Very often, students came into our school with a very vague idea, “I want to improve my English.”
Since at REV we know that a student’s motivation is a key factor to their success in language learning, the first thing we do is to take time to help students discover why they really want to learn English and what they truly want to achieve. These are definitely not easy questions to answer for some of them, as many of them are also just on their way to find out who they are and what they want in life.
REV teachers talk to students in depth before recommending a course for them because we know, unless the classes can be somewhat customized, they won’t truly suit and serve each student’s needs. At REV, you won’t find the conventional grammar, reading and writing, listening, and speaking classes. Instead, you’ll find an integrated program that is cut out for a student’s specific needs. I think it’s safe to say that no two students at REV are taking the exact same program because we tweak each class to help them achieve their different language learning goals.
Language is essential for communication, so whether a student’s goal is to improve English in general, to apply to a university, or to become a Canadian citizen, no language learning would be truly meaningful if not connected to real life experiences. Here at REV, we don’t see students’ improvement through the level certificates because “What does a level 3 certificate translate into a student’s language competency?” and because English in real life is not measured by levels. Instead, we know students’ language skills have really improved when we hear and see what they can do in English.
Take the Real Life English program for example. I know my students have made progress when they say:
- “They finally understood what I was ordering at Starbucks!”
- “Wow, I’m finally not scared of calling to order delivery food by myself!”
- “I finally don’t need a translator at the parent-teacher meeting!”
I know my students are successful communicators when looking for an elementary school for their children in Canada, they can analyze and compare different schools and education systems at length and they can arrange school tours and communicate their needs to school staff, all by themselves in English! We didn’t “teach” them all that, but simply provided the tools and facilitated the learning process for them.
What’s more, students don’t only benefit from language learning at REV. Many of them have a found a sense of belonging. Students feel comfortable staying at school as long as they want because they know they can get the support they need anytime, whether it be from the teachers or their fellow schoolmates.
Everyone in the REV family helps its members achieve their goals in one way or another, in language or emotionally. A strong and supportive environment truly helps students feel safe and comfortable to make mistakes, which is essential for language learning. It also contributes to building the confidence many students are lacking regardless of their English abilities.
There’s simply so much more we can offer you! Having been an English teacher for over 17 years, I’d say that there’s no comparison to a language school that offers genuine care for its students and an authentic, meaningful learning experience.