Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why learn English?

There are lots of facts you can find which help to persuade you that learning English is a good idea - 400 million first language speakers, 700 million second or foreign language speakers, over a billion people learning it right now! And over 80% of the information stored in the world's computers is in English, more than half the world's scientific journals are in English, it's the main language on the internet, and so on*.

The result is that more and more every day, people expect you to know some English, and it's not only English speaking people who expect it - another fact often given is that 80% of the English used in the world is used between non-native speakers. In short, it's become the main way you get around, the main way you get things done, the way you make friends, the way you do business with a foreign country, the way you get information.
If English was just a boring, practical language for getting business done - a sort of computer programming language - this growth in its use would be horrible, and we would all have to fight it. But luckily it isn't only that. It's a rich language, with many forms and varieties, ever changing to meet the needs of the modern world, but also with a rich cultural history. If you learn English well, you have access to one of the biggest and brightest bodies of literature that has ever existed, as well as to the many new examples of its power, as in films and song lyrics.

And lastly, it is a rich language. There are many things which other languages do better, but English has excellent flexibility and great richness of vocabulary - features which make it hard to learn but very satisfying when you can begin to control and use it. So even when you have some English, it's a good idea to try and get more: learning English is one activity where you can be sure you will never be wasting your time.

*For a few more facts, go to

http://www.britishcouncil.org/english/engfaqs.htm

Will my lessons be in the morning or afternoon?

This depends on your and our time available. However, once we have set your lesson schedule we will aim to keep it the same. Remember though, that your lessons should come first and any paid work must be scheduled around this.

Do I have to buy my course books?

All study materials for use in class and for structured study are usually purchased. You can do so in school or at a local book shop.

Can I have a holiday?

On English Courses holiday breaks will depend on your individual agreement with the teacher priar to the course beginning. If there are cases when you would like to take longer holidays during, please, notify your teacher no less than one month ahead. We also recognise public holidays like Christmas, New Year and Easter the school will be closed on these days – please check this out as the dates are published every year.

How many weeks can I study?

You can start from a minimum of 2 weeks’ study with us and there is no maximum length of time. You can choose the length of your study program according to your needs and what you wish to achieve.

How will you know my English language level?

Upon arrival or you personal wish you wil be given a test where your grammar and writing skills will be tested. According to your test results and further interview with the teacher you will be placed in a suitable class.

How many students are there per class?

On average there are 2 or 3 students in a class, with a maximum of 5.

Are there evening and weekend classes?

We do offer evening or weekend classes.

Do you have private tutors and how much do they cost?

Yes, we offer one-to-one lessons in all our school. The price varies.

What do you teach in your classes?

At our school we use communicative method. The teacher always tries to get everybody involved in conversation and he also makes sure all the four skills (writing, speaking, listening and reading) will improve thoroughly.

Can I practise my speaking?

Yes of course! The teacher encourages you to speak by using the communicative method in all classes which develops confidence and fluency in your spoken English.

How long is a lesson?

A standard lesson at ENGLISH4REAL is 120 or 90 minutes in length.

What can I expect in a General English lesson?

We largely use the Communicative Language Approach in our classes. We involve real-life situations and encourage communication throughout each lesson. The course content has a solid base of language functions (grammar) and appropriate social language (gestures and expressions). Even in grammar, you will have lots of opportunity to practise communication using the newly taught grammar structure as a base. This method puts great emphasis on listening and developing the ability to understand others. You will use lots of different resources in the classroom. Among these, course books act as the core tool which integrates the language and skills input. You will also use audio-visual resources that give you the opportunity to expand your learning. Be prepared to take part in all the class activities, do your homework and take tests – you will then make maximum progress!

How will my progress be monitored?

Your assessment begins with a placement test then when you go into class your progress will be assessed on an "every-lesson" basis. If you with the teacher will record your class work, spoken participation in class, homework and level test score which takes place aproximately after compling each unit and then finaly at the end of the course.

Can choose the start date I want?

Yes, all courses are offered year-round but some have a limited number of start dates. Please check with us for course availability on your desired date.

Who makes the decisions to purchase or use particular materials for a course?

These decisions are made between the teacher and a student after a trial lesson. We do not endorse particular programs or publishers.

Can I change my course?

Yes, you may change your course. This may be done upon meuchual agreement between you and your teacher.

Will I get a certificate from the School?

Yes, at the end of your course you will receive a certificate, if you have passed an examination and completed all requirements.

How well will I be able to speak after a 6 months course?

Usually after 6 months, if you take a standard course, you will be able to have basic conversations using the present and past tenses. You will have learned the language you need for every day activities in England.

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