Overview

At BROWNS, we have a really really special Intensive General English programme. Essentially what we do is, we divide the classes into CORE Classes, Active8 Classes and Accelerate Further Learning. So it's called BROWNS Active8 Accelerate Learning Programme. Essentially in the morning, you have one teacher - Monday to Friday, and you focus on course book based class so we use something like this in our classes. And in the morning class, we have an integrated syllabus where we look at listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and functional usage. Functional usage is, "How do I complain about my coffee in a coffee shop?" And if you want to be a fluent user of English, you need presentation and practice of all of these areas. So, some students, they might have really beautiful speaking fluency but their accuracy is not correct, and that is because they are not looking at vocabulary and grammar and all of these other areas that feed in. So at BROWNS we focus on Active8, the four skills and the four systems that make up English. Every Monday, in your class, in the second hour, you will have a Revision test. So this checks your previous week's learning. So It's not meant to be a scary test, it's meant to be another learning tool for you to see, "have I understood what happened in class".In the third hour every Monday, we mark the test together, as a class. So it's your chance to ask more questions like, "I didn't understand that area about present perfect, please explain it again". So that's the core class in the morning.

In the afternoons, we have our Active8 Afternoon Program. So this is where we put you into different skills and systems based classes, depending on your level. So, for example, your grammar level might be B1, but your listening level might be C1. So we will put you into two different classes. We wrote this whole syllabus based on the Common European Framework (CEF). So the CEF says that language learners of any nationality have certain characteristics and certain language levels from A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 to C2. So that's how we divide you into our skill classes in the afternoon. So on a Monday afternoon, you look at pronunciation, Tuesday you go into Vocabulary and reading, Wednesday is writing, Thursday is one hour of grammar and one hour of functional usage, and Friday is listening and speaking. So that really helps you push that area where you might be a little bit weak and improve the areas where you are already strong.

Then, we have BROWNS Accelerate Further Learning Programme. So, for this we use BROWNS passport system . Now, imagine that there is an area of your learning that you might have missed out on or you might be particularly weak but no body else in your class is. So every Monday during that test, your teacher collects your BROWNS passport and writes advice particular to you for you to study during Accelerate that week. Each day, for one hour, you go to the Accelerate Further Learning Programme and focus on this area that the teacher has asked you to do. The next week, your teacher then checks your passport, and makes sure that you've followed the advice and then gives you more advice so that you improve really, really quickly.

The BROWNS Core programme is 10 weeks. So we actually have an English Level Guarantee that says that you will move up a level in 10 weeks if you follow our work and do your homework and go to Accelerate. We also give you a workbook so you can study at home and it comes with a Multi ROM so that you can do extra practice as well whenever you want to. It has really good activities on it as well as other listening material.

So that's the BROWNS General English Programme.

Duration: 1 to 71 weeks

Course Start Dates: You can start the Intensive General English course on any Monday

Campus: This course is available at any of our two campuses: Brisbane and Gold Coast

Course Decription:

  • Beginner to Advanced (6 Levels)
  • 20 hours in-class and 5 hours Accelerate
  • 10 weeks per level
  • Daily coursebook-based core lessons followed by afternoon Active8 skill and system based lessons
  • Access to a variety of teachers and teaching styles
  • Weekly revision tests and structured teacher feedback
  • Students progress through levels as their abilities improve
  • Students are provided with coursebooks in accordance with coursebook entitlements

Entry Requirements:

CRICOS Code: 076222B

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Timetable

Sample Timetable (Schedule A)

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.20 – 9.20 CORE class
Revision
CORE class CORE class CORE class CORE class
9.30 – 10.30 CORE class
Revision test
11.00 – 12.00 CORE class
Test answers
Active8
Vocabulary & Reading
Active8
Writing
Active8
Grammar
Active8
Listening & Speaking
12.10 – 13.10 Active8
Pronunciation
Active8
Functional Usage
Lunch
14.10 – 15.10 Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate

Sample Timetable (Schedule B)

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8.50 – 9.50 CORE class
Revision
CORE class CORE class CORE class CORE class
10.00 – 11.00 CORE class
Revision test
11.10 – 12.10 Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate
Lunch
13.10 – 14.10 CORE class
Test answers

Active8
Vocabulary & Reading

Active8
Writing
Active8
Grammar
Active8
Listening & Speaking
14.20 – 15.20 Active8
Pronunciation
Active8
Functional Usage

Sample Timetable (Schedule C)

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9.30 – 10.30 Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate
10.35 – 11.35 CORE class
Revision
CORE class CORE class CORE class CORE class
11.45 – 12.45 CORE class
Revision test
Lunch
13.45 – 14.45 CORE class
Test answers
Skills Practice Skills Practice Skills Practice Skills Practice
14.55 – 15.55 Skills Practice

Testimonials

General English Testimonial - Italian Student

Chiara Gioacchini

Italy

Video: English

General English Testimonial - Hungarian Student

Edina Nyilas

Hungary

Video: English | Hungarian

General English Testimonial - Saudi Student

Saifallah Almotairi

Saudi Arabia

Video: English | Arabic

General English Testimonial - Brazilian Student

Carolina Rossi

Brazil

Video: English | Portuguese

General English Testimonial - Swiss Student

Denis Cremer

Switzerland

Video: English | German

General English Testimonial - Russian Student

Mariia Shchelnikova

Russia

Video: English | Russian

General English Testimonial - Japanese Student

Yuki Odera

Japan

Video: English | Japanese

General English Testimonial - Italian Student

Riccardo Massarello

Italy

Video: English | Italian

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