20 hours per week
The Essential Programme is an intensive but flexible mode of study providing 20 hours of tuition per week. Outside of lesson times, students are welcome to remain in school to work on personal study assignments and to make use of all the school facilities.
Students benefit from small class sizes (an absolute maximum of 8 per class) allowing a high degree of individual attention and constant proximity to tutors. The advantage of the Essential Programme is the opportunity to become part of the school community whilst having the time and flexibility to pursue other interests or independent study. The school environment promotes discussion and provides an ideal setting for cross-cultural collaboration. Students graduate from the programme prepared for the challenges of working or studying as part of an international community.
- Language skills lessons
- Communication skills workshops
Language skills lessons provide a solid foundation in the English language with purpose designed grammar exercises and interactive oral practice to encourage the expression of ideas. Listening exercises use authentic materials for the development of comprehension skills. Writing tasks familiarise you with a range of styles and registers.
Communication skills workshops build fluency and confidence.
- Fluency and listening skills to communicate with both native speakers and international colleagues
- Accurate English when speaking and writing by enhancing grammar and vocabulary knowledge and use.
- Practice in formal and informal language for a range of situations.
- Confidence in English for success both personally and professionally.
The flexibility offered by the Essential Programme means students have time to engage in other activities or independent study to enhance their language learning experience outside of structured lesson time.
Students on the Essential Programme are welcome to join the cultural programme which usually takes place at 16.30.