What we study in class depends on your needs and your level.
We put our students’ needs first to help us to develop the content of our classes. We will ask you to complete a short needs analysis form (as well as our placement level test) when you register with the school. This enables us to see your grammatical level, the areas that you feel confident in, and your interests, so that we can best plan the classes to suit your needs and interests. We also organise a free, private tutorial every 8 weeks with you and Poppy (the principal), or Chris (the director of studies) so that we can discuss your improvements and areas that you are having problems with.
Based on this information on your needs and interests, we plan our classes with the aim of making them as useful and interesting as possible for the students. To help our teachers make decisions about the content of the classes, we use a syllabus which specifies the grammar and language which a student at a certain level can expect to study, based on the Common European Framework for languages.
You can view the class content for each level here:
To ensure that all our students receive a balance of language (grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation) and skills work (speaking, listening, reading and writing), we organise our timetable so that each General English class has one specific focus. This changes each week, which means that if you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, you can be confident that whatever times you come to your classes, you will have a rich balance and variety of language and skills. Each week, the classes are based on a weekly theme (e.g. travel and culture, education and health) which provides the focus and topic of your classes.
The example timetables below provide an idea of the variety of language, vocabulary and topics we cover in our classes, and also show how the class focus rotates each week.
For example, in the timetable below, on Monday students will study Grammar from 09:00-10:30 and Speaking from 10:45-12:15. On Tuesday they will study Speaking 09:00-10:30 and Reading 10:45-12:15. The next week this will rotate, so on Monday students will study Listening from 09:00-10:30 and Grammar from 10:45-12:15 and on Tuesday will study Grammar from 09:00-10:30 and Speaking from 10:45-12:15. In school, students can check our big whiteboard in the corridor to see what they will be studying in their classes each week, and can also check past timetables in case they missed a class and would like to catch up.