English as a Second Language Courses in Trinidad and Tobago

Austin Learning Centre

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Austin Learning Centre is a language school founded in 1997. Since then it has been offering ESL courses of high quality. All of the directors of the company are qualified teachers, who speak a couple of languages. The duration of each course is very well matched to the content of the level to be covered (elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced). The school also offers, Business English courses, exam preparation, as well as personal skills writing course (for entrance to university). Each class consists of no more than 8 students, which is another... See full description.

Langdons Language Institute

Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago
Langdons Language Institute is an educational institution, based in Chaguana. It was established in 1993 with the aim to train young professionals, preparing them for the future. Courses are structured in a flexible manner with the purpose of meeting the individual needs of certain groups. The programs made available are the following: BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies, BA in French, BA in English, Diploma in English, Certificate in Bilingual Studies, Diploma in Translation, International Diploma in Bilingual Communication, and other certificate courses. The institute takes pride... See full description.

The English as a Foreign Language Programme, The University of the West Indies, St. August

St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
The English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Programme at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine has provided international students with quality English language tuition for over twenty years. Established in 1990, the programme has expanded to facilitate the English language learning needs from the francophone and hispanophone Caribbean and South America. At the University of the West Indies, our staff are well qualified and experienced specialists in the field of EFL which ensures quality in language teaching. We at the UWI are committed to providing you with a high standard of... See full description.

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About English as a Second Language Courses in Trinidad and Tobago

If your goal is to pursue courses in English as a Second Language, either as a learner or someone who is interested in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at the elementary or secondary school level, you might want to consider the variety of programs now available for study abroad students in the beautiful nation of Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad and Tobago, or in official circles, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is a picturesque island country situated near the northern edge of South America, just off the northeastern coast of Venezuela and a bit south of the island of Grenada in the Lesser Antilles chain of islands.  Commonly grouped with the islands of the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago shares maritime boundaries with several other countries, most notably Barbados to the northeast, Guyana to the southeast, Grenada to the northwest and Venezuela to the south and west.
Once a colony of the United Kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago achieved its independence in the summer of 1962, but continues to share some of the cultural traits of its former colonist, including the English language—the national and official language of the country.  Among other aspects, Trinidad and Tobago is renowned for its world-famous Carnival, and is the birthplace of steel-pan, the limbo and the musical styles of calypso, soca and chutney.
English as a Second Language Education
English as a Second Language, commonly known by the acronym ESL, is a traditional term for the use or study of the English language by non-native speakers in an English-speaking environment, such as Trinidad and Tobago.  That environment may be a country in which English is the mother tongue or one in which English has an established role in society, such as it does in India and Nigeria.
Students who pursue English as a Second Language courses in Trinidad and Tobago are taught by trained professionals who use specialized approaches to language teaching to help non-native speakers with all of the following:
  • English Grammar.  English grammar instruction helps students grasp concepts such as verb tense, aspect and mood, as well as the function of auxiliary verbs and written punctuation.
  • English Vocabulary. English vocabulary instruction helps students learn the spelling and usage of English words.  Instructors help students understand concepts such as phrasal verbs, the use of prepositions, and word formation, and help them differentiate between proper English vocabulary and idiomatic slang.
  • Speech.  One of the unique aspects of ESL instruction in Trinidad and Tobago is the opportunity for students to practice what they have learned in both formal and informal settings, including classroom discussion, one-to-one conversations, and field trips that allow them to practice their new-found skills with local members of the (English-speaking) community.
Why Study Abroad in Trinidad and Tobago
The opportunity to study in Trinidad and Tobago, for a semester, a summer session, or full academic year, is one that should not be passed up.  While in the country, students will find awe-inspiring examples of colonial and Renaissance-style architecture, as well as an eclectic cultural mix of Creoles, Africans, Amerindians, Europeans and East Indians.  The white sand beaches, dotted with lush palms, sit just nearby forest-laden mountain ranges that dissect the island, creating marvelous, photo-worthy landscapes that are home to a number of popular attractions, including:
Maracas Bay
Located on the island of Trinidad, just a short drive from Port of Spain, Maracas Bay is one of the country’s most renowned beaches.  A deep blue bay protects this palm-lined strip of white fluffy sand, and the drive through the mountainous rainforest provides breathtaking views of lush peninsulas jutting into the sea.
Pigeon Point
Pigeon Point, located on the island of Tobago, is considered by many to be the most beautiful spot on either of the two islands.  Also known as Pigeon Point Heritage Park, this popular stretch of coral-colored coastline is the perfect locale for relaxing after a long week of instruction.  Visitors here can rent a sun lounger for the day, take a boat trip around the bay, or just relax on the sand to the peaceful sound of the lopping waves.
Port of Spain
The Capital of Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain, boasts an upbeat business district with many majestic examples of colonial and Renaissance-style architecture.  Some of the more popular attractions in the city include the Red House Parliament, a Renaissance-style structure located in the famed Woodford Square; and the “Magnificent Seven,” a group of graceful mansions situated along the sprawling green grass of Queen’s Park Savannah.  Nearby this beautiful park are the city’s grand Botanical Gardens, as well as the National Museum and Art Gallery, featuring countless exhibits on local art, history and culture.

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