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Better Ways to Learn English
Better Ways to Learn English

Do you want to learn how to speak English fluently? Are you scared it will be too difficult? You are not alone. Many people hesitate to study English, even though they really want to learn it because they believe it will be too hard. Here’s what you need to understand upfront – learning English is possible no matter your age. Everyone can learn to speak English fluently. The problem is that people often don’t know the right ways to learn English.

Fall Must-Dos for Students in DC
Fall Must-Dos for Students in DC

The best time to be a student at one of the language schools in Washington DC is fall. Fall in DC is beautiful! Fall is less humid and more comfortable with temperatures ranging from the high 70s in September to the high 50s in November. Everything from the autumnal colors to the temperatures makes it the ideal time to study English in DC.

15 Tips for Earning a Great TOEFL Score
15 Tips for Earning a Great TOEFL Score

If you hope to attend an English-speaking university, then you are going to need to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). This is because it is the preferred test by universities in the United States, France, Germany, and by graduate programs in Canada. The TOEFL measures an individual’s ability to use English at the university level.

Why Reading is Important for Learning English and How to Prioritize It
Why Reading is Important for Learning English and How to Prioritize It

Too often, people think reading is boring and difficult without realizing that reading is neither of these things. Reading is important – especially if you are trying to learn English. Even if you can listen and understand English words, you can’t claim to be fluent in English if you do not know how to read in English. But, we realize it may be easier said than done. That’s why today we are explaining why learning to read in English is important, how to succeed as an English reader, and ways to prioritize it in your daily life.

Why You Should Learn Another Language
Why You Should Learn Another Language by Studying at inlingua DC

What if we told you there was one thing you could do that would make your life better in every aspect? You’d probably think we were lying. But, we’re not. By learning another language, your life will be infinitely better. Even better – the Washington language school, inlingua, is designed to help students from all the over accomplish their goal of becoming fluent in another language.

Today, our goal is to show you we are serious about both how language learning can improve your life and how inlingua can help make it happen.

20 Fun Ways to Learn the English Language
20 Fun Ways to Learn the English Language

At this point, it is well understood that learning a second (or third) language is beneficial. Not only will it strengthen your cognitive skills, but it will also improve your overall quality of life. But even though people know this is true, they hesitate because they think learning a new language will be too difficult and will not be any fun. These people couldn’t be any more wrong! Language learning is fun, and we have listed twenty unique ways to incorporate fun into language learning.

Reasons You Must Study English in Washington DC
15 Reasons You Must Study English in Washington DC

You know you need to learn English. You know you’d rather learn English through an immersive experience rather than an online course. Now you just need to decide where you want to study English. We can answer that question for you. We have fifteen reasons why you need to check out language schools in Washington DC.

How to Sound Like a Native English Speaker
How to Sound Like a Native English Speaker

While you can study English from a textbook or a webpage, it doesn’t really matter if you are not able to speak it. You can store up all the English vocabulary you want, but if English speakers cannot understand you when you speak, it has all been for nothing. Furthermore, if you have plans to work with English speakers, then you need to speak the language well enough to be taken seriously.

Tips for Going Green While Studying English in DC
Tips for Going Green While Studying English in DC

If you are planning to attend one of the language schools in Washington DC, you should familiarize yourself with “going green.” When people say they are “going green,” it means they are making environmentally-friendly choices. Ultimately, the goal is for individuals to make knowledgeable choices in their everyday lives to help protect the environment for future generations. People all over the world are “going green,” but as you will discover as a student at a Washington language school, green living is a big deal in DC.

How to Survive Summer in Washington DC as a Student
How to Survive Summer in DC as a Student

Have you decided to study English in Washington DC this summer? This is such a great way to spend your summer! Not only will you learn a language that will make your life infinitely better, but you will also get to experience one of the most active and fun seasons of the year in the nation’s capital. In today’s blog, we are helping students attending language schools in DC in the summer know how to navigate the squelching summer heat as well as how to have fun.

Tips and Blogs for Preparing for the IELTS
Tips and Blogs for Preparing for the IELTS

The IELTS (the International English Language Testing System) examination is the world’s proven English test taken by over 3 million candidates each year. This English language test is used for those hoping to study or work in English-speaking countries. As such, there are two formats for the test: academic (for those hoping to attend an English-speaking university) and general (for those hoping to work in English-dominated careers).

