Optimus Language School (OLS) is an adult English language school located in Brea (right next to Fullerton and Yorba Linda), Orange County, one of the most comfortable areas to live in California. Since its creation in 2008, OLS has made every effort to find the most effective educational methods with the goal of teaching local American English. As a result of these efforts, OLS has developed an educational system that incorporates its own educational philosophy.
The differentiated education system that OLS offers is based on effective and diverse educational content developed in-house with careful supervision of academic achievement, immediate academic performance feedback, in-depth local culture/life experience activities, quality education, and teaching management to maintain passionate and friendly class sessions.
The goal is to maximize the development of practical conversational English skills in a short period of time by way of a small number of class members taught by 100% native speakers. OLS has refrained from the existing language school system in order to improve the students' effective conversational skills. We are also centered on only a small number of students in the form of 4-to-1 classes and 8-to-1 classes. This is because conversation-oriented classes that require active participation and provide immediate feeback from English teachers can maximize learning efficiency. In addition, the affordable tuition at OLS provides a reasonable and economical choice for students, as compared to other academic institutions operating classes of medium and large sizes.
OLS has a proven ESL program that has earned accreditation from the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA), a professional certification agency for English education in the United States. We offer a variety of supplemental learning opportunities, including book clubs and diary entries in English. You can communicate intimately with your instructors on these topics. Brea is a great place to study as well as to experience the warm, mild climate and the lifestyle of Southern California. You can enjoy the beautiful, high-income neighborhoods and the crime-free nature of the city. There are also a variety of local attractions, including Disneyland and the nearby city of Los Angeles.
For valuable, efficient, and exciting US language training, OLS will be the best option. We are ready to help you with all aspects of your English language program, from the language school application and F-1 visa acquisition to navigating local life. If you have any plans to study English now or in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Optimus Language School's mission is to provide the highest quality English-language learning experience for students who want conversational proficiency in order to live or work in an English-speaking environment. Students will learn to use practical English rather than academic English. By maintaining a low student/instructor ratio and a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on life skill development and cultural immersion, we ensure that the OLS experience is uniquely rewarding for our students.
ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers must have sufficient knowledge of the language acquisition process and understand the difficulties encountered when learning English as an adult. Also, students should be able to understand the cultural background of English and use this knowledge for effective English learning.
Therefore, ESL teachers must have majored in English-related field, they must have an English language teaching certificate (such as TESOL), and they should have sufficient ESL teaching experience.
However,even though the impact of ESL teachers is clearly important for learning English, not all schools employ ESL teachers with the appropriate professional training. It is a fact that many of the language schools are hiring local college students, people who are not English language majors, and people who are not even native speakers. As you might imagine, the lessons taught by these non-professional ESL teachers are inferior in both quality and efficiency.
In addition to qualifications, teachers must have a passion for, and commitment to, teaching ESL as a profession. They should be interested in their students and be both kind and sincere. Because such ESL instructors understand the situation of international students well, they can maintain good relations with students, provide necessary help and advice to students, and concentrate on the shortcomings of students.
OLS instructors are 100% native English speakers with an English-related degree or TESOL certification. They also have sufficient ESL training and experience. OLS instructors are passionate, sincere, kind, and attentive in managing student performance. OLS and its students demand a lot from our teachers, so they must be highly qualified. All instructors at OLS possess a minimum of a B.A. or B.S. degree from a fully accredited four-year university and have ESL/ELD teaching experience. They also hold memberships with TESOL, an association that supports English language teachers and helps them grow professionally. Additionally, and most importantly, all of our instructors love to teach.
Small Student/Teacher Ratio
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!
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!
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!
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 County Fair.