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You'll learn so much more than just English with ELS. Your time at ELS will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. Learn English and American culture both inside and outside of the classroom.

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Delcio Cardoso

October 16, 2014


Well, let me begin by stating that study abroad is not an easy task for anyone! Personally, I left my home country without speaking any English and I believe that taking a English course at one of the ELS language centers was definitely the best choice I have made. At the ELS I could not only learn English as a second language, but also I could learn basic skills that would be beneficial for my academic journey or even for my future career. For instance, in reading classes, we were taught how to think critically and how to come up with arguments or questions every time we read something. Also, besides focusing on improving students' writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills, it seems to me that the ELS is also concerned about getting students involved in American culture. That is, while in ELS, I took part in various activities (though I should have done more!) where students had to interact with each other and speak with Americans as a way of practicing what they have learnt in class. That was really helpful because we could measure our level of English and perhaps work on our weaknesses. Overall,
I had such a great time at ELS, I made a lot of friends there, and most important I was able to learn one of the most spoken languages in the world. So, I encourage you all to keep working, never give up, always be assertive, and never forget to enjoy every single moment at the ELS. I assure you that it is worthy!!

Thank you ELS family :)

-Delcio Cardoso, Angola


October 16, 2014


“ELS is the best school to learn English. The main qualities are: professionalism and methodology. The teachers have high qualifications and expertise. All of the team works together to provide the best conditions to students get a high level of English. I recommend this school only if you truly want to learn English.”



October 16, 2014


“I have been in ELS Berkeley one year. When I came here for the first time, I could barely speak English. I had a great experience in Berkeley! I learned about many cultures, I met a lot of people from everywhere, and the most important thing, I can speak English now. I will never forget the experience here and the teachers and friends who supported me during this time.”



October 16, 2014


“When I came to the USA, I heard a speech from Martin Luther King Jr. in the airport. He said: “I have a dream…” I started to think that this was a special message. I came here to reach my goals and I had dreams also. Moreover, the ELS Berkeley center helped me to improve my skills and language. Also, all teachers, staff, and students became my family, which is the most important part. Here is the special atmosphere and methods of teaching. It was the best three weeks in my life and I want to say thanks to all teachers who helped me reach my goals.”


Nuttavadee "Bell"

October 16, 2014


“ELS Berkeley is a good place to improve English. It is a great language school in Berkeley. Everyone is nice and friendly. I am so glad to be here. If you study here, you will be happy every day.”

-Nuttavadee "Bell",Thailand


October 16, 2014


“When I first arrived at ELS Berkeley, I never thought I would get so attached to it. The staff is all helpful and respectful. I got the chance to improve my English and learn about different cultures from around the world at the same time. The teachers here are the best. They are super nice and have really good educations and share their knowledge with the students. I will never forget my time here.”

-Ayman,Saudi Arabia

Jamil Enani

September 18, 2014


Jamil just graduated from level 112 at ELS!

"After I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Engineering,
one of the biggest companies in Saudi Arabia called me to have an interview with them. I was happy and excited to
get a job! While we were having the interview, I answered all of the questions perfectly in Arabic. They were very happy and my
smile was getting bigger and bigger! …Until he said “now speak English”. I knew at that time I was in trouble…I said “no
English”, he said “Sorry, you are an Engineer, you must speak English…we cannot accept you”. So I came to the United
States, to ELS in Oklahoma to learn English.
Now, finally, I am an Engineer who speaks English very well!"

-Jamil Enani,Saudi Arabia


September 18, 2014



“I love the people here so much. All the classmates and
teacher are definitely sincere and nice. ELS for me is a first step in America, but brings me a strong feeling that I was accepted. Making friends with people who do not care about where you come from. Learning culture and language opened my mind and thoughts. We are like a big family and everyone is precious here.”


“Studying at ELS can help students prepare earlier for their
future study or work. At ELS, you must use English everyday, which is beneficial to your English skills. Another thing is studying abroad must trigger some cultural conflicts. Studying at ELS gives the chance for a foreign student to adapt to the culture in fun ways. Sometimes when students enter college directly, they might not have to sense the culture deeply in that first busy year. The friends you make here will be the most cherished part from your time abroad.”


