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Beginners English

  Course Description:

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Our Beginners level courses are for people with a low level of English who want to make progress in the language.  Typical learners at this level are able use the language in a simple way to talk about themselves and familiar topics, but may have difficulty communicating with other people in English.

The core classes focus on all aspects of the language, including grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading and writing.

The elective classes build on the language from the core classes, with a focus on communication and practical skills.

All our lessons give students the opportunity to learn and use English in realistic situations, and our teachers give regular homework to help you practice.

  Course Content:

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The classes use a range of methodologies and activities to help students learn and use the language.  The classes use a set coursebook, and these are supplemented with authentic materials, video and interactive technology.

There are regular progress tests and tutorials, which helps the teachers identify students’ strengths and weakness, and allows the students to check their progress in English.

Elective classes are specially designed to supplement and reinforce language acquisition. Students have the option of choosing these courses to enhance their four skills and attain a higher level of English proficiency. These courses help improve specific skills in preparation for greater career opportunities.

  Pronunciation and Accent Reduction

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This course reinforces speaking and listening skills. Learners develop the ability to understand and use spoken English with good pronunciation and a more natural-sounding accent.

  American Culture/Film 

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This course broadens students' understanding of American culture through the medium of film. Extensive analyses and discussions of various topics follow viewings of films selected for their relevance to American culture and impact on American society. Language skills are reinforced through the use of language in film, including idioms, phrasal verbs and twenty-first century vernacular.

  Conversation Practice Class

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The main focus of the conversation class is to give students the skills to be able to express themselves in everyday situations. Pronunciation, vocabulary and idioms are learned and practiced to further develop conversational skills.

Please click here for a sample timetable for our Beginners English course.

  Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete our Beginners English course…

  • are more confident in their use of English.
  • can understand people speaking English if the person they are talking to speaks slowly and clearly.
  • can understand and use different expressions and phrases in everyday situations.
  • can introduce themselves and other people.
  • can ask and answer questions about where they live, people they know and things they have.

These descriptors are summarised from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).  For more information please see:

www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/Source/Framework_EN.pdf

Examinations:

It is a good idea to take an internationally-recognised examination to prove your language skills to employers or academic institutions.  The following English Language Examinations are suitable for people who have taken one of our Beginners level courses:

Business English Examinations

  What next?

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After finishing your Beginners English course, try doing these:

  • Focus on expanding your vocabulary
  • Speak to people in English
  • Write in English on social media
  • Take a Low Intermediate level course
  • Take one of our online courses
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