Choosing an English Language School
Those who need to brush up on their English language skills might find it useful to take a course at an English language school but there are a number of points to take into consideration when looking for a school that will suit you.
If you are looking for a language school in a different country it can often help to use an agent to find a course but it is important to check that they are accredited. Find out if they are paid a commission by the school or if they will expect you to cover a fee.
All English language schools and courses are different so consider things like how many people are in the average class. If there are a lot of people in the class it may be that you do not get the attention that you need from the tutor. Most schools will be able to tell you what their average class size is so consider how much individual help you think you will need.
Then you need to consider the type of work on the course. You may be given homework from each class that will be marked. Other schools do not expect students on their English language courses to do work outside of their classes. However, for some students it is a good idea as this forms the basis of extra practice and helps to improve fluency.
Teaching methods are also important. Some schools use a system called the Callan Method. This is a way of teaching that encourages the student to do a lot of speaking. For most people this is adequate when they are learning a new language but there are many students who want to improve their reading and writing skills too. Ask if the school has a trial English language lesson, where you can attend for a couple of hours just to see what it is like.