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English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

ONLINE General English Course - NEW for 2020

Please note that all EFL classes until September 2020 will be delivered ONLINE through Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

Are you looking to improve your English as a Foreign Language level with bespoke 1:1 tuition?

Our classes are 1:1 and tailored specific to your needs, delivered by our experienced EFL tutors.

A minimum of 10 hours must be purchased, at £35.00 per hour. A free initial assessment is included.

New students are eligible to receive a special 10% discount and a reduced rate of £315.00 for 10 hours of 1:1 lessons.

Lessons are deliverable at times suitable for you, between working hours of 8.30-17.00 Monday-Friday.

Contact us to join! 

Email: international@gloscol.ac.uk

General English 

 

Our English language courses are available part-time or full-time, from one week to a full academic year, for work, study or pleasure. Our year-round teachers are all qualified, experienced and highly committed to delivering well-planned and challenging lessons, and all our summer school teachers are qualified too.

Based at the Cheltenham campus, you will be studying in the Languages Department with access to computer facilities for self-study and research. We have a wide range of books in our modern college library (and an extensive digital library resource) to support your learning and help develop your English language skills. There is also free WiFi throughout the college. We assess your English writing, grammar, speaking and comprehension on your first day to establish your English level and your aims in studying English. This enables us to place you in the best classes for your language level.

Depending on student numbers, we can offer classes from level A1 (Elementary) to C1 (Advanced) with a maximum class size of 16 (and usually an average of 10). Levels are described using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - an international standard for describing language ability. Courses include regular homework, progress assessment and tutorial support. We are also a Cambridge authorised examination centre and offer the following Cambridge examinations: PET, FCE, CAE, CPE (subject to numbers) on site in December and June. 

General English (Full time/Part time)

Using our curriculum statement and methodology our teachers tailor our General English courses to meet your needs. Covering all areas of English; grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking (including pronunciation) and vocabulary, the lessons are activity based with an emphasis on real-life situations and authentic use of English. You will have opportunities to practise your spoken English through discussions, role-plays and pair work.

There is regular homework, as well as progress tests and tutorial support. You can study full-time or part-time, for any number of weeks, as well as with other course options (see below). For term dates, public holidays and non-teaching days click here.

 General English course objectives:

  • To be able to speak with greater confidence, fluency and accuracy with an increased vocabulary
  • To develop your listening, reading and writing skills, whether for work, study or pleasure
  • To improve your understanding of the grammatical structure of English
  • To develop skills for independent further study

General English Timetable: maximum 20.5 hours per week

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

9:00 - 13.00

EFL

9:00 - 13.00

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9:00 - 13.00

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9:00 - 13.00

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9:00 - 13.00

EFL

   

14.00 - 17.00

Exam Practice

   

Course information:

  • Study full-time or part-time (minimum 3 hours per week, maximum 20.5 hours per week)
  • Join the course at any time during the year and finish at any time during the year (minimum 4 weeks enrolment)
  • Start date: Every Monday during term time (except public holidays –see calendar)
  • English language levels: B1/B2 level classes available 
  • Class Size: Maximum 16 students per class (average 10 )
  • Minimum age 16
  • Materials: £5 materials fee, £30 optional course book
  • Activities: Any Saturday excursions on offer will be included for full-time students, £15 for part-time students

How to Apply

  • Enquire Here or email international@gloscol.ac.uk for an application form
  • We will ask for your availability for a 1 hour assessment
  • Following your assessment, we will ask you to enrol and pay your course fee upfront

IELTS / Cambridge exam preparation 

 We offer Academic English and Cambridge exam preparation course options on Wednesday afternoons.

 Course information:

  • Key study areas: General English, Cambridge exam preparation, Academic IELTS exam preparation, Academic English (all study options subject to availability)
  • Start: Any Wednesday during term time (except public holidays)
  • English language levels: A1 Elementary to C1 Advanced
  • Hours per Class: 1.5 to 3.5
  • Afternoon classes: Wednesday
  • Afternoon class times: 14:00-17:00
  • Class Size: Maximum 16 students per class (average 10 )
  • Minimum age 16
  • Materials: Not included (additional cost of £5 per term)
  • Activities (optional): Saturday excursions not included (additional cost of £12-£15 per excursion) 

Examination classes range dependent on student numbers, please enquire

We offer preparation courses for the following Cambridge examinations: PET, FCE, CAE, CPE and IELTS.

