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How ESL Classes Boost Your Overall Learning Potential

If you’re considering learning English in New York, a recent study titled " The Contribution of Multilingualism to Creativity" has shown that learning an additional language can greatly improve your brainpower. The study found that those taking ESL classes or obtaining other multilingual abilities enjoyed substantial mental benefits. Here’s a look at some of the ways learning a new language can help improve your cognitive abilities.

Communication ability

If you commit to learn English or any other language, your ability to communicate will drastically improve. Not only will you learn more about syntax, grammar and different communication styles, but you will also create connections with a wider range of the world’s population.

Change in electrical activity

Prior to the study, researchers believed that the only way to change brain functioning was to obtain a high level of language ability in a new language. However, this study shows that enrolling in language school can help increase electrical activity in the earliest stages of language learning.

Superior memory function

Learning a new language helps you improve your memory capacity, especially your short-term memory abilities. This benefit can spill into other areas of your life, as it allows your brain to keep information for longer durations while thinking processes are active.

Mental flexibility

Taking ESL classes can help you keep mental pathways opened up, which will help you use different avenues for thought. Essentially, learning a new language exercises your brain, which helps keep it flexible and agile.

Problem-solving abilities

Learning a new language helps improve your problem-solving abilities in your abstract thinking skills, concept formation and creative hypothesis formation. It will also strengthen your ability to identify, understand and solve problems. You will also be able to focus on specific tasks by filtering out distractions and extraneous information.

Bluedata International Institute provides a high-quality learning experience and an opportunity for International students to learn English for personal, academic and professional growth. We strive to create a community of empowered scholars capable of success in the global world. For more information about our ESL classes, please call (646) 755-9071.


Succeeding in Your Interview for a U.S. Student Visa

To apply for a student visa in the United States, you typically need to apply about six to seven months before you begin your ESL classes. As a good rule of thumb, it’s recommended to start the application process a year in advance. This allows you to learn about your visa status before officially enrolling in language school.

As this video explains, you need to make sure your interview responses are fairly consistent. Currently, the online process is automated, so you only need to show up at the Embassy for the interview portion. Usually, it takes about a week’s time for your interview to be scheduled following the application process.

If you’re interested in TOEFL preparation or ESL class in New York City, contact Bluedata International Institute at (646) 755-9071. We strive to create a community of empowered scholars capable of succeeding in the globalized world.


What Are the Different Portions of the TOEFL Test?

If you enroll in New York ESL School, you will likely take the TOEFL test. This exam examines your ability to use and understand English at the university level. It also evaluates your ability to combine listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills to perform academic tests.

TOEFL Test NYC - Bluedata International Institute

Test overview

The TOEFL has four sections—Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. During the reading section, you will need to put your English school lessons to use and read three to four passages from academic texts and answer questions. During the Listening portion, you will listen to and answer questions on lectures, classroom discussions and conversations. For the Speaking portion, you will need to express an opinion on a familiar topic and then speak based on reading and listening tasks. Finally, you will write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks during the Writing portion.

Native-speaker English accents

Though you will learn English in an American environment, the TOEFL’s Listening and Speaking sections include other native-speaker English accents, such as the U.K., New Zealand, and Australia. These other accents were added to better reflect the variety of native English accents you will likely encounter if you study abroad.

Test day

Though you should feel confident in your English skills come test day, it’s natural to feel a bit nervous. Knowing what to expect can help put you more at ease on the actual test day. For example, you should plan to arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes before your start time. If you come late, you may not be permitted to take the exam. You will also only be permitted to carry identification documents in the testing room. Some test centers will provide a plastic bag for you to store your other personal items.

Founded in 1997 as a private co-educational licensed business school, Bluedata International Institute provides a quality experience for international students to learn English. Find out how ESL classes can help you grow personally and professionally by calling (646) 755-9071. We are a leader in language education in New York City.


Exploring Your Course Options at Bluedata International Institute

Bluedata International Institute offers ESL classes for International students in six levels, as well preparation courses for GMAT, TOEFL, and GRE exams. If you enroll in level one ESL school, you will become familiar and comfortable with basic English grammar. You should also be able to create simple dialogs using questions and answers in an introductory level.

Upon completion of level one ESL classes and receiving BEST PLUS oral score between 55 and 72, you can enroll in level two. This ESL class will help you improve your basic understanding of English and introduce more complex grammar, vocabulary and phrases. Your teacher will also take you on class trips, including visits to the museum and social events. If you receive BEST PLUS oral score between 73 and 84 and BEST literacy score between 36 and 46, you can enroll in level three classes. This course will teach you how to express yourself in day-to-day situations. In addition to attending field trips around New York City, you will also watch movies and participate in interesting group discussions.

For more information about our three ESL classes, contact Bluedata International Institute at (646) 755-9071. We provide an English learning experience that is rewarding, expansive, and intellectually gratifying.


Learn Some Funny English Idioms!

At Bluedata International Institute, we are dedicated to helping international students learn English and improve their language skills. Idioms are an interesting part of the English language. These phrases sound strange but don't have a literal meaning. For example, when you say something "costs an arm and a leg," it doesn't actually mean you have to give your limbs to buy it - it simply means something is very expensive.

Explore some funny idioms with illustrations from Roisin Hahessy on BoredPanda.


Illustration by: Roison Hahessy


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