What is ESL?
WHAT DOES ESL STAND FOR?
English as a Second Language. You might have seen these terms before too: ESOL – English to Speakers of Other Languages. And, EAL – English as an Additional Language
SO, IS THE TERM 'AS A SECOND LANGUAGE' A MISNOMER?
Yes. Many ESL students speak several languages, which is why ESOL is more commonly used.
IS ESL FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS ONLY?
Nope! ESL is for anyone who doesn’t speak English as a first language.
DOES ESL WORKS TEACH ENGLISH TO SPANISH SPEAKERS ONLY?
Nope! We teach any working adult who doesn’t speak English as a first language.
GOT IT. BUT, AREN'T A LOT OF YOUR STUDENTS SPANISH SPEAKERS?
Yes. 93% of our students speak Spanish as a first language. But that’s just based on the client list we have and the people they tend to employ. It’s not based on our target student. Our target student is any working adult who doesn’t speak English as a first language and who wants to learn. Side note - we also teach students from Italy, Korea, Gambia, Mali, and Burkina Fasso.
DO YOU TEACH READING AND WRITING?
Yes! All of our classes teach the following: conversational English for work, grammar, reading, listening comprehension, writing, and vocabulary. We also address adult literacy issues in the classroom.
HOW DO YOU TEACH ENGLISH TO AN ABSOLUTE BEGINNER?
We only speak English in the classroom. We just make sure to speak slowly using simplified language, repeat often, use lots of photos, and check in with students to make sure they understand. We only speak English in order to provide students with an immersive learning environment, which supports their confidence to practice English outside of the classroom.