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“We teach them the everyday language they are going to hear and experience, outside of school.”

COURSE OVERVIEW

The course is designed for advanced students who are looking for a more innovative approach to English and are interested in mastering the language of their generation. Non-standard, contemporary English is taught and practised in REAL contexts and situations. The unique course content and focus makes it a fantastic experience.

CRICOS CODE 070883B
DURATION 12 weeks
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Intermediate-Advanced
LEVELS The Real English (RE) program is a 3 level program offered at Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced levels. Each level takes 12 weeks to complete. Midterm and end of term exams are conducted every six weeks.
COURSE AIM The RE course is a unique and modern course with an award winning course book designed for students wishing to enhance their language skills in a fun, active and creative way. On completion of the course students should be able to proceed to the next level. The RE classes also form a basis for students to move on to more specialised areas such as IELTS Test Preparation.

 

How does Real English help?

– Our students effectively engage in open discussions with their classmates, teachers and staff.

– We encourage open conversations with people in their community, in both public and private spheres.

– Students get involved and become more interested while continuing to improve their general language skills

Why does CTIC have their own Real English course book?

 – The difficulty with using a lot of international course books is that they are generic and not necessarily aimed at the Australian English language students.  

 – Real English is centered around life in Australia as well as incorporating social media from around the world to give students a better, more well-rounded course to learn, live and love Sydney. 

COURSE WORK The RE1 and RE2 classes are also based on the New Cutting Edge series of course books but are used along with Real English modules specially created for the course. The RE3 class has its own course book.
COMPLETION Students are given an exit test and receive a certificate stating the level of their course and competencies across reading, writing, listening and speaking.
ASSESSMENTS On entry into the College the student takes a verbal and written placement test which determines their English level and the class to which they are best suited. Students are given progress tests every 6 weeks to help them understand and improve their performance. Classroom performance is also monitored and further recommendations are made on areas requiring attention as well as ways to improve them. Students are tested on speaking, listening, reading, grammar and writing.

 CONTACT HOURS

morning-sessions-icon Morning Sessions: Monday to Thursday evening-sessions-icon Evening Sessions: Monday to Friday
08:45 am – 10:25 am Lesson 1 (10:25 am – 10:40 am Tea Break) 4:45pm – 6:45pm Lesson 1 (6:45-7:00pm Break)
10:40 am – 12:15 pm Lesson 2 (12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch Break) 7:00pm – 9:00pm Lesson 2
12:45 pm – 14:30 pm Lesson 3

 SAMPLE TIMETABLE

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY
Specialist Day Competitive Day Skill Day Activity Day
SESSION 1 Revision
Neutral Accent
Vocabulary building Major skill analysis Vocabulary building and grammar skills
SESSION 2 Listening and reading skills Vocabulary Trivia
Grammar skills
Major skill analysis Presentation/Skills workshop
SESSION 3 English in the workplace Grammar through competition and dialogue Elective Competitive Activity

LEVELS

The level you have achieved is based on the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:  Common Reference Levels.

B1: Threshold level*

Intermediate Level

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2: Vantage level*

Upper Intermediate Level

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can 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.
C1: Advanced level*

Advanced Level

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

GRADES

LEVEL LISTENING READING SPEAKING WRITING
REAL ENGLISH 3
C1
Is able to understand extended lectures as well as conversations between several native speakers easily.

Is able to understand a wide variety of digital media, the news, documentary and current affairs programs without much strain.

Is able to understand and answer a varied range of question types on long and complex factual and literary texts without much strain.

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization.

Can express themself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
Can use language flexibly and effectively in a variety of social, professional and academic purposes. Is able to express themselves fluently without obvious searching of expressions.
Can 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.
REAL ENGLISH 2
B2
Is able to understand the main ideas of conversations and lectures on a varied range of topics.

Is able to be relatively at ease listening to the news, current affairs programs and digital media in standard dialect.

Is able to identify different types of reading material.

Is able to read and answer questions about current issues within newspaper, magazine and journal articles.

Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
REAL ENGLISH 1
B1
Is able to understand the main points of a conversation on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school and on social occasions, on television or radio and digital media, provided the delivery is relatively slow and clear.. Is able to understand and answer questions related to texts that consist mainly of standard everyday or job-related language.

Is able to understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc..

Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.

Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. Can interact with native speakers with minor comprehension problems. Can describe and link ideas in a simple way.

Student assessment demonstrates knowledge of important facts and ideas and applied key ideas in relation to the course learning outcomes. Can produce essays, reports and research work consistent with a satisfactory performance. Work produced demonstrates a competent level of performance in written English and in the core study tasks.