COURSES

1. Conversation (Intermediate, Advanced)

  • theme based topics with vocabulary and expressions

  • short readings to stimulate ideas on the subject

  • focus on using new words and expressions in conversation

  • learn to make clear and insightful questions based on theme

  • learn to respond critically and analytically to theme-based questions

  • learn to effectively respond to other people's opinions

  • learn to expand a conversation through follow up questions


2. Communication Skills (Intermediate)

  • learn and practice communication strategies for all occasions

  • agreeing and disagreeing

  • convincing and persuading

  • introducing a new idea, object, or project

  • explaining and giving details

  • changing the subject

  • interrupting someone

  • giving instructions and checking for accuracy

  • telling a story

  • giving and supporting an opinion

  • comparing and contrasting

  • asking for and giving information


3. Public Speaking (Advanced)

  • learn to write a speech and present it

  • learn to make outlines for your speeches

  • give effective introductions to catch audience attention

  • give effective details to support your arguments

  • conclude presentations with effective closing statements

  • practice presenting your speeches


4. Debating Skills (Advanced)

  • learn to effectively debate given arguments

  • practice debating a variety of controversial issues

  • learn to write effective outlines for your arguments

  • learn to play devil's advocate for controversial issues

  • defend your position with "for" or "against" arguments

  • practice making effective rebuttals and counter-arguments

  • learn to use persuasive language to make your points


5. Idioms and Slang Expressions (Intermediate, Advanced)

  • learn the meaning of commonly used American idioms

  • idioms are grouped thematically in brief readings and dialogues

  • study the idioms in their various contexts

  • practice using the idioms in writing and conversation

  • learn to make dialogues with the appropriate idioms


6. IELTS Practice (Advanced)

  • prepare for the Canadian citizenship exam and/or for entry to a North American university

  • academic and general IELTS courses

  • learn different strategies to answer IELTS questions correctly

  • focus on four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking

  • listening: dialogues, lectures, understanding different accents

  • reading:  applications, contracts, schedules, charts, tables, graphs, technical instructions

  • writing: academic style questions to answer in 30 minutes (ex topics: cause/effect, agree/disagree, problem/solution, etc)

  • speaking: have short conversations about home, work, social problems

  • typical grammar questions on all forms/tenses

7.  Vocabulary (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

  • increase your vocabulary through sequenced exercises

  • vocabulary is studied in theme-based readings

  • learn multiple meanings of words and their usage

  • practice expanding root words through prefixes and suffixes

  • reinforce new vocabulary through written and oral exercises
     

8.  Grammar (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

  • improve your grammar through communicative activities

  • learn and practice the correct grammar structures for your level

  • communicative grammar teaches you to speak accurately

  • practical, conversational grammar is presented in theme-based units

  • practice grammar structures  through written exercises, then learn to use the grammar in conversational contexts

  • listening and reading activities reinforce grammar structures


9.  Literature (Intermediate, Advanced)

  • read great works of literature by British, American, and Canadian writers

  • study different kinds of fiction: short stories, poetry, and novels

  •  learn how authors use themes, symbolism, imagery, characterization, and more

  • learn to write essays about literature: response papers, criticism, book reviews

  • watch movie versions of novels and write comparative essays


10. Reading (Intermediate, Advanced)

  • improve your reading comprehension and speed

  • read and discuss fascinating articles about global issues

  • learn key vocabulary for each reading

  • reinforce understanding through comprehension questions

  • respond to critical thinking questions in written and oral form


11. Academic Writing (Intermediate, Advanced)

  • improve your academic writing skills for high school and university essays

  • practice 4 steps to better writing: brainstorming, outlining, first draft, final revision

  • learn to write paragraphs: topic sentence, supporting ideas, concluding sentence

  • learn to structure an essay: introduction, thesis statement, body, and conclusion

  • write various essays: comparative, persuasive, statistical, critical, cause-effect

  • grammar for writing: transitional expressions, comparatives, conjunctions, clauses


12. Practical Writing (Intermediate)

  • write letters, emails, text messages, and notes for every occassion

  • business letters, invitations, inquiries, explanations, instructions, and more

  • learn to use the correct grammar for each situation

  • write more naturally by using slang expressions and idioms