If you have ever tried to study Academic Vocabulary by yourself, I'm willing to bet you, you haven't had much success. I'm also pretty sure many fellow students, as well as professional teachers, have tried to tell you how to study Academic Vocabulary. Trouble is, nobody ever told you WHAT NOT TO DO. Have no fear, that's why I'm here. (The rhyme is just a bonus.) First of all, there is no "quick fix"; it's important to understand that no vocabulary can be learned over night. It takes time, repetition and application to acquire new vocabulary. Unfortunately, this is not likely to happen if you rely on memorizing vocabulary lists or use resources that don't provide in-depth understanding of the Academic vocabulary. The same goes for the lack of practice in applying the newly acquired vocabulary to your speaking and writing. Here, in no particular order, are a few pieces of advice: 1. Do not …
Why learn Academic English with us?
Because if You are a foreign Pharmacist, Physician, Surgeon, Dentist, Physiotherapist, Nurse, Lecturer, Engineer, Teacher, Doctoral student or other International Professional, You need help from an experienced ESL teacher to ace Your English Proficiency exam and reclaim Your professional life in North America.
HERE ARE SOME OF OUR SUCCESS STORIES:
A Pharmacist from Russia
“At first, I didn’t understand how important deep knowledge of the language was in order to get a high score for TOEFL. I, like a lot of people, thought that practice is a key for success and that quantity will turn into quality one day. Instead of actually learning the language, I just tried to train myself on TOEFL. The speaking section was my Achilles heel. I always thought that it was unfair for ETS to make test-takers to fit so much information into the 45 second time period. After another attempt to pass the test, I was almost 100% sure I would get a high score for the speaking section, because I managed to use a lot of information from the given materials
A pharmacist from Ukraine
“I am a foreign pharmacist and I passed the TOEFL exam with 29 points in the Speaking section! I took the exam 4 times because I had problems with speaking – I was stuck at 23. After my third try, I realized I needed to find a teacher who can evaluate my speaking and help me. So, I contacted Danijela. She identified my problems and taught me how to fix them. We practised A LOT, under the real time conditions, with different types of questions. After a couple of months of our work I passed TOEFL and my speaking score was 29! Getting my target score on TOEFL has enabled me to continue pursuing my licence and my career in the US.
A PhD Student from Cuba
“…I studied biology in Cuba and my intention was to apply to a Masters….I took the TOEFL, and all the world’s doors were open for me……I applied to a masters in New York, I got it! and at the same time I got a position in the City University of New York as an adjunct lecturer. Coming from a cleaner to finally being inserted in the Academia, I could not be more happy! After almost two years and having my masters done, I applied to a PhD in the University of Miami presenting the same TOEFL result and I was accepted as well! This professor was essential in starting this chain of successes!…She changed my life and she did not have any idea”
A Pharmacist from Poland
“Meeting Danijela for the first time, I quickly noticed that she has a lot of experience…..she helped me to be more confident, and this is very important if you want to have a good score in the speaking section of TOEFL. In order to pass TOEFL as a Foreign Pharmacist, I had to get at least 26 points. I have been struggling to cross a barrier of 24 points for a while, but with her positive attitude and approach to the speaking section, I got 27 points! That was a huge achievement for me. Sometimes not just the English is the problem, but what we believe, and Danijela helped me to believe that it is possible to be a good speaker.
A University Lecturer, Irina
“When I immigrated to Canada, I needed to improve all four English skills …with Danijela’s help I got the TOEFL score I needed to secure a research and teaching position at UBC. Six years later, I needed to get a high score to apply for a Clinical Trainee’s licence. After three attempts with self-preparation my score in the Speaking section was consistently 23. I contacted Danijela again. She provided me with detailed description of my strengths and weaknesses. She suggested a structured approach to improve my weaknesses, and after a month of preparation with her, I obtained a score of 27 in Speaking. Moreover, I improved my writing from 25 to 26
An Engineer from Italy
“…with Danijela’s support, I improved my listening, writing and speaking skills. My Academic vocabulary improved as well, giving me the chance to interact positively with native speakers. All the lessons, the exercises and test simulations enabled me to get a high score on TOEFL iBT test. Once I returned to Italy, I got my first job immediately. I’m now employed as optical engineer and project manager in an international company, active in space, medical, laser and defense & security field. I work every day with foreign companies, institutes and agencies, such as NASA, ESA, European Community Committee and various National
From the bio of our head teacher/adviser Danijela
- 20+ years of classroom experience in the ESL industry in North America.
- 16+ years of developing and implementing highly successful TOEFL preparation courses,
at internationally recognized ESL schools.
- ETS Certified Integrated-Skills for TOEFL iBT Curriculum Designer
- TEFL Certified