If you want to attend an English-speaking university, you will be required to prove your English language proficiency is at the level that an English-speaking university classroom requires. To fulfill this requirement, the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) were created and are the standard bearers of English language standardized tests. Although both tests were designed to measure English proficiency, there are some subtle differences that you should consider before deciding which test will better serve your needs.
BridgeEnglish Denver sees many students walking though its doors. Some stay for only two weeks, leaving before actually getting to know many of the teachers, and some stay for three, six, or even twelve months, becoming our friends and part of our daily lives for the duration. The day of graduation for these students is bittersweet. There is crying and laughing and a lot of picture taking, and then they are gone, maybe to never return to the United States. However, thanks to the internet, Facebook and Skype, we can all stay connected all the time (how did we ever survive without the internet?). I personally check my Facebook page everyday to see what my former students are up to and how they are getting along with their new English skills.
When students first walk into the BridgeEnglish Denver reception area, it can be a bit daunting. There are people from all over the world gathering together. There may be some students from Saudi Arabia talking by the coffee machine or some Japanese students chatting on the sofa. Teachers walk by in a rush to get to class and administrators busily deal with their duties.
Through the crowd of people and papers and at least three different languages being spoken in the background, students make their way forward towards reception, and there behind the tall wooden desk sits a smiling face and the eyes and ears of BridgeEnglish Denver, Ms. Colleen O’Brien. Colleen is the administrative assistant here at BridgeEnglish Denver but her job far exceeds assisting with administration. She took some time out of her busy workday to enlighten me about all the things she does at BridgeEnglish Denver and, boy, is it a lot.
Ever wondered how Bridge English Denver teachers come up with such original ideas as getting students to imagine how a conversation between Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama might sound? Or why we might ask students to write a so-called One Minute Paper on what the most interesting thing in class was that day.
As brilliant as most of the staff are, they often need guidance on new teaching approaches or at least revision of older methods they may have forgotten. To do that, they need training.
The big day is approaching. You’ve registered and paid for your English Language test, you’ve sharpened your pencils and have extra sheets of scrap paper. But what’s missing? Let’s face it: everyone needs a little help preparing for a big test. There are several strategies a student can use when faced with an important exam: […]
For many students, taking standardized exams such as the IELTS is an intimidating process; there is a limited amount of time and it is difficult to know where to spend it. However, enrolling in a quality preparation course focused on testing-taking strategies can give students the confidence necessary to obtain the highest score possible. But, […]
Among the services that BridgeEnglish offers is language testing. Students can choose between the IELTS , the TOEIC and the iTEP, depending on their needs and requirements. Which test is right for you? Find out by checking out the rubric below! BridgeEnglish has offered the IELTS test (International English Language Testing System) since March of […]
There are two ways for a foreign student to prove his or her English proficiency for acceptance into a university or college in the US: 1. The first option is to enroll in an ESL school with a university preparation program offering letters of conditional acceptance into a US university. This means that if the student moves through the English […]
ETS, Educational Testing Systems, has long been the largest company producing tests in the U.S. for years. The names, TOEFL, or now, iBTOEFL, are perhaps the best-known tests of English proficiency in the U.S. despite considerable gains made in recent years by the IELTS test. Most international students know that the iBTOEFL is a test […]