English for Speakers of Other Languages
Learning English improves your life!
Gain access to unlimited knowledge.
When you master the English language you gain access to unlimited knowledge. Most webpages on the internet are written in English, so through English you gain access to over 1,000,000,000 pages of information. You can also read most books written in the world since most are either written in English originally or translated into English. Moreover, keeping up with news will be a snap for you since the fastest, most professional news sources are broadcast or printed in English. Finally, English opens the door to science since 95% of the articles in the Science Citation Index are written in English. When you know English, you’re hooked up to the world through the internet, books, the news, and scientific journals.
Communicate with people around the world.
According to the British Council, over a billion and half people speak English in the world and another billion are learning it. The lesson here is that if you want to communicate with people around the world, English is the language to know.
Move you up the career ladder.
While adding “Proficient in English” on your resume or CV may move you up the career ladder, the most important career-wise asset to knowing English is that it will help you learn new skills and gain additional knowledge. If you’re in Business, business today is international and the language used is English. Want to improve your career? Learn English.
Have more fun!
Lastly, you can have more fun when you know English well. Enhance your enjoyment of music, novels, movies, and other forms of entertainment by perfecting your English skills.
Where are you in the journey to master this incredible language?
- Beginner – I can say and understand simple sentences.
- Intermediate – I can speak and write at the paragraph level.
- Advanced but not ready for university – I can understand most of what I hear and I can write essays.
- Beyond advanced – Bring it on! I’m university bound in the US but I need to improve my academic vocabulary and skills in every area to not only pass the TOEFL but excel in my coursework.
Wherever you are, you’ll need to take the placement exams to make sure you’re in the right level class for you. Please contact Maestro to get link. Whatever your level, Maestro can take your farther.
Where do classes take place?
Maestro can come right to your office or place of work to provide classes one-on-one or to your group. We can also meet at other sites or online. Individuals often meet with their instructor at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library in downtown Washington, DC.
What is the course content?
The materials and tasks use content that is academically oriented for today’s global learners. We explore issues related to education, business, communication, and people. Online dynamic audio/visual content bring real-life conversations, lectures, and more to the student to access 24/7. Vocabulary is presented with electronic audio-flashcards to enable students to study and practice correct pronunciation. Activities can be completed and checked automatically to allow learners to move at their own pace.
Each course focuses on particular skills:
Reading and Discussion – Encourages students to become active readers, stressing both physical and mental engagement with the text. Skills include Getting the Essential Information, Defining Vocabulary in Context, Identifying and Using Rhetorical Devices, Skimming and Scanning, Finding the Implied Main Idea, Using Detailed Examples. Since reading is the foundation to learning, this is usually the first course.
Listening and Speaking – Sharpens interpersonal communication skills to help students effectively manage relationships with professors, classmates, and school personnel. Provides note taking and effective listening skills as well as vocabulary development critical to performing well in an academic setting. Students conduct at least two presentations in each course using PowerPoint and Google docs.
Grammar – Level one covers all the verb tenses and parts of speech as well as modals, comparatives, and superlatives, among other things. Level two builds on areas covered in level one to help students with phrasal verbs, sentence structure, the passive voice, and adjective clauses.
Writing – All levels emphasize using a writing process. The first level works on sentence development and introduces the paragraph. The second level focuses on paragraphs. The next level works on the essay. All levels integrate grammar, vocabulary building, and critical thinking skills.
What materials are used?
McGraw-Hill has developed online books perfect for improving your academic English skills. These online “books” are identical to the print versions, which makes them easy to understand and navigate, especially for those not used to using computers. The books are divided by academic skill: Reading and Discussion, Listening and Speaking, Writing, and Grammar.
Every book contains engaging topics to read, discuss, listen to, and write about such as improving our cities by focusing on the environment and the quality of life, micro-lending to women, looking for work in the 21st century, and the art and archaeology of the Silk Road.
To further engage today’s global learners, the books contain electronic flashcards for vocabulary development, animations of important points, short videos of lectures and other vignettes, and audio recordings of readings, conversations, and more.
You can write in your online books, just like a print book. What’s special is that your teacher will look at your book too and make comments right on the page for you to see.
In short, the online book is just like the print book only better.
Take a tour!
Who are the Instructors?
Have you ever tried to study on your own? You start out with great enthusiasm, but within two weeks, you no longer even open your book. However, when you enroll in a class, everything changes. Of course you attend every class. And you find the time to do your homework. Most importantly, when you have a teacher teaching your class, you learn quickly and seemingly effortlessly.
That’s why the most important component of the Academic English online program with Maestro is the professor. She (or he) will design a curriculum with your interests in mind, provide regular feedback, administer periodic exams, and applaud your progress. The professor corrects your errors to guide you to mastery of this difficult language. You’ll be amazed at your progress.
The lead teacher at Maestro – Cara Fulton – has been teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at Howard University or George Washington University from 1997 with great success. The students there continue their studies at universities around the country including Columbia University, the University of Ohio, the University of Minnesota, American University, and many others. Naturally a great many continue their studies at Howard or GW. In fact, several have earned their PhDs or are in the process of doing so.
All other professors are equally qualified native speakers of English yet may be based in countries around the world to help accommodate time zone issues with students around the world.
What are the technical requirements?
Flash 8 or higher is the only software plug-in required to use all of the animation, audio and video in the e-course. Computers manufactured after 2003 can run Flash 8. If you don’t have Flash 8, you will be prompted to download and install the plug-in. This is a fast and simple process. You’ll meet with your teacher via Blackboard Collaborate, which only requires you download the latest version of Java (it’s FREE at www.java.com.)
How do I enroll?
Five Steps to Enroll
- Contact Maestro to take a quick assessment to place you in the course for your level: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Download the latest version of Java for free at www.java.com.
- Complete registration by paying course fee via Western Union, paypal or a Maestro partner organization such as Distance Education for Africa.
- Await arrival of your book key code by email.
- Attend class!
To sum up, here are the highlights of Maestro’s ESOL classes
- Online book with animation, video, audio, and more, yet easy to use
- Professional native speakers as instructors
- Small class size: 12 max
- Academic rigor (move up a level every 12 weeks)
- Convenient schedule (anytime, anywhere access to your book and once a week class with your teacher – and a weekly test!)
- Flexible schedule – Your group of up to 12 can start at a date you choose.
- Reasonable rates: includes assessment, book, instruction, certificate, everything
ACE the TOEFL
Thousands of universities and agencies around the world rely on the TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language) to make admission or hiring decisions. If you want to get in to the school of your choice, or if you need to prove that your English is top-notch, start preparing to ace that exam today with Maestro.
Highlights of Maestro’s TOEFL preparation course:
- Small class size: 12 max (you can even take private tutorials)
- Professional native speakers as instructors
- Book with audio CD and two practice tests included
- Convenient schedule with online and in person classes: Meet 2 hours in person once a week and 2 hours online
- Unlimited email feedback of writing and speaking
- Learn the skills, not just the strategies
This 14-week intensive course covers all areas of the TOEFL iBT exam: reading, writing, listening and speaking. You’ll take 2 practice tests and several vocabulary and mini tests. Expect to complete up to 6 hours of homework per week.
Are you ready for the challenge?