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Choosing the Right English Language School: 5 Questions to Ask

Louise Dolling Teacher (TEFLQ)

Choosing the right English as a Foreign Language (EFL) school is a crucial decision for your language learning journey. To ensure you pick a high-quality school that meets your needs, here are five important questions to ask:

  • Does the School Have Classes with Different Language Levels?
    Understanding how the school organises classes is vital. Some schools mix students of various language levels to maximise profit, but this may not be beneficial for your learning. Ensure that the school places students in appropriate classes based on their level.
  • Are the Teachers Experienced and Qualified?
    Quality education comes from experienced and qualified teachers. Inquire about the teachers’ credentials and experience in teaching English as a foreign language. This will give you confidence in the quality of education you will receive.
  • Are Books and Materials Included in the Fees?
    Hidden costs can be a concern. Ask if the school requires additional payments for books and materials. A transparent fee structure is essential for budgeting and understanding the total cost of your language course.
  • Are the Teachers of Native Speaker Standard?
    It’s essential to know if the teachers can provide instruction at a level comparable to native speakers. While not all teachers need to be native speakers, they should possess language proficiency and clarity that matches native standards.
  • Does the School Provide Extra Classes and Free Activities for Cultural Learning?
    Learning a language goes beyond the classroom. A good EFL school will offer extra classes and activities to help you understand British culture and improve your language skills outside formal lessons. This enriches your overall learning experience.

Bonus Questions:

  • Does the School Offer Self-Study Materials?
    Independent study is valuable for language progress. Check if the school provides self-study materials, both online and in print, to support your learning journey beyond class hours.
  • Is There a Dedicated Academic Manager for Individual Support?
    Having a dedicated academic manager ensures you have someone to turn to for personalised assistance with any challenges you face in your classes. This one-to-one support can significantly enhance your learning experience.

By asking these questions, you can make a more informed decision and choose an EFL school that aligns with your goals and provides a quality learning environment.

At Leeds English Language School we provide all of the above and more!

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