Before You Begin a New ESL Class

If you are going to take an English or ESL class soon, it's best to go prepared. By following these tips you'll make sure that you understand your English learning strengths and weaknesses so you can get the most out of your new class.

Why Take an ESL Class?

The English learning goals quiz takes a fun approach to understanding your English learning needs. Just answer a few questions and you'll get feedback on what kind of a learning might be best for you.

The Important Questions article provides a deeper look at the questions you should ask yourself about your learning goals before you begin the class. By understanding the answers to these questions, you will have a better idea what type of exercises and topic areas will be important to you. This could make the difference between taking an ESL course or an English for Specific Purposes (i.e., business or computer) course.

What Level am I?

It's a good idea to take a few level tests before you begin. The review tests listed cover all the major learning points for each level. Begin with a test you think is right for your level and take note of the questions you answer incorrectly. If the test is too easy, congratulations! Try to take the next most difficult test. If you pass the advanced level test with more than 80%, you may want to consider taking an English course that specializes in your English learning objective - for example a Business English Writing course.

Understand Basic Skills

Now you understand why you want to learn English and have a good idea of your level. The next step is to review some of the challenges you will have in your new class. I find the most challenging aspects for many students include: listening skills, understanding native speakers, and the relationship between the various tenses in English.

These three articles should give you a good start towards improving these skills.