General English

General English


We want you to improve your English and learn to communicate more more confidently. We also want you to have fun and develop new skills and our General English + Language Skills Workshop course is designed to help you do just that! You will study 18 hours per week with General English classes in the mornings and your Language Skills Workshop in the afternoon.  

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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 real communication. You will also learn about the places you are visiting before each excursion. 

  • Learn ‘real’ 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
  • Get advice from your teacher about how to keep improving after you finish your course

  Language Skills Workshop 

These specialist courses give you the opportunity to improve your English skills whilst learning about a specific subject or area. The workshops are practical, mixed level courses where you have the chance to learn, practise and explore new language. Each week you will prepare something in class to present to the rest of the school based on your chosen topic. You can choose a different course each week or study on the same course for the duration of your stay.

Choose from:

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

For more detailed information on the course content for the language skills workshops, please see the relevant sections below. 


Debating, Presentations and Public Speaking

  • Research, plan and structure a presentation
  • Construct and present convincing arguments
  • Spot weaknesses in opposing arguments
  • Present both with and without tools such as Powerpoint
  • Be aware of the importance of your body language
  • Develop techniques to control nerves and speak confidently in front of an audience
  • Practise critical thinking so you can make informed decisions and judgements

Film Making and Social Media

  • Make short films to discuss with your classmates
  • Learn about different types of camera shot
  • Discuss the different roles involved in making a film
  • Study and practise special effects techniques
  • Learn about storyboarding and scriptwriting
  • Discuss the responsible use of Social Media
  • Learn how to give (and receive) constructive criticism

Junior Journalist

  • Learn how to construct an interview
  • Study newspaper language
  • Learn how to speak to camera
  • Produce a news broadcast on your tablet or smartphone
  • Find out how investigative journalists work
  • Learn techniques to give your writing extra impact
  • Produce a newsletter for everybody at school to read


Cambridge First 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 Cambridge First exam held on Fri 10th August at the London Exam Centre. 


British Popular Culture

  • Learn about the modern history of British fashion and music from the “swinging 60s” until present day
  • Discuss the influence of past trends on modern day art, fashion, design and music
  • Learn specific vocabulary to allow you to understand pop culture exhibitions and magazines
  • Learn how to construct language to chat about pop culture
  • Study the history of modern British art and design, allowing you to notice trends when on excursions
  • Identify similarities with aspects of British popular culture and those of your own country
  • Research and present on a British icon from modern times

Language of Sport

  • Find out more about the key British sports of Rugby, Football, Tennis and Cricket
  • Learn the rules of the games in English
  • Learn sports idioms and other useful vocabulary
  • Understand the work of the match officials (referees, umpires etc)
  • Practise commentating on a match
  • Study and practise how sport is reported and post match interviews
  • Discuss the wider implications of sport and its place in society 

NB this choice has a small practical component where students practice some of the language they have learned on the sports field.

 

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