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General English Course

Breaking up the barriers towards the fluency in speaking

General English Course in groups

Learning English in groups provides our students with a wide range of speaking activities as well as gives them much more opportunities to polish up their communicative skills rather than at individual lessons. Effective communication starts with various opinions on different events, topics and situations. In this way the process of learning becomes a productive collaboration for our students who are offered to get involved into a fascinating process of sharing their views on the most actual and up-to-date topics. Studying English is seen as discussing the world around us rather than cramming a list of boring theoretical grammar rules.

What features the course?

The main target of the course is to form communicative skills of fluency and to learn how to speak by means of the process of speaking itself but not through the sessions of drilling only. Students enrich their vocabulary, study the main principles of building up a phrase, from a short word combination to a more complicated sentence, and at the same lesson they practice all new words solving some modeled problematic situations that are highly likely to deal with in modern days.

The lesson structure is based on a non-stop process of students’ communicative collaboration. These are the tasks on speaking and listening comprehension. Step by step they go through a logical chain of creatively designed tasks, work in pairs and in micro groups, have brainstorm sessions, talk in front of the class presenting their ideas or the solutions. Practical approach in learning helps our students to develop their language competence and successfully get rid of communicative barriers.

Intense Speaking practice

Our General English course is based on intense speaking practice which means that primarily our students develop one of the most initial skills – an ability to speak and understand what others say. In terms of grammar each single lesson structure reflects our students’ need in practice, so in this way English grammar is not regarded as a set of theoretical rules that must be learnt by heart without proper practical application.

We offer our students appropriate to their level grammar structures that will be thoroughly used in all forms of speech at the lesson, such as speaking, listening, reading and some wise amount of time will be devoted to using them in written tasks as well.

In order to organize a more effective lesson our teachers involve a set of additional educative elements such as audio and video equipment, authentic magazines and newspapers which is there for the students to help them immerse into the atmosphere of English speaking environment and create a better condition for thinking in the language, using it for their everyday needs and showing progress in their studies.

Listening

The core function of listening in the framework of a language study is to form an ability to pick up key words and phrases, some important information from the fluent speech which makes the first step to general understanding. As soon as it is effectively maintained our students can move on to the next step of listening for specific purposes with an intension to build up a more integrated and deep skill of fluency for the future.

The lesson contents

Besides rich practice in speaking and listening our students build up a linguistic competence in other most major forms of language use: grammar and vocabulary in reading and writing.

  • Grammar is presented by means of studying the language structures and clichés in order to build up a better understanding of the language logics through entire communicative practice.
  • Reading is presented through a set of involving reading tasks that are designed to maintain better reading comprehension and polish up the skills of all forms of reading starting from a general idea of the text and up to a detailed entire concept of whole information.
  • Writing section is mostly targeted on developing a firm skill to correctly design all sorts of correspondence including formal and informal language elements.
  • Watching educational videos specially created by BBC for foreign language learners is an important and often one of the most favorite parts of the lesson for both our students and teachers. This activity creates the atmosphere of a native speaking environment which is essential in improving one’s language skills.

In the course of the lessons our students sit regular tests that help us bring any additional materials in order to get rid of the most often mistakes in language use, they also help to trace the progress and prevent other difficulties in due course.

Teachers

Christopher Webb

Кристофер родился и жил в Манчестере, Великобритания. Он всегда интересовался путешествиями, и тем, как живут другие культуры и люди различных национальностей, поэтому приехал в Санкт-Петербург учить русский язык и преподавать английский. Специально для этого он окончил курсы преподавания английского языка как иностранного.
На занятиях Кристофера можно узнать много интересных фактов из жизни англоговорящих людей, а также узнать, как люди разговаривают в реальной жизни, а не только то, чему учат в школе и университете.

Michael Ferraro

Michael is a highly experienced teacher. He came from Texas to teach English in St. Petersburg about 20 years ago.
Therefore, he knows the peculiarities of teaching English specifically to Russian-speaking students: in his classes, you will not be afraid to make mistakes.
Despite the fact that the teacher has lived in Russia for a long time, he does not use Russian in his lessons - it is English that is both the goal and the means of teaching.

