General

What is my current level of English?
Most language schools recognise that there are 7 levels of English:

  • Beginner
  • Elementary
  • Pre-Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Upper-Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Proficient

In order to find out your current level of English, we will set you an English Placement Test when you arrive. In some cases, we will assess you during the application process.

How long will it take for me to improve my English?
This is not an easy question. Much depends on the following:

  • Your current English level
  • The English level you want to achieve
  • Your language ability
  • Motivation
  • Your first language
  • How intensive your programme is
  • How much time you study outside of lessons

It is possible for an average student studying English for 25 hours a week to go from Pre-Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate or even Advanced in 3 months.

Exceptionally motivated students with natural language ability can go from Elementary to Upper-Intermediate in approximately 6 months.

Which English programme should I choose?
This very much depends on what your learning objectives are. If you simply want to improve your English for travel purposes you can choose to take a General or Intensive English Programme. However, you may want to improve your English for other reasons. We have an Academic English programme designed for students that want to study a subject taught in English, or a Business English programme to assist professionals needing to communicate using English in their industry.
Is it necessary to go to an English speaking country to learn English?
Although it is not necessary to go to an English speaking country to learn English, it is advisable. The reason for this is simple. You would need to use English a lot more in an English speaking country, than in your own. Therefore, because you would be practicing English more in a western country, you would benefit by learning the language faster.
Which English speaking country is best to learn in?
This is not important. More important is:

  • The country you want to live and study in
  • Enrolling in a good language school, with solid experience of teaching English as a foreign language

Is a big or small school better to learn English in?
There are clear advantages and disadvantages to both. Smaller schools allow for more one-to-one attention in the classroom, but bigger schools have greater facilities on offer. Again, it very much depends on your needs and what you want from the experience.
How do I know which English language school is best for me?
There is a number of factors you need to consider before deciding which language school is best for you:

  • Pricing
  • Class size
  • Programme dates
  • Teachers
  • Specialist programmes/activities on offer
  • Accommodation
  • Facilities

HOMESTAY

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SUMMER WORK AND TRAVEL

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