If you have studied in England before, or in a language school in your home country, you will know what to expect in a typical class. However, if you have not, might discover that the educational culture in the UK is different to your home country. Your teachers at Anglolang will be professional yet informal and you should call them by their first names. Anglolang classes have a relaxed atmosphere. We believe that you learn better when you are in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.
At Anglolang we teach you through our topic-based negotiated syllabus. This means that we place you in classes suitable for your age and level and design a course programme for your particular group. We listen to you and incorporate, for example, more speaking practice, work on listening, grammar or whatever you require into the topic chosen for the week. The negotiated syllabus receives consistently good feedback as we personalise our programme for you. This is so we can improve those aspects of your English that you most need or are interested in.
Our academic resources are extensive and flexible. In addition to the range of up to date coursebooks we have available, we also produce our own flipcharts on the interactive whiteboards we use in all classrooms. The interactive whiteboards also give instant access to authentic material via the Internet such as podcasts, news bulletins and video. Other authentic material such as newspapers or publicity material are used to complement a given topic. We welcome your comments on the resources in our new student and final course questionnaires.
How quickly your English improves depends on a lot of things: length of stay, motivation, how hard you work, your aptitude etc. Every student is different.
At Anglolang, communication between you, your teacher and the Academic Director is quick and effective. The school management is constantly kept informed by the teachers about student progress so we know when the right time is to move you up to the next level. We will, of course, communicate with you regularly regarding your own wishes and take them into account.
All students, whether long or short stay, are assessed in class in many ways, through homework, ongoing checks of language studied and so on. We also have a Friday Review which is an informal check of your progress over the week and which will be directly relevant to the work you have covered. It may be an oral or written review, or a review of vocabulary and grammar points.
An important aspect of measuring your progress is self-assessment. It is vital that you can assess your own progress and learn good ways of working independently which will help you to continue learning English effectively when your course has finished. For this reason self-assessment is always discussed at your tutorial.