Would you like to improve your English?Knowledge of English will effectively help you make new contacts with interesting people. Regardless of whether you use a foreign language in science, business, travel or international cooperation, knowledge of it will allow you to correspondence, construct conversations and much more . If you are an ambitious person and set your levels high, you should think about studying at prestigious universities in the United Kingdom or around the world. Good knowledge of English will certainly help you obtain a well-paid job. In addition, it will allow you easier access to books, specialist literature, newspapers and websites, where English is widely used. In everyday life, improving your English will help you to prepare for conversations with doctors and teachers, understanding of the laws and customs in the UK, participate in a course or other qualifications as well as helping your child with homework. At New Start 4U, we offer a number of courses to help you learn English or to improve your skills.
But how do these courses differ?
IELTSThis is one of the most popular English language exams in the world, honoured by over 9,000 institutions, including the most reputable organizations and universities in Great Britain, Europe, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. The vast majority of British universities require candidates to demonstrate an adequate level of English before starting their studies. The exam consists of four parts, which are to check our knowledge of English in different fields. These are: listening, writing, reading and speaking. It can be taken in two different modules (versions):
- IELTS Academic
- IELTS General Training
ESOLIf English is not your primary language, why not to start with this course to improve your knowledge! The most popular language course is ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages).
What does the ESOL course include?The ESOL system has five levels:
- Entry 1 – At this level you will learn simple communication which is useful on a daily basis. First of all, you will learn how to provide information about yourself, about your work or, for example, interests. You will learn the basic grammar, mainly speaking in the present tense. Entry level 1 is comparable to the European level A1 (CEFR).
- Entry 2 – At this level you will learn how to speak in the past and future tenses, as well as use a little more advanced grammar, including complex sentences. Entry level 2 is comparable to the European level A2 (CEFR).
- Entry 3 – At this level you will learn, among other things, to argue, discuss or express your assumptions. You will also learn much more useful grammar to help with problems. Entry level 3 is comparable to European level B1 (CEFR).
- Level 1 – This is a level of very high language independence. It’s difficult to write in a few sentences everything you learn … :). Level 1 is comparable to the European level B2 (CEFR).
- Level 2 – This is a level of total linguistic independence so you will learn a lot. You will be able to communicate in every situation. Level 2 is comparable to the European level C1 (CEFR).
EFL COURSESEnglish as a Foreign Language, or EFL, refers to learning and using English as an additional language in a non-English speaking country. It can be compared with ESL and ESOL, which refer mainly to learning English as a new resident in an English-speaking country. ESL materials mostly focus on ‘survival English’ for people now living in an English-speaking country.
The main points of SFL courses to take into consideration are:
- Raise awareness of grammar & build vocabulary
- Develop Communication Skills – fluency and accuracy
- Improve Writing Skills – fluency, style and accuracy
- Increase Comprehension Skills – listening and reading
BUSINESS ENGLISHBusiness English is especially needed in situations where we deal with clients and we care about maintaining professional relations with them and where we have daily contact with employees of different nationalities.
How does Business English differ from general English?Contrary to appearances, there are definitely more similarities than differences! The BE course also requires you to polish your already obtained basic language skills: reading, speaking, listening comprehension, writing and grammar, but in different contexts. All skills are practiced using business-related materials, which, in principle, look different and contain different vocabulary than those used in General English lessons. In addition, the emphasis is also on specific skills necessary in the work environment and their specific vocabulary. These are, for example, telephone conversations, writing formal emails, negotiating, participating in video conferences and meetings, preparing and delivering presentations. Elements of business etiquette as well as the topic of cultural differences in an international environment are sometimes present during classes. Regardless of the profession or position, people working in a broadly understood business environment need the same skills: correct and smooth communication during a conversation, presenting data, arguing and expressing opinions at a meeting, conducting business correspondence, understanding and writing their own texts. The difference is in professional terminology, which is different for particular industries. It is a specialized language adapted to a professional profile, such as Financial English, Marketing English or Office English, during which you learn a language (communicate, listen, write, etc.), but the whole process is already set in a specific context, e.g. financial, marketing, administrative, etc.
FUNCTIONAL SKILLS ENGLISH
What is Functional Skills English?Functional Skills English are English courses for adults. There are five levels; entry level 1, 2 and 3, Level 1 and Level 2. The level 2 English qualification is the same as a GCSE English pass grade. (GCSE English 9 to 4 or A * to C in the old GCSE grading system). Functional Skills English helps adults improve their English skills in more practical ways. Functional Skills English questions use real-life examples and situations. They cover the essential English skills including reading, writing and speaking. Each of the five qualifications will help you develop English skills required for work and day-to-day life. Learn English with easy to understand, everyday examples. Improve your reading, writing and speaking skills.
Passing a Functional Skills English qualification might help you:
- Apply for a job that requires GCSE English pass grade
- Access to Higher Education
- Enrol on an apprenticeship
- Start a career in nursing, teaching, administration and many more
- Enrol on a degree course at University
- Improve your skills and confidence with day-to-day reading, writing and speaking tasks
- Help your children with their English homework