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Examples of progress made by students studying English at BLC

The speed at which your English language will improve at BLC depends on a number of factors, including how much English you have studied in the past, your English level at the start of the course and the influence of your first language.

You will make progress with different parts of your English at different points of the course.  Below are three examples of past BLC students showing their progress and achievements, from the beginning to the end of their course.

 

Student 1 - Ana

Ana is 25 years old and from Spain. She has a degree in education and needs to improve her English language skills to use at work as a teacher. When she was younger Ana studied English for 8 years at school in Spain.

Ana took our Intensive English Course.

Strengths at start of course: strong knowledge of grammar and ability to complete grammar exercises; good reading skills

Weaknesses at start of course: ability to ‘produce’ accurate English speaking and writing; listening and pronunciation skills; range of vocabulary and fluency of speaking

Student 2 - Abdullah

Abdullah is 21 years old and from Kuwait. He is studying Economics in Kuwait and needs to improve his English language skills to do further university study in Business in the UK. He studied English at school in Kuwait for 2 years.

Abdullah took our Intensive English Course.

Strengths at start of course: ability to communicate and confidence with speaking

Weaknesses at start of course: accuracy of speaking; knowledge and understanding of grammar structures; spelling and ability to produce written structures; reading skills

In order to make progress in line with Ana and Abdullah above, students are advised to take part in the following activities connected to their courses and available to all BLC students:

  • Enrolling on the Intensive English programme with 22.5 hours of classes per week.
  • Attending and participating in all classes and completing all homework assignments.
  • Completing an average of 3 hours per week of self-study work and following the study plan on the BLC Anytime online learning platform.
  • Attending the weekly conversation club for additional speaking practice.
  • Doing extra exam practice training sessions held weekly in the school.
  • Regularly joining BLC social programme activities for increased practice and exposure to English.

Student 3 - Davide

Davide is 27 years old and from Italy. He works in Marketing in Milan and needs to improve his English language skills for work, future work opportunities and travel. He studied some English at school and attended weekly evening classes in Italy for 5 years.

Davide took our General English Course.

Strengths at start of course: confidence with speaking and communication; good reading and listening skills.

Weaknesses at start of course: accuracy of speaking and pronunciation; knowledge of and ability to use grammar structures in speaking and writing; tendency to translate directly from italian.

In order to make progress in line with Davide above, students are advised to take part in the following activities connected to their courses and available to all BLC students:

  • Enrolling on the General English programme with 15 hours of classes per week.
  • Attending and participating in all classes and completing all homework assignments.
  • Completing an average of 3 hours per week of self-study work and following the study plan on the BLC Anytime online learning platform.
  • Attending the weekly conversation club for additional speaking practice.
  • Regularly joining BLC social programme activities for increased practice and exposure to English.

I have been able to practise and improve the speaking, which was what I really needed

Patricia Garces Ramon, Spanish, aged 26

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