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Submission + - Esl Atlanta (

ESL Atlanta writes: "Some people think that learning English is a simple task that can be learned through reading a few books and talking to a few Americans. While these things will definitely HELP you, this is NOT the way to learn English. One of the problems with learning English is that many students don’t know how to learn and that many teachers don’t know how to teach.

Using American English understands both. We know how to teach you to learn both quickly and effectively. In addition, we guarantee that our teachers know how to teach. Our teachers all have a Masters Degree in English or a related field. With UAE, you will get a university quality education that is customized to you to ensure that YOU learn!"


Submission + - About UAE (

ESL Atlanta writes: "Using American English is Atlanta’s only company specializing in personalized language instruction. UAE strives to provide the best possible English instruction to non-native Americans in and around Atlanta, Georgia. UAE hires the most qualified instructors to deliver customized courses that are especially designed to the needs of the client. We cater to students of all backgrounds and levels and provide classes in a variety of areas."

Submission + - TOEFL vs. IELTS (

ESL Atlanta writes: "Evaluating Your English

The IELTS and TOEFL are exams recognized by English language students and teachers worldwide. Both exams are used by universities and employers to measure the English language ability of candidates. IELTS is generally used in the UK and Australia but is also accepted by most American and Canadian universities. TOEFL is used largely by American universities and is sometimes accepted in the UK and Australia.

There are some major differences between the IELTS and the TOEFL.


TOEFL: This section has 3 to 5 reading selections, twenty minutes each. Reading sections are academic in nature and are multiple choice.

IELTS: This section has 3 reading selections, twenty minutes each. Like the TOEFL, the passages are related to an academic setting. There are multiple question types such as gap fill, matching, etc.


TOEFL: The listening selection on the TOEFL is very different from the IELTS. The TOEFL listening passages consist of academic lectures and conversations. Students take notes and reply to multiple-choice, written, and spoken questions. Students must provide both written and verbal answers.

IELTS: The main difference between the two exams is listening. In the IELTS exam, there is an extensive variety of question types, as well as exercises of different lengths. Students must answer questions while listening to the passages. Afterwards, students are given time to check their answers.


TOEFL: There are two written tasks required on TOEFL, the first includes writing an opinion essay of 300 to 350 words. Taking notes is very important in the second task. Students are asked to take notes from a reading selection in a text book and later a lecture on the similar topic. You are then asked to reply using your notes by writing a 150 to 225 word response, mixing information from both the reading and listening selections.

IELTS: The IELTS has two tasks. The first is a short essay of 200 to 250 words, and the second task asks you to look at a chart and summarize the information portrayed.


TOEFL: The speaking section is totally distinct. In this section, you must give a 45 to 60 second response to six different questions based on short descriptions or conversations. This section lasts 20 minutes.

IELTS: The IELTS speaking lasts 12 to 14 minutes and consists of an interview with a judge. There is a little warm up exercise that consists of small talk and lastly, an extended conversation on a related topic."

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