The purpose of LSC courses
Our philosophy is to educate, encourage and help students enjoy our course towns. It is often a case of helping students to ‘come out of their shell’, increase their confidence in using English and provide an opportunity to use it in meaningful situations, both inside the classroom and out in the real world.
Our main aim is to facilitate students’ linguistic development, inspire confidence and increase their fluency in spoken English. This can be achieved by a combination of:
- theme-based curriculum
- communicative activities
- vocabulary building
- pronunciation practice
- language games
- developing learning skills
- CLIL lessons
- friendly atmosphere
On a standard LSC course, we offer 15 hours of tuition a week. Our timetable is usually organised on a zig-zag basis. This means that students will have lessons in the morning and their social programmes in the afternoon and evening. This is then reversed on a weekly basis. Consequently, students attend morning and afternoon lessons on alternate weeks* which allows the students to get the most out of their time with us.
All students take a test and have a brief interview upon arrival to assess how well they are able to understand and speak English. This enables us to place them in the class where they will be happiest and most successful. Normally the maximum class size is 15. We have a system of continuous enrolment which allows students to join the school on any given day.
We operate a system of swapping teachers, whereby students have the main class teacher for the first two sessions and then a second teacher for the last session. This helps to expose students to a wider variety of accents and teaching styles, but it also breaks up the routine and teachers have an opportunity to build on each other’s strengths. The first two sessons are grammar and language based, while the last one focuses on CLIL (Contents and Language Integrated Learning), during which students use English to learn about other subjects e.g. Geography.
At the end of their stay at LSC, students are presented with an Academic Report and a Certificate of Attendance. The former provides a detailed description of the students’ academic performance and their level according to the CEFR (Common European Framework) while the latter states the duration of their course and the name of the centre.