Frequently Asked Questions

 

DOES ESL WORKS TEACH ENGLISH TO SPANISH SPEAKERS ONLY?

ESL is for anyone who doesn’t speak English as a first language. We teach any working adult who doesn’t speak English as a first language.

IS THE TERM 'AS A SECOND LANGUAGE' A MISNOMER?

Yes. Many ESL students speak several languages, which is why ESOL is also used [English to Speakers of Other Languages]. However, ESL is more commonly recognized and used.  

 
 

BUT, AREN'T A LOT OF YOUR STUDENTS SPANISH SPEAKERS?

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.

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.

 
 

WHAT LEVELS DO YOU TEACH?

Because our training system is unique from standard English programs, we design our own curriculum and have our own propriety levels. Those include 5 steps from beginner to advanced. So, in a nutshell, we teach all levels!

CAN I OBSERVE A CLASS?

Out of courtesy to our students and clients, reserve observations for current and prospective clients as well as TESOL teachers in training. Click here to schedule. If you don't fall into one of those categories though, we'd still be glad to chat with you about what we do! So please, contact us!

 
 
 

IS IT OK IF I CORRECT MY EMPLOYEES' ENGLISH ERRORS?

Sure! And we bet they'll appreciate. But there is a good and not so good way to correct errors. Check out this Tips For Managers video to learn a bit more.