Open Minds: Learning in English
||All levels - Elementary to Advanced (CEFR A1 - C1)
||Aimed at higher levels, Intermediate (CEFR B1) and above
|Length of course
||2- or 4-week courses
||2- or 4- week courses consisting of four 1-week modules
||Short phone or Skype interview
||Phone or Skype interview followed by pre-course task
||The course is communicative and interactive and focuses on grammar, vocabulary, listening, reading and speaking skills with a strong emphasis on using the language to explore ideas and communicate about big issues.
||The course is also communicative and interactive but focuses on critical thinking, collaboration, research and analysis, project management, independent learning and creativity.
||Each course follows a syllabus of core grammatical structures and listening/reading activities which are used as the foundation for discussion and debate and gives the students the confidence to use their new skills. The course uses authentic materials wherever possible and is rooted in real-world contexts.
||Four one-week modules each based around a specific theme. Each module involves 2-3 days of taught content (module depending) followed by 2-3 days of collaborative, project-based work to create each module’s assessed material. Each module is taught by a different teacher with a passion and expertise for their subject.
||A progress test at the end of each two-week course based on the syllabus for that course. The test score is then combined with a score for effort which gives the overall grade of either PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION.
||The assessment for this course varies depending on the module but assessments could include: a presentation, short film, newspaper/pamphlet, theatre production or essay. Each assessment is designed to allow the student to demonstrate what they have learnt during the module but also gives the freedom to develop their ideas and use their creativity to demonstrate the independent journey that they have taken with their learning. Each project is presented and the students then reflect on their learning during the course to give themselves a score, this score is then combined with a grade for effort during the course to give the final grade of PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION.