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UIC is a privately owned language school in Central London.

 

We run our English classes directly and these are managed under the quality assurances of the British Council and English UK We offer a great balance of price, location and quality, with the facilities to make learning effective.

 

Our experience of teaching is that students learn best in an environment where they are relaxed and comfortable but stimulated by the teacher and the class. The lessons are planned carefully to offer this and to give an appropriate balance of skills and knowledge.

 

The main focus of the General English classes is on communication, and in the main on oral communication – speaking and listening. We do also teach skills in reading and writing throughout the courses but you will certainly find that you are more confident in speaking after your course.

 

We have also invested heavily in modern compuetrs and e-learning software. You can study with us, in class or in wifi hotspots throughout London or even on the bus if you have the right computers! All this is available to you at no extra cost - and the e-learning is available form the minute you register.


We have a Student Charter which we follow seriously and which will give you a clear idea of the principles behind the school.

 

 

STUDENT CHARTER

We at UIC aim to deliver the highest standards of language teaching and provide an excellent learning environment for our students.

 

At UIC you can expect that the school staff will:

 

  • Always treat you in a respectful and pleasant manner;
  • Welcome you and provide you with a Welcome PAck on arrival and a Leaving Certificate on departure as long as you have 90% attendance);
  • Test and interview you on arrival and place you in the most appropriate class for your needs;
  • Ensure there are no more than 14 students in any class and that they are of a similar level of ability;
  • Monitor your progress with regular testing and personal tutorials;
  • Resolve any class difficulties as soon as possible if they arise;
  • Monitor your stay in any accommodation arranged by the school and resolve any difficulties you may have as soon as possible;
  • Give you time if needed to talk to any staff if you have a difficulty to resolve;
  • Advise you on use of e-learning and how to study independently;
  • Ensure you are aware of the social programme organised by the school so that you can participate as often as you like;
  • Ensure all teachers employed by UIC have a recognised Certificate in teachingEnglish as a Foreign Language as a minimum qualification.

 

In return the staff of UIC expect students will:

 

  • Always treat staff and fellow students in a respectful and pleasant manner;
  • Be punctual and attend regularly (90% minimum);
  • Have the relevant course materials for class(es);
  • Participate in class and make a joint effort with staff to improve their English as much as possible 

 

Some of the questions we are most commonly asked about studying English are:

 

What happens on the first day?

Do I have to buy a book?

Which books do you use?

Are there tests?

Do I get a certificate?

Do I have to attend regularly?

What happens in the classes?

Do the teachers change a lot?

How can I study better?

 

 

 

What happens on the first day?

On the first morning of your course you will have a test and be placed in a class at the right level. This test is in 3 parts – a grammar test, a writing test and an interview. We want to try to asses all these areas, in most cases the abilities are fairly equal but there are some occasions when a student might be much better at speaking that writing for example. We take all this into account and then place you into a class. We aim to have all new students into classes by the middle of the first morning.

 

During the first day you will have a ‘Welcome meeting’ and be given important information on the school –  where the rooms are, information on attendance, social programme, e-learning and health and safety.


We also collect all up to date information from you so we can get in contact if we need to; we ask all students to bring their passports or id cards on teh first day - we have to keep copies of this informaiton as a part of our licence from UKBA.

 

Do I have to buy a book?

Yes you do have to buy a book, we expect all of our students to have a book for the class. In most cases this is added onto your invoice so we will give you the right book once we have tested you and allocated you to a class. If this has not happened we will expect you to buy a book on the first morning.

 

Which books do you use?

 We use a variety of books – including Cutting Edge and The English File. We also use specialised books for exam courses.

 

Are there tests?

There are regular tests every 4 weeks

 

Do I have to attend regularly?

You  are expected to attend all of your booked classes – 100%. If you need to be excused from class you have to tell the main office or we will mark you absent. If you cannot come to class you must telephone (020 70793333) - sending emails or asking a friend to call is not acceptable. If you are absent and have not called us we will try to contact you to see if you are OK, if you continue to be absent then we will follow our procedures for absence, If you have a student visa this may result in you being reported to the Home Office / UKBA and this may affect your ability to come back to the UK in the future. Attendance if you have a student visa is a VERY SERIOUS THING.

 

Do I get a certificate?

Only if your attendance is 90% or more. If it is not then you will not get a certificate.

 

What happens in the classes?

The focus in the classes is on oral communication – speaking and listening. We do cover all the skills, reading, writing, speaking and listening but the emphasis will be on speaking. We also cover grammar and vocabulary development and study skills. SOmetimes youtr teacher might take you to the e-learnign lounge to do yor class using the computers - for example the internet.

 

Do the teachers change a lot?

We plan to change teachers every 4 weeks to give you a variety and exposure to different accents and different people.

 

How can I study better?

We can give you many ideas and your teachers can also always help. You will have a lot of information on this given to you at the Welcome meeting on your first day. You will also have access to our e-learning facilities which offer a free and very useful opportunity to improve your English. We can also give you recommendations of useful websites you may find helpful.

 

How can I get a visa extension?

Come to the office/reception and speak to the Student Officer who will be able to help you. We cannot give you advice but can give you the forms you'll need if you have top apply for a new visa.

 

Can I get cheap travel in London?

If you are over 18 and a full time student for more than 14 weeks you can apply for a reduced charge travel card which saves about 30%.

 
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Tel (English Language Enquires) : +44 020 7307 1981
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