First Day 2017-09-14T14:57:47+00:00

First Day

Students are divided into three sets according to age and choice of activity programme

Set A – 15-17 year olds

Set B – 13-14 year olds

Set C – 7-13 year olds

Arrival at School

On arrival at the school, students should check their programmes to see whether they are doing lessons or activities in the morning. If they are doing an activity there are signs around the school for every programme about where to wait, if they have lessons they should proceed to the notice board at the back of the building to see which classroom they are in.

  • Several members of staff will be onsite helping students find their classroom and activities.
  • If a student is unsure of where to go they should ask a staff member with a lanyard or wait at the reception at the front of the building

First Lesson of Day 1

In their first lesson of the day students are given an initial language assessment test, followed by an essential orientation/induction of school and surroundings.

They are then allocated to an English class which is best suited to their linguistic ability and level of English (CEFR levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, or C2).

A1 – Beginner

  • Understand familiar words and very basic phrases when people speak slowly and clearly.
  • Understand familiar words and very simple sentences.
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat, rephrase things or speak slowly, and answer questions about very familiar topics.
  • Use basic phrases and sentences to describe the home, familiar people and topics.
  • Write short, simple texts, and fill in forms with personal details such as name, nationality and address.

A2 – Elementary

  • Understand phrases and common vocabulary related to basic personal and family information, and the main points in short messages.
  • Read short, clear texts, find specific information in everyday material, and understand short, simple personal letters.
  • Communicate about routine tasks, hold short social conversations with some support, use a series of phrases and sentences to describe, in simple terms, family and other people, living conditions, educational background and present circumstances.
  • Understand phrases and common vocabulary related to basic personal and family information, and the main points in short messages.

B1 – Intermediate

  • Understand phrases and common vocabulary related to basic personal and family information, and the main points in short messages.
  • Read short, clear texts, find specific information in everyday material, and understand short, simple personal letters.
  • Communicate about routine tasks, hold short social conversations with some support, use a series of phrases and sentences to describe, in simple terms, family and other people, living conditions, educational background and present circumstances.
  • Understand phrases and common vocabulary related to basic personal and family information, and the main points in short messages.

B2 – Upper Intermediate

  • Understand extended spoken language and follow complex argument, provided the topic is reasonably familiar.
  • Read everyday stories and articles with varying viewpoints and understand contemporary literary texts, appropriate to the age group.
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes extended interaction quite possible, and discuss familiar topics and express a viewpoint.
  • Present clear, detailed description on a range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
  • Write clear, detailed text on a range of subjects related to personal interests, an essay or report and letters about events and experiences.

C1 – Effective Proficiency

  • Understand extended speech easily, even when it is not clearly structured, and understand television programmes and films without great difficulty.
  • Understand long and complex factual and literacy texts without great difficulty, and understand specialised texts and instructions appropriate to the age group.
  • Take full part in discussions and conversations, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.
  • Speak fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions, use language flexibly and effectively, express ideas and opinions with precision.
  • Write clear, well-structured text on complex subjects in a letter, essay or report, in an appropriate assured style, suitable to the age and the reader.

C2 – Proficiency

  • Demonstrate a degree of precision, appropriateness and ease with the language which typifies the speech of those who have been highly successful learners. They are able to convey finer shades of meaning precisely by using, with reasonable accuracy, a wide range of modification devices.
  • Have a good command of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms.
  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. They can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. They can appreciate subtle distinctions of style and implicit as well as explicit meaning.
  • Are able to express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.