Blog - MT Idiomes
We are temporarily suspending face-to-face classes at our schools, but the courses will continue online.
New measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 have just been announced by the authorities. These measures clearly affect extra-curricular activities and so we find ourselves with no choice but to temporarily suspend face-to-face classes at our schools. But that doesn’t mean that our courses have to stop.
We will be in touch with the families as soon as possible to explain how the online course works.
From Monday 23 November, we’re back to face-to-face classes at all the schools in Catalonia /at our school.
The official publication of the DOGC (Catalonian Government Press Release) for the De-escalation Plan, confirms the return to face-to-face classes in groups with a maximum of 6 students.
The De-escalation plan presented by the authorities consists of 4 progressive phases and it will be extended, renewed or reviewed every two weeks, depending on how the pandemic evolves.
We are happy to announce that the enrolment period for our 2020-2021 English courses is now open. In these uncertain times it is important to invest in yourself and learning English is a great way to improve your curriculum and make you a more valuable asset to your current/future employer.
Studying English is not like other hobbies. Learning a new language helps you to grow as a person. It allows you to communicate with more people internationally. It gives you new perspectives on life and a deeper understanding of different cultures.
It is possible that the 2020-2021 course will be affected by government regulations regarding new Covid-19 outbreaks. We are ready for all eventualities. We have already been running our English courses online for the last 3 months and we are very happy with the results. In general the experience has been very positive for students and teacher. Teachers have reported students being very engaged in the classes and the progress of learning has been very similar to that in the classroom. So, in the worst case scenario, we will be able to continue offering you top quality English classes throughout the whole course.
What are you waiting for?
Sign up now to one of our great English courses and start your road to improvement!
This weekend about 80 of our students have tested their level of English by taking our Mock FCE exam. This year we ran 8 different sessions over 2 days in both our Cerdanyola and our Ripollet academy.
The First certificate exam is an official exam organised by Cambridge to prove that you have a B2 level. It is the most internationally recognised exam for this level partly because of its history but largely because of how demanding it is. Over the course of 4 hours students have to complete 4 sections testing their abilities in speaking, reading, listening and understanding of the grammatical structures of the language. Passing this exam allows students to enrol in certain University courses, enrol on study abroad programs such as the Erasmus program or other grants, like the one offered by the Fundación Amancio Ortega, which has been granted to two of our students for the course 2020-2021.It also makes their CV more appealing to potential employees and shows a future employee that they can operate in an all English environment.
We carry out the First certificate mock exam now in February to give our students practice for the real exam and an idea of how ready they are to sit for the official FCE exam at the end of the English courses in June.
Once again we attended the annual Exams Catalunya conference.
It is a special day organised by Exams Catalunya for English teacher in the Barcelona area. The aim of the conference is to give English teachers new ideas and strategies to improve their classes as well as trainings on the latest trends in English language teaching.
The conference covers a wide range of topics including; Enhancing your classroom with drama, Everyone has a story to tell, vocabulary revision games.
This year we took 6 of our English teachers in total, 3 teachers from our Cerdanyola academy and 3 teachers from our Ripollet academy.
We are also pleased to inform you that Mireia Lopez, one of our most experience coordinators, and Anna Barrett, one of our most experienced teachers were actually invited to run one of the workshops called ‘Everyone has a story to tell’. The feedback from their workshop has been extremely positive. Well done!
This summer a record number of 68 of our students sat for an Official English Cambridge Exam . Most of them sat for the First Certificate exam – FCE, but we also had a large percentage who sat for the Advanced exam – CAE and a few who sat for the PET and the Proficiency Exams.
We are very pleased to announce that more than 87% of our students who sat for these exams passed!
While studying English is not about passing Exams it is becoming increasingly important for students to be able to demonstrate their level of English to be allowed to enrol on certain University courses or to be invited for a job interview. Therefore, having the First Certificate or the Advanced certificate opens many doors and in some ways gives our students a brighter future and this makes us very proud.
Once again, congratulations to all of our students who, having studied English with us for so many years, can now proudly show that they have achieved the PET, the First Certificate – FCE, the Advanced Certificate – CAE and the Proficiency Certificate – CPE. Well done!
We are very excited to have started the new course with such an enthusiastic and dedicated team of English teachers. We have completed all the per-course trainings to ensure that your English classes this course will be as dynamic and engaging as ever.
All of our teachers are very excited to be starting the new course and are full of energy to help you to improve your level of English. English classes should be fun and enjoyable, and we have worked and will continue to work very hard with our teachers to ensure that they give the best English classes.
We are starting our new course and we are very pleased to be able to present our team of English teachers for the 2019-2020 course.
They have completed all the pre-course training and have started full of energy and commitment. Studying English should be fun and exciting, and we have put a lot of emphasis on that when selecting our teams and training them.
For all of us teaching is our passion and we are never happier than when we are in the classroom. We are sure that your English classes this year will be better than ever!
On the 9th of February our pedagogical team along with some of our teachers attended the most prestigious conference for English Language Teachers in Barcelona and probably in Europe. The International House conference is an English language teaching conference for teachers, managers and teacher trainers and it is a great way for our team to keep in touch with the latest trends and developments in the English language teaching world.
At the conference we attended seminars on topics such as:
- How to teach writing in a dynamic way
- How to motivate teenager
- Using mobile technology for interactive tasks
- Collaborative activities, techniques and tools to develop students’ productive skills
Obviously this conference is a great way of inspiring us and our teachers to aim at making our classes even better. We use the suggestions and the recommendations that we get from the experts in the field of English language teaching to prepare weekly trainings for the rest of our team of teachers. Thus ensuring that our whole team evolves and improves their teaching style over time.
Even if you are doing something well you can always do it better.
Thank you International House for another great and inspiring conference!