Important Tips for Finding a Job as a Non-Native Speaker in the US
Important Tips for Finding a Job as a Non-Native Speaker in the US

If you live in the United States but do not speak English or if you hope to live and work in the United States, now is the time to learn English and look for a job. Why? Because the U.S. Department of Labor data shows that American job openings exceed job seekers for the first time on record! In April 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed a record 6.7 million available jobs in the United States. If this news excites you, then there are a few steps you can take to make your dream of working in the US become a reality.

Study English in Washington DC

The best thing you can do for your future career in the United States is to enroll in an English class in DC. Not only will you be learning how to communicate using English, but you will be living in a city that ranks in the top ten for best places to find a job in the US. Attending language schools in DC will allow you to immerse yourself in American culture in the nation’s capital.

Take Courses to Master Business English

The Washington language school, inlingua, is the perfect choice for those wanting to learn English for their careers. In addition to their English courses, they also offer a variety of special purpose English courses, such as International Business English, Legal English, Newsroom, and more. These courses are designed to help students learn to communicate using English in real-world situations and professional roles.

Pass the Required English Language Examination

Not all careers will require you to pass a required English language exam, such as the TOEFL or the IELTS, but you may need to for immigration or university purposes. Likewise, some companies and organizations require customized language proficiency exams.

However, even if you are not required to take and pass these types of tests, it is something to consider for your resume. Earning a passing score on these tests shows you are proficient in communicating in English, which is a wonderful skill to add to your resume. Fortunately for students in DC, inlingua is home to the largest IELTS Test Center in the US, making it convenient for those already enrolled in English courses.

Craft a Killer Resume and Cover Letter

Before you even get to the interview, you have to get the employer’s attention. In the US, this is done by crafting a resume and cover letter. Essentially, the resume and cover letter show the employer when he or she should bring you in for an interview. In just two pages or less, you have to show the employer why you should be in the running for the position. Again, this is a great place to list your passing scores on examinations as well as your strengths as a bilingual speaker (a highly desirable skill in job candidates).

Prepare for the Interview

Once your resume has been submitted and you have been contacted for an interview, you may start to feel anxious. This is because the interview tends to be the most overwhelming part of the job hunt – especially for non-native speakers. Since English is not your first language, you may worry about communicating during the interview. However, with your English classes and the following tips, you will feel much more comfortable and confident.

  • Review the job description – Before you go in an interview, it is critical to know what position you are interviewing for. Spend time reviewing the job description and thinking of ways you are capable of fitting into this role.
  • Research the company – The potential employer will want to see that you not only are familiar with the job but that you are also familiar with the company. Spend time researching the company. As a non-native speaker, it is especially important for you to familiarize yourself with the company vocabulary.
  • Understand the difference between Conversational English and Business English – In a job interview, it is important to use English that is appropriate for a business or professional setting. While you may use conversational English for answering questions such as “How are you?” you will want to avoid slang and speak more formally.
  • Practice common interview questions – As part of your interview preparation, spend time practicing common interview questions such as “Can you tell me a little about yourself?” Ask a friend or classmate to practice with you.

Show Why You are The Best Person for the Job

If you want to land the job, you have to show the potential employer that you are the best person for the job. It is important to remember that you are likely up against other people competing for the same job, so this is not a time to be shy. Instead, you want to use the following tips to highlight your strengths and help yourself shine:

  • Be proud of your accomplishments – While it is good to be humble, it is better to be proud of the things you have accomplished. This is the time when it is appropriate to brag about yourself a little.
  • Don’t rush your answers – As a non-native speaker, it is important to pause before answering. Pausing gives you time to think of the best way to respond, and it gives you time to think about the right way to communicate the idea in English.
  • Show your strengths as a bilingual speaker – Don’t shy away from being a bilingual speaker. This is a great strength! Use it to your advantage.

Yes, it is Possible to Find Work as an Immigrant in the US

If you have read this far and don’t think these tips will help you find a job as a non-native speaker or immigrant in the US, you are wrong. According to Career Builder, “One-third of employers plan to hire immigrant workers.” Plus, “Immigrant workers looking for employment can expect to find opportunities across multiple industries, with information technology housing the largest percentage of employers who plan to hire them.”

Think you are ready to find work in the US?

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