The Classes and the Curriculum
Center of English Language offers beginning, intermediate and advanced classes. Incoming students will be administered a test to help them determine which level is best for them. Students do not need to know any English at all to begin in the first level; they can start learning from "ground zero," with the alphabet and basic greetings. However, most students do have at least a minimal introduction to English before beginning classes at CEL.
The class sizes are small, with an average teacher/student ratio of 1 teacher to 5-7 students.
The study week at CEL is basically sixteen hours long: four hours every morning, Monday - Thursday. Each day's classes are divided into two two-hour sections. There are two hours of grammar class (which covers English reading and writing skills) and two hours of conversation class (which covers English listening and speaking skills).
Students will have one workbook for each class: a "Reading/Writing" workbook and a "Grammar/Conversation" book. These, along with daily homework sheets, will be given to students to take home and work on during evening hours. If students want to study more than the assigned homework, there is a public library right across the street from CEL that offers plenty of supplemental English language materials that students can check out for free, including books, DVDs, magazines and CDs.
The "Grammar Class" focuses particularly on language skills employed in reading and writing. The curriculum provides interesting reading selections that the teacher and students will analyze together, and writing assignments will be based on the readings. Students get the opportunity to do creative writing in English, and then to have input from the teachers on the grammar.
The "Conversation Class" focuses more on spoken communication in English--both listening and speaking. This class is an excellent place for a student to hone pronunciation skills, and to practice dialog in a semi-natural setting, both with other students and with the teachers.
Both Grammar and Conversation Classes will introduce students to a broad spectrum of English language vocabulary, as well as to countless aspects of American culture.
In addition to regular daytime classes, evening classes are available for students who are wish to do more intensive studies. Also, if students desire, they can request one-on-one tutoring from a teacher outside of normal class hours. This can be advantageous because even though the classes do include conversation, more "real life" conversation is needed for students to get truly fluent in English.