English Language

English Language

 

The Training and Skills Center offers a variety of English language courses. The instructors in the Languages and Communications Department all have language teaching qualifications and employ a communicative approach to language acquisition. In all courses, skill and task-based activities are integrated to reflect real-life English communication and to maximize the relevance of in-class materials. Customized teaching materials are used alongside core textbooks from renowned publishers such as Cambridge, Oxford and Pearson Longman.

  1. Starter General English : Courses integrate core English skills to provide learners with opportunities to develop everyday English skills. Designed for learners who are assessed as either Foundation or Beginner, this course aims to provide opportunities for the development of practical communication using Basic English. The course curriculum places emphasis on oral communication and basic written forms of communication.

  2. General Business English: Courses integrate business language as well as business concepts and skills into the language acquisition curriculum. All four skills are covered: reading, writing, listening and speaking. In addition to this, students develop portfolios, which can be used in the work place after training. Testing is carried out throughout the course to monitor progress.
  3. Academic Pathway: Courses are part of a university and exam preparedness program. They help students prepare for Foundation programs in international universities. The course curriculum includes general language skills, academic writing, TOEFL preparation and SAT preparation.
  4. English for the Corporate World: These English for specific purposes courses are developed based on needs analyses of specific departments (e.g., Telephone English, English for Presentations, Business English). The courses focus on the primary skill areas required for the job as well as related areas matched carefully with modules to create a custom-made course.

 

Testing for English Language

In-house Placement Test: The in-house placement test is a pre-requisite for all language courses.

People Cert: The PC test can be used to give an indication of competency related to workplace skills. The PC tests language skills in reading, listening, vocabulary and grammar. It does not test writing and speaking and for this reason cannot be used as a reliable testing tool, especially for placement purposes. We recommend that the PC test be used only for students at the end of Elementary level and above.

 

English Language and Communication Framework

At the Lebanon Academy, a series of English Language and Communication programs have been tailored to suit professionals, high school and university graduates. The English language levels are derived from internationally recognized frameworks: the Association of Language Testers of Europe (ALTE) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The table below outlines the relationship between the Lebanon Academy English Language and Communication levels, the courses and the CEFR and ALTE levels.

 

CEFR

(Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

 

ALTE LEVELS

(Association of Language Testers in Europe)

 

Lebanon ACADEMY ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION LEVELS

Lebanon ACADEMY ENGLISH LANGUAGE

AND

COMMUNICATION COURSES

 

GENERAL ENGLISH

GENERAL BUSINESS ENGLISH LEVELS

ACADEMIC PATHWAY

ENGLISH FOR THE CORPORATE WORLD

 

0

0

Pre-Beginner

-Foundation/ Starter 1

-Foundation/ Starter 2

-Foundation/ Starter 1

-Foundation/ Starter 2

     

A1

0

Beginner

Level 1

Level 2

Level 1

Level 2

 

A2

1

Elementary

Level 3

Level 4

Level 3

Level 4

Independent Level

 

B1

2

Lower-Intermediate / Intermediate

Level 5

Level 6

Level 5

Level 6

 

Custom-made to meet client needs

 

B2

3

Upper- Intermediate

Level 7

Level 8

Level 7

Level 8

 

C1

4

Advanced

Level 9 +

Level 9 +

   

C2

5

Very Advanced

     

 

* It is common for learners to display huge disparities in ability levels for different skill areas. The staff of the English Language and Communication Department at the Lebanon Academy take this into consideration when placing students in appropriate classes.