Begin your English language adventures at ES Dubai

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 study English for the fun of learning, our General English courses will help you achieve your personal objective.

  • Courses offered:

    All year round

  • Levels available:

    Beginner to Advanced

  • Timetables:

    • - 9.00am to 11.45am
    • - 12.00pm to 3.00pm
    • - 3.15pm to 6.00pm
  • Class size:

    Average 10 students per class, maximum 18.

  • Study options:

    15 or 30 lessons per week

  • Teachers:

    Native, qualified instructors

Placement & Assessment

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.

Student Progress

ES Dubai measures its students’ progress in the following ways:

BI-WEEKLY PROGRESS TESTS (Minimum pass rate - 80%)

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 Test (Minimum pass rate - 80%)

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.

End of Course Exam (Minimum pass rate - 80%)

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Speaking Assessments and Monitoring

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.

Individual Student Reports (ISR)

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.

Student Progression

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.

IELTS 6-7
CEFR C1

ADVANCED

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.

IELTS 5-6
CEFR B2

UPPER-INTERMEDIATE

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.

IELTS 4-5
CEFR B1

INTERMEDIATE

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.

IELTS 3-4
CEFR A2

PRE-INTERMEDIATE

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.

IELTS 2-3
CEFR A1

ELEMENTARY

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.

evel duration:
6 weeks intensive or 12 weeks
semi-intensive

Our Methodology

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 don’t say it, our students do!

We carry out regular teacher evaluations and our students consistently rate their courses and teachers 4.8 and above.

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