Courses

At this institution we have lots of courses to help you learn English fast. If you want to learn English, we have a course for you!
Our academic team will plan and structure your English course to ensure that it is varied, stimulating and challenging. The course is specifically designed to help you reach your goals.

Curriculum:

SHABAKA curriculum helps students learn English quickly. We provide Language Coaches to teach language rules and provide practice through tasks and exercise. Classes are interesting and fast-paced. We train students in four language skills in different levels to achieve the following output:

  • Reading: Students will be able to read and understand text books in English.
  • Listening: Students will be able to actively listen and understand.
  • Writing: Students will be able to successfully communicate in written.
  • Speaking: Students will be able to effectively communicate and give presentations in English.

English Language Levels

At SHABAKA Training you will study in a class with other students who are at the same level of English as you. On your first day at institution, you will be given a test in grammar, writing and speaking (don’t worry: it’s quite informal!) and you will join your class later that day or the next day.
Then you will move up, in consultation with your teacher and the Director of Studies, as you make progress.
In our institution, the levels go from Elementary to Advanced. Each level is roughly equivalent to an IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or Cambridge Examinations.

Elementary Level:

Students will achieve the followings English skills:

  • Reading: Understand short texts in simple language and find specific information in timetables, menus and advertisements.
  • Writing: Fill in forms with personal details, write short notes and messages, holiday postcards and simple personal letters.
  • Listening: Understand basic personal information and information about the local area, e.g. shopping, travel and employment. To understand main points of clear simple messages and announcements.
  • Speaking: Ask and answer simple questions on familiar topics. To describe the place where you live, family members and people you know. To talk simply about education and jobs.
  • Grammar: Use Simple Present and Past Simple tenses, Present Continuous, Present Perfect. Possessives, Adjectives, Can/Can’t, Some/Any, There is/There are, How much/How many, Adverbs of frequency, Prepositions of place and time, Comparatives and Superlatives.
  • Vocabulary Topics: Use simple vocabulary connected with Travel, Food, Houses, Cities, Family, Possessions, Jobs and Education.
  • Other: Pronounce English sounds correctly and the correct pronunciation of vocabulary and verb endings.

Pre-Intermediate Level

Students will achieve the followings English skills:

  • Reading: Understand basic language and descriptions of events and feelings and wishes in personal letters.
  • Writing: Write personal letters describing impressions, feelings and experiences and to write simple sentences about familiar topics.
  • Listening: Understand the main points of radio programmes on current affairs and familiar topics when the speech is clear and slow, and to be able to understand clear speech on subjects such as Work, School and Leisure.
  • Speaking: Talk about familiar topics and to give explanations and reasons for opinions, past actions and future plans. Also to recount the story of a book or film and deal with most situations in an English-speaking environment.
  • Grammar: Revise and extend all previous grammar points plus Passives, Relative Clauses, Future forms, Used to, Active and State verbs.
  • Vocabulary Topics: Extend vocabulary connected with Leisure, Work and Employment, Entertainment, Travel, Home, and Money. Adjectives to describe character, relationships, feelings, opposites and negative adjectives.
  • Other: Use correct pronunciation of vocabulary.

Intermediate Level

Students will achieve the followings English skills:

  • Reading: Read authentic texts from many sources, such as newspapers, magazines and literature. Read quickly both for general understanding and for specific details, and also to read more thoroughly for better comprehension.
  • Writing: Write both formal and informal letters describing impressions and feelings, experiences and events. Write descriptive texts and narratives and reports on a range of subjects.
  • Listening: Listen to a variety of material from interviews with real people, radio programmes, songs and lectures. Listen both for general understanding and more detail.
  • Speaking: Discuss familiar topics in some detail and speak confidently with native speakers. You will also learn to give your own opinions and discuss advantages and disadvantages.
  • Grammar: Use a variety of grammatical tenses – Present and Past Simple and Continuous, Present Perfect Simple and Continuous, and Modal verbs. Conditionals and Reported Speech.
  • Vocabulary Topics: Use vocabulary connected with Sports and Leisure, Art, Music and Literature, the Weather, Travel and words connected with Birth Marriage and Death as well as formal and informal vocabulary.
  • Other: Use social expressions, and informal language, take telephone messages and make suggestions.

