Hi all - our very successful Advanced English classes will start again very soon - in two weeks - AND I'm now running a day class for those who can't come in the evening.
The times are:
6pm till 9pm on Tuesdays, starting 27th August
9-12 noon, Wednesdays, starting on the 28th August.
They will run for 5 weeks, till the Tuesday 24th September or Wednesday 25thSeptember (end of school term), then start again after two weeks, and run for all of the school 4th term.
I plan to run them next year as well; dates will be sent out as we enter the new year.
NOTE: it will be in a NEW location: Room 5, level 1, 9a Hindley St Adelaide SA 5000. It's near the corner of Hindley and King William, on the south side, just west of the "Off Ya Tree"shop, upstairs and towards the back, on the left-hand side :) .
It's suitable for all those with ISLPR 3 and above, or IELTS 6 and above... Advanced English.
It's CHEAP! TAFE charges $13.75 per hour for English classes, while the universities charge $20-25. I charge $6.00 per hour. I know that many people are establishing themselves economically here in this country, as part-time workers or students, and I want to make these classes accessible to whoever would like to be there. So my rate is less than half that of TAFE, and 1/3 to ¼ that of universities... a great opportunity to take advantage of.... :)
Fees are payable at the beginning of each term. This term, it's 5 weeks x 3 hours x $6 = $90.00 . If you miss a lesson, I will send out a summary of what we've done, and the materials, so you can catch up.
While they're cheap, I believe that the lessons are of the highest quality. I have 40 years' experience of teaching English and Literacy to many different groups - native speaking children and adults, non-native children and adults, Aboriginal people, learners with special needs, migrants, international students - and have specialised in the last 20 years in Advanced English for Professions and Academic Purposes.
I have tutored people in IELTS, ISLPR, job-seeking, and course entry interviews and applications, with excellent results. One of my IELTS students gained the highest IELTS score in all of India in 2014 and received a special scholarship as a result. I have helped may people obtain Teacher Registration, and successfully helped people get into Medicine at Flinders Uni, as well as trained countless people in job interviews where they have won the position. I have written, taught for many years, and rewritten the National Diploma in English Proficiency, which is the highest-level accredited ESL course in Australia, preparing people for tertiary study and professional work in Australia. I bring all this to the table in an extremely affordable class.
NOTE: If you are new to my classes, come along to one, and if it doesn't work for you - no problem! You don't need to pay anything. If you like it and you find it useful, please pay for it and for the rest of the term. So please try before you buy - it's only fair :) .
In our classes, we focus on HOW to polish your English in the final stages of acquisition, and my philosophy is to point you to many online and hard copy resources and practise using them in class so that you can keep doing what we do in the classroom in your own time as much as you can; the KEY is wise use of many hours of independent language learning. I hope to provide many of those strategies and resources for you.
The main aim, as usual, will be to get you PRODUCING English as much as possible - both verbally and in writing - with me attempting to give as much feedback as I can.
We also focus, int terms of subject matter, on familiarising you with the deeper aspects of Australian culture, and developing Critical Thinking skills that are essential for successful academic and professional life here. You'll find this stuff interesting and fun, I guarantee :) .
Roughly, the format will usually be, as before:
a. Review last week's writing errors and strengths on the board and clarify/discuss any issues arising from these.
b. Some grammar instruction and exercises based on those errors, and/or what people ask for or need at the time.
c. Read aloud and pronounce correctly an article, usually on an Australian cultural/historical/economic/political theme, OR listen to a video or podcast on the same.
d. Discuss it, both in groups and as a whole class, with me moving around and "collecting" errors and impressive usage, correcting individually, and then as a whole group.
e. 20-30 minutes every week then writing about your responses to what we've discussed, perhaps using some of the structures that have arisen in the discussion process. This will be corrected and reviewed the following week... and round we go....
I think this way we'll maximize your output and hopefully give you active practice in constructing structures that you possibly haven't used before, and then getting feedback from me, and refining them, for both speech and writing.
We can sometimes have short 2 min presentations from everyone too; this worked well in the class I was in and gives practice in perhaps more carefully-constructed output. I would like to do some work on interview skills this term, as some have requested it.
As always, please let me know particular needs or interests, and I'll do my best to work these topics into what we do.
I hope that sounds useful for you! Am very much looking forward to working with you again and I really look forward to seeing you on Tuesday the 27th of August at 6pm, or Wednesday 28thAugust at 9am..!! :)