Small school or large school? There are advantages and disadvantages with both. At a small school, you will meet almost everyone. The school staff will be able to devote more time to you if you have a problem. It will feel like having a new family! At a large school you tend to be more anonymous and need to be more independent. There are usually more nationalities but also more people from your own country. Large schools are more able to place students of similar abilities together in the same class - very small schools sometimes have to mix students with different abilities. There are often more social activities at larger schools but the activities are usually more mainstream to cater to the majority. Small schools usually offer more unusual activities.
An old school or a newer school? The age of the school has little influence on quality. To guarantee quality, choose a British Council (BC) accredited school:
What are the class sizes? Most schools have class sizes of up to 15 people. In summer your class will probably be full. In autumn, winter and spring, however, you can usually expect smaller class sizes. Sometimes larger classes are better as teachers can use more ways of practising language than with a small class. However, one-to-one or two-to-one tuition usually has faster results as the teacher can move at your speed and deal only with your problems.
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