Annual course | English | Communication-focused

Total duration: 12 monthsLanguage: English
Total hours: 156h + 12 tutorialsCourse type: Communication-focused
Timetable: Mon & Wed | Tue & ThuLevels: A2 – C1
Class duration:
1h 30′ per session
3h a week
Starting date: 11-01-2021
Total duration: 12 months
Total hours: 156h + 12 tutorials
Timetable: Mon & Wed | Tue & Thu
Class duration: 3 hours a week
Language: English
Course type: Communication-focused
Levels: A2 – C1
Starting date: 11-01-2021

The world has shrunk – not in size, but in distances. The amount of information and the number of people and experiences we have within reach is impressive.

Is your lacking knowledge of English preventing you from achieving everything you want to? As a fluent English speaker, you’ll be able to access and enjoy the infinite amount of information that both the internet and social networks offer us, travel with the possibility of blending in and connecting with both natives and non-natives in a country… A multitude of things that you’re missing out on because your English isn’t at the level it should be.

Make communication your focus and learn REAL English with expressions and words that will allow you to interact naturally and effortlessly in day-to-day situations, as well as in an academic or professional setting.

Our communication-focused English course consists of lessons taught on our platform that are primarily based around practising speaking and listening skills. They are supplemented by learning resources posted in the pupils’ area on our website, including extra material upon request to help you focus on specific areas.

In addition to online classes, students will be able to enjoy personal tutorial sessions with any of our teachers to revise or practise the particular skills or topics that they need support with. Each student can book a maximum of 12 sessions lasting 15 minutes each over the duration of the course, and can use up to 2 sessions at once to have a half-hour tutorial if they wish. Students who would like to have more than 12 tutorials per year can purchase extra sessions in blocks of 10.

We offer you the flexibility to change group or level over the 12 months of the course as you progress and reach the goals set out at the beginning of your study. Your teacher will monitor your personal improvement to situate you in the best class according to your individual capacity and needs at all times, giving you the best service and attention possible.

Teachers will use a variety of digital materials that help students to perfect their communication skills in a fun and direct way, developing fluency, pronunciation, general understanding and knowledge of vocabulary.

Oral expression: students will participate in discussions and debates on a number of culturally significant topics in class, prepare presentations and do speaking activities that challenge them to improve their self-expression in English and become more confident communicators.
Listening comprehension: we use both formal and informal recordings and videos on current affairs and appealing topics that are appropriate to each level in order to increase pupils’ exposure to all types of spoken English and practise the grammar and vocabulary suitable for their ability.
Grammar and vocabulary: our teachers will separate grammar into manageable points that students can understand without difficulty or monotony, saving most practice exercises for homework. Vocabulary will be seen in readings and heard in listenings, aided by lists for each topic, and is always explained using definitions and examples. Students will then put this vocabulary into practice by doing energetic and entertaining activities or playing interactive games.
Reading comprehension: pupils will work on reading for gist in class and for homework, as well as their ability to comprehend written texts completely and discuss the themes they have read about. Readings will be on interesting cultural subjects and contemporary issues that widen their general knowledge and expose them to key vocabulary and grammar.
Written expression: We demonstrate in class how to write different kinds of functional texts that students may need to write in everyday life using a clear and consistent style that native English speakers can understand. We provide a selection of writing models for pupils to structure their work around, and will set these tasks for homework.

Throughout the course, three tests will be carried out:

  • An initial level test, (including an oral assessment) which will help us to place you in the class best suited to your current level.
  • A follow-up test, which will be taken partway through the course in order to check that you have absorbed the material studied so far.
  • A final test, which will evaluate how you have assimilated all the content and if you have reached the level set out by the course.

Each level is designed to cover the linguistic needs essential to achieve the proposed objectives.

VOCABULARY:

  • Large numbers
  • Families
  • Biographical information
  • Describing personality
  • Describing people physically
  • Animals
  • Clothes
  • Buildings, places & monuments
  • Travel & tourism
  • Work & careers
  • Hobbies, sports & interests
  • Health, fitness & illnesses
  • Education
  • Weather
  • Music

 

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:

  • Use phrases and sentences to describe your family and other people, living conditions, educational background and job in basic terms.
  • Communicate in simple and regular tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters to do with work and free time.
  • Handle very short social exchanges but rarely understand enough to keep conversation going on your own.
  • Deal with common aspects of everyday living such as travel, lodgings, eating and shopping, being able to make simple transactions and give and receive information about quantities, numbers, prices etc.
  • Establish social contact, e.g. greetings and farewells, introductions and giving thanks.
  • Make and respond to invitations and apologies.
  • Discuss immediate plans, agree and disagree with others, and make and respond to suggestions.
  • Talk about your feelings and likes/dislikes.
  • Understand enough to be able to meet your specific needs if speech is clearly and slowly articulated.

