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English language courses

English language Courses at Coleg Gwent International, South Wales

English language courses

 
We offer a range of English language courses.  Here's a guide, for more information contact us


English as a Foreign Language

Whether you are an adult wanting to improve your English skills or you use English for work and study and need to improve your spoken and written communication, we have a course to suit you.

EFL is a rolling programme where students can enrol from September up to May on a number of part time courses and from September to January for the full time course. The enrolment dates depend on the suitability and availability of the course.  

Please enquire if you can start the course today on + 44 (0)1633 466022.

  • Courses run from September 2016 – June 2017 
  • Maximum class size: 18

  • Age range: International students 17+  EU/Home students 16+

 

Academic Skills/ IELTSQualification: College Certificate AND possible IELTS qualificationLocation: City of Newport CampusDuration: 1 - 30 weeksHours per week: 4 hoursClass days/ times: Tuesday/ Thursday 10:00am- 12:00pmFees peracademic year: £500External exam fee: from £150Cost of course book: approximately £22 IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. This examination is recognised by governments, universities and employers around the world as a measure of your formal skills and language ability in reading, writing, speaking and listening. This course is also ideal for those who wish to improve their reading, writing and presentation skills for academic purposes.There is an examination every month at our university exam centre in Cardiff University. If you study with us Coleg Gwent will help you book your final examination in June. If you wish to take an examination before this date (or at any other time) you will need to do so as a private candidate directly with the university.

 

Speaking & Listening SkillsQualification: College Certificate Location: City of Newport Campus Level: Mixed Duration: 1 - 30 weeks Hours per week: 2 hours Class days/ times : Monday 3:00pm- 5:00pm Fees per academic year: £250 Alongside the reading, research and writing aspects of academic study, it is important to be able to understand others and communicate in a variety of informal and professional contexts. The Speaking and listening skills course will enable you to hone your skills in all aspects of such communication including training in listening to lectures, note-taking, leading debates, expressing and discussing opinions, conducting PowerPoint presentations, participating in seminars and much more.

 

General English Mixed Lower LevelQualification:  College Certificate
Location:  City of Newport Campus
Level:   Pre-intermediate/intermediate
Duration:  1-30 weeks
Hours per week: 4 hours
Time of study:  Monday and Wednesday 1.00-3.00pm
Mode of Learning: Part time
Student to purchase course book approx. £22

If you are pre-intermediate level, you have quite a good vocabulary and you can talk about yourself, your family, your work, your interests, your home town and your life in the UK. You now need to build some more topics into your vocabulary and you need to start using your language more formally.

You are also ready to build your skills in all areas of communication.If you are intermediate level, you have a good understanding of language and a reasonable grasp of what to do with it grammatically. You feel confident in some areas, like home and work, but you need to move on to more formal situations. You also need to improve your confidence in grammar – not only how to use a word but why we use it. You are also ready to build your confidence and ability in using structures e.g. sequencing and linking, cohesion or arguing.

 

General English Mixed Higher LevelQualification:  College Certificate
Location:  City of Newport Campus
Level:   Upper intermediate/advanced
Duration:  1-30 weeks
Hours per week: 4 hours
Time of study:  Tuesday and Thursday 1.00-3.00pm
Mode of Learning: Part time
Student to purchase course book approx. £22

At upper-intermediate level, you now have the language you need, the grammatical knowledge and the skills to do most of your daily tasks in a variety of situations. However, you may find that some days you can do anything and some days you can’t. You need confidence and skills in applying what you know every time you need them and not just on a good day. Your key challenges this year would be consistency, consolidation and confidence. At advanced level, you are doing extremely well in English. You feel confident in most areas, you are moving up in your career and handling life in the UK with few difficulties at all. However, you don’t quite have the nuance of language to discuss more emotional, psychological, moral, political or philosophical points.

Advanced level training helps you approach and develop skills to handle this higher level of communication and by taking the General English option you can do this with a great deal of flexibility and fun.

