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Teacher Profile - Makayla Vehorn

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My name is Makayla Vehorn, and I am an ESL teacher at Intrax San Diego. I absolutely love teaching English because it gives me joy, satisfaction, and the opportunity to meet people from around the world.

Five Tips on User Review Sites

Life in the USA

Whether you are planning to visit a new city, are looking for something to do near you, or are in need of a hair dresser, social review sites can be very helpful.

Five Tips for Tipping in the USA

Tipping in the USA

Life in the USA

“Tipping” for a service is not common practice everywhere around the world, but it is an accepted part of American culture. In fact, in many business transactions tipping is expected. When, whom, and how much to tip someone can be confusing for people who have been doing it all their life. It can be even more confusing for someone new to America. Here are some “tips” to help you when it is time to “tip.”

Five Ways to Practice English at Home

Practice English at Home

Intrax Alumni

You have had a wonderful time in America and improved your English skills at Intrax. You were able to speak English every day in the Speaking Strand, practice your vocabulary and learn new grammar in Integrated Skills, and used what you learned in everyday life. But now, you’ve graduated and are headed back home. Some students find it difficult to continue their studies in their home country or no longer use what they have learned. We know how important it is to keep your English sharp! Here are some ways to use it so you don’t lose it.

Your First Day of School in the USA

Students on their first day at Intrax

Life in the USA

Once you arrive in the United States and get settled in your homestay, residence club or apartment, it’s time for your new student orientation and first day of school. Don’t worry—it shouldn’t be hard, and it isn’t scary.

Four Ways Learning English Helps Your Career

Learn English to Improve Job Prospects

Learning English

English is the most widespread language in the world, more spoken and written than any other language. Over 400 million people speak English as a first language, surpassed only by the number of people who speak Chinese—and many more people speak English as a second or third language: up to 2 billion. At this moment, roughly 1 billion people around the world are learning English.

New Location for Our Chicago Center

Life in the USA

This July, we opened a brand-new location for students in Chicago. It is conveniently down the street from our old location and across the street from Chicago’s Grant Park.  

Five Ways to Improve Your English

Ask a Teacher

Want to improve your English vocabulary? That’s a great idea. For basic communication, knowing vocabulary is even more important than knowing grammar. The more words you know, the easier it is to express your thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

But improving your English vocabulary is not as simple as memorizing lists or looking up words in the dictionary. Why not? Because that is not enough to make sure that you remember the words you learn. If you don’t work with and use your new words, you will probably forget them pretty quickly.

How to Prepare for Your Study in the United States

Student prepares for study in the USA

Life in the USA

Once you decide to study in the United States, there are a few things you need to do to prepare. It is important you secure housing, confirm your health and travel insurance and practice your English.

Tips for Life in the USA

Life in the USA

What did Intrax students want to know when they first came to the USA? We asked them to share their tips and information. Here is what they said.

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