Intensive English Course Worth it?
Is it just me, or have people misconstrued the whole idea of an Intensive English Course? It seems that many believe it is a course unto itself, a sort of separate entity.
For me, an intensive course will always mean the frequency between one class to the next. The number of hours that you do per week or the time you spend at school every day.
So what are some of the common misconceptions I find students believe when enrolling in an intensive course? The biggest one is when they think that an intensive course will guarantee that they learn English faster. To better understand why people believe that we will first examine how most schools advertise intensive courses.
So most of the advertisement revolving around these courses are slogans like:
“Do an intensive, and you will learn faster than all the rest!”
“Intensive courses are the best way to learn English fast. Get started today!”
Try an intensive course and finally understand English!”
Is there any validity to these types of advertisements? So let me start by stating that yes?
Learning English can be much more productive if you are exposed to it and use it more often.
There is a definite advantage to having classes more frequently or for extended periods at a time, but is it guaranteed that you will learn English faster?
So here is the thing most people already know but for some reason have forgotten or thought it does not apply to learn English.
You will need to work your butt off and that it is not enough to just do classes to learn English. I have taught all kinds of students both those that have a natural affinity for learning languages and those that need to work harder at it.
It’s like Joseph Chris says in his bottom line statement, “Well, natural talent will not give you an edge if you do not work hard!” So either way, you have to work hard, and that is my problem with those types of advertisements.
They neglect to represent the reality of it and will lead you to believe that by only doing an intensive class, you will learn English.
Our Approach to an Intensive English Course
Each school should set the minimum amount of hours necessary to qualify as an intensive course. For example, at Nativ, the minimum is 5 hours a week. We decided 5 hours because most of our students want to have more classes but typically are not capable of doing more than five hours a week due to their busy schedules.
This is why we advertise our intensive course as the course where you do more for less. First of all, “More for Less” because you get more classes at a lower price. Secondly, we always make it clear that students still need to do their part and study hard. I like to tell students 20 minutes a day, no matter what.
So even if you’ve had a class and done your homework and let’s say that it took you two hours time total. You still need to take 20 minutes to study. Dedication is essential, and think about it, what do you have in your life that you are good at, which you didn’t have to work hard at?
To sum up, doing an intensive class will help you excel in your learning and the pace at which you learn English, but it’s no substitute for hard work. Good study habits, regular practice, commitment, and an inner desire to learn English are all ingredients to help you reach your goal faster.
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