 

General English - Beginner/ElementaryQualification:  College Certificate
Location:  City of Newport Campus
Level:   Beginner/Elementary
Duration:  1 - 30 weeks
Hours per week: 3 hours
Time of study: Wednesday 5.00-8.00pm
Mode of Learning: Part time
Student to purchase course book approx. £22

If you are a beginner, you can tell me your name and you can tell me where you come from. But you can’t tell me much more. As a beginner, you need lots of new words. You need to learn how to say the words, how to write the words and how to use the words. You find all the skills hard in English. You cannot talk to people very well. Beginner class helps you with all these problems.If you are elementary, you can tell me some information about yourself and your family. You still need lots of new words and you still need help using them. You recognise more words now, but you may not use them yet. You can write things down and you can read and answer questions. Elementary class helps you build all your words and skills, so that you can do more every day.

 

General English - Pre-Intermediate Qualification:  College Certificate with optional Key English Test (KET)
Location:  City of Newport Campus
Level:   Pre-intermediate
Duration:  1 - 30 weeks
Hours per week: 3 hours
Time of study: Mondays 4.00-7.00pm
Mode of Learning: Part time
External Exam Fee: approx. £90
Student to purchase course book approx. £22

KET is the Key English Test from Cambridge. This exam it taken when you are reading to take on more formal English training which will include reading strategies, grammar rules, spelling tests and much more. It is a great first exam to experience what exams are like and to get your first formal qualification from Cambridge.

 

General English - Intermediate Qualification:  College Certificate with optional Preliminary English Test (PET)?
Location:  City of Newport Campus
Level:   Intermediate
Duration:  1 – 30 weeks
Hours per week: 3 hours
Time of study: Thursdays 3.00-6.00pm
Mode of Learning: Part time
External Exam Fee: approx. £90
Student to purchase course book approx. £22

PET stands for the Preliminary English Test. This is the first Cambridge examination that shows your ability in English on a recognised scale. It covers the strong pre-intermediate and intermediate levels. Some aspects of the examination are harder than others, so we recommend our intermediate students take this exam. You will choose this option if you are starting to communicate quite well in familiar situations and you feel confident with a reasonable amount of vocabulary and grammar, but you’re not so good in unfamiliar situations yet. The minimum entry for a PET course is an IELTS 4.5 or equivalent.

 

First Certificate in English (FCE)Qualification:  Certificate
Level:   Upper intermediate
Location:  City of Newport Campus
Duration:  1 -30 weeks
Hours per week: 3 hours
Time of study:  Tuesdays 5.00-8.00pm
Mode of Learning: Part time
External Exam Fee: approx. £120
Student to purchase course book approx. £22

FCE stands for the First Certificate of English. This is the upper intermediate level of English and means that you feel quite confident about using English in a lot of different formal and informal contexts but maybe you are still anxious about certain points of grammar, certain vocabulary groups or certain skills. The FCE examination tests your ability in reading, writing, speaking, listening and English usage, so there is plenty of time during this training to build your knowledge and ability as well as your confidence. To enter this level you must have a minimum of an Academic IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

 

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)Qualification:  Certificate
Level:   Advanced
Location:  City of Newport Campus
Duration:  1 - 30 weeks
Hours per week: 3 hours
Time of study:  Wednesdays 5.00-8.00pm
Mode of Learning: Part time
External Exam Fee: approx. £120
Student to purchase course book approx. £22

CAE stands for the Cambridge Advanced Examination. This is a very high level of English knowledge and ability. At this level, you know a very wide base of vocabulary and can use language appropriately in formal and informal, familiar and unfamiliar situations. You may need to check a word or two, and you will be keen to develop your confidence in certain areas e.g. formal report writing or producing an article, but overall you are able to cope with your personal and professional needs in English very well. To enter this level you must have a minimum of Academic IELTS 7.0 or an FCE certificate.

 

Certificate of Proficiency English (CPE)Qualification:  Certificate
Level:   Proficiency
Location:  City of Newport Campus
Duration:  1 -30 weeks
Hours per week: 3 hours
Time of study:  Evening hours
Mode of Learning: Part time
Applicants can apply for September 2015

CPE stands for the Cambridge Proficiency Examination. This is the highest level of training you can receive. The examination prepares you for near-native use of the English language and you are tested on your knowledge of and ability in reading, writing, speaking, listening and English Usage. There is opportunity to study literature, enter into formal discussions and write extended academic reports. To enter this level, you must have a minimum of Academic IELTS 8.0 or a CAE certificate.

 

 

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