What we offer:
ZOOM-only booked lessons:
- 40-minute Zoom lessons, tailored to your specific needs:
conversation, grammar, listening, reading and writing
Booking: 1 at a time, or as many as you need!
Each week’s work includes:
- – Two 40-minute video calls (Zoom)
- – A set of online activities to complete at your own pace
- (+-20 hours per week altogether)
Group 1: Video calls at 8:00 (6:00 UTC) on Mondays and Thursdays | Group 2: Video calls at 18:00 (16:00 UTC) on Mondays and Thursdays
how we teach
Our online lessons are based on the same teaching philosophy as our face-to-face lessons, so not everything has changed! We still believe that the only way to learn a language is by using it, and that this requires a creative and flexible approach, rather than a formal course with a fixed curriculum and dates.
We work in small, mixed-ability classes (Intermediate to Advanced), and lesson content is continuously adapted to the needs and interests of the current class of students. We prefer learning activities that naturally encourage communication in written and spoken English. Grammar is taught in this context – not as a separate topic. We take advantage of the digital format to make lesson content even more interactive and engaging.
Classes meet for forty minutes twice a week, but most of your time will be spent on online activities between classes. These are important as they prepare you for lessons (content from the activities will be discussed during video calls) and reinforce the work done in class. Altogether, the calls and online activities should take you about 20 hours per week.
We encourage students to take a brief level test (free on our website) before and after their time with us, in order to measure their own progress. Please note that we only accept intermediate- and advanced-level students, as described by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). If you are not sure what your level is, you may want to take the test before applying.
THE BEST MATERIALS
- • Authentic, native-speaker listening exercises
- • Reading exercises using authentic articles on a variety of interesting topics, based on relevant CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) levels
- • Opportunities to speak online with fellow students and the teacher
- • Collaborative assignments
- • Games and puzzles
- • Online speech recording exercises.
- • Writing, writing and more of your own writing!
- Scott Thornbury, A dogma for EFL (2000)
"Learning... takes place in the here-and-now. What is learned is what matters. Teaching - like talk - should centre on the local and relevant concerns of the people in the room, not on the remote world of course book characters, nor the contrived world of grammatical structures."
We do not structure our courses on formal Course Books, which usually offer a 12-week, progressive course at each level. We make use of these books where necessary, but use our material, and importantly, your material, to make the time you spend with us effective and relevant to your needs.