This is a brief introduction to the world of the English language school.
The English language school exists because there is a desire and need in a foreign country to learn English as a second language.
English is acknowledged to be the international language of the world in terms of commerce, tourism, science, medicine, politics and education.
The English language is therefore seen as a means to an end in having a better life.
Language Schools go the frontier of linguistics, breaking down the barriers of language, culture and geography to provide an educational experience.
That experience offers methodical language training, educational tours and cultural exchange plus the prospect of collating with an academic degree programme.
The most well known English Language Schools are English First, Inligua, The British Institute, ILP and Wall Street.
Language schools need to be licensed by the British Council and also receive accreditation in the country in which they operate.
English is taught in language schools by a mix of local teachers and native speakers.
Native speakers usually come from the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
You would expect, of course, a native speaker to be fluent and competent to teach English but they must still complete a course to obtain a certificate of eligibility to teach such as a CELTA or TESOL.
Language schools are private businesses run for profit and fees are paid in advance.
They are a place where students join others of like mind motivated in the study and learning of English and are not merely serving the role of an ‘after school kids club’ as some people might think.
Students can choose a course at a language school according to their individual level of proficiency.
The School serves as a supplement and not a replacement for formal education.
Classes are usually attended twice weekly in the late afternoon and early evening with each class lasting eighty minutes.
Class sizes are smaller than in formal schools with an average class size of ten students.
Before joining a class, a student will receive an orientation tour of the school and a placement test to evaluate which class level is the most appropriate for them.
There will also be a free trial available for that class to find out whether the student feels he or she will like it or not.
Facilities at a Language School are usually very good with books provided for the course, online material and tests provided via the internet, a computer room where students can practice their English further and also take progress tests.
The tests will be supported at regular intervals by a progress report prepared by the teacher. These reports will be available online for parents to view.
Classrooms are clean, comfortable and user friendly with the positive advantage of an electronic whiteboard for instruction.
There will also likely be a waiting area, tv room, refreshment area and opportunity to buy school merchandising such as drinking mugs, key rings, t-shirts and books.
Beyond this, a language school will use every opportunity as a marketing strategy to keep the students interested in the learning of English with social events, competitions and field trips.
The English Language School is refreshing, modern and futuristic with the use of CCTV for in-class security, teacher training and the embrace of online learning with a user-friendly classroom and use of twenty-first century technology.
It will meet legal requirements, be located in a convenient location with personnel from receptionists, teachers and director of studies (usually just called a DoS) specifically trained to be welcoming and receptive to students and parents alike.
The English Language School is indeed a very welcoming place for a student to be given the opportunity to improve their language skills in English and have a brighter better future.