The Ardmore team are enthusiastic and passionate about the courses offered. Our aim is to improve our students English by increasing their confidence and communication skills. Our lessons include plenty of opportunities for students to use language and build their knowledge and confidence in English. This is further enforced outside the classrooms during activities, cultural visits and specialist sports courses.
How is the level of English determined?
On the first day of lessons each student takes a placement test to determine their level of English. From there, they are divided into six levels of ability and are taught accordingly, using the Ardmore workbook specifically designed for their level.
Are the courses suitable for student who speak limited English?
Yes, we can accept all levels of English including students with limited English.
How many English lessons will students have per week?
Each student will receive 15 hours of English tuition per week divided over 5 mornings or afternoons. Each daily session consists of 4 lesson periods of 45 minutes plus a 30 minute allowance for breaks.
How long does the course last?
Course duration are usually two weeks, however this is regularly extended to 3 and 4 week courses. One week stays are also available. Please speak to an Ardmore member of staff for dates and availability on our contact page.
How is the English taught?
Ardmore’s English language courses are designed to help students not only increase their knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary, but also their confidence in using English. We always teach ‘spoken English’ which is up-to-date and relevant. Our courses are designed to really help students improve communication skills. Therefore lessons include plenty of opportunities for students to use the language. Classroom activities include role-play, pair-work, group-work, group projects, surveys, questionnaires and games. Emphasis on communication helps students to use English for a variety of purposes and in a variety of situations. Our aim is simply to build students’ knowledge and confidence of English.
What qualifications do the teachers have?
Our teachers are qualified professionals, and some also hold a Trinity Certificate or Cambridge CELTA teaching qualification. All our teachers work very hard to provide interesting and fun language lessons. Teachers are friendly and always happy to help.
How many students per class will there be?
Students will be taught in a maximum of 15 class size.
Will the student need to bring their own course books?
No, Ardmore will provide all the necessary course materials. There are six levels of workbooks to suit every student’s level of English. Students are advised to bring Pen, pencils, notebook and a mini dictionary (dictionaries are optional, some are available in classes).
Will the students practice their English throughout the course?
Students will be encouraged to speak and practice English at all times throughout the course: from meal times, sporting and leisure activities, whilst on excursions and in the accommodation.
How is the student’s progress checked?
At end of each course students will be tested on their progress, which is then mapped against their original score to show their improvements made whilst with Ardmore. All students are issued with an Ardmore Diploma Certificate on departure, after being tested on reading, listening, speaking, writing, group work, every day English and their overall progress. All marking is undertaken by their teachers.
Are courses suitable for students who speak only a little English?
Students will need to have at least a basic level of English to understand lessons, instructions and activities in order to enjoy the stay.
Will the centres and classes be of mixed nationalities?
Ardmore currently teaches students from over 50 different countries, spread across all our centers. Students are grouped according to their English ability and not only on their age or nationality. This creates a need to communicate in English as a common language, and allows students to develop new international friendships. We also operate closed groups for non-summer courses.