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OHLA Los Angeles

Los Angeles, US
15301 Ventura Blvd, CA, United States
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Accreditations

The Open Hearts Language Academy (OHLA) group of schools has been providing exceptional ESL programs for over 16 years. Their Los Angeles school, situated in the exclusive Sherman Oaks area, combines award-winning courses, a diverse student community and five star facilities.

The OHLA Los Angeles school - known as Sherman Oaks - is located in the DeVryUniversity building within the ‘Sherman Oaks Galleria,’ just 11 miles north of Beverly Hills.

The Galleria is an ultra-modern corporate and shopping village which houses a number of other businesses, dining and shopping areas, a state of the art movie theatre and a 24-hour fitness center. Sherman Oaks is an affluent area popular with celebrities and many TV shows and movies, such as Terminator II and Desperate Housewives
have been shot there. The OHLA-Sherman Oaks school is conveniently located for LA’s bus and metro lines and its top class facilities attract students from all over the world.

OHLA-Sherman Oaks offers a wide range of courses including:

● General English
● One-to-one
● Exam preparation (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Assessment)
● University Pathway

Students at OHLA-Sherman Oaks can choose to follow courses from between 10 to 35 lessons per week and classes are taught in small groups of around 12 students (max 15) with a diverse mix of nationalities. OHLA-Sherman Oaks students can be housed in
three off-campus hotel-style residences or through OHLA’s extensive Homestay program, with hosts across the Los Angeles area
OHLA-Sherman Oaks also offers an extensive social programme to encourage students to interact with their peers and staff members in English.

Activities range from a trip to the famous Malibu beach or to one of Los Angeles’s many theme parks. The school also has a student services team, on hand to arrange airport transfers, provide pre and post-arrival orientation and deal with day-to-day problems.

Courses

The award-winning Open Hearts Language Academy run schools in Miami, Manhattan and Los Angeles. The group has over 16 years’ experience in teaching English and a reputation for excellence. OHLA is committed to a ‘continuous learning strategy’ and all
their schools have an ‘English Only’ policy, which means that English must be spoken at all times, as soon as students cross the threshold. This policy promotes intensive English language practice and helps students to learn quickly.

The school provides high-quality academic and English language programs as well as a cultural experience for people who wish to learn English as a second language for academic, professional and personal purposes. OHLA uses a skills-based curriculum,
focused specifically on developing necessary linguistic skills in five major areas: Reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar.

The school offers a wide range of activities to promote language-learning as well as modern facilities and excellent library
and research resources.

To encourage students to practice their English outside of the classroom, OHLA-Sherman Oaks provide a program of interesting social activities.

Teachers

All of OHLA-Sherman Oaks teachers are qualified English language instructors based in the US who come from a variety of professional backgrounds. Each teacher has completed at least a Bachelor Degree in Second Language teaching or in a related field as well as additional ESL qualifications.

Type of courses

OHLA-Sherman Oaks offers a number of General English courses which focus on developing linguistic skills in speaking, reading, writing, listening and grammar. The OHLA General Language Course curriculum emphasizes learning language in a ‘natural’ way, rather than through memorizing lists of words.

Therefore students learn English through speaking and listening activities, role play, class discussion and a number of specialised courses tailored towards the students’ interests and areas of need (intensive and super intensive courses only). Courses are open to all levels (from pre-basic up to Elite, the level required for university entrance) and are taught in blocks of 12 weeks. Students’ language levels are continuously assessed so they can be moved up to the next level.

General Languages Courses at OHLA-Sherman Oaks include:

1. Semi-Intensive - 20 Lessons per week
2. Semi-Intensive + Exam preparation (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge) - 35 lessons per week.
3. Intensive - 24 lessons per week which include two elective courses (see below)
4. Super-intensive - 28 lessons per week which include four elective courses (see below).
5. One-to-one - 10 lessons per week

Specialised elective courses (Intensive and Super Intensive English only) include:

● English in the workplace
● Clarity and confidence
● Making presentations
● Successful negotiations
● Strategic reading
● Applying grammar rules
● Mastering English sounds
● Communicating for oral fluency

Time and Days of the week where the course is taught: All General English courses are taught at the OHLA school building in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles.

● Semi-Intensive - Monday to Friday, 09.00 to 12.40
● Intensive - Monday to Friday, 09.00 to 14.00 (except on Friday when classes finish at 12.40)
● Super Intensive - Monday to Friday, 09.00 to 15:00
● One-to-One - Monday to Friday, 14.10 to 16.00

Lesson duration: 50 minutes

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OHLA-Sherman Oaks offers an exam preparation course for students who wish to gain an IELTS qualification. The program aims to prepare students for the exam through combining intensive tuition in academic language with more general English to improve grammar, vocabulary and communication. IELTS is an internationally recognised qualification accepted by universities and employers worldwide.

