Intensive English Language Course (Basic – Intermediate – Advanced)

Course overview

This intensive 5-day English language course offers a full immersion experience, providing a balanced approach between grammar topics and conversational practice. Designed as a general English program, the course provides participants with the opportunity to develop all core language skills through dynamic international classes and communicative technology.

The course caters to three proficiency levels:

  • Basic (for those seeking to develop their language skills)
  • Intermediate (for those wanting to expand existing skills and advance their English level)
  • Advanced (for those interested in European projects where English is the working language)

Participants can choose the level that best aligns with their needs, and homogeneous groups will be formed to ensure personalized language improvement for everyone.

The primary focus is on enhancing participants’ English competencies through experiential practical language-learning methods and practice. The course emphasizes vocabulary expansion, revision of frequently used grammar structures, development of listening, speaking, and writing skills, and mastering both formal and informal registers for seamless communication.

Tentative schedule:

Day 1: Kickstarting your English language journey

  • Icebreakers and networking activities
  • Introduction to the course and participants
  • Overview of the course methodology and expectations
  • Needs analysis and goal-setting for the course
  • Building vocabulary: Presenting yourself; education and workplace terms
  • Interactive exercises and games to reinforce vocabulary

Day 2: Mastering formal English for professional contexts

  • Focus on formal communication and professional development
  • Writing emails, reports, presentations (tailored examples)
  • Grammar for formal writing and speaking
  • Mock presentations/interviews (peer feedback)
  • Vocabulary related to teaching, training, project management (tailored examples)

Day 3: Exploring cultural diversity through language

  • Cultural visit (e.g. museum, heritage site) guided in English
  • Pre-visit: Relevant vocabulary and background
  • Post-visit: Comprehension activities and writing assignments
  • Developing skills to design authentic learning experiences

Day 4: Navigating language variations and pedagogical approaches

  • Video comprehension: Educational/training videos
  • Analyzing content for language teaching/learning
  • Discussion on various registers and dialects/forms of English
  • Debate: Discussing pedagogical approaches/methods
  • Reflective writing: Applying linguistically inclusive concepts to one’s context

Day 5: Putting your English skills into practice

  • Collaborative project: Designing a sample lesson/training
  • Utilizing authentic materials and interactive activities
  • Group presentations and peer evaluation
  • Course evaluation and feedback
  • Certification ceremony

The classes typically run from 9 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon, with the afternoon and evening reserved for self-reflection and individual study. However, the course schedule may be adjusted to accommodate the preferences of the participants and the availability of instructors or external learning locations. Participants will receive the finalized schedule well in advance, allowing ample time for preparation and planning.

Learning outcomes:

The participants will be able to:

  • Apply English grammar rules, from simple to complex structures, in their communication.
  • Compose writing samples exhibiting proficiency in both formal and informal registers.
  • Comprehend spoken and written English at a higher level through interactions with qualified trainers.
  • Construct clear and coherent communication, both written and verbal, in English with increased skill and confidence in an EFL context delivered by expert trainers.
  • Design and deliver effective presentations in English through group activities.
  • Differentiate between formal English and other spoken variations.
  • Discover interactive activities and games that facilitate an easier, faster, stimulating, and enjoyable learning process.
  • Evaluate different English learning methods and tools to support their further language study.
  • Expand their vocabulary and analyse texts to improve reading comprehension.
  • Interpret spoken English and converse at an appropriate level in an international environment.
  • Produce improved writing, demonstrate active listening skills, and articulate clear pronunciation.

Course fee:

  • 400 euro per participant (covered entirely by the Erasmus grant)

Course fee includes:

  • At least 25 hours of course content;
  • Course materials;
  • Certificate of participation;
  • Europass, on request;
  • Learning / Mobility Agreement;
  • Visits to local institutions, if available;
  • Personalized support;
  • Free high-speed WIFI internet at the POU Čakovec premises;
  • Refreshments;
  • Administration costs;
  • Dissemination materials.
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