ES courses are designed to help you develop your language and communication skills, improve your English ability to attain a high IELTS score or just allow you to study English for the fun of learning. Our General English courses will help you achieve your personal objectives.
All year round
Beginner to Advanced
Average 10 students per class, maximum 18
15 or 30 lessons per week
Native, qualified instructors
Prior to joining any of our programmes, students are required to take an online placement test which assesses their writing and reading ability. This is used to determine each individual student's study plan. Upon arrival, a thorough speaking assessment finalizes which class the student is to attend and if there is any requirement for additional lessons.
ES Dubai measures its students’ progress in the following ways:
These progress tests are used to monitor progress and are comprised of language focus, functional language, vocabulary and pronunciation based on bi-weekly units. The students’ test results are recorded and appropriate feedback is provided to the student.
Mid-term tests are used to determine the students’ mid-way course progress. This is a paper test comprised of grammar focus, functional language, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading and writing based on the first half of the course book’s content. Our instructors record results and provide individual student reports before the end of the test week, to be given to students, stakeholders, agents and/or parents.
The End of Course exam is used to determine if the student has mastered the skills and fluency of their current level. It guides the instructor’s decision as to whether the student is ready to progress to the next level or not. The paper test is comprised of grammar focus, functional language, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading and writing based on the course book’s entire content. An individual student report is completed and feedback is provided to advise the students on their level transfer, if successful.
Weekly monitoring and assessment of our students’ speaking ensures their aptitude in the general English-speaking world. Our individual student reports provide an assessment overview of the students’ pronunciation, range of grammar and vocabulary, as well as the overall fluency for their level. Students cannot progress to the following level without successfully adhering to these essential criteria.
ISRs provide individual feedback to the students halfway through the course and at the end of their level. They indicate whether the student is ready to move up a level or not and also provide information about the student's test results throughout the entire course. The reports also give feedback on their level of speaking, attitude to learning, attendance and class participation. The ISRs allow the instructor to best advise the students’ progress.
At ES Dubai, we use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to determine our students’ English level. There are six levels, ranging from A1 (Elementary) to C2 (Proficiency) and we offer an additional beginner level for students who have never studied English before.
The hours per level have been devised as per the Cambridge English guidelines, in terms of recommended guided learning hours. Each level at ES Dubai consists of 180 lessons of 45 minutes each, plus self-study recommended time of an additional 45 hours over the course of 12 weeks if studying semi-intensively, and 6 weeks if following the intensive programme.
The student is able to analyse and interpret subject specific texts and synthesize complex information. The student has acquired greater autonomy and has developed critical thinking, as well as building key academic vocabulary.
The student is able to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. The student will also be able to produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
The student is able to understand the main points of clear, standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school and leisure, as well as produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. The student can also describe experiences and events and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
The student can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). The student can also describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
The student understands and uses familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type, as well as being able to introduce himself/herself and others and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
At ES we use Cutting Edge, which is a communicative course with a task-based approach that helps students achieve their learning objectives.
We also use Active Teach in every classroom (a digital version of the student book), which allows teachers to use the interactive smart boards more effectively and to provide students more engaging and didactic lessons.
We carry out regular teacher evaluations and our students consistently rate their courses and teachers 4.8 and above.