“We have classes like SSP for speaking and SEC for
presentation. Our classes include a lot of in class discussions. I practiced my speaking a lot during class and exchanged ideas with people from different countries. Now I can handle daily communication and I can understand native English speakers who even speak fast! I can also express everything that I want to say. I can even make jokes and laugh together by using English.”


“There are a lot of Arabic students here, so I was so
excited to learn about their culture, language, and food, especially KABSA! I also got the chance to learn words in each language and to play games with my friends.”



September 18, 2014


Hello, my name is Samantha Cabrera, I'm 18 years old and I'm from Venezuela. I graduated from school last year, my dream has always been to study Graphic Design in the Miami International University of
Art and Design. Now it has become possible due to ELS. 6 months ago I started studying English at ELS in Denver, Colorado. Definitely it was an unforgettable and awesome experience. I stayed there during 5 months, sharing with the awesome people that ELS has, they made me feel at home. The ELS staff were always worried trying to make the students feel happy and comfortable. They planned different kind of activities for our entertainment, at Downtown, mountains, etc. Besides this, Denver is a spectacular city, there are many places to visit and enjoy. This opportunity also allow people to meet and share with other students from different countries and cultures, which to me, was incredible.



September 2, 2014


ELS Ruston is one of the definitive decisions I've made for the sake of success. Living in America was not only about learning English, I learned cultures, customs, lifestyles, and more importantly the way to enter the university. I've become prepared in speaking, understanding, and perfect in writing. Studying in this institution was a huge help since, now I'm a student in a university. There are lots of things in ELS helped me to become prepared and the instructors are without a doubt the main factor.


September 2, 2014


ELS is a great place to study and improve your English language skills required in universities, colleges and simply everyday life. I am grateful that I got the chance to study in ELS, though only for a session, for it improved my language skills,especially spoken English. The classes there not only discuss about the lessons, but they also have many class discussions every day. A great place to start your study if you are going to a college or university like me.
The teachers there are also super friendly. They are very helpful in class, always giving answers our your questions, even to the silliest ones. They all know you one by one and can give out feedback depending on what you are lacking in class.



September 2, 2014


Thank you so much!!!!! I cannot express with words what I feel for ELS, but I can say that it has been the greatest experience I've ever had. All the nice people I met, all the great friends I made, all my teachers who pushed me to be better each day, ELS I'm going to carry you in my heart the rest of my life. Thanks all of you guys.


August 19, 2014


I am going to study Master's degree in microbiology.

-Mohammed,Saudi Arabia


August 19, 2014


Next month I will be studying some classes in my county that are related to dentistry.

-Ameen,Saudi Arabia


August 14, 2014


There are many excellent teachers in the ELS of Ruston to improve our English skills. They always teach us politely when we have some questions. Also, we can have fun with students from all over the world. Experience their different cultures in the United States through English is a great time for us. In addition, they are so friendly, therefore we can be friends with each other quickly through English.


August 6, 2014


ELS: Why did you choose San Francisco-North Bay as the center for your studies?
Kento: I thought this was a good place to study because it was quiet compared to the centers in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

ELS: How long have you studied with our center?
Kento: I have studied here for four months.

ELS: What was one of your favorite memories while studying here?
Kento: I loved to play basketball with my international friends. It was very exciting. We played in the gym on campus sometimes
with Dominican neighbors. We didn’t limit ourselves just to basketball; we also played soccer and volleyball. I also really appreciate the staff for giving me lots of help and guidance surrounding my choice to apply for Georgetown University.

ELS: Do you have any recommendations and/or advice for any future students who plan to study at ELS San Francisco- North Bay?
Kento: For high schools students, you need to be independent
and self-motivated. I would also recommend the Conversation Partners Program, which gives you the opportunity to talk with American people. Also you get to learn about culture and how life is in the American school.

ELS: What is one thing you learned about American culture that you did not know before studying here?
Kento: One thing I was surprised about was how much the teachers really care about their students. I immediately felt comfortable with my teachers and I think they tried to explain things again and again if you don’t understand. The teachers are passionate about their job and they take pride in your success.

