ASC English School
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Prominent provider of English as a 2nd Language (ESL) and iBT TOEFL Instruction. We have two locations near downtown Boston and several major colleges.

Tips For Improving Your English Language Skills

Becoming fluent in English requires a great deal of practice. In addition to taking ESL classes, you can incorporate strategies throughout your daily life to help you improve your language skills. Doing so will help you achieve a better score on your TOEFL exam and help you communicate more effectively with English-speaking people. Try using the following strategies in your day-to-day routine:

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Observe Native Speakers
When conversing with someone, periodically observe that person’s mouth while he or she is speaking. Pay attention to how the speaker’s mouth moves to pronounce certain words. Do the same when you watch movies with native English speakers.

Take Notes
Take extensive notes when other people, such as your ESL teacher, correct your pronunciation or use of vocabulary. Make a note of errors that you tend to make frequently and practice those sounds and words every day.

Review Vocabulary
In addition to your ESL classwork, make your own vocabulary list of words you would like to master. Review about 10 words each week and practice using them in daily conversation. You might also consider writing in a journal to practice your vocab words.

Listen to Audiobooks
Check out some audiobooks from the library or download them online. Get in the habit of listening to them daily while you’re getting ready for class or work, preparing dinner, or riding the T. You can periodically pause the audiobook and repeat the sentences to practice your pronunciation.

Talk to Yourself
It’s helpful to practice conversational English skills with native speakers and fellow ESL students; however, you can also practice holding conversations with yourself. Talk to yourself out loud while you’re at home. Imagine that a friend is next to you, and talk to your “friend” about how your day went.

Sign up for part-time or full-time ESL classes at ASC English School. You can reach us at (617) 274-8102 or visit our website for more information about our programs. We offer two convenient locations near downtown Boston.


Reasons to Learn English as a Second Language

If you’re thinking of improving your English language skills, you’re not alone. Many people enroll in ESL classes to prepare for the TOEFL exam and to gain many other benefits from learning English as a second language. When you improve your English skills, you’ll have access to a broader spectrum of cultural opportunities. Here are a few of the many benefits of becoming fluent in English:

Cognitive Function
Studies have shown that becoming bilingual supports your cognitive skills. For example, those who are fluent in at least two languages tend to display greater problem solving skills, better concentration, and enhanced memory capability. When a bilingual person processes language, both language systems in the brain are activated. The ability to switch between languages can improve the efficiency of language processing and other cognitive tasks.

Prevalence
Taking ESL classes does much more than just boost your brain power; it aids your everyday life. English is highly prevalent in today’s global society. It is widely spoken in more than 60 different countries by billions of people. It is also an official language of many international organizations. By learning English, you can increase your ability to communicate with a wide variety of people in your day-to-day activities and when you travel.

Cultural Access
Learning English gives you the ability to enjoy a broad range of cultural treasures, from classic literature to popular media such as music and movies. If you’re a fan of sports, you’ll also be able to enjoy sports commentary in English.

Employment
If you would like to get a job in the U.S., you’ll almost certainly need fluent English skills. Many employers in other countries also require job applicants to possess at least some degree of skill in English. Taking ESL classes expands your job opportunities and can make you a more valuable employee.

Sign up for ESL classes today with ASC English School. Our two locations in Boston offer flexible scheduling and private tutoring. Call us at (617) 274-8102 to learn more about our ESL programs or visit us on the Web.


How to Improve Your English Skills

It takes practice and hard work to become fluent in English. You can accelerate your progress and complement your ESL classwork by practicing your English skills every day. One of the best ways to improve your English skills is to converse often with native speakers and to listen to English programming on the TV and radio.

Get more tips on improving your English skills by watching this video. You’ll hear an expert explain the value of reading every day, both for academics and for pleasure.

Improve your English skills and prepare for the TOEFL exam by signing up for ESL classes at ASC English School in Boston. You can learn more about our ESL classes and private tutoring by calling (617) 274-8102.


Understanding the Common Problems Native Spanish Speakers Have When Studying English

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Learning a new language sometimes means making a concentrated effort to forget the rules of your native tongue. Since each language comes with its own grammar, vocabulary, and phonetic conventions, it’s important to recognize that a different language may have a completely separate set of laws that guide its usage. Spanish speakers in particular should be aware of the following problems that frequently occur when taking English classes.

Noun and Adjective Inversion

In English, many times the adjective precedes the noun it describes. In Spanish, the opposite rule applies: the noun comes first, and the adjective follows. Though it may be easier to follow noun and adjective conventions when writing English, be sure to practice your speaking skills to discourage any tendencies to place an adjective after the noun to which you are referring.

Incorrect Pronunciation

A quick way to make it known that you are not a native English speaker is to use Spanish pronunciation rules when talking to others. When annunciating words that begin with either a “j” or a “y,” it’s important to not use the English sounds for “h” and “j,” respectively. The mispronunciation of certain letters is a common problem for Spanish speakers. Placing an “e” before “s” words is another widespread pronunciation error.

Mistaking Meanings of Words

Words may look similar from one language to another, but that doesn’t mean that they represent the same thoughts or ideas. These difficult words, called false cognates, can confuse Spanish speakers. Before assuming identical meaning between an English word and Spanish word with similar spelling, consult your foreign language dictionary or ESL instructor.

ASC English School offers a diverse array of ESL classes at our Boston area facility. We also strive to provide personalized attention to each of our students to help them overcome their individual English language barriers. To find out more about our English programs, call (617) 274-8102.


What Is Intensive ESL?

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Intensive ESL classes offer the means to quickly learn the English language with comprehensive lessons that cater to your English aptitude. Whether you have no experience with English or want to improve upon your current skills, intensive ESL can help you achieve a greater command of the English language. If your acceptance to a college or place of employment in the United States is dependant on your English proficiency, intensive ESL classes may be the right choice for you. The intensive English program entails 18 hours of classes every week, with each class lasting for one and a half hours. If you wish, you can also take full-day classes for even faster English proficiency.

ASC English School offers intensive ESL classes for students in the greater Boston area. To speak with an ASC English School representative about our English classes, call (617) 274-8102. For more information on iBT TOEFL prep, you may also visit our website


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