“What will I learn in my English program in Miami?” This is a common question from students, on their first day at our English school or before arriving at Language On English school in Miami or Miami Beach. My name is Michael and I am an English teacher at Language On. Today I want to give you more information about why students enroll in our English program in Miami and Miami Beach and what they learn.
Our English courses teach an aspiring student to read, write, understand, and speak English more fluently by enhancing grammar, vocabulary, and communication skills. However, there are also many other reasons for studying at our English school in Miami. The advantages and benefits of studying at our English school in Miami are numerous. Language On’s English program in Miami can help prepare a student for academic study at college, university, or professional schools. They can also help a student to improve their scores on the English examinations that may be needed in the future, such as the TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, GRE, GMAT, or Cambridge examinations. In addition, our English courses in Miami can satisfy a student’s personal English learning needs and interests by offering many choices of classes, such as Business English or Conversational English, teach them about the culture and customs of the United States, and immerse the student in a new language and culture, providing many opportunities to practice English both at school and in the local community. Furthermore, these programs can help a student meet many new and different people both in and outside of school, as well as often providing accommodations, cultural and social activities, and other student services to make the student’s travels easier and more enjoyable.
Enroll in our intensive English program in Miami or Miami Beach!
Our Intensive English program is called English Unlimited and is an English language study program for non-native speakers. At Language On English Schools we conveniently have smaller-sized groups so that students receive individual attention from their teachers. In our English program in Miami students not only study English but also participate in the cultural and social activities of the school and community. Miami offers a rich and diverse community in which ESL students can enjoy activities in the performing arts and partake in the beautiful Atlantic ocean and surrounding beaches. In addition, Miami and the surrounding area is home to numerous and varied restaurants, as well as tourists and visitors from many nations.
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What you will learn in my English class!
These days I am teaching an Upper Intermediate (B2) level class. I have students from all over the world who are here for varying amounts of time. Most of my students are young professionals who are very serious about their studies and improving their English. This doesn’t mean we don’t have a good time. Below I will go over some of the things that students learn in my class.
Listening comprehension exercises offer the student the opportunity to define new vocabulary, relate previous personal knowledge to a new topic, and to review previously learned idioms, grammar points, and vocabulary. Listening also affords the student opportunities to follow oral directions, identify and formulate the main idea(s), recall important details, and to identify the speaker’s role, intent, tone, and general mood.
Speaking exercises provide the aspiring student the ability to define new vocabulary, review previously learned idioms and grammar points, relate concepts concerning current events and the application of American cultural values and practices to new content, and to be able to predict meanings of new vocabulary words used in varying contexts. The student will also learn to identify main ideas and important details of different passages, speak with a high level of articulation with a degree of fluency and precision. Students will participate in class discussions and prepare and deliver organized in-class presentations.
Reading exercises offer the student opportunities to preview the various features of a textbook and its organization, preview reading passages and anticipate the content, make connections between reading topics and prior knowledge, scan a table of contents and passages for themes, titles, headings, and subheadings, and to skim a passage for specific information. The student will also be able to apply reading skills for comprehension, such as being able to be aware of the main idea of short passages, locate specific details, be aware of phrases and word groups, identify phrases and transitions of sequence, time, cause and effect, and be aware of context clues such as example, definition, and contrasts, in order to expand vocabulary. In addition, the student will be able to identify verbs, nouns, adverbs, and adjectives and explain their function in simple sentences, relate spelling patterns to their phonetic understanding, identify pronoun reference, focusing on number and agreement, and be able to be aware of third person singular verbs and singular and plural nouns. The student will also acquire the ability to be aware of present, past and future time phrases and related verb form, and to use follow-on strategies to reinforce comprehension skills, such as the knowledge to find words in a dictionary and select definitions from multiple meanings, use graphic organizers to visualize ideas and their logical connection in a reading passage, answer literal questions about reading content, discuss topics and themes of a passage by using the vocabulary and grammar of the specific lesson, and to respond critically to reading selections. The student will also be able to find evidence to support a generalization or conclusion, identify appropriate inferences, state and support opinions, give reasons for agreement/disagreement with ideas in a reading, and summarize important information.
Writing exercises provide the student the skills necessary to write sentences and questions concisely, be aware of compound sentences and use countable and uncountable nouns with appropriate articles and quantifiers, apply subject verb agreement rules after nouns (also with phrasal modifiers,) be aware of the functions of adjectives and adverbs, as well as the proper use of present and past participles, recognition of the nominal function of infinitives and gerunds as subjects and objects, and the accurate use simple and continuous verb tenses. In addition, the student will be able to make distinctions in using past and present perfect tenses, define and use specified modal verbs in present and past tense, use reported verbs followed by an infinitive or noun clause, and correct punctuation throughout.
Our English program gives the student proper preparation in the use of present, past, and future tenses with correct time markers, awareness of present perfect, past perfect and future perfect tenses and their continuous forms, the use of perfect tenses, the ability to demonstrate the proper use of irregular verbs in these tenses, and recognition of both non-action and action verbs and their correct usage. In addition, the student will learn how to use questions and tag questions and their appropriate responses, use correct auxiliary verbs in short answers , recognize sentence functions of gerunds and infinitives and their correct usage, recognition of and usage of both passive and active verbs, and the correct usage of proper verb tenses in both factual and non-factual conditional sentences and questions. The student will also learn how to recognize subject and object relative pronouns and relative adverbs, use adjective word groups to describe nouns, use direct and indirect speech, use embedded questions in sentences, and to use proper and improper pronouns accurately and correctly.
Pronunciation and Accent Reduction
Students will also learn how to modify their accent and to speak with an American dialect. For example, students will learn to recognize phonetic symbols for consonant and vowel sounds, enunciate grammatical word endings audibly and accurately, distinguish between stressed and unstressed syllables, and to be able to stress content words and reduce function words for correct sentence stress within sentences. In addition, students will learn how to use stress and unstressed syllables to produce natural rhythmic phrases and sentences, link consonants and vowels and blend consonants within and between words in rhythmic patterns, and to use native-sounding intonation patterns for both sentences and questions.
So, will you join me in Language On’s English program in Miami? I hope so! In the meantime, click on the picture below to download some FREE English lessons.