OLS offers an affordable ESL program with intensive conversational skills classes
through student to teacher ratios of 4:1 and 8:1. We keep our
student/teacher ratio low so that we can customize our curriculum to meet student
needs and emphasize individual attention. With classes averaging three to four
students, each student has more time to interact with our instructors. This is great
because, as we all know, the main key to improving English conversation skills
is constantly conversing to maximize practice.
We want you to feel confident that OLS is the right place for you to learn English,
so we offer a guarantee program so you know you will get the most out of your
time studying with us!
For more information, check out our guarantee program.
Once you decide to study English in the US, you don’t want to be waiting around
forever for your I-20 form to come. We know you want to start the visa application
process as soon as possible. So, to help you get started quickly and make the most
of your enthusiasm, we process your I-20 right away so that you will receive it
at your home within one week from the time you are accepted to OLS!
For more information, check out our guaranteed
OLS provides a simulated visa interview service that will give you the knowledge and
confidence you need for the interview. OLS also helps students secure basic
living services, such as a cell phone plan, a car, insurance, a bank account,
We know that the visa interview can be intimidating and even downright scary for
students. Before taking the embassy interview in their own country, students can
attend an online mock interview class in which our teachers can help guide them
through the questions that will be asked during the interview. This preparation will
help them feel comfortable, calm, and more confident during their interviews.
It can be difficult to navigate the setup of a new life here in America. Tasks such
as finding a homestay family, purchasing a car and auto insurance, using public
transportation, opening a bank account, or obtaining a cell phone can all seem
overwhelming in a new place and using a new language. We can help you through all of
these processes and help you get settled here easily and comfortably.
OLS runs an ESL program tailored to specific topics and situations with the goal of
providing you with the confidence to speak English in your everyday life. We also
offer supplementary programs, such as Book Club, Daily Journal, and TED Talks to
enhance the depth and the variety of your English education. We also have programs
that will help prepare you for English tests such as TOEFL/ TOEIC/ OPIc.
Our mission focuses on life skill development so that students can feel confident and
comfortable performing everyday tasks, such as shopping, paying bills, ordering
food, getting a job, and discussing complaints. Each week has a different task theme
to give students a context in which they will practice their English. Our
textbooks, other curriculum, and culture week activities all align with this
Students complete projects over the weekend and then give a presentation on each
Monday of what they worked on. These presentations are sometimes done individually
and sometimes as a group, depending on the type of project. The teacher and other
students can ask the presenter questions about his or her presentation at the
Students take a test at the end of each week on the unit they have been studying. In
addition to the paper test they take, students are also tested on their speaking
through two unit-specific speaking questions. Students take this part of the test
1-on-1 with the teacher, and the teacher scores each student’s answers
independently and gives immediate feedback before moving on to test the next
Our goal is to provide students with the best English instruction possible and to
help them achieve the high standards we have set. We believe that clear
communication between our teachers and students encourages students to set goals for
learning and helps teachers establish plans for teaching. At OLS, we provide
individual daily online progress reports. These allow students and their families to
view class activities and monitor student progress through teacher comments.
Additionally, the daily progress reports indicate how well students are progressing
in class and provides an early indication of those areas where the student may
need additional help.
Every Monday, teachers go over scores with students to let them know why they
received the scores they did and to give them tips on how to improve if necessary.
Teachers also provide suggestions for other resources the student can seek out on
his or her own time for extra practice in any of the four skill areas (speaking,
listening, reading, or writing).
Tracking student points with portfolios allows us to see a student’s progress
throughout the quarter by looking at samples of real work they have done. It also
allows students to check their grade at any time and see how their skills grow from
one quarter to the next.
In our classes with 4 or fewer students, we offer a daily journal. Students write
short entries about what they do before and after class as well as any questions
they come up with as a result of their English encounters that day. The teacher
corrects these journal entries daily and gives meaningful feedback. While these
entries help students with their grammar, they also function as a great indicator of
progress as entries increase in length and require fewer corrections over
Every week or every other week (depending on reading level), you will read a book
from OLS's program, write your comments on given questions, and present and discuss
the book through a book club meeting. This work will increase your ability to
understand English texts and to organize and express your thoughts in English.
