Courses

In addition to three levels of beginner, intermediate and advanced courses, we offer the following specialized courses:

1. Conversation (Intermediate, Advanced)

2. Communication Skills (Intermediate)

3. Public Speaking (Advanced)

4. Debating Skills (Advanced)

5. Idioms and Slang Expressions (Intermediate, Advanced)

6. IELTS Practice (Advanced)

7.  Vocabulary (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

8.  Grammar (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

9.  Literature (Intermediate, Advanced)

10. Reading (Intermediate, Advanced)

11. Academic Writing (Intermediate, Advanced)

12. Practical Writing (Advanced)

 


1. Conversation (Intermediate, Advanced)

  • theme based topics with vocabulary and expressions
  • short readings to stimulate ideas on the subject
  • focus on using new words and expressions in conversation
  • learn to make clear and insightful questions based on theme
  • learn to respond critically and analytically to theme-based questions
  • learn to effectively respond to other people’s opinions
  • learn to expand a conversation through follow up questions


2. Communication Skills (Intermediate)

  • learn and practice communication strategies for all occasions
  • agreeing and disagreeing
  • convincing and persuading
  • introducing a new idea, object, or project
  • explaining and giving details
  • changing the subject
  • interrupting someone
  • giving instructions and checking for accuracy
  • telling a story
  • giving and supporting an opinion
  • comparing and contrasting
  • asking for and giving information


3. Public Speaking (Advanced)

  • learn to write a speech and present it
  • learn to make outlines for your speeches
  • give effective introductions to catch audience attention
  • give effective details to support your arguments
  • conclude presentations with effective closing statements
  • practice presenting your speeches


4. Debating Skills (Advanced)

  • learn to effectively debate given arguments
  • practice debating a variety of controversial issues
  • learn to write effective outlines for your arguments
  • learn to play devil’s advocate for controversial issues
  • defend your position with “for” or “against” arguments
  • practice making effective rebuttals and counter-arguments
  • learn to use persuasive language to make your points


5. Idioms and Slang Expressions (Intermediate, Advanced)

  • learn the meaning of commonly used American idioms
  • idioms are grouped thematically in brief readings and dialogues
  • study the idioms in their various contexts
  • practice using the idioms in writing and conversation
  • learn to make dialogues with the appropriate idioms


6. IELTS Practice (Advanced)

  • prepare for the Canadian citizenship exam and/or for entry to a North American university
  • academic and general IELTS courses
  • learn different strategies to answer IELTS questions correctly
  • focus on four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking
  • listening: dialogues, lectures, understanding different accents
  • reading:  applications, contracts, schedules, charts, tables, graphs, technical instructions
  • writing: academic style questions to answer in 30 minutes (ex topics: cause/effect, agree/disagree, problem/solution, etc)
  • speaking: have short conversations about home, work, social problems
  • typical grammar questions on all forms/tenses

7.  Vocabulary (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

  • increase your vocabulary through sequenced exercises
  • vocabulary is studied in theme-based readings
  • learn multiple meanings of words and their usage
  • practice expanding root words through prefixes and suffixes
  • reinforce new vocabulary through written and oral exercises


8.  Grammar (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

  • improve your grammar through communicative activities
  • learn and practice the correct grammar structures for your level
  • communicative grammar teaches you to speak accurately
  • practical, conversational grammar is presented in theme-based units
  • practice grammar structures  through written exercises, then learn to use the grammar in conversational contexts
  • listening and reading activities reinforce grammar structures


9.  Literature (Intermediate, Advanced)

  • read great works of literature by British, American, and Canadian writers
  • study different kinds of fiction: short stories, poetry, and novels
  •  learn how authors use themes, symbolism, imagery, characterization, and more
  • learn to write essays about literature: response papers, criticism, book reviews
  • watch movie versions of novels and write comparative essays


10. Reading (Intermediate, Advanced)

  • improve your reading comprehension and speed
  • read and discuss fascinating articles about global issues
  • learn key vocabulary for each reading
  • reinforce understanding through comprehension questions
  • respond to critical thinking questions in written and oral form


11. Academic Writing (Intermediate, Advanced)

  • improve your academic writing skills for high school and university essays
  • practice 4 steps to better writing: brainstorming, outlining, first draft, final revision
  • learn to write paragraphs: topic sentence, supporting ideas, concluding sentence
  • learn to structure an essay: introduction, thesis statement, body, and conclusion
  • write various essays: comparative, persuasive, statistical, critical, cause-effect
  • grammar for writing: transitional expressions, comparatives, conjunctions, clauses


12. Practical Writing (Intermediate)

  • write letters, emails, text messages, and notes for every occassion
  • business letters, invitations, inquiries, explanations, instructions, and more
  • learn to use the correct grammar for each situation
  • write more naturally by using slang expressions and idioms