HOFT ESL Program Blog

HOFT ESL Program Blog

Blair Bourassa (Academic Director, ESL Instructor & Author, HOFT Institute ESL Program)

November 17, 2016

Students often make the mistake of believing they are too “lazy” to learn to speak a foreign language, since they imagine that endless grammar exercises and classroom drills are necessary to succeed. This, however, is a mistake. Often, the personality traits associated with “laziness” can actually help you achieve your language goals! My Observations as … Continue reading Learning English the “Lazy” Way READ MORE...

Barbara Kristof (ESL Teacher, HOFT Institute ESL Program)

May 17, 2016

If you are in an ESL Program, it is important to do your best and apply your full effort in your reading, writing, listening and speaking, and grammar classes. Everything you learn there will help you do better on the TOEFL. There is usually a direct correlation between good grades in class and a high score on the TOEFL. READ MORE...

Nizar (Student, Libya)

April 14, 2016

The original poem was written by Nizar Qabbani, a Syrian poet and diplomat (1923 –1998). READ MORE...

Tsubasa (Student, Japan)

April 8, 2016

Although I go to Aoyama University in Japan, I was born in Argentina, where my father worked as a Japanese teacher. In my high school days, I advised my Argentine friend who was interested in Japan and studied Japanese how to get a Japanese girlfriend. READ MORE...

Agata (Student, Spain)

April 3, 2016

Arriving to New Orleans was hard. It took more than ten hours of driving from Austin. We found terrible traffic jams around all the big cities we came across in our way: Houston, Beaumont, Lafayette, and, especially, Baton Rouge. Later, someone told us that after Katrina the city of Baton Rouge grew dramatically, and now the highway for entering the city is too small for the current size of the town. READ MORE...

Lyse (Student, Burundi)

March 24, 2016

A small country but rich in many resources, Burundi is bordered by Rwanda, Tanzania and Congo. Burundi’s population has increased throughout the years. Before being independent, Burundi was called Urundi. Now, there are more than eight million people. The country has many tourist places where you can visit. READ MORE...

Nasser (Student, Saudi Arabia)

March 24, 2016

All my life, I wished to go abroad to study a new language. But I could not go since I was so afraid of traveling and talking to new people. I worked hard in school. After I finished my high school, my parents asked me to go abroad to study English. I was lucky because my parents asked me to do it, but at the same time I was also afraid. READ MORE...

Marta Pelrine-Bacon (ESL Instructor & Author, HOFT Institute ESL Program)

February 17, 2016

Here’s the bad news: No magic pill exists that will transform you into a great writer overnight. The good news? You don’t need magic to become a better writer. Use this advice in writing class and you’ll see. You can write well! READ MORE...

Leticia (Student, Mexico)

November 17, 2015

Mexico shares land with three countries: the United States of America, Guatemala and Belize. Mexico also borders the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea to the east. The main characteristics of Mexico are the food, the music and the beautiful places. First, Mexico can have spicy and sweet … Continue reading Mexican Culture READ MORE...

Marta Pelrine-Bacon (ESL Instructor, HOFT Institute ESL Program)

September 30, 2015

Asked if any book should be banned, students give varied answers, but no matter their opinion, few students have heard of Banned Books Week. The American Library Association began the week to promote the freedom to read. READ MORE...

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