English course

Individual or group lessons. Speaking with native teachers, business English or English for tourism, English for Erasmus students, etc. Preparation of university exams, official tests (IELTS, PET, FCE, ect.), Escuela Oficial de Idiomas.

English course

Level test

Firstly, in order to determine the group in which the student would improve the fastest, we do a level test which is free and without compromise. This consists in a personal interview, a grammar and vocabulary test, and a writing. Then, according to the results and the student’s objectives and availability, we recommend the most appropriate groups.

Duration

Our usual courses include two hours of class a week but, it the teacher deems it necessary, more hours could be recommended either in group or 1to1 in order to meet the initial objectives. Groups have a maximum of 5 people. This is the only way for students to take part and interact, thus making the most of the lessons.

Material

All required materials are handed to the students either by e-mail before the class or at the beginning of each lesson. The student is at the centre of the learning process and immersed in real situations in which to use what has been learned in the class. This teaching method allows to enable the student for a real communication –both oral and written- with other speakers of the language. For this purpose, texts, listenings and authentic materials are used, as well as activities that imitate reality.

Exams

We know that exams are important, but we do not want classes to exclusively focus on their preparation. We believe that actually learning the language is far more important in order to eventually succeed at exams. For this reason, and in order to complete the course, we offer two weekly hours for exam preparation, with prior notice to the teacher. This additional hours are completely free.

Course hours

There are groups of all levels from A1 to C2 both in the morning and in the afternoon. For more information, contact with us.

Own exams


Exams that we prepare as an official examination centre

BULATS

BULATS (Business Language Testing Service) is an English exam which focuses on the professional sphere.
This is an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) certificate, created and issued by the University of Cambridge.

Exams that we prepare


Exams that we prepare without being an official examination centre

PET (=B1), FIRST (=B2), CAE (=C1), Proficiency (=C2)

The exams proposed by the University of Cambridge are among the most popular ones.
Each exam is divided in 5 parts: Reading, Speaking, Listening, Writing and Use of English.

These exams do not expire but some companies or institutions might ask for a certificate that has been issued after specific date.

It is not necessary to pass all five parts in order to pass the exam, since they compensate for each other. The exam is passed with a mark of 60/100. Besides, the mark is detailed as follows:

  • Grade C: Passed.
  • Grade B: Equivalent to notable.
  • Grade A: Equivalent to the upper level to which the candidate registered for. This means that if a candidate passes the PET exam (B1) with Grade A the result is equivalent to a B2 certificate. However, this has not institutional validity.

Escuela Oficial de Idiomas (EOI)

The exams of the EOI are demanding and require a thorough preparation. They consist in four parts: reading comprehension, listening, writing and speaking. Levels from A2 until C1 are tested. You can register either as an independent candidate (exclusive call in June) or as a student of the EOI (first call in June and second one in September).

These are the only exams that award points in public competitions for teaching staff at primary and high school in almost every call.

We prepare both independent candidates and EOI students.

B1 tests at the Centro de Linguas Modernas (CLM)

B1 tests at the CLM are structured in two parts: B1-A (which enables to take part in the ERASMUS programme) and B1-B. B1 level is certified when both parts are passed, which enables to register for certain MA courses although this certificate has no validity outside University. (Students who have been on ERASMUS in a English speaking country do not have to register for B1-B in order to certify the B1 level).

Part B1-A consists in a reading comprehension, a listening, a writing and a grammar and vocabulary test.
If the student passes this part, they are entitled to register for the B1-B exam.

Part B1-B consists in an oral interaction.

The registration calendar and exam dates will soon be available on our notice boards at the school facilities.

APTIS

This test is done at the Centro de Linguas Modernas in Santiago, and is divided in 5 parts: reading comprehension, oral comprehension, writing, speaking and a grammar test. Click here for exam templates.

According to the examination center, results will be sent out by e-mail within the 72 hours after the exam. This deadline might be extended depending on the amount of candidates and examiners.

TOEFL

TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) is an exam that evaluates American English. It can be done on paper or through a computer. It is divided in 4 parts: Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking. There are about fifty calls a year according to the testing center, and if the candidate does not reach the expected mark, the test can be repeated as many times as desired with a period of 12 days between each exam.

TOEFL certificates assess the level of English according to the mark. This mark needs to be presented at the institution or university in which a request for admission has been submitted. Therefore, the test is “passed” or “failed” according to the minimum mark required by this institution. The certificate has a validity of two years.

IELTS

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an exam that assesses the level of British English according to international standard criteria and consist of four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

IELTS results evaluate the level of the candidate with a mark that goes from 0 to 9. This mark will be presented at the university or institution in which a request for admission has been submitted. Therefore, the test is “passed” or “failed” according to the minimum mark required by this institution. The certificate has a validity of two years.

Results are available online 13 days after the exam. Certificates are sent by mail to the address of the candidates and up to 5 institutions listed at the registration. The IELTS certificate has a validity of two years and will not be accepted by any institution after its expire date.

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