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.

A Closer Look at the TOEFL

Many institutions of higher education in the U.S. require students to obtain a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for university admissions. Even if you have confidence in the strong English skills you have developed in your ESL classes, you should still enroll in TOEFL prep near Boston.

Scoring well on the TOEFL requires you to demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing, as well as speaking and understanding English. Watch this video to learn more about the TOEFL.

ASC English offers TOEFL prep as part of our full catalog of ESL classes. For more information, contact us by calling (617) 505-4573 today.

Is Concurrent Enrollment Right for You?

Universities in the United States require students to read, speak, and write in English at a very high level. If you plan on earning a university degree but still need to take more ESL courses near Boston, you should consider a concurrent enrollment program. Concurrent enrollment at an English school and a university will let you get a head start on your degree program while still polishing your English skills. This might be the right path for you if:

You Already Have Some Proficiency in English

If you can read basic texts, write clearly, and carry on a short conversation in English, you should consider concurrent enrollment. You will still need to develop your English skills further in order to take higher-level courses, but though university partnerships you can begin taking general education courses while you are enrolled in ESL or TOEFL prep courses.

Your English Skills Are Stronger in One Area

At the university general education level, your reading, writing, and listening skills are more important than your speaking skills. If you already read English at a high level, concurrent enrollment can allow you to earn credits at a university while improving your other English skills. As you progress to more advanced university classes with smaller enrollment, you will need strong speaking skills in order to contribute to class discussions.

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All international students in the U.S. are required to have an I-20 or F-1 visa. The requirements of these visas often require students to take class full-time, restricting part-time enrollment. However, there are exceptions for concurrent enrollment in qualifying universities and their partner English schools.

ASC English offers concurrent enrollment with a number of universities in the Boston area, including Northeastern University, Quincy College, Merrimack College, Lesley University, Cambridge College, and more. If you would like to learn more about how our ESL classes can help you become a student at one of our partner universities, call us today at (617) 505-4573.

What Are the Levels of ESL Study?

English schools offer classes for students at a variety of proficiency levels. ASC English offers six different levels of ESL classes in Boston: Beginner, High Beginner, Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, and High Advanced.

Beginner level ESL classes are designed for students with no experience in English, and cover basic spelling, pronunciation, greetings, and introductions. High beginner level classes assume that students can already write basic sentences and descriptions. Intermediate level classes begin teaching students who already have basic English skills how to express themselves with more confidence, both in written and oral communication. High intermediate level classes are suitable for students who can carry on basic conversations but may still struggle understanding English newspapers or television dialogue. Advanced and high advanced level classes are for students who are fluent in English and want to take their writing and speaking skills to near-native proficiency levels.

For more information about enrolling in our ESL school and determining which level of ESL classes are appropriate for you, call ASC English today at (617) 505-4573.

TOEFL Preparation Made Easy

There is no question that achieving a high score on the iBT TOEFL exam takes a lot of hard work. Successful test takers prepare well in advance for the exam, creating a months-long studying schedule that covers all of the sections on the TOEFL. In addition to giving yourself plenty of time to prepare, you can make your preparation interactive. Ask your fellow students at your ESL school if they would like to form a study group with you. You might also consider signing up for private tutoring sessions at your English school.

Focus on Academic English

TOEFL scores are primarily used to assess an international student’s English skills for the purpose of admittance to a university or college. Studying a wide range of materials in English—such as subtitled TV shows and radio programs—will help you prepare. However, it’s also a good idea to focus on improving your academic English skills. Go to a university library and practice reading research papers, scientific journals, and textbooks. Even if you do not have background knowledge of a particular subject, it may help you become familiar with academic English.

Take Practice Tests

Taking timed practice tests is one of the most effective ways to prepare for the TOEFL exam. It’s equally important to carefully review your answers afterward. After you score your test with the answer key, review the questions you answered incorrectly. If you’re still unsure about a particular question, you can ask a private tutor at your English school for help.

Practicing for the Listening Section

Many international students practice for the listening section of the test by playing a CD or audiobook over and over again. However, you should bear in mind that you’ll only be able to hear a particular passage once. Try playing an audiobook for a few minutes at a time. Then, pause the story and try to summarize the main points of what you just heard.

International students at ASC English raise their scores by 15 to 30 points on average after they take our iBT TOEFL prep courses. Our gifted instructors teach valuable English skills in Boston, including test-taking strategies that can help you master the TOEFL exam. To contact our English school about our TOEFL prep or ESL courses, call (617) 505-4573.

Practice Your Party Conversational Skills with This ESL Lesson

When you travel to America to attend an English school, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice your English skills, such as when you attend parties with your classmates. Before heading to a party, watch this video for some sample conversational phrases.

This video covers common phrases such as, “I’m sorry. I didn’t catch your name,” and “How do you know each other?” The speaker provides clear enunciations and gives plenty of time after each phrase to allow viewers to practice speaking the sentences. As you watch, make a note of the informal language uses. For example, “I didn’t catch your name,” isn’t intended to be taken literally. Rather, it means that the speaker didn’t hear your name. Likewise, “That’s really neat!” doesn’t always mean that something is well organized. Rather, it’s a positive response that expresses admiration for something.

In addition to our courses for iBT TOEFL prep in Boston, ASC English offers skills classes to international students who wish to study specialized areas such as idioms and expressions. For more information on our skills classes, visit our website or call our English school at (617) 505-4573.

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