Teachers required for International House Belfast - Immediate start
Our syllabus is drawn from three sources. The first and most important is CEF (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). This system is a guideline used to describe the achievements of learners – what learners ‘can do’. Its main aim is to provide a method of learning, teaching and assessing which applies to all languages in Europe.
We find this system very helpful and we use it here at IH Belfast. It is a very practical and useful way to assess our students’ current level. It helps us and you to keep an eye on your progress as you improve your English in our classes.
The levels are described like this: A1 (Beginner), A2 (Elementary and Pre-Intermediate), B1 (Intermediate), B2 (Upper Intermediate), C1 (Advanced), C2 (Proficient).
For every level, the CEF provides a syllabus (a course content) which influences what we teach you. You will notice that this course content is very practical and focuses on what learners ‘can do’ at each level. The focus is not on theoretical knowledge but on your ability to use the language effectively.
The ‘can do’ statements are based on ability in language, and how you function in all four skills. For example, can you ask for all the information you need to make travel arrangements in Northern Ireland? Can you understand a lecture within your field of interest? There is a lot of vocabulary and grammar knowledge you need for each one, and your teachers will help you with this, but all language must have a purpose or a context.
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