English as a Second Language

Conversations
Conversations

There are lots of stereotypes about how people from different cultures or who speak different languages communicate. Sometimes these are fairly accurate and can cause misunderstandings, and sometimes they’re just funny to read about. In an effort to offend as few people as possible, here are some common cultural features about how Americans have a...

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Common Usage Errors
Common Usage Errors

Even if you passed the TOEFL with high marks, you might still make mistakes in English sometimes. And that’s ok! Just remember that most native English speakers probably speak your native language much worse than you speak English.  If you want to arrive in the USA super confident about your English, you can start to...

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Glossary
Glossary

As an international student in the USA, you’ll probably come across a lot of education-related terms that you don’t understand. But after reading the glossary below, you’ll be an expert on all-things education. Academic Year The period during which school is in session. The school year typically runs from August through May at most colleges...

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English-English Dictionary
English-English Dictionary

If you’ve watched both British and American tv shows, you’ll know that citizens of those countries speak the same language but use many different words. Many English-speaking countries outside of the USA often use British terminology but include their own slang, while some countries with other native languages use American terms. It can be confusing,...

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British English and American English
British English and American English

We don’t like to generalize, but, generally speaking, there are differences between British English and American English. And if you’re an international student in the USA from an English-speaking country – most likely a Commonwealth nation – you’re probably already very aware of some of them. But American English tends to be taught in many...

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Teaching Styles
Teaching Styles

Don’t forget that somewhere in between all your new experiences as an international student in the USA you’ll have to actually go to classes. But when you get there, you may be a bit surprised at how they’re taught.   Teaching styles in the USA may be different to those you’re used to in your home...

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Professional Associations for ESL
Professional Associations for ESL

If English isn’t your first language, you might be wondering how your English teachers knew what to teach you or how to teach it. And the answer is that someone checked to make sure they were headed in the right direction. Below are several organizations that provide accreditation to various schools and training facilities or...

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English and TOEFL Preparation Sites
English and TOEFL Preparation Sites

English as a Second Language Home Page This site provides a set of ESL links for international students who wish to learn English through the World Wide Web. ESL Cafe ESL Cafe provides a nice online environment for learning and exercising English, operated by Dave Sperling. freeENGLISH The freeENGLISH web site provides 130 hours of...

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Intensive English Classes
Intensive English Classes

Immersion is the best way to learn any language, especially English. American English is filled with idioms and jargon, more so than other languages. You won’t be able to learn all the peculiar turns of phrase until you try living the language. If you have a choice between a casual English class and an intensive...

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English Proficiency Testing
English Proficiency Testing

The whole point of moving to the USA to get a higher education is to actually learn something. But how can you learn anything if you don’t speak English? That’s why most schools require that international students from non-native English-speaking countries (there’s usually a list) must take a test to prove their proficiency in English....

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