If you would like to learn with your own personal English teacher who also happens to have the same leisure time interest as you, then this is the course for you!
Intensive work on developing skills in English includes time spent using your shared special interest as the context. What more enjoyable way could there be to improve your English?
There are two leisure interest-related visits or activities each week with your host teacher. This simply makes your learning all the more relevant and enjoyable.
Your host teacher assesses your level of English during the first session and establishes with you your needs and priorities; related both to your general learning of English and to your particular interest. The proportion of lesson time that is devoted to working with your particular area of interest is also discussed.
You and your host teacher review your course and your progress as you go along but there is always a formal review half way through the course.
Our Director of Studies or another EJO representative either telephones or visits you to check that you are completely satisfied with your course.
Your host teacher works with you on speaking, listening and understanding and you focus on the particular learning needs and activities that you have identified as your priorities.
Most students need to develop their skills in the correct use of English tenses. This is fundamental in the effective learning of the language. They almost always need to work, too, on prepositions and vocabulary and on pronunciation, stress and intonation.
We use relevant, up-to-date course books with their associated audio-tapes and resource material associated with your shared special interest.
Here are some examples of the types of interest related activities previous students have undertaken on their special interest course:
Silvia, a personnel assistant from Geneva with a passion for entertaining, took a course with cookery as the special interest component. With her host teacher, she visited a local restaurant where she met the chef, talked to him about his menu and watched him prepare dishes. Silvia also went to a local food fair, talked to exhibitors, watched some demonstrations and tasted some sample food. At home she prepared traditional English dishes with her host teacher.
Philippe, a company executive from Orleans with a love of fine wine, took a course with wine as the special interest component. His teacher-accompanied visits were to a local wine production company where he learned all about wine production in the UK and to a specialist wine seller. He also went to a wine-tasting evening with his host teacher.
Ryotaro, a businessman from Tokyo who is very keen on golf, took a course with golf as his special interest. His teacher-accompanied visits were to two courses, one extremely famous, where he had the opportunity to play a round of golf. He also had the opportunity to meet other fellow golfers in the clubhouse afterwards.
The daily routine and timetable is obviously discussed between you and your host and depends on your needs and the specific language areas you wish to focus on. As an example, a typical weekday on a twenty-hour-per week course might be the following: