Preparing for exams
It’s important to pick the right programme to go with your needs. Here are some common questions you may have when doing your research on where to study in Bristol face to face, or online from anywhere in the world!
English Language School - Entry requirements
For you to benefit the most from your English course, we will need a clear idea of your English level. Therefore, when we first meet, you must take our free initial assessment unless you already have relevant results from a previous exam.
Online course sizes and lengths of lessons.
There are only three students in a class, and the lessons are a maximum of 75 minutes long because of concentration levels. You will receive work to do before and after lessons too.
English courses for adults / young professionals
Progress English Bristol is the ideal option for adult professionals who need to fit relevant and focused study around their busy work schedules. Following a careful testing process based on getting to know student needs, there is clear course organization around the once a week lessons, directed homework using course books and Moodle, the online platform, and adjustments to suit any changing needs.
How different are online lessons?
Our English Language School offers a wide variety of courses. In some ways, our online lessons are the same as face-to-face ones, as all our courses come with a detailed course overview. Furthermore, the teacher needs to quickly reply to emails and there is access to Moodle (the online platform). Moreover, working online also brings a number of advantages.
- As class groups are smaller, there is more personal attention for each student, and more choice about whether to have the lessons in the morning or evening.
- Speaking strengths and weaknesses are picked up more easily by the teacher than in a big group.
- Using online materials to support the teaching of Reading, Use of English and Listening strategies means that there can be a more intense focus on what to do in order to improve.
- Emailed Writing homework is scanned back before the following lessons, so you have the opportunity to check, note down corrections and think of questions for the teacher.
What are the Face to Face classroom course sizes?
At our English Language School our face to face classes never exceed 14 students. Class sizes are designed to give your the time and attention you need to excel in your exams.
How is the course assessed and planned?
You receive a course overview at the beginning of any course, which includes the learning objectives of every lesson. This helps make assessment of your progress clear.
Learning language Skills
Learning English involves skills development relating to reading, writing, speaking and listening. We believe that we can support you in your progress by getting you to be organized, study consistently and use opportunities to practise.
We focus on teaching language which will be useful and help you speak, write, read or listen better. Learning 30 phrasal verbs means nothing if it is not useful and you don’t use them.
Our English Language School creates a supportive environment where you can make mistakes and then work with corrections to improve
What to look for in an Exam Preparation course from an English Language School?
The most important thing is that you feel you are learning and working effectively towards your goals. From the beginning of the course, we will make sure you can see how we expect to help you go from A to B.
You can also expect the teacher to pay attention to your English, help you be organized and consistent with your studies, and push you to do your homework
Why we only offer Part Time Face to Face Evening Courses?
These courses are mainly for people working full time in daytime. The 18.15-20.45 lessons run from September to December, and January to the end of May. There are also twice a week June/July options which go from 6.15 to 8.15.
We do not allow people to come into a group in the middle of a course nor offer short four-week periods of enrolment. The first parts of our courses cover key skills and language development, while the second focuses on consolidation and exam practice. We believe that learning comes from consistent study over the period of the whole programme.
The next step is to get in touch with our English Language School for more information and to enrol on the next course.