Our Academic Approach

Our aim at Basil Paterson College is to provide a learning environment which helps all students to reach their full potential. Whether your objective is to improve your English skills for work, university or life in an English-speaking country, you will find that studying with us provides the focus and drive that you need. With a maximum class size of 12 made up of students from all over the world you have the opportunity to interact in a truly international environment. Tailored support from qualified teachers and individual coaching sessions helps our learners to achieve their aims.

What can learners achieve with a course at Basil Paterson College?

  • Improved confidence when communicating in English for work, study and travel
  • Ownership over the language learning process and development of independent study skills
  • The knowledge, skills and strategies needed for success in English language exams
  • Greater intercultural competence through working in multinational classes
  • Increased motivation through intensive courses which challenge and inspire learners

Learning outcomes of our programmes

No matter which course you choose to study and what goals you have it is our belief that all students achieve certain outcomes throughout their period of study with us­­.

  • Students are able to express themselves clearly and with more variety in both social and academic and business situations
  • They increase their fluency and accuracy in English
  • They have more confidence in reading and listening and will be better equipped to participate in discussions and communication
  • As well as spoken production being improved we will also see a better use of non-verbal skills such as body language and appropriate gestures to enhance verbal communication.

Assessment and coaching

Pre-course test
We ask every student to complete a placement test before arrival and a short speaking assessment on the first day. This gives us essential information about your English language level and which class would be most suitable for you. Progress depends on motivation, self-study habits, learning strategies and language immersion. We expect students to work hard and focus on their goals.

Coaching
In order to help you progress your teachers assess you by reading your written work, listening to your spoken production and evaluating your performance in class. This is further supported by students being invited for an individual coaching session each Friday. These sessions provide learners with an opportunity to discuss their own progress and to set achievable goals for self-study. It is also an open space for students and teachers to discuss the students longer term goals and how we can support them in achieving these

Homework
Our courses are designed to be intensive and learners should expect homework every day and over the weekend. Homework can come in many forms, not just written exercises. Perhaps you will be asked to make a phone call to a company in English, or report back to the class verbally on a TED talk you have watched.

Certification
At the end of your course, you are given a certificate showing your course dates, attendance and assessment of your level of spoken production, spoken interaction, reading, listening and writing skills. The levels are based on your teachers’ evaluation of your level with reference to the Common European Framework for Languages.

Course fees include:

  • Study materials during the course
  • Certificate & individual report
  • Self-study resources
  • IT facilities and WiFi
  • Tutor support at lunchtime
  • At least two free social programme activities per week

All courses:

Start every Monday of the year (except where stated otherwise)

  • Minimum age: 16 years
  • Small classes.
  • All levels, from beginner to advanced
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