How to Find the Best English Language
Schools – UK
If you want to improve your English
fast then you should consider studying in an English speaking country,
and the UK is one option.
Spending time in an English speaking country
is a great experience. You will meet students from other countries, and
be able to use the language in everyday situations.
If you want to find
the best English language schools, UK or anywhere else, then you need
to know what to look for.
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Advice for finding the best English language schools (UK)
language school registered?
If it is in the UK then it
should be registered with The British Council, and the school’s
literature and website will show this clearly. This registration shows
that the school meets minimum standards of facilities, teaching and
teachers are there?
What are their qualifications? A good
school will have a mixture of teachers, but should have some who have
diploma qualifications. The school’s website may have pictures and
biographies of the teachers and this will give you some idea of how
experienced they are.
Are the staff
checked for criminal records?
This is very important. Some
schools don’t check their staff and if you’re sending your kids to
study there you want to be sure it is safe.
accommodation is available?
Some English schools provide
accommodation in schools or hostels but most send students to stay with
local families. Are these families checked? Do they cater for special
dietary requirements? Check these things out if they are important to
you. There may be alternative accommodation options available, at
school have a syllabus?
Do they follow set books or do the
teachers do what they want? What proportion of the lessons is
? These things may be important to you so it
is a good idea to ask.
group does the school teach?
Some schools specialize in
teaching adults, some teenagers and some younger kids. Make sure you
choose one that has expertise in the right age group.
Do you want
specialist English tuition?
Some schools can offer 1 to 1,
individual tuition. This is usually more expensive. Other schools can
offer specialist business English, exam tuition, legal English,
financial English, academic English or medical English for example.
Find one that suits your needs.
Bear in mind that if you want to study for an exam then a language
school in the UK will usually concentrate on the UK-based exams
as the Cambridge exams (KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE and the BEC business
exams) and the IELTS exam, rather than the TOEFL.
How much time
do you want to spend there?
Most students go to summer
language schools for 2 weeks, but a longer time may be better for you.
So make sure the lessons won’t be repeated after two weeks.
The most important thing to do when you are trying to find the best
English language schools, UK based or anywhere else, is to ask
questions and get as much information as you can. A language course
abroad is a big investment and you want to make the decision that is
right for you.
Once you do that, you can take that giant step to
improving your English!