We offer 12 specialized English courses:

 

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 occasion
  • 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