Project Description

Full Time General English

Levels: Pre-Intermediate (A2), Intermediate (B1), Upper Intermediate (B2), Advanced (C1)

15 hours per week, between 09.00 and 12.15, Monday to Friday, with a 15-minute break in the middle.

The goal of these courses is to help you improve your real-life communication, for travelling, for living in the UK, or for studying or working. We believe in an active classroom, where you practise language in different ways to give you fluency and confidence in expressing yourself to the best of your ability.

Detailed learning objectives depend on the level of the course. There is a course syllabus which relates to the outcomes for each CEFR level. So, when you finish an Intermediate (B1) course, your “can dos” include describing past events; an Upper Intermediate (B2) student at the end of a course can speculate about past, present & future – and so on.

Classes follow an appropriate course-book for the level. The teachers will also use a range of supplementary materials to help you practise the language you are studying, using the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Your teacher might use a clip from Youtube, or a newspaper article, or ask you to make a short presentation, or play a game. Activities will include individual work, pair-work and group-work, to maximise your opportunities to practise English in the classroom. Your teachers will also discuss with you how you can practise English outside class time, and which resources to use in the self-access centre.

Each class will have a balance of input (new or revised grammar and vocabulary) and output (active practice of these). You will have written homework at least once a week, and other shorter homework tasks on other days.

You’ll have the chance to learn about Edinburgh and Scotland, and your teacher may take you on visits relating to the topics which you study in class; for example, you might visit the Scottish Parliament or the law courts.

These classes are suitable for people who want to improve their English as quickly as possible, or who are preparing for an exam.

When you enrol for any General English course, you are asked to pay for the course book, which you will use in class every day.

Classes usually have 8 – 12 students, possibly slightly more at busy times like July and August. The maximum class size is 15.

Minimum entry requirements

You must be at least 16 to take these courses

Initial level is usually determined by the Caledonian Language School placement test

Pre-Intermediate*: a Pre- Intermediate score in the placement test
Intermediate: an Intermediate score in the placement test
Upper Intermediate: a PET certificate or an Upper Intermediate score in the placement test
Advanced: a Cambridge First certificate or an Advanced score in the placement test

*If you think that your level may be lower than this, we can send you the written test by e-mail.

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