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What to expect from your course

Welcome (back) to the British Council!

Here is some important information to talk through with your child before they start their first class. It will help them understand what is expected of them and reassure them that they will enjoy the course.

On your course you will;

  • have fun and make friends!
  • develop your language skills while doing a variety of communicative activities!
  • develop life skills such as digital literacy, creativity and student leadership!
  • complete collaborative projects!
  • learn to reflect on your progress!
  • be supported by your teachers if you have any problems! 

The expectations of the classroom are that you will:

  • bring your course magazine, notebook and folder each week (given to you by the teacher)
  • bring stationery each week
  • participate in class.
  • be nice to your classmates and your teachers.
  • put your hand up to speak.
  • try to speak with your classmates and teachers in English.
  • ask your teachers if you don't understand or don't know something in English.
  • not shout or run in class.
  • not eat or drink in class (a bottle of water is ok) except at breaktime.
  • talk to your teacher if you have a problem of any kind.

The structure of the class may go something like this:

  • greet each other and your teacher and prepare yourself for class
  • review rules of the classroom, check homework and/or review language learnt in a previous class through a game or activity.
  • learn new language introduced in the course magazine through reading/listening texts or videos.
  • practise the language through games/activities or exercises from the course magazine.
  • produce new language in speaking or writing activities and during the final project of the magazine.
  • reflect on your learning during the class.

There will be one 15-minute break when you can eat your snack, go to the bathroom, and talk with your friends. 

To practise English at home try;

     - Talk about the texts you read or listened to! What were they about?

     - Did you learn any words? What words do you remember? What do they mean?

     - Did you practise new grammar? Can you use it to tell your family something in English?

     - What did you do for your final project?

What do you do if there's a fire alarm?

  • Stay calm - your teachers will look after you.
  • Listen to your teacher’s instructions.
  • Follow your teacher.
  • Walk, don’t run.
  • Don't take your bag or jacket.
  • Remain at the meeting point until your teacher says so.