Boston Language Institute

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I took my first Persian/Farsi class from the Boston Language Institute. It was an introductory level class, so I can't speak to their higher levels, but I can say from experience that this is a great place to take an introductory class if you want to get up and running in a language quickly. My impression is that BLI focuses on functional/practical language acquisition. If you are interested in a scholarly/classical introduction to the language, than you would be better served in a university setting.

The class was very small. The instructor was a native speaker; seemed to enjoy teaching; and liked the language herself. The thing that helped me the most was the style of class dialogues and drills. For me, articulating those first few sentences in any language can be a tedious and embarrassing process. The class environment helped me to be less self-conscious, but I also received the right amount of pushing with continuous repletion till I got a grip on the fundamentals of pronunciation and rhythm. By the end of the course, I was actually able to speak and use those basic things I had learned. We learned the alphabet quickly and jumped right into basic texts. The choice of text level was appropriate. The focus was more on functional knowledge than grammatical issues, and we avoided spending too much time on questions that were going to cost us more time than they were worth to us (at that introductory level).

All and all, I give the institute high marks for their focus on real life conversational skills and their professionalism and cordiality. I would take a class with them again.

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I took my first Persian/Farsi class from the Boston Language Institute. It was an introductory level class, so I can't speak to their higher levels, but I can say from experience that this is a great place to take an introductory class if you want to get up and running in a language quickly. My impression is that BLI focuses on functional/practical language acquisition. If you are interested in a scholarly/classical introduction to the language, than you would be better served in a university setting.

The class was very small. The instructor was a native speaker; seemed to enjoy teaching; and liked the language herself. The thing that helped me the most was the style of class dialogues and drills. For me, articulating those first few sentences in any language can be a tedious and embarrassing process. The class environment helped me to be less self-conscious, but I also received the right amount of pushing with continuous repletion till I got a grip on the fundamentals of pronunciation and rhythm. By the end of the course, I was actually able to speak and use those basic things I had learned. We learned the alphabet quickly and jumped right into basic texts. The choice of text level was appropriate. The focus was more on functional knowledge than grammatical issues, and we avoided spending too much time on questions that were going to cost us more time than they were worth to us (at that introductory level).

All and all, I give the institute high marks for their focus on real life conversational skills and their professionalism and cordiality. I would take a class with them again.

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I took BLI's TEFL Certificate program in July 2007 and had an absolutely amazing experience! And to be honest, the first few days were tough! I did the 4 week intensive program and it was definitely INTENSE. However, the people I met and went through the program with were great. I made some wonderful friends who I still keep in contact with now 3 years later. The instructors were engaging and extremely helpful. The program will both challenge you and interest you. I got a job teaching ESL less than a month after completing the program. I definitely recommend the Boston Language Institute!

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I took BLI's TEFL Certificate program in July 2007 and had an absolutely amazing experience! And to be honest, the first few days were tough! I did the 4 week intensive program and it was definitely INTENSE. However, the people I met and went through the program with were great. I made some wonderful friends who I still keep in contact with now 3 years later. The instructors were engaging and extremely helpful. The program will both challenge you and interest you. I got a job teaching ESL less than a month after completing the program. I definitely recommend the Boston Language Institute!

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I was in an advanced Spanish class with two other people that was supposed to meet for four Saturdays in a row. The other two people showed up for two classes and then missed the others. Instead of continuing the class with me, the one who was actually committed to the program, they made me come back three other times, to accommodate for the ones who did NOT show up.
They made ME come back. I had to finish the class on separate nights, instead of the four Saturdays that I signed up for and that BLI originally agreed to....all because the ones who could not stay committed to the original schedule did not show up.
The sad part is, I wrote a letter to the "president" of the institute about my concerns. I give the program two stars, because the president did take the time to call me. We talked for a while but he did not offer any "reasonable" compensation for their lack of customer service. (He offered a discount on another class - seriously - he actually thought I would take another class) They felt they did everything in their power and provided what I paid for. They did not acknowledge that they lacked respect in the one who actually committed to the program that I signed up for. I never received any reimbursement, compensation, or written acknowledgment of my concerns.
They would rather cater to the ones who did not stay committed rather than the one who did.

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I was in an advanced Spanish class with two other people that was supposed to meet for four Saturdays in a row. The other two people showed up for two classes and then missed the others. Instead of continuing the class with me, the one who was actually committed to the program, they made me come back three other times, to accommodate for the ones who did NOT show up.
They made ME come back. I had to finish the class on separate nights, instead of the four Saturdays that I signed up for and that BLI originally agreed to....all because the ones who could not stay committed to the original schedule did not show up.
The sad part is, I wrote a letter to the "president" of the institute about my concerns. I give the program two stars, because the president did take the time to call me. We talked for a while but he did not offer any "reasonable" compensation for their lack of customer service. (He offered a discount on another class - seriously - he actually thought I would take another class) They felt they did everything in their power and provided what I paid for. They did not acknowledge that they lacked respect in the one who actually committed to the program that I signed up for. I never received any reimbursement, compensation, or written acknowledgment of my concerns.
They would rather cater to the ones who did not stay committed rather than the one who did.

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