English Course Descriptions

Adults and Teens

Beginners (Trinity 1-3)
Teaching must start from the fundamentals of the language. The first lessons will discuss the alphabet and spelling, numbers 1-20, the date (days, months), telling time and beginning conversation like “What’s your name?” and “How are you?”. After these topics have been tackled, one can start building up on everyday vocabulary (work, family, places and things) and verbs, starting from be/have/can/do and other common verbs and moving on to present simple and present continuous. Conversation would move on to talking about one’s life in a simple way and using common conversation questions, such as “What do you do?” “How many children have you got?” and so on, thus requiring the knowledge of interrogative pronouns (who, when, how). Other notions to study include: prepositions of time, common adjectives, comparative, superlative, pronouns, singular/plural forms, possessive s, some/any, much/many, word order, etc.

Students should be able to read simple messages by the end of the course.

Elementary (KET, Trinity 4-6)

The beginning of this course should be dedicated to a review of what would has been acquired in a beginners course. After a review of 2 weeks, the program may start from the present verb tenses. Once there is a sound grasp on the concept, students may move on to study the past simple, the present perfect, the future (present continuous, going to and will), modal verbs (must, could, should, may, might). Conversation will move on to asking for directions, requesting things, asking information about someone else, and talking about the past and future. Students should be able to read simple stories and important notices and adverts by the end of the course, as well as write shorts emails or letters.

Pre-Intermediate (PET, Trinity 7)
This level will pick up from where the elementary level leaves off by reviewing and reinforcing those notions with readings and audio. The program will continue with more complex conversations, learning not only functional English but English that expresses opinions and ideas. Some new notions will include: relative pronouns, linking words, comparative as…as, first and second conditionals, phrasal verbs, used to, passive voice, quantifiers, reported speech, past continuous, conditional, etc.

Students must be able to read simple articles and write longer letters and emails.

Intermediate (FCE, Trinity 7-9)
Lessons will be less oriented towards grammar learning and more oriented towards English expression in conversation and writing. This does not, however, mean that there will not be continuous review of past notions or introduction of new notions. New notions include: past perfect, past conditional, third conditional, gerunds and infinitives, passive voice in all verb tenses, causative have, indirect questions, more modal verbs (need, ought to, etc.) and question tags. Each topic will be commented on orally in class discussions and presentation/projects, as well as in written form at home.

Upper-Intermediate/Advanced (CAE, CPE, Trinity 10-12, IELTS, TOEFL)
New grammar in this level is limited, but focuses on more complex and advanced syntax. A great amount of time will be dedicated to teaching idioms and collocations, both English and American in order to understand as much as possible, especially in the case of watching films. Time will also be spent improving writing to make it more complex, using discourse markers, distancing, inversion and compound nouns. Vocabulary will be more technical and specific in each unit studied.

*Each level will be integrated with cultural and audio/visual material, as well as the opportunity to apply linguistic knowledge in social environments.

 

Kids

Beginners
These are children, usually very young, who are being introduced to English. This group will be taught mostly through games, story time, cartoons, physical activity and flashcards. These children will probably not be able to write and so will rely more on listening and speaking for their learning.

Starters
This group can start at age 6, but must be at a good reading and writing level in their own language. They have already had experience with English, usually at elementary school. Grammar topics include: articles, singular/plural, to be, can, present simple, present continuous, simple question forms, adjectives, pronouns, determiners. Vocabulary topics include: numbers 1-20, alphabet, animals, toys, clothes, people, the body, places, prepositions, food, school, hobbies and sports and simple words regarding the world around us.

Movers
This group is already familiar with all the topics covered at the Starters level and are prepared to continue with past simple, must, adverbs, comparative and superlative, determiners, would like, etc. Vocabulary topics are more or less the same adding on more words to each category and concentrating on verbs (especially irregular verbs in the past).

Flyers
These children can have a maximum age of 12 and are quite good at communicating in English both in written and spoken form. They are able to read simple stories and answer comprehension questions. New grammar material includes: past continuous, present perfect, going to, will, might/may, shall for suggestions, could, should, tag questions, zero conditionals, etc. Vocabulary continues to add on to the previous categories.

*All the children preparing for Cambridge exams (Starters-Flyers) will also integrate with CLIL material and games in order to expand their knowledge and not be limited in their preparation, especially if there are children in the group who do not intend on taking any certifications at the moment.