Yelisaveta Volkova

Elisaveta is an incredibly charming and sensitive teacher who will find approaches to a student of any age.
In addition, Elisaveta is constantly improving her language skills: she studies literature, watches popular English-speaking bloggers getting acquainted with youth slang - so be sure that with this teacher you will be aware of all the latest trends. Besides, Elisaveta once took part in the creation of a translation for a computer game, so if you are interested in this area, you can ask Elisaveta to share her experience.

Leyla Musaeva

A native speaker teacher from the USA. The University of Texas at Austin (USA), English and Literature. Certification in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).
Has been working for Glory School since 2011.
“When students are interested in something and can connect it to their lives they are more highly motivated and learn at a better rate.”

Anastasia Levinskaya

Anastasia has been working at Glory School since 2018, and it's hard to imagine a more irreplaceable teacher.
Anastasia teaches both groups and individuals. She can help you prepare for an interview or exam, teach you to communicate while traveling, and even to conduct complex business negotiations. Anastasia can find an approach to any student and show how interesting learning a foreign language can be.
Anastasia herself, by the way, speaks Spanish and remembers firsthand what it means to learn a language from scratch. So if you have a chance to study with her, you are very lucky!

Rodion Sapelkin

Rodion has been working in our school since the fall of 2020, but thanks to his responsible approach and enthusiasm, he has already become one of the favorite teachers among our students. In his classes, the teacher often uses the format of games, quizzes, and applies a lot of authentic materials.
Rodion is a real expert in the field of language and culture of the United States and Great Britain, so in the classroom you can learn a lot of new and interesting things.
Right now, he is getting another higher education at St. Petersburg University, since the teachers' studies never end! In addition to English, Rodion also speaks French and Spanish, so the thirst for knowledge, the desire to develop and help others is at his best.

Edgar Ilyasov

Edgar has an incredibly long and interesting history of language learning and teaching.
Edgar began his journey with foreign languages in the linguistic academy. Later, linguistics became a great part of his life and career.
Edgar graduated from the University of Canada and passed the international TOEFL exam. Sometime later, he studied at the University of York and McMaster University where he was parallel teaching in the direction of "World Health".
As a result, Edgar lived for 13 years in Canada, where during this time he not only mastered his teaching skills at one of the best universities in the country but also became practically a native speaker of English. And now Edgar returned to his native land to share his knowledge and experience with the students of Glory School.

Evgeny Ovsyannikov

Евгений закончил Санкт-Петербургский государственный университет гражданской авиации. Он является специалистом по связям с общественностью. Евгений любит смотреть американское кино 70-90х, слушать синтвейв и пост-рок, увлекается играми и японской анимацией.
Евгений преподает английский детям и взрослым c 2018 года онлайн и оффлайн, постоянно повышая свою квалификацию на курсах, поэтому он является профессионалом.
В нашей школе он преподает индивидуально и в группах.

Alexandra Vorobyova

Lessons with Alexandra are both useful and pleasant! She teaches English and French through clear, real-life examples and situations.
Alexandra studied at Ecole des Roches, France (2013), at St. Petersburg State University under a double degree program together with Bard College, NY (2018), and in 2020 she graduated from the Herzen University, Communication technologies in education. In addition, Alexandra has extensive teaching experience.
Here is what she says to her students: there is an expression: "In order to succeed, your desire is needed more than your fear of failure. " It's not scary to learn, it's not scary to make mistakes, it's scary not to try, especially if we're talking about learning a foreign language :)

Anna Danileyko

A qualified teacher of English. Graduated from Leningrad State University.
Has been working for Glory School since 2018.
“English classes are always a good fun for me though with a deep level of language analyses. To make it even more effective and enjoyable I am choosing a dilemma to distract students attention from mistakes to a real talk.”

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Classes are held in comfortable, modern-equipped classrooms, in an atmosphere of goodwill and coziness

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The process of education is structured according to the Communicative Method using Speak Out resource which gives a wide field for language practice on all main aspects of speech. All useful language references are included into the course book as well as other helpful links are offered in the contents of the course.

All our programs are based on international standard designed to define the level of language competence. To make it more effective we divide each level into two additional steps, Law and High, which helps our students to practice the language more thorough.

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