- Language school
A language school is a
schoolwhere one studies a foreign language. Classes at a languageschool are usually geared towards, but not limited to, communicative competencein a foreign language. Language learning in such schools typically supplements formal educationor existing knowledge of a foreign language. Studentsvary widely by age, educational background, work experience, and language proficiency.
As a general rule, new students take a placement test which enables teachers to determine which is the most appropriate level for the student. Courses can be organized in groups or for individuals (one-to-one lessons). These language schools, generally open all year round, are equipped with pedagogical material (books, tape recorders, videos, language laboratories, a library, etc).
Most language schools are private and
for-profit. Fees vary depending on demand for the language in the area where a school is located. Language schools are either independent entities or corporate franchises.
Teachers are expected to possess
native speakerfluency or acquired competence in their target languages; formal qualifications to become a language teacher, however, vary by school, region or country. Teachers may have graduated with a B.A, Master's degreeor a Ph.D. Pedagogy, experience and strong teaching skills are the principal criteria during the recruitment of the language school's teachers.
Most language schools offer various kinds of
accommodationto their students: host family( homestays), campus residences, shared housing, or even hotels.
Host families may live close to the selected school and students can go there walking or by public transport. The campuses and shared apartments, generally available for students aged over 18, offer various facilities such as an
Internetaccess, TVsets, air conditioningor heating, and a shared kitchen.
International language exams
Languageschools commonly offer specific programs to those wishing to prepare for internationally recognized language exams such as:
University of Cambridge ESOL examinations (English)
Common languages and destinations
Study at a language school involves a wide range of languages and destinations. Common ones include: Fact|date=September 2008
* English (in the
United Kingdom, in Ireland, in Malta, in Canada, in the United States, in Australiaor in New Zealand)
** German (in
** French (in
France, in Belgiumor in Québec, Canada)
** Spanish (in
Spainand Latin America)
** Italian (in
Italy, Somaliaand Albania)
** Portuguese (in
** Russian (in
East Asian languages:
**Chinese (in China)
Arabic( Arab worldcountries — including the Arabian Peninsulaand North Africa)
Some organizations combine language study with foreign travel in "exotic" destinations (
Costa Rica, Malta, Morocco, etc), which allow greater immersion and understanding of the the destination country and language.
English language schools
English languageschools have seen the greatest demand over schools for other languages. Over one billion people are said to be learning English in a second languageor foreign language context. [ [http://esl.about.com/od/englishlearningresources/f/f_eslmarket.htm ESL Market Statistics - How many people learn English world wide] ] In the United Statesalone, ESL learners make up over one-third of all adult, non-academic learners. [ [http://esl.about.com/od/englishlearningresources/f/f_eslvalue.htm How large is the ESL market - English learning market statistics] ]
English language schools are among the most numerous in
Asian countries such as China, Japanand South Korea, as Western culture influences the rising demand for English in business and cultural contexts.
Other language schools
Spanish is the second most popular language in the language travel market followed with some distance by French, Italian and German.Fact|date=September 2008 While demand for French, Italian and German is decreasing, the demand for other languages such as Chinese and Arabic has significantly increased within the last years. [http://www.forbes.com/2008/02/22/popular-foreign-languages-tech-language_sp08-cx_rr_0222foreign.html]
Thanks to the rising Chinese economy, Chinese is one of the largest growing languages among second or foreign language learners, and demand for such classes has typically followed suit. Language schools teaching
Mandarin Chinesein the United States and the United Kingdomhave increased in number over the last two decades.
Arabic has also grown in popularity in the last decade. Reasons include the continued growth of
Islamworldwide (the Koranholy book is in Arabic), as well as cultural, economical and political reasons.
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