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Language Schools for Expats in the United States Of America

Submitted: September 2013

If your intention is to learn English as a second language there are a number of schools that cater to your needs. There is an increasing number of “English as a second language” (ESOL) learners in the United States.  The teaching methods adopted by these schools immerse the student in the language, creating fluent conversational speakers and readers.

When choosing language schools there are several important factors to consider in your decision making:

  • Resources – The quality of the academic teaching staff should be assessed to ensure that they are properly trained and possess the key skills to effectively coach the student through the learning process. Teaching materials and the medium of thought should also be considered when making your decisions, with the intended strong points in mind. ie, does the student respond better to visual aid, or can he function effectively with verbal instructions.
  • Demographics – The native language backgrounds of the population should be taken into consideration.
  • Student needs – Social and economic factors come into play when assessing the student body. A student should be enrolled in a school where their academic achievements attained in their native tongue are on par with their peers. The needs of the students will vary and may affect the structure of the school’s programmes or may hinder a student’s progress.

Students attending Language Schools may elect to sit the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam. This test is an international test and was designed to assess an individual’s ability to use and understand English in an academic setting. The exam is geared towards assessing an individual’s proficiency in a range of skills such as listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. A tertiary institution may require this as a prerequisite to admission. Most Language Schools offer preparations courses for the TOEFL and the cost varies and may range from US$160 to US$250. See link for further information such as course dates https://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/tclists/IBT_u.html

However if learning English is your desire there is no reason to wait. There is a wealth of online learning resources that can help you achieve your language goals. The following site has a database of schools that offer these online courses. https://www.schools.com/online-colleges/esl

You can also view https://www.eslgo.com/classes.html

Note that the application process varies by school, and they will each have their own set of admission requirements. Pertinent to the procedure of most schools is the completion of relevant paper work ie application forms and submission of copies of passport and identification, displaying country of origin and photo identification.

For a comprehensive list of schools across the United States do see - https://www.aaiep.org/

Kaplan International College – various locations - https://www.kaplaninternational.com/schools/usa/learn-english.aspx

Schools operating in New York:

Schools operating in Boston:



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