We have been asking language learners and school admins about how to compare language schools. We are trying to help language learners to find what they want. Finding a good language school takes a lot of time and not all the students know where to start.
In this post we explain first steps to
Evaluating schools is a personal process. Every language learner is looking for certain qualities in a school. According to our surveys, many students believe the location and environment are the most important factors. Some other look for high rankings and good reviews.
A school manager in Montreal believes all language schools in Montreal fall into two price categories and they are mostly located in downtown area. Therefore, the quality of classes, good teachers and friend references are the key decision helpers.
If you are learning a new language and you are going to take a class, you need to know yourself first. What do you expect from a language course? How do you learn languages? Do you have a budget? Is time a concern for you?
Probably you’ll start with a quick search to see what is available out there. You land on a shiny website or a school’s active social media page. This is where you might make a mistake. We all make decisions based on what we are feeling at the moment. Does this school offer what I want or I like the social activity photos they shared on internet?
We recommend you draw an outline to filter schools that offer what you need. Let’s say you are preparing for a language test, you have very limited time and you do not want to spend all your savings. Making the decision would be easier when you have all the constraints on paper.
You could make a spreadsheet to compare your options. Put important criterias on the left and language school names in the column titles. Filling this simple grid helps you visualize all your options.
We are working hard to build tools that helps language learners find the best schools. Doing so, we need feedback from you so we build something that is really helpful and practical. We have prepared a very short survey that asks you about your preferences while choosing a school. Please take a few minutes and share your opinion.
Survey on how to compare schools