For the past 50 years, ELS has made a global success in teaching English language because we focus on how to teach students to use the English language. The use of English is more than just the study of rules, or taking exams. The students have the ability to bring their ideas to others with great effectiveness. In addition, they have the ability to understand others in English, whether written or oral.
Unique Teaching Methods
Academic PoliciesStudying English in ELS Language Centers is not merely a system of rules and sentences, but a process to use English in real-life contexts. The rules of language are at the utmost importance at ELS, but the focus is always on the use of rules in the context, where we are not encouraging students to just memorize the rules. In all our English classes, we urge to perfect the language skills:
- Training in speech and language structure
- Conversation to achieve fluency and accuracy
- Reading, analysis of ideas, and drawing conclusions
- Writing skills in English and the collection of mutual skills
At ELS, we believe the best way of learning is through the means of direct contact between teacher and students. In addition, our best teaching methods advises to teach English through a joyful atmosphere far from the boredom of self-study, and to provide continuing assistance to the students.
When you study with ELS, you will discover our unique classroom atmosphere, as we are obligated to teach in small groups consisting in order to fit each student in each study activity. And because of our different way of teaching, the role of our teachers will also be different from the traditional classes; as you will do most of the conversation, not the teacher. The teacher's role is limited to assistance, guidance and encouragement and correction, not lecturing.
Do not forget the importance of your participation in the classroom, so we hope you participate with enthusiasm. And if you do, you will find comfort in the study with us and gain a lot of English skills.
All ELS teachers are professional educators with experience in English language instruction. The majority hold Master's degrees.
In 2008, ELS instructor Judith Dillon received the award for Excellence in Teaching from TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), the international organization representing the ESL profession.
ELS teachers engage in professional growth opportunities throughout the year, including monthly professional development workshops.
ELS is known for the dedication, skills, and length of service of our teachers. Many of our instructors have taught at ELS for 15 years or more.
The ELS curriculum is refreshed and improved regularly through suggestions and feedback from our most experienced instructors and from our students.
Active Participation in Professional Education Communities
Many of the most experienced teachers at ELS—Senior Instructors and Instructional Specialists—are members of TESOL.
ELS instructors are encouraged to participate in professional organizations and conferences and are recognized for doing so. Since 2007, ELS instructors and staff have given more than 40 academic presentations at the annual local and international TESOL Conferences.
ELS presents regularly at NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, where it holds the largest number of memberships of a single organization. Also, ELS Instructors, Center Directors, and other staff have held multiple offices and committee memberships in TESOL, NAFSA, and related advocacy groups serving the ESL community.