5 Steps to Study Abroad Success
Step 1 Research
Types of ESL Programs
General English / Intensive English ProgramsIn these courses you will learn all aspects of English, including the practical skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing and cultural understanding that can be applied to everyday life.
Schools usually offer different levels of each class, from the complete beginner to the highly advanced. Typically, courses are from Monday to Friday with 3 - 5 classes each day, averaging a total of 20 to 30 hours per week. Classes are between 40 - 60 minutes long with 5 -10 minute breaks in between.
Most schools have a placement test to find the students' individual ability levels on the first day. This test sometimes includes an interview to determine speaking ability. Class instruction begins after finding the appropriate level of instruction for each student.
In the higher levels of class, college skills (Writing Reports, Lecture Note Taking, Library Usage, etc.), TOEFL Prep, and other electives are offered to prepare students for further education at a university or college.