Our courses are focused on practical English and what is useful and meaningful for our students. All our teachers are primarily mother-tongue with different backgrounds and experience, giving students an opportunity to hear varied accents and ways of speaking. They share the English Tree mission to create an English-speaking educational and social learning community where learning is linked to personal growth and potentiality and the development of relationships.
One of our teachers will meet you before you start your course to evaluate your level and understand your motivation and needs in learning English. We can adapt and create courses to meet your specific needs. Courses for children, teenagers and adults are available.
Below you will find a short, general summary of the objectives of each adult course.
This course will help you to pronounce English sounds correctly; introduce yourself to start a conversation; understand and use some everyday expressions about how you are, talk about the date, time and weather; ask and answer questions about personal information, family, where you live and work, what you do in your free-time; talk about your past experiences; order food and drink; go shopping and communicate with a doctor or pharmacist; make simple comparisons; and talk about your plans for the future.
Building on the basics of the Elementary level, as a pre-intermediate student you will continue to improve your pronunciation and speaking and listening skills using more varied vocabulary to talk about your life events, make appointments, ask for and give directions and describe people, places and objects; talk about your favourite TV programmes and music; describe your feelings; make requests, offers and promise to do things; and make conditional sentences based on real possibilities and hypothetical situations.
You will concentrate more on sentence intonation and extend your listening experience by listening to the news, podcasts, people telling anecdotes and stories; watching TV programmes and films; speak about predictions and possibilities for the future; learn how to ask for clarification and give advice in a variety of situations; read blogs and websites; start to use reported speech and make suggestions and recommendations; continue to improve your pronunciation as you speak more and increase your vocabulary to communicate more complex ideas.
Moving to upper-intermediate you will be more confident and familiar with all the different verb tenses in English and use them more correctly when speaking and writing, learning how to correct yourself if you make a mistake; you will practise how to discuss different issues and put your opinion forward and say whether you agree with others or not; suggest ideas; express wishes and regrets; likes and dislikes; talk about similarities and differences; use more sophisticated vocabulary to describe feelings and discuss social concerns, eg. criminality, environmental issues, art, the media, technological developments.
You will continue to perfect your pronunciation of English sounds, word stress and intonation; read and understand a wide range of longer and more demanding texts (eg. books, blogs and websites used by mother-tongue speakers) and recognize implicit meaning; practise expressing complex and well-structured ideas more fluently and know what type of language to use in different social settings; understand most people, films, TV / radio programmes you watch or hear; summarize detailed information from different spoken and written sources in a coherent and organized way whilst recognizing varying shades of understanding.
“Cambridge English exams are recognised by over 20,000 universities, employers and governments around the world. Our English language tests can open doors to higher education, improve employment opportunities, and because they are globally recognised, can increase your choices for study or work (source: www.cambridgeenglish.org).“
We offer courses to help and support children, teenagers and adults prepare for the following Cambridge exams:
English exams for Young Learners:
General English exams (Teenagers and Adults):
Students will be assessed at the beginning of a course to help with the appropriate choice of exam.