Instructional Focus

English lessons

Let’s Take a Look at Our Teaching Style

There are many ways to learn the English language. There are free English lessons, listening to the BBC, watching American movies, apps, and having an English-speaking friend.

Whichever course you take at Advantage English, we promise it will be customized, personalized and fun. Advantage English is a unique program designed for business people or people planning to go to American universities. We suggest people have a minimum of 3 years of classroom English before taking lessons with us.

We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to learning the English language. English for business, English for travel and English for school are not identical to one another. So our courses are not identical either.

PRIVATE COURSES

IN PERSON

Perhaps the most popular Advantage English courses offered are private lessons. In one-on-one sessions, you get an unmatched level of attention, of course. But you also get intensive English classes designed according to your current situation.

Our rates for private instruction are competitively priced and our sessions can be tailored to your schedule.

DISTANCE LEARNING

Advantage English has Skype and Facetime English-learning options available. If distance is keeping you from getting quality English lessons, let technology and give you the advantage you deserve.

GROUP COURSES

COLLEGE PREP

Advantage English has been serving foreign students seeking help with English proficiency tests since the early 2000s. Numerous Advantage English students have successfully completed TOEFL and IELTS exams. Even more have benefited from courses designed to help students improve their writing and general communication abilities.

BUSINESS

These are the “bread and butter” courses of Advantage English. Typically conducted in small groups, business English courses serve a variety of students—both in terms of proficiency level and country of origin. In our courses, we will work on negotiation training, American business culture, and resume writing, among other focus areas. This creates a rich cultural experience for English speakers of any level. It’s that cultural experience that serves as the foundation for all business communication.

Advantage English students have improved their TOEIC scores, helping them reach new levels in their career.

WHOLE LANGUAGE FOCUS

Advantage English courses are based in whole language concepts and designed around two core principles:

• Learning English must be effective

• Learning English must be fun

How do we accomplish this?

CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH SKILLS

English-language learning is effective when you are able to function in American daily life and American business situations. Advantage English courses are not limited to learning to grammar and vocabulary. Our instruction is focused on using grammar and vocabulary within conversation.

During class, we will talk about current events, American culture and other interesting topics. Within those conversations, your instructor will provide you with the grammar and vocabulary to communicate on those topics more easily. In other words, students learn English most effectively when communication drives grammar and vocabulary, not the other way around.

CULTURAL NUANCE

When you live and work in America, or if you communicate with Americans regularly, cultural nuance becomes more important than a technical understanding of language. Each course at Advantage English is designed to explain cultural nuance within language. This is perhaps the most fun and interesting part of class. And it will help you avoid misunderstandings with native English speakers.

ACCENT REDUCTION

After students discuss a topic, your Advantage English instructor will work on the correct pronunciation of any difficult words. English-language learners should not feel self-conscious about their natural accent. Accents are actually charming and interesting to native English speakers. However, many words sound similar to one another. So it’s very important to know when a mispronunciation can become a miscommunication.

NEGOTIATING WITH AMERICANS

In American business culture, negotiating things like contracts and pricing as well as negotiating duties and responsibilities may be how you spend much of your time. Advantage English courses are designed to help you communicate within a negotiation setting as well as understand the intricacies of how a native speaker is communicating to you.

“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and there are as few as there are any other artist. Teaching might even be the greatest of arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.

– John Steinbeck