Below are answers to some frequently-asked questions.
A. We help people who want to communicate in English more confidently, accurately, and fluently, especially people who did not grow up speaking English. BCS means Bryan / College Station. These two cities are next to each other and form one community in Brazos County, Texas. BCS is our home. We help international adults feel more at home here by providing orientations and friendly classes. They practice English face to face (not online) and have the opportunity to make friends with fellow students.
A. We teach both beginners and advanced English speakers. In fact, we teach basic, intermediate, and advanced English skills (writing, speaking, grammar, vocabulary, reading, and listening). If you choose tutoring, the tutor will provide instruction tailored to you specifically. If you choose a class, select one that is the appropriate level for you (basic, intermediate, and advanced). If you’re not sure which level you belong in, please contact us, and we’ll advise you. You also can read these charts [levels] to determine your level of English proficiency.
A: Please come to our office, sign the Student Agreement, pay, and receive a receipt, before the first class. (Soon our website will have this functionality: you can see what classes are open for enrollment, register for a class, and pay online by credit card.) You do not need to present a high school diploma, a visa, or other identification. (EnglishBCS learning experiences are avocational/recreational.)
A: No, our classes are non-credit. They will not earn you credits toward graduation, but if your English improves, you will probably be more successful in your credit courses. EnglishBCS learning experiences are avocational/recreational.
A: At this time, no. We can consult with parents about educational activities recommended to help their children acquire English faster (contact us for a family consultation). Also, we offer workshops on local culture and resources, such as the public school system.
A: No. All the educators at EnglishBCS are former faculty members of Texas A&M University, and have many connections with individuals at Texas A&M University, but there is no official affiliation between EnglishBCS and Texas A&M University currently.
A: Yes, EnglishBCS is a woman-owned business.
A: No, EnglishBCS does not issue I-20s or give any visa advice or immigration advice. F-1 visa holders are welcome to take part-time avocational classes and receive tutoring from EnglishBCS; however, they must maintain their full-time status in another SEVP-certified school at the same time.
A: Absolutely, yes. We created this school for people like you. The law allows F-2 visa holders to study English recreationally. EnglishBCS offers non-credit classes and workshops that are avocational or recreational in nature. People of many visa statuses are allowed by law to learn at EnglishBCS:
immigrants, F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, M-1, and M-2. We warmly welcome you.
A: Our office and classrooms are located in the HUB Collaborative at the corner of Texas Ave. and University Drive near Texas A&M. Most of our classes and workshops take place in the HUB. Sometimes we make arrangements to hold a class in another location that is more convenient for the students (such as in a business, a church, or a home). Tutoring takes place in many different locations, to accommodate both the tutee and the tutor.
A: We accept payment by credit card, debit card, cashier’s check, and cash. No personal checks, please.
A: Sorry, no. There are no refunds. There are no makeups for classes or workshops. Seats are limited. By signing up, you have reserved a space for the entire course, and we do not allow newcomers to join in the middle of a course (see next question and answer).
A: Usually no. This is to maintain the high quality of instruction. EnglishBCS does not operate by open enrollment (joining a class at any time). In other ESL programs, when a student joins a class late, the teacher has to review old material to catch the newcomer up with the rest of the class, instead of moving forward to teach new material; as a result, the other students in the class waste some time and don’t make as much progress. If a class has already started, we will sign you up for the next session it is offered.
A: EnglishBCS sessions last about one month during the summer and winter. During the fall and spring semesters, each session lasts one-and-a-half months. Visit our calendar of classes to see future sessions.
A: No, there are many factors in a person’s performance on a language test besides the preparation. We cannot guarantee that you will improve your score after taking our class. However, many of our former students have reported to us with joy that they reached their target score and thanked us for preparing them.