To be a fluent user of English, BROWNS English Language School (BROWNS) believes that a student needs to be exposed to, and practice extensively, the four skills and four systems that make up English. BROWNS’ personalised Intensive General English course is a bespoke program that allows students to be placed into different classes (Active8) depending on their English proficiency.
Therefore, BROWNS‘ CORE classes use a course-book based syllabus that integrates the eight skills and systems. This ensures that the student receives a balanced learning diet. Each week, students are provided a revision test that checks student understanding across the systems and skills so that students can have a more accurate measure of their progress as well.
In BROWNS‘ CORE classes, students will learn the language in context through topics such as relationships, life events, holidays, travel, work, and culture. Classes are designed to be motivating and hands-on. BROWNS believes the more active you are in the class, the more likely you are to improve, so your lessons at BROWNS are interactive, relaxed, and fun whilst remaining focused with clear learning outcomes for you to achieve.
In BROWNS’ Active8 classes, there is a focus on each language skill or system individually to provide further opportunity for students to improve. On the first day at BROWNS, students take the BROWNS Online Placement Test (BOPT) which allows BROWNS to assess the student’s level for each skill and system and place them in each Active8 class accordingly. As a student’s skills may not be at the same proficiency level across all eight systems and skills, this system allows BROWNS to pinpoint student weaknesses and strengths and ensure they are working at the right challenge level for each system and skill.
In BROWNS‘ Accelerate Further Learning Programme, they take this one step further by providing individually tailored advice on areas for improvement for each student based on his/her class-work. By targeting student’s individual needs and gaps in their language learning, BROWNS helps them achieve more rapid progress and empowers them to take control of their learning. Each week, a student’s CORE teacher will provide new written recommendations for each student’s further study, using the BROWNS Passport system. Students are then asked to use the BROWNS rich resource library to act on this advice. The library is categorised by level and Active8 skill or system.