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The teaching approach focuses on all basic language skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students learn vocabulary and structure, progressing from basic to advanced conversational ability. Classes are small with a maximum of 14 students and often with only 6 or 7. The small group size assures you of maximum individual participation and attention from the teacher.

Instruction is offered at up to 10 levels from elementary to advanced. Students are given an evaluation test upon arrival and are placed in the appropriate group. A team of teachers, working in rotation, will personally guide you in your studies. They will tutor you in the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. With the assistance of audio cassettes, overhead projectors, video and other visual aids, your team will instruct you in grammar, correct pronunciation and the use of everyday idiomatic language.

Classes are held Monday through Friday with a morning session and the afternoon session. Each class has a duration of 60 minutes.

Timetable of Class Periods:

Period A: 09:00 - 11:00
Period B: 11:30 - 13:30
Period C: 14:30 - 16:30
Period D: 16:45 - 17:45

All students, both Intensive and Semi-Intensive, take Integrated Studies during Periods A and B. In these periods, the school uses an integrated approach to the improvement of your general ability to communicate. The emphasis is on oral fluency. Period A deals with language elements and their practice. Period B targets language usage through discussion of video, audio and written materials.

Only Intensive students take Focus Studies during Period C. This period permits students to focus on special skills. Subjects have been carefully chosen to provide you with a range of topics suitable to your ability and interests. Topics are offered at three levels on a rotational basis. As a Focus Studies option, Intensive students may choose computer-assisted language study in the Student Resource Centre during Period C. Intensive students are helped by staff to select the Focus Studies courses most appropriate to their needs and interests.

Period D, at the end of the day, offers all students the time to work independently in the Student Resource Centre or to take PLUS lessons which are customized to their needs and goals. PLUS hours are intended for students who wish to supplement their regular program with one-to-one instruction. During the PLUS hours, you work on the improvement of particular skills with a teacher. A minimum 8 PLUS hours in total over 4 weeks must be booked during your stay. Intensive students take PLUS hours during Period D. Semi-Intensive students have PLUS hours scheduled either in Period C or Period D by the school. The school assigns study schedules to students based on teacher resources and classroom availability.

Standard English Program
Group 20 hours per week. The Standard English Program makes use of the integrated approach to language acquisition. Classes begin at 9:00 and end at 13:30 for a total of 4 hours daily. Breaks are scheduled outside of the teaching hours.

Intensive English Program
Group 30 hours per week. Students enrolled in the Intensive program study 6 hours each day. Classes are scheduled from 9:00 to 16:30. Breaks are scheduled outside of the teaching hours. There are 3 periods of group study daily led by a team of teachers. Instructor variety gives you exposure to a wider range of native speakers.

International English Business

Group 20 hours per week. The program is designed for anyone who needs to speak English in business situations and have a high intermediate level in English

The course introduces you to the language and skills of communication used in:

* business meetings
* presentations
* negotiations
* handling telephone calls
* the preparation of memos, letters and reports

As well, you will learn about workplace etiquette and socialising in a business environment, with a special focus on the North American context.

Priority is on improving your communicative ability. You will gain confidence and learn to express yourself more clearly and correctly through a variety of interactive situations and discussions focused on:

* the structure of business
* marketing
* finance
* production
* management
* human resources
* international trade
* business and the environment.

As much as possible, course materials will include authentic business documents. Case studies and problem-solving are important parts in the learning process.


Admissions & Academic Credit

Students age 18 years and older are welcomed regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No previous knowledge of English is required except where otherwise indicated, however, students must be familiar with the Latin alphabet.

Students desiring credit for their study should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally U.S. schools consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

For general information on academic credit, please click here.


Certificates & Exams

Upon completion of studies, a school certificate is awarded according to the program of study.

A free TOEIC test (Test of English for International Communication) is available to all students, both Intensive and Semi-Intensive, who complete Level 10 and who have a minimum stay of 4 weeks. The TOEIC test is offered every 4 weeks, in the 4th week of each session.

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