Language Schools in Vancouver, Canada

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There are many language schools in Vancouver. Like many other destinations for international students, Canada has good language schools and bad schools.

Your time is important, so it is important to find a well managed school before applying for admission. This information might help you select a language school that suits your needs.

Selecting an English School


Classroom Observations
If space is available, good language schools will allow you to observe a class for at least half a day before you apply. This is a good way to become familiar with the school. If the staff at a school refuse to allow you to observe a class, they are probably not confident in their ability to offer satisfactory training.

Although affiliation with a professional association does not guarantee good service, it does indicate that a school is making an effort to become a good member of the educational community. Poorly managed language schools do not usually have many professional affiliations. Here are some associations that language schools in Vancouver might belong to:

Canadian Association of Private Language Schools (CAPLS)

Teachers of English as an Additional Language (TEAL)

Teachers of English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL)

Canadian Education Centres (CEC) Network

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School Size
Although some small language schools are well managed, they cannot offer many levels and elective courses. Larger schools also tend to have more leisure activities, better homestay programs, and superior facilities. Generally speaking, bigger is better.

Non-Traditional Programs
Some charitable organizations, churches, and private tutors offer ESL training. They sometimes offer low fees. Students should always consider the quality of the classroom instruction before applying to a language school.

Misleading Advertising
Some tutors and small language schools in Vancouver distribute lists that compare the fees and class sizes of other schools. These lists are not usually accurate and might include information that has been intentionally manipulated. The only way to obtain accurate information about a language school is to contact the school directly.

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