-Kento ,Japan

Zihua "Wilson"

August 6, 2014


ELS: Why did you choose San Francisco- North Bay as the center for your studies?
Wilson: My friend studies here and recommended it to me. The environment is the best.

ELS: How long have you studied at our center?
Wilson: Since September 2013.

ELS: What was one of your favorite memories while studying here?
Wilson: Meeting new friends and having funny classes. Also, I really liked graduation and am happy to see students graduate onto bigger things each month.

ELS: Do you have any recommendations and/or advice for any
future students who plan to study here?
Wilson: I would tell them about some studying skills- remember vocabulary and grammar. I would tell them about daily life, like
transportation. I would recommend for them to live in a host family, because it is the best way to practice your English and to learn about the way to stay in a foreign family.

ELS: What is one thing you learned about American culture that you did not know before studying here?
Wilson: About shower time- Americans always take showers in
the morning. Also about laundry; in China we do laundry every day, while in America they do laundry once a week.

ELS: What are your plans now after studying with ELS?
Wilson: I will attend De Anza College and study engineering.

ELS: How has ELS prepared you for De Anza College?
Wilson: ELS has helped me with my English language, learning, reading and writing skills.

ELS: What is one thing you will miss about ELS?
Wilson: I will especially miss the teachers and just studying only English.

-Zihua "Wilson",China


August 6, 2014


I work for a big company in Colombia. I need English to attend international conferences and meetings with foreign people to communicate with each other. ELS Chicago has very good teachers, and they have very good aids to study English such as LTC for grammar and for listening. Students have to give presentations and practice speaking. You also meet a lot of people from many different countries and can learn about different countries. All the teachers and staff try to help students, not only with academics but with activities and staying in Chicago as well.



August 6, 2014


In my opinion,everything I have learned at ELS is useful for me. Every single day I learn something new from my teachers, from the LTC labs, even from my classmates. Studying at ELS will help me in the future to get a good job in my country and when I travel to other countries where people speak English. I will be able to communicate with them because at ELS Chicago I have gotten good English skills.



August 6, 2014


I would like to thank every single teacher in this school as well as the administration without exception. They helped me a lot in a very professional manner. They even help the students with admission to the university, English in general, and how to
speak English to Americans outside of class. I came to Chicago because it is a big city that has about five universities with my major. I choose ELS Chicago because I heard about the agreement it has with approximately 600 universities around the US that will admit students to their programs without taking an English proficiency test.

-Abdul-Kareem,Saudi Arabia


August 6, 2014


My cousin who attended ELS Chicago a long time ago recommended this school to me. He always says that the base of his international business is the friends he made at ELS and the English he studied has helped him communicate with people from all over the world. ELS Chicago offers a good combination of cultures in every class. In ELS Chicago every single class has a huge variety of people from different countries and cultures. Most of my classmates are professionals. This allows me to have deep conversation and develop professional vocabulary for business.

Finally, at the end of each session the teachers give me really personal recommendations about my English and what I should practice more. This is so important and helps me a lot.



August 6, 2014


I have had a good experience in all areas at ELS. I have classmates from every part of the world, and I have improved my English a lot. Studying at ELS Chicago helped me get a good job in the United States. I am grateful to ELS Chicago. The staff are very professional. The director always asks the students how we are doing in class, and the Academic Director arranged a special tutoring course for me to prepare for my interview. It was the perfect class for me.



August 6, 2014


I chose ELS because it has prestige all over the world. The best part is the opportunity to meet different people from all over the world and practice my English with them. ELS Chicago gives me different skills and knowledge to communicate in the best way
for my job at an international company. All teachers and staff at ELS Chicago help me as much as possible to study without limits.



August 6, 2014


When I came here I thought I knew a lot of English, but I am surprised about all the academic vocabulary that I have learned. This has helped me a lot. ELS also gives me the chance to enter many universities. The director at ELS helped me to apply for the university.

