Information on practicing English in the USA
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Apr 28, 2012 10:59 PM Last Post By: travelinhobo
Apr 28, 2012 2:52 AM
Information on practicing English in the USAHello,
my name is Phu. I live in Thailand.I want to come to the USA (preferably Boston or Portland,Oregon) to practice speaking English.Is there someone who might be able to provide me with some information.For example,I'd like to know what are the visa requirements? Where are cheap places to stay in Boston or Portland.Any information you can provide me would be appreciated.
Apr 28, 2012 4:51 AM
Apr 28, 2012 5:20 AM
2If you want to study full time, you need an F visa. If you just want to take a few side courses, or just talk to people while traveling, you need a B-2 visa.
Apr 28, 2012 5:24 AM
3I believe the ESL schools help with the visa, supplying the I-20 form for the F-1 student visa (for more than 18 hours per week of study). Some schools or programs may help locate housing or arrange a paid homestay.
For less than 18 hours of study, you may be able to come on a tourist visa.
Boston is a very expensive city and rents are very high currently because of the bad economy and housing crisis. (Often now it's less expensive to rent than to buy, and therefore rents go up.)
Students often share/divide apartments to keep costs lower. Take a look at the house share advertisements on the www.Craigslist.org site for Boston.
There are also hostels, but they are also not cheap for a long stay.
Apr 28, 2012 7:14 AM
4If you want to take a course, such as a summer English symposium (given by many universities in the U.S. and Canada), you shoudl check with universities in your home country for info, and also contact the nearest U.S. and Canadian Embassy or Consulate. There are also private language schools. Also check Web sites of individual universities in any area you're interested in. Not all schools have summer courses in English but many do. As noted above, make sure you have the right visa. Costs for the course, housing and transportation can add up. I worked at U.S. consualted and, more recently, a Brazilian university's international studies department. A couple of students took courses in Canada, and I think one did in the U.S. Offhand it sounds like you want a vacation in Portland or Boston and are somehow hoping for hints on improving English there.
Apr 28, 2012 10:59 PM
5Check out eslteachersboard.com for home stays. There's a long list of offers from various countries for families offering foreigners homestays while they learn English. As stated above, http://craigslist.org is the most helpful forum for room/house rentals, etc.
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