Are you thinking about studying English? For such an important decision, it is important that you consider everything: the location, the program, and the school services are just a few of the many things you should think about when choosing a language school. Here are some more tips to help you with your decision.
What to Look for When Choosing a Language School
- Student services and support
- Well-defined curriculum
- A path to your academic or career goals
Accreditation shows that the school receives the “OK” from the government. This is very important because schools must be accredited in order for students to be issued a visa. It is also important because it shows that the school provides everything a student needs: qualified teachers, facilities, a well-planned curriculum, and methods for testing students to see that they are progressing through the program at the right speed. Always look for a school accreditation before considering it as an option.
What makes a “good” location for a language school? Many students immediately think that a “good” location is a popular one: for example, students immediately think of studying in large cities such as New York or London. But many, many locations that are not so popular might actually be better for study. The cost of living in other locations is lower, and students have the opportunity to meet locals in smaller towns or cities. Consider smaller towns that are close to big cities so that you get the best of both worlds.
Student services and support
Some schools simply provide classes, while other schools provide activities, workshops, and other events. Look for a school that provides these other services: it shows that the school invests in the entire student experience.
What will you learn at this school? The school should have an organized program (or programs) with clearly define goals that you will reach at the end of each course. Do not be afraid to ask for this information if it is not on the school’s website.
A path to your academic or career goals
What is the goal of the program?
Does it match your language-learning goals?
What do most students do after the program?
Education is an investment: make sure that your investment is one that will pay off.* The school should have statistics about what students do after graduation (and have student services and programs that help students with these goals).
*pay off (phrasal verb): if something you do is successful, then you say it “paid off.”
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