VOCABULARY:

  • House & home
  • Free time
  • Phrasal verbs
  • Hobbies
  • Holiday activities
  • Buildings and places
  • Personal feelings, opinions & experiences
  • Relations with others
  • Adjectives with -ed and -ing
  • Adjectives of emotion & their opposites
  • Entertainment
  • Going out
  • Been/gone, meet, get to know, know, find out
  • Weather
  • Transport
  • Adverbs of degree
  • Compound words
  • Prefixes and suffixes
  • Health & exercise
  • Illnesses & accidents
  • Food & drink
  • Shops & services
  • The natural world
  • The environment

 

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:

  • Communicate in English for simple, practical tasks and situations with ease.
  • Successfully express basic opinions, thoughts, feelings, experiences and wishes in spoken and written English.
  • Express opinions on abstract or cultural issues in a limited way.
  • Participate in a class or conversation using simple language.
  • Ask for information about things like accommodation and travel.
  • Show understanding of basic opinions, thoughts, feelings, experiences and wishes in spoken and written English.
  • Understand factual information, instructions and public announcements in spoken and written English.
  • Follow a straightforward demonstration or presentation.
  • Read and comprehend simple fictional and non-fictional texts in English, including articles, letters and short stories.
  • Write clear, uncomplicated letters and emails on day-to-day subjects or topics you are interested in.
  • Make reasonably accurate notes in a lecture or meeting on a familiar and predictable subject.

VOCABULARY:

  • Leisure
  • Holidays
  • Food
  • Education
  • The environment
  • Jobs
  • Sport
  • Entertainment
  • Happiness
  • Money
  • Health
  • The animal world
  • Housing
  • Festivals
  • Technology
  • Phrasal verbs
  • Collocations

 

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:

  • Maintain a conversation on a reasonably wide range of subjects.
  • Interact with enough fluency and spontaneity to be able to communicate with native speakers without a problem.
  • Express opinions and give reasons without difficulty.
  • Express arguments to a limited extent.
  • Answer predictable or factual questions about studies or work.
  • Ask for factual information in a social or professional context and understand the response given.
  • Ask for clarification and extra information, being likely to understand the response given.
  • Easily follow a speech on a familiar subject.
  • Scan texts for significant information.
  • Read news items in the media to find information quickly and interpret it correctly.
  • Understand the key points of complex text on both specific and abstract subjects, including technical information about their particular area of specialisation.
  • Understand the overall meaning of atypical letters in a professional context and the majority of their content.
  • Produce clear, thorough text on a number of topics and explain your point of view on a matter by giving pros and cons.
  • Write a straightforward, factual report in a professional or academic context, showing signs of evaluation and giving advice.
  • Write a professional letter to make or answer requests that are out of the ordinary.
  • Make notes while someone is talking, as well as simple notes for writing an essay or for revision that summarise the main ideas of the matter at hand.

VOCABULARY:

  • Cities
  • Personal history
  • The arts
  • Migrations
  • Extreme sports / risk-taking
  • Gender issues
  • Education
  • Health
  • Transport & journeys
  • Moods & attitudes
  • Fame & fortune
  • Relationships
  • Holidays
  • Exercise
  • Media
  • The world of work
  • Economics & business
  • The living world
  • Personal contact
  • The environment
  • Science & technology
  • Phrasal verbs
  • Collocations
  • Fixed phrases & idioms

 

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:

  • Maintain a casual conversation for an extended period of time and engage in discussion about abstract or cultural subjects with fluency and ease, using a number of different expressions.
  • Cope with unpredictable questions.
  • Respond to questions by asking for more details.
  • Show disagreement or make criticism without causing offence.
  • Detect slight variations in meanings or opinions in both spoken and written English.
  • Follow discussions and debates with little need for explanation, with good ability to overcome any communication problems.
  • Participate in meetings in their own professional field and maintain a casual conversation in this context with good fluency, remaining unphased by complex expressions.
  • Scan texts for important information and recognise the key points.
  • Understand complex opinions or ideas found in serious journalism.
  • Understand the gist of complicated articles without majorly misinterpreting their content.
  • Write a written piece with a point that can be understood from start to finish.
  • Write most different types of letters without errors that affect the reader’s understanding.
  • Write a report in a professional context that gets across the intended message.
  • Take fairly accurate notes in classes or meetings.
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