This is a guide to the language input and practise that should be covered in the different classes.
However, it must be noted that this is only a guide and the most important consideration is the needs of the individual students in each particular class.
Teachers work in teams of three to produce a coherent plan of work for every class. All classes are taught by three teachers in any given day.
Tuition Period 1 (9am – 10.10am)
In this class students are introduced to new language, or language that is pertinent to their level and requires practise. This language input can either be lexical or grammatical, and there is usually some reference to the course book, although teachers try to avoid book-only lessons. 45 minutes of homework will be set by the teacher of this lesson to either practise the structures and forms from this lesson, or to do preparation and research for the following day’s lesson. Homework can take the form of reading, writing, dictionary work and computer-based research.
Tuition Period 2 (10.30 – 11.25)
Listening, reading and writing skills with the main objectives of practising these skills from a variety of different text types. Particular attention in this class will be focussed on relating students’ classroom experience to cultural and personal aspects of the social programme, including previewing and reviewing excursions.
Tuition Period 3 (11.25 – 12.20)
Development of speaking skills, using material suitable to the level of the class. These could include role-plays, classroom debates, interviews and pair or group work.
Tuition period 4 (13.20 – 14:50)
These classes are project or task-based lessons designed to allow students to develop their language skills in a freer, less controlled way than in the morning classes, but with practical and meaningful outcomes.
Below you can see a guide outlining what students at each level are likely to cover. This is subject to change in reality as we encourage our teachers to respond to their classes needs. For example, a teacher may find that a group needs to focus on a particular issue in more detail, or, if the class needs to review language that should have been covered at a previous level, or if there are gaps in a groups knowledge of English then our teachers will respond accordingly.
Our elementary program covers a wide range of topics, grammar, functional language and vocabulary. These typically include, but are not limited to:
|Past forms||Modal verbs of obligation||Food|
|Present forms||0 and 1st Conditional||Living in the UK|
|Future forms||Asking for and giving permission||Fashion and clothes|
|Issues surrounding countable and uncountable nouns||Giving Instructions||Shops and shopping|
Our intermediate program covers a wide range of grammar, functional language and vocabulary. These typically include, but are not limited to:
|Present perfect vs. Past simple||Question tags||Giving advice|
|Present perfect simple and continuous||Passive voice||School|
|Past forms||2nd and 3rd Conditionals||Music|
|Speculating||Idioms and collocations|
Our intermediate+ program covers a wide range of grammar, functional language and vocabulary. These typically include, but are not limited to:
|Modal verbs of deduction||Wish / if only||Extreme adjectives|
|Dependent Prepositions||Reported speech||Adjectives of personality|
|Get used to / be used to||Speculating||Vocabulary of sleep|
|Future continuous||Describing personalities||Time|
|Future perfect||Expressing regrets and wishes||Money|
|First, Second and Third Conditionals||Making suggestions|
Our Upper-Intermediate program covers a wide range of grammar, functional language and vocabulary. These typically include, but are not limited to:
|Reported speech||Modal verbs of deduction||Expressing wishes|
|Mixed Conditionals||Gerunds and infinites||Verbs of movement|
|Relative and reduced clauses||Alternatives to if||Animal idioms|
|Advanced Future forms||Expressing Prohibition||Stereotypes|
|Advanced Comparatives||Expressing Necessity||Extreme Adjectives|
Our advanced program covers a wide range of grammar, functional language and vocabulary. These typically include, but are not limited to:
|Advanced Conditionals||Getting to know people||Modals for ability in the past|
|Participle clauses||Talking about personalities||Collocations|
|Ellipsis||Expressing regrets||Making recommendations|
|Adverbials||Expressing sympathy||Adjectives to describe uncomfortable feelings|
|Linking expressions||Agreeing and disagreeing||Sequencers|
|Cleft sentences||Expressing degrees of possibility|
|So and Such|
Additionally, in the afternoon our students of all ability, learn and consolidate through the use of a range of topics, such as “Mad Science”, Creative Art, our Stonyhurst Museum and a range of Special Subject Options, as chosen by our teachers.