English schools in the USA and Canada
Oregon - Portland
School:International House Portland - General English Program <[email protected]>
Eclectic method—using the best of skill-building approaches in listening and speaking is where we put the emphasis of each course. Certified teachers of foreign languages provide customize instruction. Only the target language is spoken in class. A user's knowledge of a foreign language is ultimately judged by his or her ability to speak the language rather than how to read or write it. At IH, we spend the bulk of our teaching time on building the learner's skills and confidence in speaking and listening. In the elementary levels we will focus on fluency building, making sure the learner has a good grasp of the sound system in the target language, providing conversation 'gambits', then building the learner's ability to ask questions in the target language. At the higher levels, speaking skills will be developed by helping learners express complex ideas in the target language. Learning a language has many similarities to learning a musical instrument; first are the exercises, then comes the ability to 'play without the music'. Our goal is to help learners speak confidently in public with as few errors as possible..