Extended courses

Take the jump and master a language properly

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WHAT IS AN academic COURSE?

Our academic courses are communication focused. They will allow you to achieve fluency and general ability quickly. You’ll learn a language properly, focusing on real communication. You’ll interact a lot with your teacher and classmates! You choose the length of your course as you renew on a monthly basis until you have met your objectives.

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We offer you the flexibility to change group or level over the course duration as you progress

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Your teacher will monitor your personal development and give you material to help you improve in specific areas

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We’ll place you in the class that best fits your level on the first day of each month

  • Duration:

    On a monthly basis
  • Total hours:

    20 hours per month
  • Time commitment:

    5 hours a week
  • Timetable options:

    1 hour per session from Monday to Friday
  • Languages:

    English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Chinese (based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • Course type:

    Communication-focused
  • Level:

    A1-C2
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A bit more info…

• Our academic courses are taught on our platform using digital resources to facilitate learning.
• Your class material will be published in the students’ area of the website, which can be accessed at any time!
• In addition to online classes, students will have personalised tutorials with our teachers to review topics that need to be worked on.
• Study a course based on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Our students always recommend us

Those who can best say what it means to learn with us are our students. They’re the ones who’ve experienced things for themselves!

Find out how we’ve helped them and how learning another language has changed their future.

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Our Methodology

We aim for a close student-teacher relationship to boost comfort and confidence levels in class, maximising pupils’ participation and growth.

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COMMUNICATION SKILLS

We place importance on communication skills in all our extended courses so that students practise speaking and listening directly in the target language as much as possible, training their ear to native accents and learning correct pronunciation.

We encourage them to engage in class discussions and debates as much as possible on a range of relevant topics, and will set different oral tasks for them to complete. Pupils will listen to and watch both formal and informal recordings and videos to improve their skills and practise the grammar and vocabulary appropriate to their level.

GRAMMAR APPROACH

Our approach to teaching grammar is to break down each point and make it universally comprehensible without overwhelming or boring our students.

We explain vocabulary using clear lists, definitions and examples, with practical and fun exercises, to test pupils’ assimilation.

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READING COMPREHENSION and Written expression

Reading tasks will further check this assimilation, and students will complete exercises to assess their comprehension of the text, discussing it orally in more detail.

Written expression practises pupils’ usage of grammar and vocabulary, and will be mainly set for homework. Our teachers will explain how to organise texts in class, giving students a variety of examples and templates they can base their work on.

Our objectives

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for referring to language ability. It defines language skill on a six-point scale, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for those who have complete control of a language. Detailed below are the specific abilities of pupils who reach levels A1-C2 in any of the languages offered.

A1 users can

  • Communicate in everyday situations with common expressions and basic vocabulary to meet their immediate needs.
  • Introduce themselves and others, and ask and answer questions about personal details.
  • Interact in a simple way when the other person cooperates by talking slowly and clearly.
  • Understand simple phrases and frequently used expressions.

A2 users can

  • Communicate in simple and routine tasks that require a straightforward and direct exchange of information.
  • Describe aspects of their background, environment and matters concerning their immediate needs in basic terms.
  • Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, places of interest, employment, etc.).

B1 users can

  • Cope with most situations that might arise when travelling in areas where the language is used.
  • Describe experiences, events, wishes and aspirations, justify opinions or explain plans.
  • Understand the main points of clear texts in standard language about topics which they are familiar with, e.g. work, study or leisure.
  • Produce simple, coherent text on topics they are familiar with or in which they have personal interest.

B2 users can

  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity, that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite achievable without strain for either participant.
  • Understand the main ideas of complex text, on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of expertise.
  • Produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain their opinion on an issue, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1 users can

  • Express themselves fluently and spontaneously, without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Use language flexibly and effectivelyfor social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Understand a wide range of challenging, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning.
  • Produce clear, well-structured and detailed text on difficult subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2 users can

  • Express themselves very fluently, accurately and spontaneously, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
  • Understand almost everything they hear or read with ease.
  • Summarize information and arguments from different spoken and written sources, and present them logically and concisely.

Do you want to meet your teachers?

Each one of them transmits their life experiences, world view and expertise in their classes.

Take a closer look at their biographies and you’ll understand everything they’ll provide you with: much more than a language.

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