We invite you to join us in a small, friendly language centre that provides an intimate atmosphere in which to improve your English skills. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality intensive English courses where the emphasis is on communication. Individual attention is our first priority and at English Encounters we make sure you receive the attention you need in a comfortable setting near Toronto. We have an average of 4-8 students in each class. We have small groups to help you learn and get the attention you need to learn quickly. All of our teachers are qualified ESL professionals with lots of experience. They are chosen for their personalities as well as their qualifications. We believe that friendly, enthusiastic and patient teachers are essential and they want your stay to be happy and educationally rewarding.
Burlington, a city of 166,000 people, is a wonderful place to stay and study English. It is located in southern Ontario on the north shore of Lake Ontario between Toronto and Hamilton. It is a very safe area with a high standard of living. We are a small and friendly language centre within walking distance of the lake, park and promenade, the beach, a major shopping mall, restaurants and pubs and the bus and train station. It is less than one hour to Toronto or Niagara Falls by train or car. According to MoneySense, a leading lifestyle and investment magazine, the city of Burlington is the best city in which to live in the Greater Toronto Area, the best mid-sized city as well as the best place for immigrants in Canada!
Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk
GROUP ENGLISH COURSE
We really believe in the advantage of studying in small groups. Unlike many institutions which advertise “small” groups, our groups really are small! We have as few as 2 students in some cases and our average group size is 5 (and maximum 8). In a small group, students get more attention and our teachers can be more responsive to their needs. As a student, you have more opportunity to talk and interact with the teacher and your classmates. Observes ESL Teacher Randy, “it is easier for students to gain confidence in using the language when they don’t have to speak in front of a large group”. Moreover, everyone “gets to know each other well and becomes very comfortable expressing their ideas in English.”
INTENSIVE ENGLISH COURSE
An increasingly popular program at English Encounters is our Intensive Combo Course. By combining 20 group lessons weekly with 5 private lessons, students find that they get the best of both learning formats. In group lessons, which are typically held in the morning, students benefit from group interaction which particularly helps build conversation skills in addition to all the other skills (reading, listening, speaking, writing, and grammar). After lunch, Combo Course students take an intensive one-to-one lesson. Being a private class, students can focus on their specific needs such as Business English, Test Preparation (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, or Cambridge), pronunciation, or Academic English. The private teacher conducts a needs assessment in the first class and customizes lessons and assignments according to the student’s needs and objectives. Choose this course to maximize your learning potential!
ACCELERATED ENGLISH COURSE
Designed for busy professionals with limited time, the Accelerated Combo Course allows you to maximize your English language training and immersion experience in a short time. In group lessons, which are typically held in the morning, students benefit from group interaction which particularly helps build conversation skills in addition to all the other skills (reading, listening, speaking, writing, and grammar). After lunch, Accelerated Combo Course students take two intensive one-to-one lessons. Students can choose the set curriculum of Business English and/or, being a private class, students can focus on their specific needs such as Test Preparation (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, or Cambridge), pronunciation, or Academic English. The private teacher conducts a needs assessment in the first class and customizes lessons and assignments according to the student’s needs and objectives. Choose this course to maximize your learning potential and “accelerate” your acquisition of English language skills!
PART-TIME ENGLISH COURSES
We are happy to announce that we now also offer part-time courses at our language centre in Burlington, Ontario. You can chose between a test preparation course (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or CELPIP preparation course), a conversation or a pronunciation course.
The following courses are available for Canadian residents OR international students enrolled in any one of our full-time courses:
- Part-Time Test Preparation Course (5 sessions/10 lessons)
- Business Communication Course (5 sessions/10 lessons)
- English Conversation Class (5 sessions/10 lessons)
- English Pronunciation Class (5 sessions/10 lessons)
Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
General 15-25 hrs/wk
TEST PREPARATION COURSE
TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or CELPIP Preparation
The course includes ten group lessons of general English plus ten private test preparation lessons each week. While the group lessons build all language skills, the private lessons focus on each skill area (listening, speaking, reading, writing) of the specific test. The latter involves skills and strategies for vocabulary building, reading, essay writing, independent and integrated speaking tasks, note-taking and more and are customized to the student’s individual needs. As in all of our courses at English Encounters you also receive a weekly self-study package, which includes additional test-preparation exercises for all skills. All these, plus regular Practice Tests ensure students will have what it takes to achieve a great score in your test!
At English Encounters, we can help you prepare for the following English tests:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language; needed to study at college/university)
- General and Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System, needed to study at a college/university or for immigration purposes) - - TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication, Business English)
- CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program, needed for immigration purposes)
BUSINESS ENGLISH COURSE
Designed for professionals, the Business English Course gives you the language skills you need to succeed in the world of business where English has become the lingua franca. In your group lessons,, which are typically held in the morning, students focus on improving their English communication in a business setting. Skills include reading, speed-reading, listening, telephoning, making presentations, conducting and attending meetings, email writing and other business correspondence.
We are very pleased to announce that our Intensive English Course has been accepted for Bildungsurlaub in Germany. The 2-weeks course includes 20 group lessons of general English in the morning as well as 6 private lessons of business English in the afternoon from Monday to Friday. In addition, you will also receive our weekly self-study package, which includes extra practice exercises, including grammar, reading, writing, vocabulary and listening.
The following courses have been accepted:
- Englisch für Alltag und Beruf - Intensive English Course Level 3
- Englisch für Alltag und Beruf - Intensive English Course Level 4
- Englisch für Alltag und Beruf - Intensive English Course Level 5
- Englisch für Alltag und Beruf - Intensive English Course Level 6
The course has been accepted in the following German states:
ACADEMIC PATHWAY PROGRAM
Fasttrack your admission to Canadian colleges and universities!
- Group Lessons – 24 lessons per week
- Small groups – average 5 students (maximum 8)
- Weekly Academic English Self-Study Package
- Online Course Component
- Focus on English skills needed for college or university study
- Four academic skills seminars per week
- Topics such as: essay/academic writing, critical thinking, research skills, note-taking, academic reading/speed reading, presentation skills, TOEFL/IELTS preparation
- Counselling and assistance with college/university placement
- Scholarships available!
- Course duration 8-48 weeks, depending on starting level
PRIVATE ENGLISH COURSE
Private lessons are deal for students who are not available for morning group classes or who have specific requirements in terms of course content, scheduling, or class location. Being an intensive one-to-one class, students can focus on their specific needs such as business English, test preparation (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, or Cambridge), pronunciation, or academic English. The private teacher conducts a needs assessment in the first class and customizes lessons and assignments according to the student’s needs and objectives. Choose a Private English Course from English Encounters and, with the guidance of your ESL teacher, build a program that works for you!
- 2-20 private lessons per week
- Flexible schedule - lessons can be mornings*, after-noons, evenings* or weekends*
- Classes available at your home or office**
- All language skills
- General English and/or business English
- Lessons focus on individual needs and interests
- Daily homework assignments
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