Please call for information on personalized private or semi-private English classes. The classes focus on any of the four basic domains to strengthen where you or your group most need help: speaking, writing, reading and listening comprehension. Our time-tested method uses helps students develop their knowledge of English grammar while learning how to express themselves in speech and writing in realistic controlled environments.

Our corporate rate is $44 an hour for the first student The private rate price is $30 per hour for a single student. In each case, there with an $8 supplement for each additional student. To hire a teacher for a group of eleven or more students is a simple flat rate. Please write to us for details.

Information on academic writing classes here.

 

Q. Why am I still making embarrassing mistakes after years of studying English?

A. This is our most common question. First of all, never be embarrassed by stepping out of your comfort zone. The only people who don’t make mistakes are those who don’t learn languages (or anything really). Anyone who has mastered a language has gone through this process. While it’s true that adults do not learn languages as quickly as children, it’s not all due to changes in our brains. A lot of it is because we become less tolerant of our mistakes as we get older. This intolerance is an impediment to learning. If you want to learn to speak, you have to put in the work and accept that you will make some mistakes. These mistakes are what helped you learn your native language and they will help you learn English. Consider them a sign that you are pushing yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Q. Considering the much higher cost of private or semi-private classes, is it really worth it?

A. It is comforting and certainly can seem cheaper to study in a large group. The fact of the matter is that the learning in a large group is more often passive learning. This is why it is more comfortable and this is why it is less effective. Considering how much faster you progress when there is a small teacher-student ratio, private and semi-private classes are very cost effective. They are certainly more time effective.

Q. What is the best way to learn English? I’ve done a lot of workbook exercises but conversation is still a challenge for me.

A. Essentially, each of the four domains (speaking, writing, listening, and reading) use different parts of our intelligence (soliciting overlapping but not identical areas of the brain). As such, if the student wants to develop and overall command of English, it is necessary to target all of these areas and develop your English in each. The work you’ve put in to date, much of it passive comprehension that has perhaps been constrained by popular fill-in-the-blank exercises, can be called upon for this new, integrative phase. Nonetheless, one cannot learn to dance only by watching dance videos or learning only to move one foot at a time.

Q. I have to improve my English because in a few months because I am going on a business trip OR have an academic presentation to make. Can you help me get fluent in such a short period of time?

A. True fluency takes years but what many people do not realize is that the language we use for speech is generally much simpler, with a smaller vocabulary, than written language. Our method helps take your previous studies in English and make that passive knowledge active in your mind. For this reason, if we know what we are preparing for, in a fairly short period of time, we can get you ready for your upcoming event.