Support for (language) students

STUDENTS IN GENERAL

How do I get started?
“It’s my final year and of course that includes the dreaded thesis. I know what I want to write about and what I am aiming for but I can’t seem to put it into words. Everything I write, I delete; there is no structure at all and even I don’t feel like it’s easy to read. I get a lot of support from my supervisor but that doesn’t mean that he should correct all of my spelling mistakes.”
No certificate, no Master
“It took me a while to know which Master I wanted to pursue, so naturally I was disappointed when I discovered that there were certain conditions. Apparently, this particular Master requires a B2 level of English. Since I didn’t attend school in Belgium, I needed to prove this, just like one of my friends had to do with Dutch, even though she speaks extremely fluently and it’s clear she’s proficient enough.”

LANGUAGE STUDENTS

We don’t get enough practice
“When I started at university, I thought I would end up speaking all languages perfectly. On paper, this should indeed be the case, yet I noticed that we don’t really reach a level of ‘native fluency’. Of course, I try to get in touch with natives and I’m looking forward to my exchange year but it just isn’t the same. People can still hear I’m from Belgium and I feel like that isn’t the way it’s supposed to be.”
I don’t understand Linguistics
“I chose to study Languages and Linguistics because of my passion for literature that I wanted to develop even further. Sadly enough, this also means Linguistics, a necessary evil to me and often the reason I need to re-sit exams in July. I just cannot grasp the concept of linguistics and regular tutoring won’t help, because the tutor would need a specialization in linguistics for that language specifically.”
This is what most people told us when they called upon the assistance of Hello Languages regarding English classes. Please bear in mind that this is not an exhaustive list. That’s why we won’t go too far into detail when it comes to previous customer’s experiences:
  • Students who want to prepare for the TOEFL, the IELTS, the ITACE, the CNAVT, etc. to qualify for certain academic programmes or universities.
  • Students who need to write a paper, a presentation or thesis but don’t know how to get started.
  • Students who chose to study languages, like Languages and Linguistics or Applied Linguistics but are struggling with certain subjects that are too specialized to call upon the help of general tutoring companies.
  • Language students who don’t have enough opportunities to really speak the languages they’re learning in order to improve their level.
  • Students who realize their language knowledge will be important once they will be looking for a job after graduating and who don’t want to wait until the very last moment.

All our language trainings are tailored.

We can provide private classes, as well as small group classes at your place or at our office (Hello Languages, Antwerp).

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What does the training entail?
All our language trainings are customised. We can provide private classes, as well as small group classes at your place or at our office (Hello Languages, Antwerp).

Since all our classes are made to measure, we don’t have a general class system with traditional lessons. Here are a few important elements to keep in mind:

PRIVATE CLASSES, DUO CLASSES OR SMALL GROUP CLASSES

The absolute maximum number of participants is 8 people per group, but we usually try to limit groups to 4-6 participants. Seeing the importance of keeping the training as discrete and specific as possible, we usually ask the collaboration of the academic institution or the department. That way we can create the perfect groups.

MAKE YOUR OWN GROUP

Most people try to make their own group of 4 where everyone has the same level, the same availability and the same wishes. If someone is looking for group classes, but does not have his/her own group, we will check if it would be interesting to create a new group. In this case, the group can only start once there is a minimum of 4 participants. This can go very fast sometimes but this can also often take a long time.

NO FIXED SCHEDULE

Students decide for themselves when it would be best for them to have classes. In case of private classes, only the student and the teacher need to agree about the schedule. In case of group classes, it’s important that the entire group agrees about the weekly schedule. We teach every weekday from 8am to 10pm or on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm. Please bear in mind that Saturdays and evenings are extremely popular and often fully booked.

NO FIXED FREQUENCY OR DURATION

Just like the schedule, students decide how often they would like to have classes. We do work with sessions of 1 ½ hours to 3 hours depending on the concentration span of the student, seeing as this usually leads to faster progress. Most people choose to have one or two classes a week. The duration also depends on the level when starting, the learning patterns (to see how fast the student can pick something up) and the desired level at the end (the objective).

INTENSIVE COURSE

An intensive course is only possible for private classes or for students who come as a group on their own. Please note that we select these students very carefully, as an intensive course is not to be advised for just anyone.

NO VISA REQUESTS, NO EDUCATIONAL LEAVE

For now it is not possible to apply for a visa or for educational leave by taking language classes at Hello Languages. If, on the other hand, you work for an SME, you may be eligible to apply for up to 50% subsidies. For more information, we would gladly refer you to our business page.

What do our customers have to say?