5 Things to Consider When Choosing an English Language Program

5 Things to Consider When Choosing an English Language Program

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Lisa Morgan, Director of the English Language Program and International Initiatives at the School of Continuing Studies, shares important questions to ask yourself when enrolling in an English language program.

In my time overseeing the English Language Program (ELP) at the University of Toronto, I have seen, again and again, how learning a new language with us can be life-changing. I love hearing where new English skills take our learners. Whether they go on to find career success, complete a degree, or simply connect with a new community, it’s thrilling to see them meet their goals. 
To achieve those goals though, you need to know where to start. Here are a few questions I suggest you consider when deciding on an English language program to enrol in. 

  1. Where do you want to study? Our learners love practicing their English skills in a large and friendly multicultural city like Toronto. It’s great to see them use the city as a launchpad to explore the rest of Canada as well. 
  2. What are your goals? Are you planning to study for academic purposes, for work, or to be able to communicate in a new country? At ELP, we offer a variety of courses for your different goals, as well as custom programming for organizations.  
  3. What is your timeline and availability? Does it make sense for you to enrol in full or part-time studies?  Learning English can be so rewarding, but it does take time. It’s important to be realistic about how many weeks or months you’re able to commit to your studies, especially if you are studying abroad. We want to see all of our learners succeed! 
  4. What kind of learner are you? Do you prefer to study in person in a traditional classroom, or do you enjoy the flexibility of an online course that allows you to study from anywhere? We know some people find it easy to connect with classmates and find their motivation to learn in an online classroom, while for others, it is important to see their classmates and instructors in person. 
  5. Have you done your research? There are many organizations that offer English language programs. It’s important to compare programs you are considering. Is it a reputable school or organization? Do they use up-to-date technology and offer courses and support that will meet your needs? Do they have positive testimonials from their students? Do you know someone who has studied there? If so, reach out to them and ask about their experience and don’t hesitate to contact the school directly with any questions or concerns you might have.  Also, look into whether the curriculum is current and aligned with your language goals.

Lisa Morgan has been dedicated to teaching, leading, and directing at the School of Continuing Studies’ ELP for over 20 years. She is passionate about supporting the academic, professional, and personal goals of international learners.