by Kate Kirk
Making the most of your language program isn’t just about going to class. Of course, there is a lot of learning that happens in a classroom, but what many students don’t know is that a lot of what they learn and how fast they learn comes from what happens outside the classroom. Therefore, it is important to know what resources your school offers. If you don’t know where to begin, here are a few resources to enrich your English as a Second Language (ESL) experience.
Your first resource is your ESL administrative staff. After all, they are the ones that helped you get to the U.S. to begin with! Your administrative staff members have office hours devoted just to you. By taking advantage of these hours, you can double-check immigration regulations, ensuring that you maintain your status while in the U.S. Some offices might also have staff that offer personal advising. Don’t be shy about directing any questions to your ESL staff! They can point you to the right resources. It is also a chance to practice using your English.
Free Software: Many campuses also offer discounted or free access to online software and applications. There is also technical support available to help students with computer problems.
Work and Volunteer:
Both on-campus employment and volunteer work are great resume-builders and look good on college applications.
In addition to events, your ESL office may offer a conversation partners program, where you are paired with a native speaker to practice your English speaking skills.