ESL Programs

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Part 1Listen and Read: Listen to the recording, answer the questions, and then read along with the audio recording.

I’m thinking about enrolling in an ESL program in the United States to improve my English. I’m looking for a program that has a good reputation with very qualified ESL instructors. I’m also looking for a program that will prepare me academically to enter a university somewhere in North America. Furthermore, I’d like to join a program that organizes activities for students so they get to know people better from around the world. I prefer small classes between eight and ten students which gives you opportunities to get more individualized attention from the teacher. The cost of tuition is important, but my first priority is getting a good education.

Part 2: Discussion

Imagine you are going overseas to study a new language. Name five things that are important to you when selecting a language school.

Part 3: Online Investigation

Find two schools in the city of your choice that offer courses that interest you (ESL programs or other) somewhere in North America. Compare the programs in terms of cost, course offerings, professional qualifications of instructors, location, local attractions that would interest international visitors). Report your findings to a group.

Part 4: Online Listening Practice (from