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a) Reading is an active skill – it involves guessing, predicting, checking and making sense of a text starting from the very title of the topic.
b) Reading, an individual skill, should be done silently in order to enable you to become more confident.
c) It is our aim to make you familiar with authentic texts from prominent specialised textbooks, the media, scientific, business and professional publications because they enhance interest and motivation.
d) Reading is connected to the other skills – because in everyday life we usually talk or write about the information we got through reading.
The writing tasks at our courses at Excalibur include taking notes, drafting letters and e-mails, writing CVs, summaries, short reports, etc.
a) We provide models and guidelines for these types of written texts, according to your requirements.
b) You have to keep in mind the purpose of writing, and that is the reader.
c) In teaching writing, we maintain an appropriate balance between the process of writing and the product.
a — Lessons at Excalibur are designed around practising fluency and
b — Hence, error correction is connected at practising accuracy. In the end of the activity we correct our most common mistakes
c — Besides the topics you may be interested in, the tasks have a clear purpose for doing the tasks, i.e. the process should result in a product.
d — All types of interaction patterns are represented: pair work, group work, as well as class discussions, which provide feedback that reminds us about the guidelines in our further practice.
At Excalibur we do not have “lecturers” that “provide” knowledge. We have moderators and instructors that create the need to communicate, regardless of it being spoken or written
Our aim is to prepare you to face real-life situations when listening to native or non-native speakers of English. We are going to illustrate conversations, interviews, short pieces of radio news or longer programmes, mini lectures, etc.
a) Our task is to create the need for you to liste
b) To give you the purpose of the information you receive it listening.
In our mother tongue we don’t even think about why we are listening to something. This is an automatic decision what and how to listen.
English is practised through a principle of three phases:
1. We help you to pre-listen and guess what the listening will be about;
2. To practise while-listening by doing something simultaneously
3. To help you at a post-listening phase to transfer the received information into another format – spoken or written.
We have integrated all your skills and you improved the acquired language.
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