General English


General English group 20 lessons per week (15 hours per week)

The General English Course is available at 6 levels all year round: Beginner, Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced.  Students will be placed in the appropriate level according to the results of their placement test and can move on to higher levels according to their progress. The placement test is held at the school on the first day and takes one hour to complete.

Period of operation: All year round
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Duration of 1 Lesson: 45 minutes
Lessons per week: 20 lessons / 15 hours
Average number of students in class: Winter (January – May & September – December) 8 students
Average number of students in class: Summer (June, July & August) 10 students

Maximum number of students in class all year round: 12 students

Sample timetable:

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Beginner

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This is an introductory course for those learners who are starting their study of English for the first time.  It provides a comprehensive language base intended to prepare even a complete beginner to move on to the next higher level.   The course will cover the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.  In this way, even on a beginner’s level, the students are encouraged to develop their own learning strategies.  Lessons are directed in a gentle manner so as to encourage the less-confident learners but, at the same time, with plenty of practice.  Successful students will be able to conduct simple conversations and have the knowledge of simple English structures.

Pre-Intermediate

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This course is a vital step towards achieving a preliminary level of proficiency in English Language communication without which students will find it hard to continue in their study.  It is designed to enable students to communicate easily with each other in English and to feel at home in an English-speaking environment.  The course will motivate the students to achieve a real breakthrough into the next level of study, enabling them to work largely on their own.

Intermediate

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This Course is designed to help students improve their English usage and integrate those aspects of language learnt by them in the past.  Course material is based on current and contemporary topics, giving the students the necessary practice to create their own personal contributions and to build up self-confidence.  Essentially, this course aims to refresh and consolidate existing levels of correct English and, at the same time, introduce new skills to match the wider use of English at the next higher level.

Upper Intermediate

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The aim of this course is to provide students with meaningful material that helps them to improve their fluency and practice of English in everyday use.  At this level, the students themselves are ambitious enough to embark on more in-depth language assignments, such as extensive reading, word-formations and varied sentence patterns.  In all cases, language items will be related to real-life situations so that our students, already proficient in the use of English, will widen their communicative perspective by participating in discussions, role-play and essay/report writing.

Advanced

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This course is structured in such a way as to help students achieve their full potential, stretching their capabilities in the use of idiomatic English as an every-day medium of communication.   Training will be intensified in listening comprehension and in writing practice and language focus will explore analysis as well as knowledge of grammar points.  The methodology in this course will be done in an enjoyable manner so as to sustain the students’ interest as they sharpen their ‘real world’ skills in vocabulary, idioms, casual conversation and academic discussion. At Advanced level the emphasis will be on the use of idiomatic English and expressions as well as elaborate vocabulary to express an opinion both in the spoken and written language.

Intensive General English group 30 lessons per week (22.5 hours per week)

This is a combination course of General English (as above) and Conversational English (see course details below). This course is designed for students who wish to dedicate more time to develop an increased proficiency in English in a relatively short period of time and the students who wish to maximise their available time to practise the spoken language after the General English course. Students will be placed in the appropriate level of the General English group according to the results of their placement test.  The small group (only 6 students per class) Conversational English classes specifically concentrate on speaking, listening and pronunciation and typically involve debates, discussion, pair work (with other students) and presentations. The functional focus is on expressing opinions and preferences, disagreeing and negotiation skills.

Period of operation: All year round
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Duration of 1 Lesson: 45 minutes
Lessons per week: 30 lessons / 22.5 hours (20 lessons / 15 hours per week General English + 10 lessons / 7.5 hours per week Conversational English classes)
Average number of students in class for General English: Winter (January – May & September – December) 8 students
Average number of students in class for General English: Summer (June, July & August) 12 students
Maximum students in class for the Conversational English all year round: 6 students

Sample timetable:

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Conversational English

Students are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of speaking practice in achieving greater levels of fluency. Studying grammar is pointless without having sufficient opportunity to use it in spoken language.  Conversation is a central aspect of language acquisition and the activities of this course help to sustain an intelligible flow of language as well as encourage listening comprehension.  Our conversational programme is aimed at increasing the student’s confidence and active memory through rich and varied discussion around topic areas. These lessons specifically concentrate on speaking. The lessons typically involve debates, discussion, pair work (with other students) and presentations. The functional focus is on expressing opinions and preferences, disagreeing and negotiation skills.

Note: This programme should be taken as a supplement to any of the other courses

Period of operation: All year round
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Duration of 1 Lesson: 45 minutes
Lessons per week: 10 lessons / 7.5 hours
Maximum students in class all year round: 6 students

General English 20 lessons group + 10 or 20 lessons per week private tuition (one-to-one) (15 hours General English+ 7.5 hours or 15 hours one-to-one)

This is a combination course of group General English 20 lessons per week and One-to-One Private Tuition 10 or 20 lessons per week.  You will have the opportunity to attend a group course in the morning and private tuition in the afternoon. During your afternoon private lessons, together with the teacher, you will identify those language skills and systems, which require reinforcement and revision.

The emphasis, as in all the other courses, is on the practical use of English and the language tasks can be related to the job or profession in which English will be used with confidence and correctness.
This course is available at all levels from Beginner to Advanced.

One-to-One General English 20,30 or 40 lessons per week

A highly motivating user-related course in General English but also designed to satisfy the specific needs of an individual student.  Together with the teacher, the student will identify those language skills and systems, which require reinforcement and revision.
The emphasis, as in all the other courses, is on the practical use of English and the language tasks can be related to the job or profession in which English will be used with confidence and correctness.
This course is available at all levels from Beginner to Advanced.