Improve Your English with Speak!

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Our customized, one-on-one course can help you:

Teacher: Customized Online English Lessons for Graduate Students and Professionals and TOEFL Prep Course

  • Improve PRONUNCIATION and INTONATION
  • Build your CONFIDENCE
  • Expand your VOCABULARY
  • Perfect your GRAMMAR
  • Prepare for JOB/INTERNSHIP INTERVIEWS (in-person and phone)
  • Strengthen your WRITING

SPECIAL DISCOUNT RATE for Admitted/Enrolled Darden Students!

Register here now and improve your English speaking and/or writing either before you arrive at Darden or during the academic year.
 

 

What is B-Speak!?

Designed by skilled ESL educators at Speak! Language Center, B-Speak! offers premier online English language coaching for international students and working professionals. Whether you are pursuing an advanced degree in business, finance, engineering, science or marketing, we can help you build skills and confidence in English.

How Does the Program Work?

B-Speak! combines a customized online curriculum (up-to-date articles and videos, TED talks, “soft” skills exercises)  with individual Skype/live video chat lessons tailored to your unique needs and challenges – from pronunciation and intonation to interview skills and writing. Our lesson modules focus on building the key skills you require – i.e. describing, defining, choosing, solving, defending and challenging – while time with the instructor is dedicated to practicing these skills in ways that will mimic the classroom, case study, presentation or interview experience in a challenging, yet supportive way.

Why B-Speak!?

  • International Students and Professionals Need Support: You most likely have a basic or even very strong understanding of the English language, however you may lack the practice and guidance required in order to perform confidently at your university, on the job market, or in your workplace. You may need a bit of pronunciation and grammar polishing, or you might require more extensive coaching in order to not only survive, but especially to thrive, both in your graduate program of choice – and in the business world beyond. B-Speak! fills this niche and this recognized need.
  • A Pro-Active Program: We can work with you at any stage of your career – from preparing for the TOEFL speaking test and admissions interviews to getting you ready for the graduate classroom, job interviews and beyond.
  • It’s Flexible: As you know, business students and working professionals are very busy!! Since you can “meet” with your B-Speak! instructor before classes begin as well as during the academic year, at times that suit your schedule, you are more likely to experience significant improvements in your English and thus enjoy the full-benefits of the program. Since B-Speak! courses are based on the total number of selected hours, you also have the flexibility of signing up for a short 10 hour course or a more thorough 30+ hour option.
  • Personalized Instruction:  Different from group classes, B-Speak!’s focus is on the unique linguistic challenges of the individual student, whether you are from China, South Korea, Japan, India or elsewhere, which means you get the exact training you need.
  • Start-to-Finish Support:  B-Speak! is designed to support students in their English challenges every step of the way, from the TOEFL to the admissions interview, from the classroom to the job interview – and beyond.

 

What our Darden students say about B-Speak!

“I had a great experience at B-Speak! My teacher was awesome! It was very personalized to my needs. I’ve been studying English for 22 years, and this one was, by far, my best experience.” – Mariano S., Darden

“I definitely recommend this course since I could sense the improvement in my English skills. It not only encourages you to participate in class but also helps you with grammar and writing skills.”  – Victor M., Darden School of Business

“My teacher listened to my story and learning needs and remembered every detail, which I greatly appreciated. She also combined what I need to develop in speaking with what is demonstrated to be important in Darden MBA life. I found this 10-hour session very useful and I want to thank you all for your help!”    – Michael G., Darden School of Business

“I highly recommend the B-Speak! program. My pronunciation and fluency improved a lot and my teacher gave me the confidence to get through the term. The flexibility was great because I was busy with my work and the pricing of this program is very reasonable!”  – Hongwu W., Darden School of Business