General English

General English

We want you to improve your English and learn to communicate more confidently and efficiently. At the same time, we also want you to have fun whilst developing these new skills, and our General English + Language Skills Workshop courses are designed to help you do just that! You will study 18 hours per week of General English classes in the mornings and your chosen Language Skills Workshop in the afternoon.  

The programme starts any Monday and General English class levels are from Elementary (A2) to Proficiency (C2).  Please note, we do not accept Beginners (A1).

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General English 

These communicative classes will help you to improve all aspects of your English: reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. Each week will focus on a different theme and project work will encourage useful communication. You will also carry out research about the places you are visiting before each excursion. 

  • Learn useful English using the latest books and materials
  • Learn, review and use your new language skills every day
  • Develop your communication skills with fellow students through role-plays, pair work and group discussions
  • Explore new techniques to help you improve your listening and reading skills
  • Improve your written English by studying and writing emails, letters and stories
  • Includes a regular one-to-one tutorial with your teacher to discuss your progress.

Language Skills Workshops

These specialist courses give you the opportunity to improve your English skills whilst learning about a specific subject or area. The workshops are practical and mixed level where you have the chance to learn, practise and explore new language related to the topic of choice. Each week, you and your group will work on a mini project and present this to the rest of the school in the Friday Language Skills Workshop presentations. You can choose a different workshop each week or study the same one for the duration of your course. Please note: all Language Skills workshops, except the B2 First (FCE) examination course, are open to all levels.  

Choose from:

Debating, Presentations and Public Speaking
Film making and Social Media
Junior Journalist
B2 First (FCE) exam preparation
British Popular Culture
Language of Sport

For more detailed information on the workshop content, please see the relevant sections below. 

Debating, Presentations and Public Speaking

  • Research, plan and structure a presentation
  • Construct and present convincing arguments
  • Present both with and without tools such as Powerpoint
  • Be aware of the importance of your voice and body language
  • Develop techniques to speak confidently to an audience

Film Making and Social Media

  • Make short films to discuss with your classmates
  • Study examples of different types of camera shots
  • Learn about storyboarding and scriptwriting
  • Discuss the responsible use of Social Media
  • Learn how to give and receive constructive criticism

Junior Journalist

  • Study the type of language used in newspaper and magazine articles
  • Learn how to gather and report on relevant information
  • Develop inerview and note-taking skills
  • Learn how to edit an article or audio recording to produce a finished product
  • Produce a newsletter or podcast for the school

B2 First (FCE) exam preparation

  • Study in an exam-focussed group
  • Learn exam strategies that will help you in the exam
  • Do practice tests under exam conditions
  • Receive constructive feedback on your performance
  • Enhance your English skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening

Please note: the minimum level for this course is B2 Higher Intermediate.  Students may take the computer-based B2 First exam held on Fri 10th August at the London Exam Centre in Wimbledon.

British Popular Culture

  • Learn about the recent history of British fashion and music
  • Discuss the influence of past trends on current pop culture
  • Learn specific vocabulary related to art, design, fashion and music
  • Find similarities between pop culture in the UK and your country
  • Research and present on a British icon of modern times

Language of Sport

  • Study key sports of Rugby, Football, Tennis and Cricket
  • Learn sports idioms and other useful vocabulary
  • Understand the work of match officials (referees, umpires etc)
  • Study sports reporting and practise commentating
  • Discuss the wider implications of sport and its place in society 

This workshop has a small practical component where students practise some of the language they have learned on the sports field.


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