Course details:

● Course duration - four weeks
● Includes 2 lessons of instruction in small groups, 1 lesson of one-to-one lab work and weekly exam practice (every Friday)
● Can be combined with the Semi-Intensive general English course

Time and Days of the week where the course is taught: All exam preparation courses run for four consecutive weeks and start every second Monday of the month. All courses are taught at the OHLA-Sherman Oaks school building from Monday to Thursday, from 14.10 to 17.00. Exam practice is on Fridays.

Lesson duration: 50 minutes

Course certificate: Contact the school for more information about entry into IELTS exams

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General - 20 Lessons per week (Intensive) Starts from £221
Duration
45mins class
Duration
1 - 52 week
Class available:
Morning
Start Dates:
Monday
General - 24 Lessons per week (Intensive) Starts from £241
Duration
45mins class
Duration
1 - 52 week
Class available:
Morning
Start Dates:
Monday
General - 28 Lessons per week (Intensive) Starts from £266
Duration
45mins class
Duration
1 - 52 week
Class available:
Anytime
Start Dates:
Monday
General - 35 Lessons per week (Super intensive) Starts from £342
Duration
45mins class
Duration
1 - 52 week
Class available:
Anytime
Start Dates:
Monday
IELTS - 15 Lessons per week (Standard) Starts from £266
Duration
45mins class
Duration
1 - 52 week
Class available:
Morning
Start Dates:
Monday
FACILITIES

  • OHLA Los Angeles Computer Room
    Computer Room
  • OHLA Los Angeles Student Lounge
    Student Lounge
  • OHLA Los Angeles Free Internet
    Free Internet
  • OHLA Los Angeles Cafe
    Cafe
Location
15301 Ventura Blvd, CA, United States

The OHLA-Sherman Oaks school is situated in the affluent Sherman Oaks neighbourhood in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Known as the centre of the American movie industry, Los Angeles is a modern city in the State of California on America’s west coast. A short metro or bus ride from Sherman Oaks will take you into the heart of Los Angeles where you can spot world-famous celebrities or browse the exclusive boutiques on the world-famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Nicknamed ‘The City of Angels,’ Los Angeles has everything to offer international students, from the long, white sandy Malibu beach full of beautiful, gym-honed celebrities, to the trendy bars that line Hollywood Boulevard. After a day learning English, students can enjoy the year-round LA sunshine on either Santa Monica or Venice Beaches, take a thrill ride at the original Disneyland or hike up to the iconic ‘Hollywood’ sign in the surrounding hills. Further afield, the city of San Francisco and the glittering desert city of Las Vegas can be easily reached using one of America’s budget airlines or by car for a classic American road trip. Students can also join coach tours from LA to the stunning Grand Canyon in Arizona. For students looking to learn English while living in one of the world’s most exciting and fast-paced cities, OHLA-Sherman Oaks - with its amazing facilities and multi-cultural atmosphere - is a fantastic choice.

Accommodation

Student residence

OHLA-Sherman Oaks offer three hotel-style residences, which are more suitable for independent students who do not wish to stay in Homestay accommodation. Minimum age for both residences: 18. Minimum stay: 2 weeks. Residence 1: Best Western Residence Features include: ● Studio rooms each with two beds (1 person occupancy), private bathroom, desks, storage, kitchen, refrigerator, microwave, bed linen and pillows. ● Free Wi-Fi ● Outdoor pool ● Fitness center ● Laundry facilities ● 24 hour security ● HDTV ● Housekeeping ● Next door to Denny’s restaurant Accommodation address: Best Western Plus Carriage Inn, 5525 Sepulveda Blvd, Sherman Oaks, 91411 California, USA. Distance to school: 15 minute walk to school Residence 2: Sherman Oaks Extended Stay Residence Features include: ● Single or double studios with two beds, private bathroom, desks, storage, kitche with refrigerator, microwave, hob, coffee maker. ● Bed linen and pillows. ● Grab n Go breakfast ● Free Wi-Fi ● Laundry facilities ● 24 hour security ● HDTV ● Housekeeping Accommodation Address: 20205 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364, California, USA. Distance to school: 30 minute bus ride to the school Residence 3: Tarzana Inn Features include: ● Single or double studios with two beds, private bathroom, desks, storage refrigerator, microwave. ● Bed linen and pillows. ● Breakfast ● Free Wi-Fi ● Swimming pool ● Laundry facilities ● 24 hour security ● HDTV ● Housekeeping ACCOMMODATION ADDRESS: 19170 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356, California, USA. DISTANCE FROM SCHOOL: 30 minute bus ride to the school.

£285/week

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Booking fee: £0.00

Cleaning fee: £0.00

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Serviced apartment

£216/week

Price/week: £216

Booking fee: £0.00

Cleaning fee: £0.00

Minimum stay: 14

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