Have you ever paid for English classes at a language school?
What was it like?
Did you improve? A little? A lot? Not at all?
Would you do it again?
The reason I’m asking is because last week some of you told me your dream method and 23% chose language classes at the British Council.
For me, that was a real mystery because when I was giving private lessons in Prague and I met a new student it was always AFTER the student had been to the language schools.
They signed up for lessons at Berlitz or Wall Street English, and even at the British Council, they sat in a classroom with a bunch of other students, and after a few months they realized they were spending a lot of time but not making real progress.
So they called me.
That was my personal experience.
Here’s what the research says:
In 2001 the U.S. Department of Education tested immigrants who didn’t speak English as their native language.
They tested their English after they just arrived, and they tested it again some time later. Now here’s the surprising discovery they made:
Students who did NOT take English classes improved more than those who did.*
Not good advertising for the language schools….
And now it’s your turn!
Have you paid for lessons at a language schoo?
Please share your experience below.