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Which course for me?

Naturally, you want to improve your English. But which course will be best for you?
In this short guide, we explain our courses in greater detail and offer some simple advice about how to choose a course that will be useful for you.

If you are still unsure after reading this, do feel free to contact us using the box on the right. We will be very happy to answer your questions and give advice.


First, some general questions to ask yourself
Before choosing a course, you should have good idea of why you want to study English, and of your strengths and weaknesses. Do you need English for your job, for studying, for socializing, or are you simply interested in English?

Try to be specific about your needs. If you need English for your job, think carefully about what exactly you need to do in English – answer the phone, write memos, talk to colleagues, and so on. Think which are most important to you.

You should also have an idea of your strengths and weaknesses. Different students have very different abilities. For example, some people are good at listening but poor at writing. There are some good online tests you can do to help you understand what your strong and weak areas are.

Which level?
For most courses you will be placed in a class according to your results in the SPACE English Course Entrance Examination or the SPACE Business English Entry Test. This is to ensure that students study in classes with classmates whose English is of a similar level.

(Bear in mind, however, that different students will have different strengths and weaknesses, and you may notice that some of your classmates will be stronger or weaker than you in specific areas.)

Business of General English?
Business English courses focus on English as it is used in workplace situations. General English courses look at English in many different situations, both formal and informal: work, study, socializing, travel and so on.

If you have a specific need to improve a workplace language skill, then a Business English course may be your best choice.

On the other hand, if you want to improve your overall level of English and feel you may need to communicate in many different situations, a General English course could be the one for you.

Long or short courses?
Long courses can help you to improve your general standard of English. It takes many hours of study to make a measurable improvement in your level of English so patience and perseverancenoun the effort and determination to do something that is difficult, especially over a long period are needed.

Learning a language is a long-distance event, a marathon in fact. Remember, people who speak or write English well have put in many hours of hard work over a number of years. There are no short cutnoun a road or path that is shorter and quicker than the normal route; a quick way of doing somethings.

Having said this, short courses can help you focus on a particular skill that you may need, or a particular area in which you think you are weak. This can be very useful too.

Over the summer months we run some short courses while the longer courses are taking a break. This allows students to keep up their studies and avoid going ‘rustyadjective need practice in a skill because you have forgotten it’ during the holidays.

Short courses can also give prospectiveadjective describes someone who you expect to do something - e.g. a prospective customer students a taste of what it is like to study English at SPACE. They will get an idea of the methods we use and our style of teaching.
 
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