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    Get Involved: Upcoming Volunteer Activities in Boston

    Last updated 5 days ago

    In addition to our ESL and TOEFL prep classes, one of the biggest advantages of ASC English is our Boston location. There are tons of opportunities for students to take advantage of in this thriving city. One of the best ways to get a taste of our city is to get involved with the many volunteer activities that are available. When you volunteer, not only will you get a chance to make new friends, but you’ll also get an opportunity to practice your English skills. Here is what you need to know about volunteer activities in Boston. 

    Finding Volunteer Opportunities

    There are volunteer opportunities all over Boston, so the trick is finding the right activities for you. You can find volunteer opportunities by contacting local charity organizations, checking the local paper, and talking to your fellow students. You can also check websites like Boston Volunteer to find monthly listings of various volunteer opportunities. The student services department at your school and your teachers may be able to recommend volunteer activities as well.

    Types of Volunteer Activities

    Charity organizations need volunteers for everything from working fundraising events to helping distribute food. One of the best ways to give back while practicing your English skills is to volunteer at a soup kitchen. You’ll get an opportunity to talk with your fellow volunteers in the kitchen as well as with the people who come in for a meal. Volunteering to visit with the elderly or recovering vets is another way to practice speaking English while getting to know new people.

    At ASC English, we have a list of recommended volunteer opportunities. You can call to speak with one of our school staff, and we can help direct you to the perfect volunteer opportunity. We also have a monthly activity calendar with volunteering activities. Find out about ESL, volunteer activities, and more by calling (617) 860-3212. 

    What to Expect from the TOEFL Test

    Last updated 12 days ago

    For students who speak English as a second language, the TOEFL test is an important part of demonstrating language proficiency. To ease your stress about the test, it helps to know what to expect. Here’s a look at what happens on the day of your TOEFL test.

    Be sure to arrive at the testing center at least 30 minutes before your test, so you can register and receive your seat. If you arrive late or don’t have a photo ID, you may not be able to take the test. The test is taken on a computer, which also acts as a timer. You have four and a half hours to take the test, with a mandatory 10-minute break in the middle of the test. You can ask a question at any time by raising your hand. After the test, you can view the scores online about 10 days later.

    Boston’s ASC English is committed to helping all of our ESL students prepare for the TOEFL exam. If you need TOEFL prep classes, call us today at (617) 860-3212 to learn about our course offerings.  

    A Look at Hidden Costs for International College Students

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Many ESL students at ASC English in Boston are building language skills so that they can be successful at U.S. universities. In addition to preparing students to succeed on TOEFL tests and in the classroom, we’re committed to improving each learner’s entire study abroad experience. One issue for international students is often unexpected costs that creep up during their studies. Here’s a guide to the hidden costs international college students face, so you can plan accordingly. 

    Health Insurance

    Most colleges give students a health insurance plan, but it seldom covers the entirety of your medical bills, even if you use student health services. The costs can climb quickly if you have an injury or serious illness. Keep in mind that the U.S. medical system may be different from what you’re used to at home. Read your insurance policy closely so you understand what your financial obligations are if you need to see a doctor.

    Transportation

    Whether or not you choose to live on campus, you will need extra money to get around. You will need to travel back and forth for social activities and to campus from an off-campus apartment, as needed. These costs can add up quickly, so plan accordingly.

    Apartment or Dorm Costs

    Whether you live in a dorm or apartment, be sure to budget for these extra housing costs so you don’t get caught without a place to stay. When you pay your housing fees for a dorm, that expense only covers your stay while school is open. The college housing department can tell you how much it costs for extended dorm stays.

    At ASC English in Boston, our ESL and TOEFL prep classes will get you ready for studying at a U.S. university. Perfect your English in our programs while enjoying everything our exciting Boston location has to offer. Start the application process today by calling (617) 860-3212. 

    Improving Your Spoken English through Better Grammar

    Last updated 1 month ago

    ESL classes are ideal for people who wish to improve their English skills for school, business, or personal interactions. When studying English, learning grammar is a necessity, but you may benefit from improving your speaking skills before mastering grammar rules. After all, everyone learns to speak their native language before they learn grammar! Once you are somewhat proficient in spoken English, you can further improve your verbal skills by focusing on these basics of grammar:

    Subjects

    The subject of a sentence is who or what you are talking about. For example, in the sentence “I am very sleepy,” “I” is the subject. In some languages, the subject doesn’t always need to be stated and is understood through context, but English requires a subject in every sentence. If you don’t use a subject, it’s unlikely that people will understand what you’re saying.

    Verbs

    A verb is an action, an occurrence, or a state of being. Verbs are essential to spoken English. Unfortunately, they can be a bit tricky to master because so many common English verbs are irregular, including “buy,” “eat,” “make,” “read,” and “see.”

    Articles

    “A,” “an,” and “the” are articles, and all are used to modify nouns. “A/an” is an indefinite article and “the” is a definite article. In other words, “the” describes a specific noun. If you say, “I want to read the book,” you have a specific book in mind. “I want to read a book,” on the other hand, means you have a desire to read any book. Names of languages, sports, people, and academic subjects are nouns that should not be paired with articles.

    Tenses

    Tenses refer to time – past, present and future. They can tell you when an action occurred, occurs or is occurring. Tenses can often be difficult to grasp at first.

    At ASC English, we provide intensive ESL courses designed to help students master the English language in all forms, and we accommodate learners at any level of proficiency. ASC offers a wide range of English classes in Boston, covering topics like grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation, and real-world applications. Call us at (617) 860-3212 for more information.

    Practice Your English Every Day

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Even when you’re not in the classroom, you can—and should!—find other ways to practice your English skills. People who can speak, read, and write English fluently are able to do so because they use the language every day.

    Make practicing English part of your daily routine; even as little as 30 minutes a day can help. If you need to improve your reading skills but don’t particularly enjoy books, focus on your other interests instead. For example, if you love baseball, read some sports articles or watch a game on TV with closed captioning. Watching television and movies is another great way to improve your listening skills and comprehension. If you want to practice conversational English, don’t be afraid to make small talk. Saying hello to a cashier at the grocery store or asking your barista how his day is going will help you feel more comfortable using the language. If you make learning English fun, you’ll always look forward to it.

    For comprehensive English classes in Boston, come to ASC English. Our experienced faculty members teach supplemental courses on English idioms and expressions, grammar, current events, literary reading, and more to enhance your education. Call (617) 860-3212 or visit our website for more information.

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