The BROWNS English Language School Curricula are based on the internationally recognised and respected Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF).

What is the CEF?

The CEF is a guideline created by the Council of Europe which grades language proficiency in any language. It is the official means of describing learner achievements in schools, universities and language institutes across Europe.

What are the CEF levels?

The CEF provides six reference levels from A1 to C2, breaking down language ability in terms of reading, listening, speaking and writing at each level.

CEFR Level CEFR Descriptor English Level
C2 Mastery Advanced
C1 Effective Operational Proficiency Upper-Intermediate
B2 Vantage Intermediate
B1 Threshold Pre-Intermediate
A2 Waystage Elementary
A1 Breakthrough Beginner

BROWNS level system is designed in line with the CEF levels.

Using the CEF to map a student's learning journey

The Association of Language Testers in Europe, otherwise known as ALTE, took the CEF even further, creating a simplified set of 400+ descriptors for language examinations which relate to the Common Reference Levels. These descriptors are in the form of "can-do statements", each saying more simply what a learner can do at every level. These descriptors form the core of BROWNS Intensive General English syllabus.

STUDENT PROFILES

Browns Student

Gustavo Lippi from Brazil
BROWNS sample timetable

Gustavo's entry testing showed a high degree of communicative fluency in the Listening & Speaking skills, but an underdeveloped understanding of grammar systems. His timetable has been customised to allow him to work on his area of weakness whilst providing a higher level of challenge in Listening & Speaking class, ensuring he is motivated to achieve his learning goals.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:50 - 9:50 Intermediate CORE Class Intermediate CORE Class Intermediate CORE Class Intermediate CORE Class Intermediate CORE Class
10:00 - 11:00 Revision Quiz Intermediate CORE Class Intermediate CORE Class Intermediate CORE Class Intermediate CORE Class
11:10 - 12:10 Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate
LUNCH
13:10 - 14:10 Test Correction & Feedback Active8 Vocabulary & Reading B2 Active8 Writing B2 Active8 Grammar B1 Active8 Listening & Speaking C1
14:20 - 15:20 Active8 Pronunciation Workshop Active8 Vocabulary & Reading B2 Active8 Writing B2 Active8 Functional Usage B2 Active8 Listening & Speaking C1
Browns Student

So Hee Yun from Korea
BROWNS sample timetable

So Hee's entry testing suggested that her vocabulary, reading and grammar skills were a strength. As she had little chance to practise the productive skills of speaking and writing back in Korea, she was placed in a class best suited to guiding her to improvement in these areas, whilst accelerating her proficiency in the other skills that tested at B1 and B2 level.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:50 -9:50 Elementary CORE Class Elementary CORE Class Elementary CORE Class Elementary CORE Class Elementary CORE Class
10:00 - 11:00 Revision Quiz Elementary CORE Class Elementary CORE Class Elementary CORE Class Elementary CORE Class
11:10 - 12:10 Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate
LUNCH
13:10 - 14:10 Test Correction& Feedback Active8 Vocabulary & Reading B1 Active8 Writing A2 Active8 Grammar B2 Active8 Listening &Speaking A2
14:20 - 15:20 Active8 Pronunciation Workshop Active8 Vocabulary & Reading B1 Active8 Writing A2 Active8 Functional Usage A2 Active8 Listening &Speaking A2
Browns Student

Clement Gilliard from France
BROWNS sample timetable

Whilst Clement proved comfortable at communicating across a range of topics, entry testing found that he was guessing and translating many of his vocabulary, grammar and writing structures from French, causing inaccuracies that didn't impede understanding but highlighted his non-native speaker status. His placement in different skills and systems classes to focus on these inaccuracies and gaps in learning will ultimately help him to achieve an advanced level of English.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:50 - 9:50 Upper-Intermediate CORE Class Upper-Intermediate CORE Class Upper-Intermediate CORE Class Upper-Intermediate CORE Class Upper-Intermediate CORE Class
10:00 - 11:00 Revision Test& Feedback Upper-Intermediate CORE Class Upper-Intermediate CORE Class Upper-Intermediate CORE Class Upper-Intermediate CORE Class
11:10 - 12:10 Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate Accelerate
LUNCH
13:10 - 14:10 Test Correction& Feedback Active8 Vocabulary & Reading B2 Active8 Writing B2 Active8 Grammar B1 Active8 Listening &Speaking C1
14:20 - 15:20 Active8 Pronunciation Workshop Active8 Vocabulary & Reading B2 Active8 Writing B2 Active8 Functional Usage C1 Active8 Listening &Speaking C1

Our Course Books

New English File was chosen as the CORE course book for BROWNS Intensive General English core class curriculum because of its compatibility with the CEF. The workbook is the perfect accompaniment, allowing students to practise what they learn in class and providing an opportunity for extension on these tasks through the additional activities on the accompanying complimentary multi-rom.

BROWNS English Level Improvement Guarantee

Browns Active 8

At BROWNS, we are so confident in the Active8-Accelerate Teaching System that we guarantee free additional study weeks to any student who does not advance to the next level on completion of a 10 week module. This offer is available to those students who have maintained 100% class attendance, achieved 3 Accelerate passport stamps per week of study and who are able to provide evidence of completion of all homework.