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A Look at M1 Visas

If you decide to learn English in the U.S. or attend school in the U.S. after your language courses, you will need to secure the appropriate student visa. The right visa for you depends on the type of education you plan to pursue. Watch this video to learn about one such type of visa, the M1.

The M1 visa is for students who wish to attend vocational schools rather than four-year colleges and universities. To obtain an M1, there are requirements for the number of hours you must study and limits to how many times you can renew the visa. Consult with a lawyer or the international students team at your school for help.

At Bluedata International Institute, we provide TOEFL prep and ESL classes for international students in NYC and can assist with your student visa questions. To learn more about our English school, please call (917) 780-4855.

M-1 vs. F-1 Student Visas

A student visa allows you to enter and remain in the United States for the purpose of education and learning English. There are 2 types of student visas available. The M-1 Visa is appropriate for international students wishing to enroll in vocational or other nonacademic programs. After you have completed your vocational training, an M-1 Visa also allows you to take part in practical training. The F-1 Visa program applies to academic students wishing to enroll full-time at an accredited educational institution, such as a high school, college, or university. This type of visa requires you to enroll in a program that awards some type of diploma, degree, or other certificate upon completion. F-1 students may not obtain off-campus employment during their first academic year, but may accept on-campus jobs during this time. After their first year, international students may seek certain types of training-based employment, which are outlined in the visa restrictions.

Bluedata International Institute is pleased to accept international students wishing to improve their English skills. Our New York City English schools offer comprehensive ESL classes and TOEFL prep taught by experienced bilingual educators. You can visit us online or call (917) 780-4855 to learn more.

Comparing the Formats of the IELTS and the TOEFL

The IELTS and the TOEFL are standardized English skills tests. While both tests are recognized across the world, they do have a few key differences worth noting.

This video explores the differences between the IELTS and TOEFL. Although both exams allow international students to test their English skills for university admission, the TOEFL is often the preferred score and is recognized by more institutions than the IELTS. Furthermore, because the TOEFL is an internet-based exam, it is often more convenient to study for and take than the paper-based IELTS exam.

Would you like to learn more about how our NYC ESL classes and targeted TOEFL prep courses can help you excel on the TOEFL? Please call Bluedata International Institute today at (917) 780-4855 to find out why taking an English class with us is the best choice. You can also learn more about our ESL classes and bilingual educators on the web.

A Section-by-Section Guide to the TOEFL

The TOEFL is a standardized test that consists of 4 separate sections. This comprehensive English skills test is meant to evaluate your abilities in a variety of areas, including written and spoken English. Keep reading for a more complete breakdown of the TOEFL sections and what to expect from this test.

Reading Section

The reading section of the TOEFL consists of 3 to 4 short passages taken from academic texts. During this portion of the TOEFL, you will read each passage and answer several questions to demonstrate reading comprehension in an educational context. You will be given 60 to 80 minutes to read the passages and answer 36 to 56 questions.

Listening Section

During the listening section of the TOEFL test, you will listen to samples from classroom discussions, conversations, and lectures. Following each sample, you will be asked to answer questions to assess your listening skills and comprehension. The listening section allows 60 to 90 minutes for 34 to 51 questions. After this section, you’ll be allowed a 10-minute break before proceeding with the last 2 sections of the test.

Speaking Section

You are allotted 20 minutes to complete 6 tasks associated with the speaking section of the TOEFL. During the speaking section, you will be asked to express your opinion on a given topic or talk about a reading or listening task you have been assigned.

Writing Section

The last section of the TOEFL is the writing section. During this portion of the test, you will have 50 minutes to complete 2 short essay responses based on an assigned listening or reading task. You will need to both express an opinion and support it in your essay.

A high TOEFL score can open the door to a bright future. If you’re looking for the right New York TOEFL prep course, look no further than Bluedata International Institute’s comprehensive ESL classes for international students. We invite you to find out more about our English schools and bilingual educators on the web, or give us a call at (212) 683-6250 to enroll in a TOEFL prep course today.

A Look at the Role of Accent Reduction in ESL Classes

Pronunciation and emphasis play a significant role in both the expression and comprehension of spoken language. During your ESL classes, you will not only learn how to understand spoken English, but also how to speak with a natural and native rhythm and emphasis. Focusing on accent reduction concurrently with the development of your English skills will improve clarity for better understanding when conversing with other English speakers.

Clear Spoken Communication

Regardless of your vocabulary or listening skills, clear communication also relies on your ability to enunciate and pronounce words correctly. Accent reduction allows you to communicate more clearly with a wide range of native English speakers, some of whom may have difficulty understanding familiar words when spoken in a heavy accent. Furthermore, adopting a more native English accent can improve communication with non-native English speakers as well, who may have their own limitations in terms of listening and understanding English. Clear communication is a major foundation of success in both higher education and beyond, allowing you to effectively express your thoughts, ideas, and questions in any English-speaking environment around the world.

Versatile Communication Skills

Learning to identify and reduce your own accent is an important part of learning English that can also have broader benefits. Conforming to a more native accent is a linguistic exercise that keeps your cognitive and verbal skills sharp, improving your ability to hear different sounds, emphasis, and other cues within spoken words. When you are better able to identify characteristics such as tone and emphasis, you’ll also find yourself better able to communicate with others on a deeper and more personal level.

At Bluedata International Institute, we are dedicated to providing the comprehensive and personalized ESL courses you need to develop your English skills quickly and successfully. You can find out more about our ESL classes for international students in NYC when you visit our website, or call (917) 780-4855 to enroll in an ESL class today.

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