English Tution Programme
The responsibility of the recruitment, training and support of teaching staff is undertaken by our highly experienced and qualified teaching team from our Ace Camps head office in Coventry. Before our centre opens our teachers will undertake training specific to our courses.
Our Teaching Coordinator will work closely with the centre by offering continued support and guidance throughout the programme. Most of the teachers will be observed at least one day per week by either the Teaching Coordinator or the Director of Studies based at the head office to ensure that our teaching is of the highest quality and our programmes are being delivered consistently by all our teaching staff. Our teaching staff will be interviewed and employed according to three simple but key elements; necessary qualifications, experience and of course personality. Our simple but stringent criteria will ensure that our centre provides engaging and appealing courses which also work effectively to improve our students’ levels of English.
Placement & Grouping
Before the commencement of the course individual students will need to complete a level test upon arrival at the centre. This will give us a guide to which level of class a student will be placed in at our centres. A “paper” test and a brief oral exam may be asked for by those individuals that did not complete an on-line test.
Age, nationality and students’ personal level of communication as well as their language capabilities are factors which will also be looked at when placing students into classes. Whatever the level however, programmes have been created to be challenging and appealing to learners.
Council Of Europe
As part of the Modern Language Project, the Council of Europe has set a range and level of criteria in order to create a standardised Common European Framework of reference for assessment, language learning and teaching. These objectives, methods and assessment in language teaching expressed in the Council of Europe’s frameworks and are used to arrange language syllabuses, exams, textbooks and teaching training programmes throughout Europe. The Framework classifies six levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. It takes into account writing, reading, listening and speaking skills.
The ACE programme takes into account and follows the Common European Framework closely to ensure that our teaching and programmes maintain the standards set by the Council of Europe.
Most students will spend their time during the academic year in their respective countries working on the traditional core skills of the language – reading, writing, grammar etc. We acknowledge that these areas are important to language development and offer structure and focus both for students and teaching staff alike.
However our primary aim on course is to give the students the confidence to communicate in the language with students’ oral communication being the particular area we aim to focus on.
The ACE programme has been created to make best use of the increasing confidence and use of students’ spoken English. ACE programmes intend to create supportive environments for students to develop all the language skills. Our daily programmes differ, taking in an array of subjects with guidance material from reputed English Books. Our lessons and courses are topic-focused ensuring that the material is explicitly focusing on the structural and dynamic elements of the language but is engaging for students offering them focus and offering an incremental evidence of their progress. Attempts on how to develop the speaking and communication skills will be left on the whole to the autonomy of teachers with some general guidance provided for all courses. Lessons will be tailored around a range of issues including examination preparation, traditional language work or let students do project work, literature, social activities and educational excursions.
All our programmes are assessed, evaluated and adapted at the end of the course to make sure that we are always improving our courses for the enjoyment and progress of our students.
At the end of the course all students will be provided with the final diploma which states the dates of the attendance of the course, the level of the course group they were in and finally the level of attainment at the end of the course. Students are usually awarded diplomas at an end-of-course ceremony.