wrong, the correct answers are displayed, so you can see exactly where you made your mistake and learn from it the next time. Elevate gives you the benefits of your ESL homework but feels like a game.

    Siri

    If you have an iPhone, Siri can be your language practice partner. To ask Siri a question, you have to pronounce the English words correctly in order to get an answer, so you get a chance to work on your speaking skills. Through Siri’s answers, you hear proper pronunciation and learn the right ways to respond to certain questions.

    Although technology is extremely helpful when you’re learning English, real-world, human interaction also matters. At ASC English in Boston, our ESL classes will give you the skills and confidence to go out and interact with the world. Find out more about our courses and enrollment by calling (617) 860-3212. 

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