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) (9.15am – 10.25am on Sundays)
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) (10.40 – 11.35 on Sundays)
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) (11.35 – 12.30 on Sundays)
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 – 15.20 (long day) or 13.40 – 14.40 (short day)
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.