About Approach International Student Center
Learning English in Boston can be both fun and rewarding. Maybe you have never spoken English before. Perhaps you need university-level training in listening, reading, writing, speaking and TOEFL preparation. We have an Intensive English program designed especially for you. Our ESL classes prepare beginner, intermediate, and advanced English students for a lifetime of rewarding and enriching experiences.
We have been helping students from around the world come to the US to study English and apply to colleges and universities. By working closely with international students for many years, we have come to understand what students want in an English school in the USA and need in an ESL program (English as a Second Language).
Our curriculum emphasizes real-life situations and our teaching methods ensure you'll learn quickly. We have a unique teaching approach and use the latest techniques in Intensive English instruction. You will begin speaking English on the very first day of class!
As our programs and services have steadily grown throughout the world, so has our reputation. Our 200 students include visitors from Japan, France, Spain Korea, Italy, Russia, China, Brazil, Colombia, among other countries.
“To provide high quality education to foreign students so they can achieve their educational goals in the USA at an accessible cost and to give our students the best academic environment, educational advising and cultural support making them feel that APPROACH is their home away from home”" .
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Our Boston Location (back to top)
APPROACH is located in one of the most dynamic student centers in the world. Boston is the home of Harvard University, Boston University, Northeastern University, Lesley University, Mass Bay Community College, and MIT, among many other prestigious colleges and universities. Because it receives more than 300,000 students during the academic year (September through May), Boston is suited for students' needs and recreation.
Faculty - A Qualified Team of Experienced Professionals (back to top)
The popularity and success of any school depends greatly on the quality of the teachers and methodology. At APPROACH you will enjoy learning English from native speakers who have had previous experience teaching in an international environment. All instructors at Approach have university degrees, and most have received advanced degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language or related fields. Strong professional skills combined with a warm and caring attitude set this faculty apart from others. Best of all is the small class size at Approach, assuring you all the expert attention and intensive class participation you need in order to learn.
A Flexible Schedule (back to top)
Approach is open year-round from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Monday to Thursday. You can choose when you want to begin and what time you want to attend classes. Your schedule can be changed every week according to your needs. Approach has a unique and flexible program: it is the only English school in Boston with a program in which students of any level are guaranteed a lesson whenever they can come to school. Registration takes place every day. After an English placement test and an interview with an instructor, a course level is determined and the student can start scheduling classes.
Student ID, Official Certificates and Transcripts (back to top)
After completing your English course at APPROACH with satisfactory attendance and performance, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and a Transcript which states the course you participated in and the level you attained. Any honors achieved will be noted on your official APPROACH transcript. Every student at Approach receives a Student Identification Card.
Multimedia Labs (back to top)
Students at Approach supplement their classroom experiences with exercises in our multimedia labs. Our labs, which include audio, video, and computer components, give students the opportunity to take advantage of the latest technology in second language acquisition. Specialized grammar, listening, pronunciation, and vocabulary enhancement lessons are designed to accelerate the learning process.
Access to Internet and E-mail
APPROACH understands that you need to stay in touch with family and friends around the globe. Free Internet access is available in our computer lab for research or e-mail communication.
Institutional TOEFL ® (back to top)
The Institutional TOEFL® is a multiple choice, paper-based test used to measure an individual's ability to understand English. Although Institutional TOEFL® scores cannot be officially submitted to schools, one of the advantages of the Institutional TOEFL® is it is less expensive and less intimidating to individuals prior to taking the TOEFL® test. The answer sheets are scored by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton , NJ . Test takers can expect to receive score results approximately two weeks after the answer sheets are received by the ETS®. Approach offers the Institutional TOEFL® several times per year.
International Students and Visa Issues (back to top)
The school issues I-20 Certificates for the F-1 student visa only to students registered in our full-time programs (from 20 to 32 hours a week). Candidates who enter the United States on student visas must maintain good academic standing and remain enrolled in full-time courses. Those who fail to do so will not be eligible for the F-1 student visa status and the benefits of the F-1 visa category.
International students who are not under the F-1 visa but are considering studying at Approach should ensure that they have visas that will enable them to study and remain in the United States for the duration of their studies. Tourist visas are usually valid from three to six months and are not designated by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service for study purposes; therefore, they are rarely extended for educational reasons.
University Conditional Acceptance and University Classes (back to top)
Students applying to Approach are automatically accepted into Mass Bay Community College to pursue a certificate or associate degree upon completion of our English program. Approach also holds a special admissions relationship for our graduates with Lesley University, the MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Pine Manor College, and Simmons College, among other colleges and universities.
Advanced students are welcome to attend courses at Harvard University, Boston University, Mass Bay Community College and Northeastern University, among others. This is an opportunity to experience American university life while improving your English and making new friends.
Activities and Excursions (back to top)
At APPROACH we enjoy going out. We believe that exposing our students to American culture facilitates language acquisition and is a valuable experience for future life and business situations. We publish a monthly activities calendar which you will receive on your first day of classes. Afternoon activities include tours, sporting events, games, movies, and other attractions. Trips and weekend excursions to various points of interest are planned every month, so you will never lack fun and exciting things to do outside of classes.
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Applying for a Job at Approach (back to top)
We are always interested in establishing contact with qualified individuals for a variety of rewarding teaching opportunities, both on and off site.
If you're interested in career opportunities with Approach, submit your resume by mail to: Attn. Alison MacAdams - Approach International Student Center, 196, Harvard Ave. #6, Allston, MA 02134 or by fax to: (617) 787-4926.
If you are applying for a teaching position in person, please bring in your resume and take our preliminary grammar and terminology test.
We look forward to meeting you!