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Not Your Typical ESL Program

Posted by Kim Wieczner on Tue, Jun 24, 2014

ESL class at the BCAE

ESL: English as a Second Language. An ESL class can mean a variety of things, but upon first glance, many take it to mean lessons in the basics, English for people who are brand new to it, and are looking to better their English skills for day-to-day use. The good news? We offer those classes in a range of formats to fit the schedules of our students. The better news? Our ESL department goes far beyond that.

For those who are brand new to the English language, we offer English for Beginners, followed by Intermediate English and then Advanced English, all offered in either mornings or evenings.

ESL student studying at BCAE

But mastery of the English language requires more than basic conversational and writing skills. Boston is home to a large number of international businesspeople, and many of them are in need of specialized ESL support that goes beyond the conversational basics to include pronunciation and accent reduction, as well as better business writing practices. Here at the BCAE, we offer several high-level English language courses. The following are two options that we recommend for the non-native English speaking professionals in your office or work environment.

American English Pronunciation
Do you have a co-worker who, while excellent at his/her job, is sometimes difficult to understand when speaking? All languages have different sounds and ways of blending sounds. Many non-native speakers are also schooled in British English versus American English, which can make the adjustment to American English especially difficult. This course allows the non-native speaker to learn about American English phonology, and provides training for exercising the mouth muscles necessary to reproduce our sound system. This course also allows students to improve their listening and speaking as they become more aware of sound patterns and how native speakers blend words and phrases. 

Write Better, Right Now: Better Business Writing
Some of the most successful businesspeople struggle when it comes to writing, especially those whose first language is not English. All countries have different writing styles and standards for what is considered acceptable in the professional world. This, naturally, is no different for the USA. This course allows the non-native speaker to develop professional writing skills in English. In this course, students learn about U.S. writing standards and develop proper email and business writing etiquette. Students will also develop editing skills to eliminate reliance on co-workers and the dreaded Google Translate.  

These courses are designed to help non-native English speaking professionals stand out in the business world not for their language differences, but for their knowledge and talents, and therefore excel in a business setting at the same rate as a native English speaker.

Click here for to browse our full assortment of ESL classes. While these classes are listed in the catalog under specific times, we are often able to tailor schedules to fit the needs of you or your group.

BCAE ESL Graduation

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about these courses, please feel free to email our ESL director, Ashley Valentini, at avalentini@bcae.org.

Topics: ESL classes Boston, non-native English speakers Boston, American English pronunciation, accent reduction, english as a second language, Boston English class