-Wedad,Saudi Arabia


August 6, 2014


The best part of studying in ELS Chicago is that the facilities are excellent and the schedule is suitable for learning English in the shortest time possible. Studying English will help me in my future to communicate with my customers and open new business opportunities in my small tourist company in Panama because 90% of my clients speak English!



August 5, 2014


I chose ELS Chicago because I think it is a great city and you can do many things in this amazing city. ELS is the best option to learn English. The best part of studying English in Chicago is the facility located at Dominican University and the great classes because I have learned a lot. ELS will help me in the future in many ways. I can find better job opportunities in my country.



July 25, 2014


ELS is a very good school to learn English. It's a very beautiful school! Their facilities are well equipped to take in students from all over the world! They provided us with excellent books to learn from, and the teachers followed the curriculum very well. They taught in a way that we could understand. The teachers are all very helpful and always try and make you feel comfortable. Especially because they know that we are from a foreign country, and that we are far away from our friends and family. The school places you in a dormitory that is very near to the facilities and classrooms. They are spacious enough for two people, it has a restroom and is air conditioned. They also provide a kitchen for the students who would like to use. The campus is very nice and welcoming. Not only ELS is a great school, but it's located in a great city. San Antonio is a city that is very welcoming and receptive of foreign people. For sure, here is good place for your beginning.



July 25, 2014


Hello. My name is MINGI LEE. I am from Korea. For me, ELS is one of best place to study English and meet many international students. When I came to America, I was scared because I knew nobody in America. But, I could make many foreign students by taking a class and talking with other people in ELS. Also, many teachers in ELS helped me to adjust to live more comfortable in America. If you want to make a good relationship with foreign students and adjust to America, I recommend you to attend ELS.

-Mingi,South Korea


July 25, 2014


I have been studying for eight months in paradise, that’s how I call Hawai’i. I have extremely improved my everyday language as well as my academic English in ELS Honolulu. The teachers always support me in my studies. All in all, learning English in such a wonderful place is like a vacation.

Maria Pilar

July 25, 2014


ELS Atlanta has good teachers with a lot of patience and [who are] very involved in our development. It is total immersion, you speak English all day with your classmates, teachers, when you go to the supermarket, etc. I really improved my level of English. I feel more comfortable when I speak. And the best - you get to know people with different languages, cultures and traditions. It's a good life experience.

-Maria Pilar,Chile


July 25, 2014


When I arrived to ELS Atlanta, the first thing that I noticed was the quality in all the things around me. The administrative employees and the professors want the best for you, and they show interest in your learning. Besides, you can know people from the other side of the world and learn about their culture, too. This is an amazing experience and I'm so happy to be here.


Raul Fernandez and Marilyn Torrealba

July 25, 2014



We are Raul Fernandez and Marilyn Torrealba. We are from Venezuela. We both have a bachelors of Science in Computer Systems Engineering.

Our best choice....

We came to St. Louis with the main goal of obtaining a degree from the University of Missouri, but we needed to learn English first. We came to ELS St. Louis with great expectations about our new life and how learning English would be. After two months of living and studying here, we can say that our expectations have been surpassed.

ELS St.Louis has excellent teachers and staff. They are well trained, and willing to help and support us. They always reward our efforts. All of this makes us feel comfortable, confident, and eager to learn more every day. Also, the people from St. Louis are very kind and friendly, they are willing to speak and help us any time we need it.

At ELS not only do we learn English, but we have also met and shared with people from all over the world, learning about their culture and customs. We have enjoyed a lot of recreational and fun
activities, such as BBQs, Six Flags amusement park, Cardinals' Baseball Games and the Art Museum.

For all of these reasons, we recommend, not only to study English, but to learn English at ELS St. Louis. You will have unforgettable and invaluable experience.

-Raul Fernandez and Marilyn Torrealba,Venezuela


July 25, 2014


-Do you want to live and study in places you love?
-Do certain locations inspire you and bring out the best in you?
I think ELS Centre in Atlanta is the best place where you can learn English with the best teachers. :)



July 25, 2014


I have been studying at ELS for 8 months now. It really is a good language school because we are like one family together. The teachers are great here, too.

-Fahad,Saudi Arabia