The course is aimed at those who are reasonably fluent in simple spoken and written English.
The lessons will cover all skill areas but with particular focus on listening and speaking (including pronunciation and intonation). Grammar and vocabulary are key features of the lessons. Although not an exam class, the content of the course is useful as part of preparation for the Preliminary English Test (PET),
and some PET speaking tasks, together with transformations and word-building exercises, will be included in the course content.
The course book is "New English File Intermediate", but there will be a mixture of authentic and published additional materials designed to develop skills in a communicative and fun way. Course materials will focus on real English which students will be able to practise in the course of their daily lives. The emphasis is on interaction with other students and learning through enjoyment.
Please note: If you are new to the college you may want to take the OUP online placement test to ensure that you are placed in the appropriate course for your level of English. You should enrol for 'ESOL with diagnostic test' in the first instance.
Deirdre Lomasney has a B.A. in French language and literature. Having taught ESOL since 2000, she has worked with students from a range of backgrounds for a local authority in London, and Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre. She has also been a writing examiner for Cambridge Assessment since 2012. Deirdre aims to create a positive learning experience for all students, in a strong and supportive group.