What is the content of the lessons?
Our English courses cover all four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation are also included. The focus is on real-life communication.
What is the teaching methodology?
We use the communicative method, with less emphasis on teacher-centered lessons and more emphasis on students learning through meaningful and interactive communicative activities in pairs or groups.
What materials are used in the classroom?
Twin English Centre London operates a two-course book rotation system using New English File and Face to Face. Also built into the syllabus are Teacher’s Choice, Learner Training, and Class Outing (weather permitting). Teachers at Twin English Centre Eastbourne choose from a selection of coursebooks and enrich the content with supplementary materials.
Do the students get a book?
The students are provided with a book to use in the classroom. If they want their own copy, they can buy it from the school for £32.00
How is progress monitored?
At the end of the week, students evaluate their own progress by completing the weekly syllabus.There is a progress test every month and a tutorial with the teacher every two weeks.
How long does it take to improve?
It depends what the starting point and the objective are. Generally, it takes three months to move up one CEFR level (or one IELTS point). In 2015, 89% of students at Twin English Centre London moved up one level or more within three months.
Is there a placement test?
Students take a grammar and written test on Twin e-Learning before the start of the course. On the first day, they do a short oral assessment with one of the Academic Team.
What if a student thinks they are in the wrong level?
They should talk with their teacher. If the teacher is in agreement, they will be moved to the correct level. In cases of disagreement, students can request to be re-tested.
Are all of the teachers qualified/native speakers?
All of our teachers are proficient users of English and have as a minimum a CELTA or equivalent qualification. Some have DELTA or equivalent.
How many students are in a class?
In London, the maximum class size is 18, but the average is 15. In Eastbourne the maximum class size is 15 and the average is 12.
How many classes are there?
Between five and 20, depending on the time of year.
What nationality/age are your students?
In 2015 Twin English Centres in London and Eastbourne had students from over 70 different countries.
The top nationalities are generally Italy, Brazil, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Germany, France, China, Austria and Arabic speakers from UAE and Saudi Arabia.
The average age of adult students at Twin English Centre London is 21.
What can students do on the virtual learning environment?
On Twin e-Learning, students can improve their English with:
• Flash Point: Weekly news lesson
• My Study Plan: An adaptive set of approximately 45 lessons best suited to the student’s current level
• Exam practice: IELTS, FCE, CPE and CAE
What if I a student is sick and misses lessons?
Students can make up for missed lessons if they produce a doctor’s note.
Is there a social programme?
Twin English Centre London organises different excursions and activities for students each month. Some are at the school, some are in Greenwich, and some are in other parts of London. Many are free but some have a small cost. Twin English Centre Eastbourne organises bowling, cinema, pub night, and a film night at school (free) plus excursions to Brighton and London.
Can you help students to prepare for exams?
We run an IELTS preparation course starting every Monday, and there are extra IELTS practice materials in our self-study centre and on our virtual learning environment. We offer FCE and CAE preparation courses on fixed dates. We also help students with registering for their exams at a nearby centre. Students wanting to prepare for other exams can take one-to-one lessons.