FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

about our language courses

Q1. What kind of progress can I expect to make at Angloscene?

A. Our students tell us that they make as much progress at Angloscene in two weeks as they would have made in four full semesters at university. However, we would prefer to be modest about this: We guarantee twice the rate of progress as in other schools that specialise in intensive language courses. Angloscene is particularly suitable for people who have little time to spend on language study and who are looking for a highly efficient language training programme. You will receive a report at the end of your stay that evaluates your progress and recommend strategies for consolidating your progress after your stay.

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Q2. How many people will be in my group at Angloscene?

A. Just one. You, and no one else. The core of Angloscene's philosophy is total personalisation. Unlike in other schools, you will not be expected to adapt to a general and impersonal teaching method. Instead, we will adapt to the way you learn best. As in other schools, you will make progress in general language and communication skills. However, you will also focus on and achieve your own communication objectives. Every moment of instruction at Angloscene is 'a la Carte', designed according to your learning style, and the specialised vocabulary or subject matter you need to know in the target language. If you need to, you can solely work with the material that you bring with you.

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Q3. Private lessons and ultra-rapid progress sound perfect, but this must be expensive.

A. No, not at all. Our prices are competitive and similar to those charged by other top quality language schools. However, there is a difference: Most other schools will put you into a small group of 4 or 5 people with a big surcharge for private lessons. The groups are even larger outside of lessons (mealtimes and breaks). Angloscene is strictly one-to-one, and we only accept a limited number of participants per week to ensure personalisation also outside the lessons. Therefore, for the same investment of money and time, you can obtain at least twice the results you could obtain elsewhere.

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Q4. Group study must be more interesting and motivating than private lessons.

A. Yes and no. Angloscene can offer you the advantages of a small group without the inconveniences. It is always pleasant to be in good company. Our students appreciate the opportunities to interact with each other during breaks, mealtimes and in the evenings. However, during lessons, the presence of others is usually an obstacle rather than an advantage. Others will rarely share your objectives, your learning style, your level, your reactions or your needs. The slower or the faster student in a group will dominate the pace. This can be extremely frustrating for the others. It is also easy to become confused and disoriented by the mistakes others make, or to become apprehensive about making mistakes in front of others. Therefore, group dynamics are not always beneficial in language learning.

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Q5. What I need most is to understand better what other people are saying. Can you help me to rapidly improve my listening comprehension?

A. Yes, we certainly can. It is difficult to communicate if you can hardly understand what other people are saying. To achieve quick, tangible results in this area, we have developed a unique method to rapidly improve your listening comprehension. Your ear, despite every effort on your part, does not naturally hear all the sounds of your target language. If you cannot even hear the sounds in the first place, you cannot be expected to reproduce them. The fact is that you have already had a lifetime of ear training in your own language that affects your ability to hear in the target language. We can open your ears to the sounds of your new language in just one week. Your open ears can once again have the child's ability to distinguish between words (such as, in French, le vin, le vent, and levons) that may sound identical to your ears, but that have obvious differences to the trained ear or to the native speaker.

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Q6. How can you summarise the ways in which Angloscene is truly different?

A. Most schools attempt to instill linguistic confidence in their students. This is an admirable goal. However, it is just not enough if you need to learn the true 'ins and outs' of a foreign language. Every Angloscene session simultaneously works on four essential goals: Developing listening comprehension and pronunciation skills (the listening threshold), learning to speak without making mistakes (the linguistic threshold), practising appropriate means of expression (the cultural threshold), and finally, gaining pleasure in speaking the target language (the psychological threshold).

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Q7. You have mentioned a natural approach. What do you mean by that?

A. The Greek philosopher Socrates said that hidden inside every human is a philosopher. We, at Angloscene, believe that virtually everyone has the resources to be a master of 'multiple' languages. We follow the Socratic Method of eliciting our students’ unconscious knowledge and latent skills, and correcting mistakes through a natural and communicative system of dialogue building. The European Commission is very interested in our de-schooling approach. Our students do not attend a ‘school’ or have ‘lessons’ with a ‘teacher’. Instead, they join a ‘family’, and participate in a ‘learning experience’ with their personal ‘coach’.

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Q8. All the schools talk about the benefits of total immersion. How does Angloscene view this?

A. Total immersion is an excellent concept, but the question still remains, total immersion in what? It is a fine idea to hear the target language for a week instead of your own. However, true immersion, the Angloscene way, is so much more than that. To ensure true immersion, Angloscene welcomes a limited number of students each week. This alows you to immediately become part of the family and adopted your new language naturally and spontaneously.

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Q9. When can I start a course at Angloscene?

A. Whenever you wish. Whether you are a beginner or almost bilingual, you can begin on any day of the week, and for as many days or weeks as you wish. You can give yourself a break during weekends or work through them.

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Q10. What length of stay and what programme would you recommend?

A. It all depends on your objectives and the length of time you have at your disposal. The best way is to contact us to discuss your needs. Our advice is free and without any obligation on your part. In any case, you will achieve your objectives more easily and rapidly than you can imagine at Angloscene.

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Q11. I am a beginner. However, I need to learn a language for business or professional reasons. Do your programmes suit me?

A. Absolutely. Whatever your level is, our personalised method enables us to start working on your target professional vocabulary from the first session.

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Q12. I am an advanced-level speaker and I am having trouble finding training at a high-enough level. Do your programmes suit me?

A. Angloscene trainers recognise the special needs of very advanced language students. They know how to structure advanced training so that the advanced student makes just as much progress as students at any other level.

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Angloscene Intensive Language Courses
Telephone: +44 (0)1303 252882 | E-mail: info@angloscene.co.uk