General English

High Quality: All of our classes are taught by fully qualified and experienced instructors.
Variety: TIES offer six levels of English with courses in Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Pronunciation, and Grammar
Opportunity: Improve your language skills for academic study, conversation, business, and career needs. Six levels of high-quality English classes are offered, from beginner to advanced. Some students may be stronger in some aspects of English than in others, the TIES programme allows you to enroll in each type of course at the level which is most appropriate for you.
Example: A student could take advanced reading and writing courses while completing intermediate level speaking and pronunciation courses.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

DATES AND TIMES

Students can start and finish at any time of the year but many students choose to complete 1, 2 or 3 terms with TIES.

Class times are from 08:30 to 10:30 and again from 11:00 – 13:00 Monday to Friday with 20 hours’ instruction per week.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The minimum age for these classes is 16 while the average age is 25. All classes at TIES have a maximum of 8 students to ensure that the instructor can spend quality time with each student. The classes are student-centred, which means that you won’t spend all your time listening to the instructor; you will be engaged in language-learning activities with your fellow students. Classes include world-class top selling general English courses like New Headway English and New English File. These core courses form the foundation of our general English program. Students select their other ESL and academic courses based upon their academic and personal goals. Students receive a TIES certificate according to their program of study at the end of their course. Detailed reports are given at the end of each term.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT

All new students take the TIES English Language Assessment Test at the beginning of the each term to determine their English ability in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. There will also be a short written assessment and an interview.

SAMPLE TIMETABLE

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
08:30 – 09:30 Course Book
New Headway / NEF
Course Book
New Headway / NEF
Course Book
New Headway / NEF
Course Book
New Headway / NEF
Course Book
New Headway / NEF
09:30 – 10:30 Course Book
New Headway / NEF
Course Book
New Headway / NEF
Course Book
New Headway / NEF
Course Book
New Headway / NEF
Course Book
New Headway / NEF
TEA BREAK TEA BREAK TEA BREAK TEA BREAK TEA BREAK
11:00 – 12:00 Language Awareness
Grammar & Vocabulary
Language Awareness
Grammar & Vocabulary
Language Awareness
Grammar & Vocabulary
Language Awareness
Grammar & Vocabulary
Language Awareness
Grammar & Vocabulary
12:00 – 13:00 Communication
Reading
Communication
Listening / Pronunciation
Communication
Writing
Communication
Speaking
Communication
Group Activities

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Course Book: Either New Headway English (NHE) or New English File (NEF) will form the foundation course in the general English program. This is taken by each student. The course material consists of four components: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. There are six levels of general English, Beginner to Advanced, and we cater for all. There is more than just class work in our general English programme: field trips and recreational activities add to the students’ learning.

Language Awareness: This course is split into two parts; grammar and vocabulary. The former is designed to help students improve their grammar by analysing language structures which will enable students to improve in both formal written and informal spoken English. This course is extremely popular having been developed by the Director. In the latter students will spend their

Reading: Students will begin by developing basic vocabulary and comprehension skills. Advanced levels will prepare students for college-level studies. The textbooks used range from picture dictionaries for the basic reading course to a complete English novel at the advanced level.

Listening: This course develops the students’ listening abilities. Class work include fun activities like listening to music over various media.

Pronunciation: Class time in small tutorials with a language teacher improving their understanding and pronunciation of spoken English while focussing on their individual needs. The course covers all the basic sounds of English which the student may be having difficulty with and the second level goes beyond the basic sounds to include intonation patterns of the language.

Writing: The emphasis in this course is to develop writing ability for academic purposes. Students in the beginning level will concentrate on basic sentence structures and general writing. As the students move up through the levels they learn to develop sensible and effective cohesion and coherence.

Speaking: This course develops the students’ conversational abilities. Class work includes individual, pair, and small group work covering a range of topics during presentations, drama, and many other interactive activities.

Group Activities: Students are given the opportunity to spend some time with students from other levels. Students practise and improve their abilities together while getting an opportunity to learn more about each other. All of this happens under the supervision and with the guidance of our qualified teachers.

Are you a prospective student? See the how to apply page for more details.