We include short clips of informative TED Talks, video lectures in which people from
all walks of life share their knowledge and experience on a wide variety of
topics. We organize discussions of these lectures to provide detailed explanations
that help students understand and communicate about them. They also give students
a stronger perspective on global English. TED Talks are a fun way to incorporate
more listening and speaking practice into our units. (Students in 4:1 or 8:1
classes have the option of adding this as a supplemental class outside of their
normal ESL class.)
Our ESL courses are guaranteed for students who sign up for one year of classes! Students who register and
pay for one year in advance will take the OPIc (Oral Proficiency Interview
– Computer) speaking assessment test twice free of charge ($140 total value). This test checks the level of
English speaking proficiency by simulating and recording an interview
conversation. Students take this test once at the beginning of the program and again at the end of the year
to compare scores and see progress. Those students who do not meet the necessary
OPIc score will receive one quarter (three months) of additional instruction for free.
Get started with OLS, knowing that you are guaranteed to improve your English skills!
We want to make our ESL classes more effective for our students by helping them to learn basic English words
and phrases before they begin studying with us. In order to make sure you are
set up for success, we offer free prep class to get you ready before you come to the US. You will use
our online OLS e-Learning website (www.optimuselearningschool.com)
to study 20 lessons (with 20 words or phrases in each lesson) of vocab, verb phrases, and popular
American idioms that will make it easier to understand the English you’ll be learning in your ESL class.
This prep class is designed to last 4 weeks with one lesson each weekday. At the
end of each week, you will take a quiz on that week’s lessons. To encourage you to do your best, students
with an average score of 90% or higher on their quizzes will receive FREE
textbooks for their first quarter with us!
*Please click here for Free E-Learning Prep Course Procedures.
WHAT IS THE ORAL PROFICIENCY INTERVIEW-COMPUTER (OPIc)? The success of the ACTFL OPI has resulted in
increased worldwide demand for valid and reliable testing of oral language
proficiency. More and more schools and universities use the interview as an instrument of assessment. More
and more commercial enterprises, international organizations, and government
agencies recognize the usefulness of the OPI as a reliable tool to determine the linguistic functional
capabilities of their personnel. The Oral Proficiency Interview-computer (OPIc) was
developed as a computerized tool to deliver and score valid and reliable oral proficiency testing on a large
scale. The computer delivered assessment emulates the qualities of the OPI, but
handles the delivery of the questions by a carefully designed computer program. An ACTFL OPIc is assigned
one of the following ratings: Superior, Advanced High, Advanced Mid, Advanced Low,
Intermediate High, Intermediate Mid, Intermediate Low, Novice High, Novice Mid, or Novice Low. The recording
of their responses is made available via the Internet to Certified OPIc Raters
and is evaluated by raters within a short period of time. Because of the availability of access to the test,
speakers can take an OPIc easily, anywhere in the world.
WHAT IS THE ORAL PROFICIENCY INTERVIEW? The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is a valid and
reliable testing method that measures how well a person speaks a language. It uses a
standardized procedure for the global assessment of functional speaking ability, i.e., it measures language
production holistically by determining patterns of strengths and weaknesses.
The ACTFL OPI assesses the Interpersonal mode of communication (two-way communication) as described in the
Standards for Foreign Language Learning. The OPI assesses language proficiency in
terms of a speaker’s ability to use the language effectively and appropriately in real-life situations. It
does not address when, where, why, or the way in which a speaker has acquired
his/her language. The OPI is not an achievement test assessing a speaker’s acquisition of specific aspects
of course and curriculum content, nor is it tied to any specific method of
The OPI does not compare one individual’s performance to others, but each individual performance to the
The placement test at OLS takes approximately 3–4 hours to complete and costs $100. If you decide to enroll
after taking the placement test, your placement test fee will be credited
towards your tuition.
The ESL program at OLS consists of 6 levels, from Basic to Level 5. The final goal of
the ESL program is to be able to communicate comfortably in all areas of English,
including speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will improve grammar and
conversational skills. Students take a placement test to determine which level
they will start the course at, with each level taking 3 months to complete. At the end
of each level, you will need to take the the level test again to see how you've
progressed in speaking, listening, and reading. If you have passed satisfactorily, you
will move on to the next level. Once you have completed the highest level (Level
5), you will receive a certificate of completion proving that you have completed the ESL
program at OLS.
