Proprietary schools are privately owned vocational schools. That is, they offer practical training which will help students get a well-paying job. They are interested most in satisfying their customers – the students. To remain in business they must give students what they want  to learn – at a fair price.

The students themselves normally pay for the cost of the training. Generally, the training lasts from six months to one year. In the United States, proprietary schools number about 10,000 and that number is growing to meet increasing needs.

Courses in  proprietary schools include training not only in business and technical skills but also in self-improvement such as painting, crafts, speech and physical development. At present, the field with the most students is cosmetology, with nearly 3,000 schools in operation.

Teachers in proprietary schools generally wofk longer hours for less  pay than in public schools. However, the quality of instruction is high because teachers work closely with students. Some schools ask students to evaluate the teachers.

Proprietary schools emphasize applied rather than theoretical knowledge. They often are willing to experiment with new ideas in their teaching. The teachers themselves come from  the real world of work. Most of them are professionals and they know what the students will need on the job. Courses are given in short segments. This helps to give the students a sense of accomplishment. In other words, they achieve what they want in a short time.

Automated education is used with success and  team teaching is common. The student, of course, is interested in the result. Will he get a good job? Generally, most of them do and this can be counted as success in education!




A. What do the following refer to?

1. They* (line 3):

2. ‘they’ (line 4):

3. ‘them’ (line 20):

4. ‘do’ (line 27):

B. Mark the best choice.

1. Line 3, ‘satisfying’ means .

a) training b) pleasing c) questioning

2. Line 6, ‘lasts’ here means .

a) continues b) finishes c) remains

3. Line 23, to ‘achieve’ here means to .

a) bring b) get c) buy

1. Who pays for training in proprietary schools?

2. What do the courses in proprietary schools include?

3. What is the most popular field of study today?

4. Why are courses given in short segments?

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