A0/A1 - Beginner Level 1
This course is for students who have never studied English and know few or no words in English. In class, rules will be explained in the students' mother tongue. Vocabulary will be mostly taught through pictures.
You will learn 100 - 200 new words that can help you to order food at a take-away, be able to answer simple questions and learn how to spell your name and address.
A1 - Beginner Level 2
This course is for students who have studied English for 3-6 months and can introduce themselves and answer simple questions about themselves. Grammar rules and vocabulary will be explained in the students' mother tongue.
Games will be played which encourage speaking in English only. We will learn more and more words that will help students to talk about their family, home, hobbies and work.
A1/A2 - Beginner Level 3
After 1 or 2 years of English lessons, students may still feel like beginners but they can, in fact, understand simple English and can answer questions about their families, hobbies and work.
In this class, students will start to practice ordering food at a restaurant, go shopping for clothes, write postcards, and read their first "Easy Reader" book for English learners. (for example: "Island for Sale" - a funny story about a rock star who wants to buy an island.)
A2 - Beginner Level 4
Students will practice reserving hotels and flights and writing practical e-mails. Very importantly, students will learn about the past tense so they can talk properly about past events and stories.
Reading an "Easy Reader" book for English learners in the past tense will help students learn irregular verbs. (Example of easy readers at this level: "Anne of Green Gables", or "The Double Bass Mystery)
(After this level, students may elect to study for the KET exam.)
A2/B1 - Intermediate Level 1
Students learn more and more vocabulary through practical reading and listening exercises. Students can enjoy a few minutes of small talk with their classmates and will begin understanding grammar better as the basics are reviewed and we move onto learning more challenging points.
Students will practice taking messages, writing e-mails and making telephone calls to solve problems and learn polite expressions.
B1 - Intermediate Level 2
Students will have some experience reading stories and articles in English but want to learn more vocabulary. Very little to no English will allowed to be spoken in class. Students will have a chance to share stories with classmates through small talk, presentations and writing activities.
If the group focuses on Business English, students will practice meeting and telephone skills as well as formal and informal business writing. Students will also be encouraged to bring in their own e-mails to be reviewed and corrected.
If the group focuses on General English, reading articles and listening to recordinga about various topics will improve skills and expand vocabulary. Fun games will be used to review new vocabulary and grammar points.
(After this level, students may elect to study for the PET or BEC Preliminary exams.)
B1+ - Intermediate Level 3
Students should feel more and more comfortable and confident about making conversation in English. They will be encouraged to speak at length about different topics and will have many chances to practice expressing their opinions, negotiating, and influencing others.
Students will read articles, listen to interviews, and/or watch short film clips with less simplified English, which will aid them to expand their vocabulary and improve their listening skills
For groups focusing on Business English, students will participate in decision-making meetings, brainstorm and be able to make a proposal based on their opinions or personal experience. They will make a short presentation and participate in meeting role plays.
For groups focusing on General English, students' vocabulary will be expanded so that they can begin to read books with a clear plot written for young adults (for example: "Matilda" by Roald Dahl) and understand how to write in a cohesive manner. And of course, they will have lots of speaking practice.
B1/B2 - Intermediate Level 4
Students are challenged to use more and more complex grammar structures and speaking expressions. Students will have practice talking and reading at length about various topics which relate to their everyday life.
They will practice discussing issues and handling complaints in a culture appropriate fashion. Also they will participate in meeting role plays with controversial and sensitive topics.
For groups focusing on General English, students will read a book or watch a movie of their choice, and then use their speaking and writing skills to summarize and express their opinion. They will also practice writing essays, articles and/or short stories.
For groups focusing on Business English, students will need to write a business report or proposal which is written using standard writing structure rules. And of course, make a formal business presentation.
B2 - Upper Intermediate Level 1
Students at this level have taken English lessons for at least 5 years and/or use English on a daily basis. They not only speak in English but they can also "think" in English.
Advanced grammar, vocabulary and expressions will be reviewed and practiced so that reading novels in their original form and watching movies can be done with ease without relying on translation.
Students will have the confidence in making a presentation, expressing their opinions, persuading others to buy or sell something and should no longer have the need or urge to speak in their mother tongue during class time.
For groups focusing on General English, students will continue learning more challenging vocabulary and begin also to be able to read between the lines.
B2/C1 - Advanced Level 1
At the start: Can question authority, negotiate deals and run a meeting. Can write formal and informal e-mails clearly with the correct tone and take meeting minutes.
By the end: Can write standard reports, proposals, essays. Can understand blogs, newspaper articles and novels meant for native speakers with assistance of a dictionary.
C1 - Advanced Level 2
At the start: Can write standard reports, proposals, essays and understand blogs, newspaper articles with assistance of a dictionary.
By the end: Can handle sensitive, emotional issues without losing fluency. Can write using complex structures and advanced expressions and terms to describe information and make requests and complaints. Rarely needs a dictionary when formulating thoughts. Able to use a thesaurus correctly.
C1+ and above
To reach a C2 near-native proficiency level, this takes a minimum of 400 hours of additional study.