OLS conducts reading and writing activities at each level. Students will become more
familiar with English sentence structure and will be able to read easily and expand
their vocabulary through the level-appropriate reading passages. The writing activities
will allow you to write your own sentences starting with simple sentences and
progressing to formatted essays. In addition, you will learn many English idioms through
this process and will be able to use complex grammar rules, which will help you
to speak English accurately and more naturally.
OLS offers a variety of thematic and contextual conversation activities to practice
speaking and listening skills that are used in real life. All classes focus on
conversation between instructors and students. Instructors maximize learning efficiency
by giving prompt feedback through constant dialogue with the students and
correction of pronunciation and word choice. Through this process, students will
practice speaking confidently and gain more listening practice through constant
conversation. This is only possible with a small number of students in class, something
that OLS is proud to offer.
A class with a 4:1 ratio of students to teachers is the recommended class size
at OLS. The shortcut to improve your conversational skills is to practice
speaking and listening through repeated interactions. OLS refuses to enroll a
large number of people in a class, like many other language schools do, because
makes it difficult to even say one word in class, let alone engage in the kind
of repeated interactions that are required to improve your conversation skills.
This is why we offer 4:1 ESL classes at an affordable price. (For 4:1 classes,
Book Club and Daily Journal programs are available at no extra cost.)
The 8:1 class is for students who want a lower tuition cost but do not want to
miss out on the style and efficiency of learning English in a class of limited
size. The ESL program offered in our 8:1 allows students to focus on
conversational English, which is still much more efficient than classes in other
schools, although it is less intensive than the 4:1 class.
Students can apply for additional classes at OLS for further study. (Cost not included in
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an academically-focused test used by colleges and employers all around the world to ensure that your level of
English proficiency meets their standards. Our TOEFL classes can help you to achieve the speaking, listening, reading, and writing scores you need by providing you with useful
test-taking tips specific to the format and scoring of the TOEFL test. We can identify your weaknesses and help you develop a study plan customized to your needs.
To improve your grammar and writing skills, you can write a daily journal entry in
English and 1:1 proofreading and feedback will be given. It is the most efficient
program to improve intensive composition skills in a short period of time.
Every week or every other week (depending on reading level), you will read a book from
OLS's program, write your comments on given questions, and present and discuss the
book through a book club meeting. This work will increase your ability to understand
English texts and to organize and express your thoughts in English.
TED Talks are video lectures, based on a wide variety of interesting topics, in which
people from all walks of life share their knowledge and experience through a short
lecture. These videos are shared online for free. At OLS, we organize discussions of
these lectures to provide detailed explanations to help students understand and
communicate about them. Through these discussions, students can improve their listening
skills, increase their vocabulary, and develop their speaking skills to a higher
This class option offers a one-to-one ratio between the student and instructor. If you
are interested in this type of class, please ask for more details.
"We have a lot of opportunities to speak English."
Shin Hye T.
Once a quarter, either during Midterm week or Culture week, we feature guest speakers who talk to
students about their professions and how English is a part of their everyday work.
They also give insight into the way American culture affects their lives. Sometimes these speakers
come to OLS, and sometimes we are able to visit them on location and get a tour
of their workplaces. Some examples of speakers we feature are bankers, chefs, physicians, hair
stylists and self-employed entrepreneurs.
Culture Week is an important part of each quarter. While you will take tests throughout the quarter
on what you have been learning, Culture Week is the real-life test at the end of
the quarter to see if you can function in normal everyday situations outside of the classroom. You
will gain authentic speaking and listening experience through a discussion of
American media and pop culture as well as personal experience garnered from guided field trips, all
with the same small-group ratio that is enjoyed in class. Some past field trips
have included live performances at local theaters as well as visits to the Brea Community Center,
the Richard Nixon Library, California State University (Fullerton), and the Orange
The ESL program at OLS includes English conversation (speaking and listening), writing and
grammar, and reading. It consists of 4 hours a day, Monday to Friday, to make up 20
hours a week. There are a total of 240 hours of class per quarter, and all courses at OLS are
conducted on a quarterly basis.
Admission and enrollment must be completed no later than 4 weeks before the
start of the quarter.Classes begin on the first Monday of each quarter
(January, April, July, and October).
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