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ESL (English as a Second Language) School in Boston, MA
Since 1981, The Boston Language Institute has served the most demanding clientele: students and professionals who must make rapid progress in speaking and writing English. For some, their English skills will in large measure determine their quality of life in the United States.
More than 55,000 students and professionals have completed English as a Second Language Course and over 160 foreign languages at New England's most prominent foreign language and ESL school. The environment at The Boston Language Institute is at once American and international.
At The Boston Language Institute, expert instructors create a challenging and stimulating, yet relaxed and enjoyable learning environment in small classes of four to twelve students. The result is unusually rapid advancement -- students have progressed from complete beginner to solid intermediate in as little time as four weeks. More advanced students of ESL course also thrive in the learning environment of the Institute. Indeed, through such programs as English for Foreign-Born Professionals and the MBA Preparation Program for International Students, The Boston Language Institute has developed a specialty in teaching advanced students, who often have difficulty finding effective programs at their level.
Our InstructorsInstructors at The Boston Language Institute typically are native speakers with years of teaching experience in the United States and abroad. Many have been trained in The Boston Language Institute's internationally acclaimed TEFL Certificate Program and most have experience learning a second language themselves. In ESL classes, teachers pay close attention to the differences between written and spoken English, for example, between "How did you like them?" and "Howdja like 'em?" When students learn the natural way English is spoken, their listening comprehension improves dramatically. Our instructors of ESL programs enliven classes and enhance students' conversational ability by explaining frequently used slang and colloquial expressions. To read about our teachers, click here.
The Communicative Approach
Drawing on the Institute's TEFL Certificate Program, we employ the most modern methods in the field of language acquisition. Through the Communicative Method, which views each aspect of language learning -- grammar, conversation, reading and writing -- as a necessary support for the others, students learn new vocabulary and grammar while enhancing their English communication skills in a discussion-based and interactive class. Class themes focus on high-interest topics that present language in context and stimulate conversation.
This differentiates us in important ways from schools that fragment language learning into, for example, a "vocabulary" hour, a "reading" hour, and a "conversation" hour, since we adhere to the modern view that each aspect of language learning is a necessary support for the others.
Writing assignments are often given as homework to further build language competence. Grammar, vocabulary and idioms are taught using textbooks, current articles from newspapers and magazines and materials specially prepared by instructors to reflect student interest. Students make use of the Institute's Multi-Media Lab to supplement class work.
To Begin an ESL Program
Before beginning a program, each student is given a comprehensive oral interview and written placement test. To assure that progress meets student expectations, each student's instruction is continually monitored by the Department of English as a Second Language.
The Boston Language Institute has a nearly 30-year commitment to client service and program excellence. Please contact Darlene Madera, Program Coordinator, English Language Programs, at 617-262-3500 x228 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a helpful discussion of your needs.