Every single course at Excel Education is unique in its nature and meets individual and group needs and aspirations. There are also typical features which create common structure for each course. Every student can expect:
- Placement test to determine the best possible course level for a student
- List of recommended textbooks
- Friendly learning environment
- Modern teaching and learning methods
- Certificate of Progress
- Certificate of attendance
- Holiday letters
- Social and cultural programmes to improve your English through close contact with native speakers
General English course
Our English school in London develops all aspects of the English language including speaking, pronunciation, listening, grammar, reading and writing. The focus is on improving your ability to communicate clearly and effectively. The syllabus for your English lessons in our school is based on your course book, but your teacher will also use lots of extra materials, including suggestions from students so the content of the class will be useful and interesting.
During our English Courses you will be expected to participate as much as possible. You will work individually, in pairs and in groups as well as taking part in whole class activities. Moreover, all our students have free access to a daily one hour speaking English Class.
The list of unique English Language courses that Excel Education is happy to start subject to a minimum group of 3 students:
FCE (First Certificate English, Intermediate/Upper-Intermediate Level)
FCE is an intermediate level Cambridge ESOL exam corresponding to level B2 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The course is ideal if you want to work or study abroad or to develop a career that requires language skills (e.g. business, medicine, engineering, etc). FCE indicates sufficient proficiency in English to be of practical use in clerical, secretarial and managerial jobs in many industries, in particular tourism, where contact with English speakers is required. Successful candidates have the ability to deal with routine letters and telephone enquiries, and to cope with some non-academic training courses, textbooks and articles with level- relevant requirements.
Our IELTS course is designed for learners who wish to obtain a highly recognized exam, as well as, improve their English skills.
The course includes working on general language, including grammar, vocabulary, reading, listening, writing, as well as, pronunciation and speaking.
An IELTS course at Excel Education will help you gain confidence in all elements of the exam. Constant feedback, correction and emphasis on speaking will give you an opportunity to develop your English. Helpful methods for reading and listening, writing correction and workshops where the test will be analyzed in all elements of the IELTS exam.
Every Friday, you will do a supervised IELTS Mock Exam, checked by your tutor, to show your progression and give you some guidance on which parts to improve on.
Finally our material will be hand selected to improve on crucial areas, these include phrasal verbs and idioms to impress the examiner and help you to gain the score you want.
The list of unique English Language courses that Excel Education is happy to start subject to a minimum group of 3 students:
English For Academic Purposes
Excel Education is determined to support students doing degree courses as well as those planning to pursue their studies in English speaking universities. English for academic purposes is a specially designed course to equip students with necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to deal with their assigned tasks. Students will be taught how to write successful papers by putting an emphasis on the following aspects:
- Critical thinking
- Outlining key ideas in academic texts
- Cohesion in writing
- Coherence of ideas
- Paragraph linking and organising the writing
- Academic writing style
- Preparing drafts and refining papers
- Editing, referencing and citation
- Avoiding plagiarism
Citation and Referencing
Correct citation and referencing largely determines the success of an academic piece of writing. Therefore the Excel Education aims at equipping the students of different specialties with necessary knowledge how to obtain and use the information in their relevant fields of studies. The students will have access to a variety of resources in different formats – textbooks, academic works, encyclopedias, online resources, journal articles. Correct usage of the available sources requires special knowledge and skills which will be achieved through the course. Professional guidelines will lead students to asking and answering research questions in an academically acceptable way. Students will be introduced to different academic and non-academic writing styles which will give them the competence to produce a piece of writing for various purposes meeting ethical requirements.
Most of higher education degrees presuppose writing a thesis for the fulfillment of the degree requirements. Thus it is essential to equip students with necessary skills and profound knowledge to plan, organise and write their academic papers. The course will help students to develop an appropriate academic written style, fluency and accuracy. The students will be introduced to a variety of academic texts which will enhance their ability to produce a successful research project. The course is of special importance for non-native speakers of English. The course will focus on different stages of thesis writing:
- Formation of the Research Question
- Writing an Outline for the Research
- Planning the Research
- Sentence and Paragraph Structure and Cohesion
- Argumentative and Descriptive Writing
- Writing-up a Thesis
- Referencing and Citation
In a highly competitive world it is of vital importance to be enthusiastic and active seeking new opportunities for personal and professional growth and development. The course of project writing introduced at the Excel Educationis specially designed to equip students with essential skills for problem solving and creative performance. Based on case studies the course will build up theoretical competence and practical expertise of the participants. At a later stage students will be asked to put into practice the acquired awareness of a problem-solving process. Upon the successful completion of the course the students will be able to write projects for academic and professional purposes, in particular for obtaining grants either for research or business considerations.
