Our Teaching and Learning Policy
International House Manchester students in class.
In classrooms at International House Manchester, teachers will:
1. Set suitable aims and objectives for each class. These will be written on the white board at the start of each class, so each student is clear about the purpose of the class and will be able to measure progress. A plan of the week’s classes will also be on display in each classroom.
2. Use the target language only, systematically building on what students already know. We’ll use and teach natural language based on the needs of the students in the class.
3. Present language in clear contexts and situations supported with real life and relevant examples. We believe that learning English means being able to use it when you need it. We want students to understand English grammar, but more importantly we want students to be able to use it. However, we won’t only work on grammar. Natural vocabulary and pronunciation will be equally important parts of your lessons.
4. Support students to work out meanings and use of the target language themselves and give students lots of opportunities to practise language in structured, purposeful activities which reflect their English language needs. Feedback on performance will be provided at appropriate stages of the lesson in a friendly, helpful way to improve accuracy while developing fluency. Fluency activities will be personalised, where possible, to the learners. Teachers will plan their lessons so there are lots of chances for the students to communicate in English.
5. Give students language skills training in reading, writing, listening and speaking, so that they are able to both consolidate classroom learning more effectively and become more independent language learners.
6. Add variety to their lessons, making them motivating for the students.
7. Be open to the opinions of the students. As well as having one-to-one tutorials every two weeks, in which the students and teachers will work together to assess learning and objectives, students should feel comfortable coming to the teacher at appropriate times with problems or concerns.
8. Set homework to consolidate teaching and learning that has taken place during each lesson.
9. Encourage students to take notes and organise materials, making sure all students have a record of their work.
10. Be sensitive to personalities, personal motivations, cultural differences, job requirements, exam goals and individual needs in planning, teaching and all dealings with students.
At International House Manchester, students are expected to:
1. Work in pairs, groups, and as a class to practise recently taught language in a variety of practice activities.
2. Use the target language only.
3. Consolidate and build upon what has been taught in class through completing homework tasks set.
4. Be sensitive to other students’ personalities, cultural differences and individual needs in the class.
English Lessons, Teaching & Learning
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International House Manchester is committed to helping students communicate effectively using natural English.