ASC English School

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

Stand Together. Lend a Helping Hand. Be Safe in Your Journeys.

ASC English would like to express its sincerest condolences for the victims of the tragic bombing that took place at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15. We realize that this was a terrorizing experience for all involved - even for those who were not close to the incident. Thankfully, the ASC teacher and students that were signed up to be spectators at Monday's event were not harmed and were able to return safely home.

Boston from the Inner Harbor

If you or your loved ones were affected by the attack, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Even if you were not near the marathon, we are available to listen to your fears and reservations, and to provide a comforting environment in which you can discuss the outcomes of this event.

More than ever, it is important to be vigilant and safe. If you see something suspicious, or if you have information about the attacks that took place, please go directly to a law enforcement officer or call one of the hotlines listed at the end of this message. Even if this is your first month in the United States, you are part of the great community that is Boston: take pride in your city, embrace diversity, safely help those in need, and show the world what it means to be a true Bostonian. Stay safe and we'll see you in class!


The ASC Staff

Information about the attack: Call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324)

See something? Say something: Call 617-222-1212

Tips for TOEFL Exam Success

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Because non-native speakers need to succeed on the TOEFL in order to be admitted to universities in the United States and some other English-speaking countries, many students understandably feel anxious about the test. If you enroll in a quality iBT TOEFL prep program, however, you need not worry about your performance on this exam. Also, you might find the following tips help you do well on the test:

Read Academic Texts

The TOEFL is designed to measure your skill at using English in a university setting. To achieve a high score on the test, you should be able to read texts written in an academic register. The best sources for this material are textbooks, academic journals, and non-fiction books. Visit the Boston Public Library and read this type of material to prepare yourself for the TOEFL.

Learn How to Take Notes

During the TOEFL, you are allowed to take notes, as you would be in a university classroom. Practice listening to spoken English and taking concise notes. Watch news networks such as CNN or MSNBC, or listen to public radio and take notes on the content of the programs. The more you practice this skill, the better you will perform under pressure during the test.

Practice Typing

The TOEFL is a computer-based exam, and you will have to type out your answers in the writing section using a QWERTY keyboard. Make sure you are familiar with this layout, and make sure that you can type fast enough to write complete, coherent responses to the questions.

Attend Preparatory Classes

Preparatory ESL classes provide valuable experiences that you simply cannot get anywhere else, including practice TOEFL tests with materials approved by the testing agency, and personalized feedback from experienced teachers who are also native English speakers.

At ASC English School in Boston, we provide a complete course of English classes designed to help students earn high scores on the TOEFL. Our program of study will provide you with the language skills you need to succeed in any English-speaking university. Learn more about our classes by calling (617) 274-8102.

International Students: Preparing for College in the U.S. [INFOGRAPHIC]

Enrolling in an American college is a great way to learn about a new culture and perfect one’s English skills while earning a degree. Many U.S. colleges actively recruit international students; in fact, 56% of U.S. institutions reported an increase in foreign student enrollment in 2012.

Still, going to school in the U.S. requires extensive preparation. First, one needs to take ESL classes to achieve a working knowledge of English. One also needs to take the TOEFL test to demonstrate English proficiency before applying to a U.S. college. If you know someone who would like to study in the U.S., please feel free to share this infographic.


How to Create a Better Study Environment

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As any university student can tell you, you will not get much studying done if you sit outside on the quad on a bright, sunny day. The hustle and bustle create far too many distractions, which will not help you concentrate on your textbooks or allow you time to gather your thoughts and write an insightful response to an essay question.

The ideal study environment is an indoor space with a large table where you can spread out your class materials. You should sit in a straight-backed chair, which will encourage you to maintain good posture and stay alert. Lounging on a couch or relaxing in a plush chair makes many students lose focus. Some students find that they can study in the crowded environment of a coffee shop, but many prefer the distraction-free zone inside a library or the privacy of their own homes.

No matter where you prefer to study on your own time, you will improve your English language skills faster if you enroll in ESL classes at Boston’s ASC English School. To learn about our TOEFL iBT preparation courses, call us at (617) 274-8102.

Why Take the TOEFL Test?

The TOEFL, or Test of English as a Foreign Language, assesses a student’s ability to use the English language in an academic environment. Designed to measure proficiency in all four areas of language competency (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), the TOEFL is a comprehensive examination for non-native speakers of English.

Students who wish to study at universities in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand must pass the TOEFL, and the minimum score requirement varies from institution to institution. To learn more about this test and why you should prepare for it, watch this video.

ASC English School of Boston provides ESL classes for students who wish to pass the TOEFL. To learn about our comprehensive program of English classes, call us today at (617) 274-8102.

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