Welcome to Caledonian Language School!
forward to welcoming you to our new school, here in the centre of
Edinburgh. But although the school is new, the teachers are highly
qualified and experienced. The city centre location gives us access to
public institutions, so that as part of your programme, you can visit the
Scottish Parliament (designed by a Spanish architect) or the law courts in
Edinburghís oldest street, the Royal Mile. Youíll learn about Scottish and
British culture, as well as improving your English. Depending on your
level, you can also do examination preparation.
a well-planned programme, with lots of speaking practice in class to
improve your fluency. But what happens outside class is equally important.
Youíll have homework. Why? Because it helps you to learn. There will be
computers in the school, not just for you to check your e-mail and go on
Facebook, but to go on language learning websites, and use materials which
suit you as an individual. And letís not forget that we are in Britain, so
we need to get out and interact with native speakers of English!
always want to know what they will actually do on a course. Of course,
youíll study grammar and vocabulary, but youíve probably studied them in
your home country, and can understand some or most of what you read or
hear in English. We really want to turn that passive knowledge
(understanding) into active knowledge (use) of English - that is, to give
you lots of practice in speaking in class, and writing tasks to complete
as self-study. Improving these productive skills makes you an active user
of English - and a more confident one. Studying English here at the
Languages School will make you a better English speaker.
believe that Iíve been teaching for thirty years, but itís true. I
graduated in 1981 with a degree in English Language and Literature from
Edinburgh University, and went to teach in Italy for two years, with
another year in Istanbul, before coming back to the UK. I did my teacher
training at London University Institute of Education, which involved a
6-week placement in Madrid. Since then Iíve worked in a variety of private
and public organisations, from a small language school preparing
post-graduate students for university study in the UK to Edinburgh
University Institute for Applied Language Studies as a Course Director for
English for University Students.
Iíve worked at Edinburghís Telford College, firstly as a lecturer in
Communication and English for Speakers of Other Languages, but since 2003
as Curriculum Manager (Director of Studies) for English Language courses
in the college. This means that I have a strong commitment to Quality,
combined with a good appreciation of what students need to progress. Now
that the college has moved away from EFL courses, I want to use my
experience to create my own school, where I can use my knowledge and
experience to give students the best language learning environment
Helping to do
this are staff Iíve worked with for many years in the college. All are
qualified to university degree standard, with a teaching qualification
such as Cambridge DELTA or a Masterís Degree in Applied Linguistics. We
are committed to providing the experience you want: well-planned classes
offering communicative practice to improve your fluency and give you a
wider knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.