General English Courses
This course aims to develop student's knowledge and understanding of the English Language whilst providing them with an opportunity to gain a valued qualification that is recognised and accepted worldwide.
Here at Buckswood St George’s, the General English course provides students the opportunity to attain either Cambridge English KET (A2 CEFR) or PET (B1 CEFR) qualification.
Both levels of these courses aim to develop student’s ability to communicate in English for real life, practical situations.
The course, which develops the four main language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) builds student’s expertise and confidence in English Language usage whilst including grammar consolidation and pronunciation practice; enabling students to improve their future study, work and international travel prospects.
Lead by qualified and experienced professionals; small classes sizes, excellent resources and interactive learning facilities; teachers are able to cater to the individual student’s needs and provide each student with an individual learning plan that accommodates their unique learning style and ambitions.
Hours of Study: 12 -15 hours per week (depending on student’s individual learning plan and the possible combination of other subject courses)
Maximum class size: 14 International Students
Minimum Enrolment Age: 16 years old at the beginning of the course.
Minimum Language Level: A2/B1 (CEFR) However students who are in fact lower than this may enrol but may incur the expense of a 1:1 tuition in order to raise their level prior to entry into other subjects.
Timetable: Classes run Monday – Friday
09:00 – 10:30
10:45 – 12:15
13:00 – 14:30
14:45 – 16:30
Materials: All course materials required for the course provided by Buckswood St George’s are included in the price. However, charges may occur for materials that are lost or damaged.
The course syllabus is provided at levels from CEFR A2 to C2. The principal syllabus is based upon the Cambridge English KET and PET exam content along with other published course books which are supplemented by approved teaching materials from a variety of trusted sources. The course is divided into multi-layered, topic based modules which include comprehensive work on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. Speaking tasks are a central part of each module with special emphasis given to communication, the use of phrases and collocation, pronunciations, intonation and word stress, active learning and independent study skills, revision and the recycling of language.
The first 1.5 hours of the day will offer a solid language learning focus including:
- Language presentation, specific skill focused
- Grammar in focus
- Pronunciation focus, model and drilling practice
- Vocabulary bank building and usage, model and drilling practice
- Independent learning training
The second 1.5 hours of the day will provide an opportunity to practice and develop all four skills including:
- Listening development
- Communicative tasks and activities including pair work; group work, role pays, discussions and debates.
- Reading strategies for authentic English text from a variety of styles and genres.
- Writing tasks; formal and informal writing styles, spelling, punctuation, tone
- Grammar in focus
- Vocabulary work and extension (e.g. recording and storing new vocabulary)
- Fluency development (e.g. conversation gambits, dialogue building)
Course Assessment and Grading
- All class work is graded according to the Common European Framework (CEFR). Students receive reports that grade each language skill in accordance with the CEFR.
- Each week the teacher will set work based on both the receptive (listening and reading) and the productive (speaking and writing) skills.
- Weekly testing will be run by the teacher who will assess the students relating to the content covered during each week.
- Students will have half termly and end of term internal tests as well as receiving continuous assessment during class time and weekly development and progress tutorials with an assigned tutor.