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Intermediate English

  Course Description:

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Our Intermediate level courses are for people with a reasonably good level of English who want to make progress in the language.  Typical learners at this level are able to use the language independently with familiar topics, and are more comfortable understanding and expressing opinions.  However, they may have trouble with more abstract uses of the language. 

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.

  Intensive ESL for Business

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Our ESL for Business course is designed to prepare students to succeed in business and enlarge their knowledge of the business world. It introduces students to fundamentals of business, structures of various types of businesses in the United States and Great Britain. Also, it consists of interesting topics in international business and discussion of authentic materials from a variety of articles and books about business. It provides realistic business situations for speaking and writing practice.

  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 Intermediate English course.

  Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete our Intermediate English course…

  • are more confident in their use of English.
  • can understand the main points of the written and spoken English they encounter in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • can deal with most normal situations whilst travelling in an area where English is spoken.
  • can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
  • can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

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 Intermediate level courses:

Business English Examinations

  What next?

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After finishing your Intermediate English course, try doing these:

  • Read articles and news stories about unfamiliar subjects in English Language newspapers
  • Speak to people in English
  • Write in English on social media
  • Take a High Intermediate level course
  • Take a Business English course
  • Take a TOEFL Preparation course to prepare for university
  • Take an IELTS Preparation course to prepare for university
  • Take one of our online courses
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