Critical Thinking and Creative Approach
Developing critical thinking and creative approach is one more priorities of the Excel Education. The course will develop the traits which are of special importance for a successful global citizen in the modern world. Through accomplishing independent or group tasks students will acquire competence to approach provided information critically and develop individual understanding of the presented academic material as well as real life issues. Interactive mode of study leads to the acquisition of critical decision-making skills necessary to treat problems in a critical, innovative and creative way.
Grammar for Academic Writing
Excel Education specially developed this course not only to support students through their studies but develop their language skills and enable them to produce a fine piece of writing for academic purposes as well as a variety of other occasions. Students will enhance their awareness of the English language system in general, and will master different styles and techniques of writing in particular. To improve the language competence the course will focus on the following components:
- Understanding of sequence of tenses
- Noun and verb formation and agreement
- Collocations and ready-made phrases
- Expressing modality, supposition and hypothesis
- Correct usage of noun clauses
- Impersonal style and formality
- Emphasis or neutral narration
- Sentence structure and clarity
- Paragraph structure and cohesion
- Correct usage of non-finite verbs
- Punctuation and orthography
Lecture and Note-taking
Attending sessions is an essential part of formal education. However, to gain as much as possible from a lecture requires special skills to help students grab the most important issues covered but at the same time not to lose details which are often lucid and hard to follow. Thus students need to know how to sort the information and differentiate between the major and minor data. The course will concentrate on the development of the following practical issues:
- Useful tips on taking quick notes while listening to a speaker
- Concentrating on clues leading to creating a broader mind-map
- Practicing how to record and later decode the data
- Listening practice: mock short and long lectures and presentations
- Listening for key points on academic, scientific and public lectures
- Recognising and decoding the shades of meaning in various language settings
English for Special Purposes
Excel Education provides Business English course to support students taking pathways in business studies as well as those who wish to study business English as a separate subject. The course presupposes mastering different skills:
- Oral and written presentation
- Formal and informal communication
- Business terminology
- Negotiation and problem solving skills
- Formal and informal correspondence
- building CVs
- Writing reports and memos
Upon the successful completion of the course the students should be able to perform confidently in various business settings. Depending on personal needs and aspirations students may choose to look for formal certification from the internationally recognised awarding bodies. One of the options is to take Business English Certificate (BEC) exams which are linked to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. There are two pass grades – Pass with Merit and Pass. You will also receive a statement of results that shows your performance in each paper. If you pass, you will be awarded a certificate from the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations which is valid for life.
English for Travel, Tourism and Hospitality
The travel, tourism and hospitality industry is one of the fastest growing employment sectors in the world today. The Excel Education has responded to the ever-increasing demand by developing a high-paced English for Travel, Tourism and Hospitality course. This course enhances your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English which you need when working in a hotel or acting as a guide, dealing with English speaking visitors, or negotiating with English speakers within the tourism industry. The course trains students to respond quickly and politely in high-pressure situations. In the tourism industry, cultural sensitivity is vital and so we also work on a range of activities to help improve awareness of important cross-cultural issues.
Upon completion of the course you can decide to sit English for Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Exams and the awarded certificate will add up to your credentials increasing your career prospects. For more detailed information please visit the British Council web-site: http://www.britishcouncil.org/learning-exams-lcci.htm
English for Accounting
The English language has established itself in the field of business the world over. Accordingly, it is more and more important for a business person to speak the language properly. However, working in multi-national and multi-cultural business environment requires a thorough knowledge of general English with strong focus on specific financial and accounting terminology. The Excel Education provides an opportunity to those who are interested in life-long learning and professional development to increase their credibility in a competitive world. The course covers great variety of aspects of the language usage in business settings.
Mode of Study
The Excel Education provides a wide variety of short-term and long-term English language courses. The mode of study can be moulded to individual needs and provided through group work as well as one-to-one tuition. Upon enrolment learners are to take a placement test which allows the Excel Education to diagnose the level of entrants and ensure that they embark on the most appropriate stage leading to language perfection. The language courses are provided at all levels. The courses at the Excel Educationare provided at standard, intensive and intensive plus mode varying from 15 hours to 25 hours per week:
- Standard General English Language Course (15 hours per week)
- Intensive General English Language Course (22 hours per week)
- Intensive Plus General English Language Course (25 hours per week)
A programme of one-to-one tuition is entirely student oriented recognising the individuality of each student what makes our English language courses flexible. Excel Education specially developed personalised mode of study to reflect students’ individual needs and aspirations. There is a variety of reasons why a person may choose an individual way of learning:
- Maximum effective use of resources within restricted time-table
- Particular task-based preparation (for presentations, conferences, workshops, travel, vacation)
- Preparation for general English language levels
- Tackling personal weaknesses and drawbacks
A detailed needs analysis leading to a carefully designed one-to-one tuition is included in all our programmes ensuring we maintain complete focus on individual needs.