The Open English course is aimed at those students seeking to challenge themselves creatively while continuing to hone their language skills.
The course will give students the tools they need to explore some big ideas in English, integrating level-appropriate language tuition into the classes to give them the confidence to share and express their opinions.
All Open English classes are arranged according to level, using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students will complete a short level test at the start of the course, which will enable us to place them in an appropriate group. The course for each group will incorporate instruction in relevant grammar and vocabulary instruction, in addition to practice in the four skills: speaking, reading, writing, and listening.
The Open English course is designed around the study of weekly modules, which offer students opportunities to debate, take part in performances and collaborate with their classmates, all while practicing language points in their real-world context. The topics and materials are carefully chosen to meet the joint aims of practising and developing the core language while offering rich and meaningful opportunities to develop critical thinking and coherent arguments, and to grow in confidence.
The course is intensive and challenging and is primarily focused on communication and expression. As such, the end of course assessment will take the form of a project to be presented on completion of each two-week course.
The project is completed in small groups and responds to the learning that has taken place in the weeks previously. The project could take almost any form that the students feel is appropriate to convey their ideas. Previous years’ projects have included audience-led interactive performances, video blogs, presentations, pieces of artwork and many more.
Teachers will offer guidance to students as they work on their final projects, which will be a chance for students to showcase their language skills as well as pursuing their specific areas of interest. Following the presentation of the project, teachers will award students a score for the language skills evident for the project and for the effort invested throughout the course, before conducting a feedback session with the group to allow students to reflect on their work.