Upper-Intermediate Level

Students will achieve the followings English skills:

  • Reading: Understand complex literary and factual texts in different styles.
  • Writing: Write letters, essays and reports in appropriate style about complex subjects. Express your own point of view in a well-structured manner.
  • Listening: Understand most TV programmes and films in other accents and understand long and complex speech.
  • Speaking: Speak fluently and communicate effectively both socially and professionally. Relate your ideas and opinions to those of other speakers, develop arguments and talk about complex subjects.
  • Grammar: Review and extend previously learned grammar structures, plus Future Continuous and Future Perfect, Wishes, Quantifiers, Modals of deduction, Verbs + ing and the Infinitive.
  • Vocabulary Topics: Use vocabulary connected with Education, Crime and Punishment, the Environment, Business and Trade, Money, Entertainment, Phrasal verbs, Connectors, Exaggeration, Compound adjectives, Work and Business collocations, Colloquial words and phrases, Connectors, Synonyms, Homonyms and Idioms.
  • Other: Be better equipped to deal with real-world situations.

Advanced Level

Students will achieve the followings English skills:

  • Reading: Use a variety of texts including extracts from newspapers, magazines, non-literary books and brochures. Focus on exam tasks of multiple matching and gapped texts.
  • Writing: Write formal and informal letters, notes, messages, reviews, reports, brochures and articles. Transcribe from formal to informal and vice versa.
  • Listening: Understand a variety of listening texts, including announcements, radio broadcasts, telephone messages, talks, lectures, interviews and meetings featuring a mixture of native and non-native speakers.
  • Speaking: Discuss, agree, disagree, agree to disagree, language of approximation, compare and contrast, give opinions and problem solve.
  • Grammar: Review of all previously learned grammar and extend with Substitution/Ellipsis, Adding emphasis with inversion.
  • Vocabulary Topics: Use vocabulary connected with Science and Medicine, Competitive sports, Leisure activities, Business and Idiomatic language.
  • Other: EXAM FOCUS – exam practice.

Business English

The aim of this course is to provide an accessible introduction to key concepts in today’s business world. Together with your teacher you will discuss your English language learning priorities and the core professional skills you wish to focus on.
Emphasis is placed on communication tasks, which give students the opportunity to practise fluency and build confidence in business situations. The list of main topics is by no means exhaustive and can be adapted to cover other topics which students would like to focus on.
You may also want to achieve further success with a recognised qualification that will make you an asset as an employee.

The learning Cycle

Together we identify the right English course for you at SHABAKA Training and establish your language requirements.

  • We will establish your level of English and show you how to progress
  • We will correct, secure and develop what you have already learnt
  • We will advance your overall level
  • We will make your passive knowledge active
  • We will build your confidence in your English use

During your Course

  1. We will establish your level of English and show you how to progress
    • We will give you a placement test to assess accurately your English language ability. By knowing this we can place you in the right class with other students of the same level. In class you will improve step by step and your teachers will monitor your progress and show you what you need to do in order to progress.
  2. We will correct, secure and develop what you already know
    • When you arrive, you will bring with you the English you already know. We will check this knowledge and consolidate it, making sure that you don’t have any gaps in your knowledge and ensure that you do not repeat common mistakes.
  3. We will advance your overall level
    • We will teach you the new language skills you need. Your course will give you the grammar, vocabulary and the language skills you need to improve your level or to move from one level to the next according to the length of your stay.
  4. We will make your passive knowledge active
    • Some of your English knowledge will be slow to access: it may be accessible enough for your Reading and Writing skills but not fast enough for Speaking and Listening. An important part of all SHABAKA Training courses is making this passive knowledge active so that your Speaking and Listening skills are greatly improved and you have much more language that is immediately accessible. We maximise your ability to use all the English you know and are learning.
  5. We will build your confidence in your English usage
    • Using a language is a skill and like any skill the more confidence you have the better you are. We will give you lots of opportunities to practise all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening). At SHABAKA Training you will be continually interacting with other English speakers to improve any language weakness you may have. We work hard on your English and like other SHABAKA Training students before you, you will leave feeling confident, energised and in the best position to learn English.
  6. Our Open-Door Policy
    • The SHABAKA Training Director of Studies has an ‘open-door’ policy – students are welcome to discuss any aspect of their course at any time

Who are these courses for?

Our courses are for students of any age, and are suitable for students who wish to improve their General English for personal reasons, professional reasons, or for future studies in English.