When it comes to deciding on which language school to apply into for English classes, the possibilities are endless. Yet, you still want to ensure you’re making the most out of your time, effort and money. A quick online search for English language schools in Singapore will most likely land you on quite a few options. So how do you decide on the right school to enroll in? To help you out, we’ve summed up our top four tips to guide you in choosing the right English language school:
1. Lesson curriculum
The thought of getting a hang of communicating in a new language sure is enticing. No doubt it is exciting to get started, so you may have given yourself a certain timeline to meet your goals. In terms of career growth, it is an investment that can take you far as you become more proficient in English. Especially if you are learning for business purposes, your employer may want to know, for instance, when you’re capable enough to communicate with English-speaking clients on your own.
A well-planned curriculum sets expectations of what you can achieve after a few months’ worth of lessons. By understanding the lesson curriculum and duration of learning beforehand, you will have a clearer idea of what to expect and have a gauge of when you’re able to speak English fluently and confidently in Singapore.
If you are starting off with Beginner classes, you’ll definitely want to know what the next steps are in terms of your English learning progress. As you get more information on the syllabus each school has to offer, the right school will give you peace of mind when it comes to delivering the best possible learning outcomes. Ultimately, this is a school that you’ll want to stick to for years to eventually become an Advanced English student.
2. Class size
Besides looking for a timeslot that fits your personal schedule, take into account the class size as you narrow down your options. With a smaller class size, for instance, you can rest assured the learning environment will be more conducive, with sufficient time to get individual doubts cleared with the teacher. Alternatively, you can also consider private lessons for complete attention to maximise your time. We’ve previously covered the benefits of group versus private lessons to help you understand the perks of each type of learning setting.
With that in mind, a community-centric culture can also make a difference in terms of getting the best learning experience. Besides instilling a sense of belonging in you, a positive school environment can encourage you to do better and participate more actively in group discussions. And if you are facing difficulties along the way, you’ll feel comfortable asking for help from your teachers and classmates.
With fellow foreigners learning English alongside you, your language school will eventually become a place where you’ll look forward to making new friends who share similar interests and more.
Having done the necessary research, don’t forget to keep an eye out for testimonials from students themselves to make sure you’re making the best choice for yourself. Through the satisfaction of past and current students, it will give you a hint of the school’s quality in teaching English and confirm that this is the school for you.
That way, you can trust that no matter which class you choose, you’re under the guidance of seasoned experts in teaching English to foreigners like yourself.
Can’t wait to start learning English? For an English language school where you’ll feel most at home, join our growing language learning community here at ULC. It’s easy to start at any point of time after your level test and trial lesson so you can look forward to a fulfilling learning journey ahead with ULC. Get in touch with us for more information on the English courses available for you.