Cambridge PET

The Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) qualification shows that you have mastered the basics of English and now have practical language skills for everyday use. 

Our Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) preparation course will help you develop the essential skills and techniques needed to pass the PET exam. This course is for students of pre-intermediate (B1) levels of English. 

On this course you will develop your ability to communicate in English for practical tasks and situations, and improve your work, study and travel prospects. We develop your writing, speaking, and listening skills as well as improving your grammar and reading comprehension. 

Cambridge PET course objectives:

  • To be familiar with, prepared, and ready to take a PET exam
  • To develop the language and confidence you need to pass your PET exam
  • To develop independent study and exam technique skills

Cambridge FCE

A Cambridge English: First (FCE) qualification proves you have the language skills to live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study on courses taught in English.

Our Cambridge English: First (FCE) preparation course will help you develop the essential skills and techniques needed to pass the FCE exam. This course is for students of intermediate (B1) and upper intermediate (B2) levels of English.

We use test papers and current course books to practise with. We also develop your writing work and speaking skills, and give you targeted listening skills lessons. We aim to develop and integrate your speaking, reading, grammar and listening skills to improve your confidence and FCE exam performance. 

 Cambridge FCE course objectives:

  • To be familiar with, prepared, and ready to take an FCE exam
  • To develop the language and confidence you need to pass your FCE exam
  • To develop independent study and exam technique skills

Cambridge CAE 

Educational institutions, businesses and government departments around the world accept Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) as proof of high-level achievement in learning English.

Our Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) preparation course will help you develop the essential skills and techniques needed to pass the CAE exam. This course is for students of upper intermediate (B2) and advanced (C1) levels of English.

We use test papers and current course books to practise with. We also develop your writing work and speaking skills, and give you targeted listening skills lessons. We aim to develop and integrate your speaking, reading, grammar and listening skills to improve your confidence and CAE exam performance.

 Cambridge CAE course objectives:

  • To be familiar with, prepared, and ready to take a CAE exam
  • To develop the language and confidence you need to pass your CAE exam
  • To develop independent study and exam technique skills 

Cambridge CPE

A Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) qualification shows the world that you have mastered English to an exceptional level. It proves you can communicate with the fluency and sophistication of a highly competent English speaker.

Our A Cambridge English: Proficiency preparation course will help you develop the essential skills and techniques needed to pass the CPE exam. This course is for students of an advanced level (C1) of English. 

We use course books and authentic materials appropriate to this level. We also develop and refine your writing work and speaking skills, and give you targeted listening skills lessons. We aim to develop, refine and integrate your speaking, reading, grammar and listening skills to improve your confidence and CPE exam performance. 

Cambridge CPE course objectives:

  • To be familiar with, prepared, and ready to take a CPE exam
  • To develop the language and confidence you need to pass your CPE exam
  • To develop independent study and exam technique skills

Academic IELTS 

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English test for higher education and global migration.

IELTS is widely recognized by employers and the UK government as evidence of you English level. 

Choose IELTS if you want to apply to an English speaking university, or for many secondary, vocational or training programmes. To join an IELTS preparation class you will need to be intermediate level (B1) or above (B1-C1). We can assess you on request. 

Our IELTS exam preparation course will help you develop the essential skills and techniques needed to pass the IELTS exam. We use test papers to practice with, and practice under exam conditions. We also provide you with feedback on your writing work and speaking skills, whilst developing you listening skills. 

IELTS preparation course objectives:

  • To be familiar with, prepared, and ready to take an IELTS exam
  • To develop the language and confidence you need to pass your IELTS
  • To develop independent study and exam technique skills

How to Apply

  • Enquire Here or email international@gloscol.ac.uk for an application form
  • We will ask for your availability for a 1 hour assessment, you will then be invited to try a class
  • Following your assessment and trial class, we will ask you to enrol and pay your course fee upfront

Scheduling

Gloucestershire College will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the course you have booked. In exceptional circumstances, we reserve the right to change classrooms, teachers, location, and daily schedules.

Gloucestershire College reserves the right to close classes and courses that have very few students and to offer alternative courses or schedules of a similar specification or value.

Fees

For pricing please go to fees and payment. 

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