The Learning Cycle
Together we identify the right English course for you at Castle School and establish your language requirements.
- We will establish your level of English and show you how to progress
- We will correct, secure and develop what you have already learnt
- We will advance your overall level
- We will make your passive knowledge active
- We will build your confidence in your English use
1. We will establish your level of English and show you how to progress
We will give you a placement test to assess accurately your English language ability. By knowing this we can place you in the right class with other students of the same level. In class you will improve step by step and your teachers will monitor your progress and show you what you need to do in order to progress.
2. We will correct, secure and develop what you already know
When you arrive, you will bring with you the English you already know. We will check this knowledge and consolidate it, making sure that you don't have any gaps in your knowledge and ensure that you do not repeat common mistakes.
3. We will advance your overall level
We will teach you the new language skills you need. Your course will give you the grammar, vocabulary and the language skills you need to improve your level or to move from one level to the next according to the length of your stay.
4. We will make your passive knowledge active
Some of your English knowledge will be slow to access: it may be accessible enough for your Reading and Writing skills but not fast enough for Speaking and Listening. An important part of all Castle School courses is making this passive knowledge active so that your Speaking and Listening skills are greatly improved and you have much more language that is immediately accessible. We maximise your ability to use all the English you know and are learning.
5. We will build your confidence in your English usage
Using a language is a skill and like any skill the more confidence you have the better you are. We will give you lots of opportunities to practise all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening). At Castle School you will be continually interacting with other English speakers to improve any language weakness you may have. We work hard on your English and like other Castle School students before you, you will leave feeling confident, energised and in the best position to learn English.
Our Open-Door Policy
The Castle School Director of Studies has an 'open-door' policy - students are welcome to discuss any aspect of their course at any time.
Here at Castle School, staff can offer students help on: Welfare & Counselling, Passports & Visas, Insurance & Personal Security, Health & Safety, University Placement Advice and Airport Transfer.
We are situated a stone's throw from the main Brighton Shopping Centre of Churchill Square and a mere 10 minutes walk from the train station.
With both Home Stay and Self Catering accommodation on offer, you can find the right accommodation suitable for you. The average commuting time from nearby accommodation to school is just 15-30 mintues.
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