When learning at Language Works, we ensure that you are making the most out of your learning experience by leading you in measured steps to achieve your language proficiency targets.
At our first meeting, we will be talking openly about any language problem areas, what you would like to learn and achieve. We take pride in our flexibility for customisation of your courses, for your organisation, or for yourself. When we say we are student-centric, it means we focus primarily on you - our learner - moving the lesson in the way that benefits you the most, and not at the convenience of our teachers. Throughout your course, our principal consultant Petrisha will follow up closely on whether your learning is going in the direction planned.
Our teachers are native and mother tongue speakers. We also speak Mandarin, French, Spanish, Italian, and Tamil. Together, we have more than 20 years of teaching experience, with TESOL, CELTA, or CIDTT qualifications. Before assigning any coaches to you, we consider both the specialisation of the coaches and students, and the chemistry for the class dynamics. Our dedication and life experience will add to your learning for Everyday or Business English contexts.
Exposure, awareness, and practice are our beliefs for what make you improve in the way you communicate. Every class is a journey of progress that leads you to your language goals. We advocate time-based and effective learning and less of quick-fix or crash course versions of learning.
In our high-quality classes, pronunciation practice carries a rather major emphasis, as this is one of the first things your listeners will hear when you communicate in any language, not only in English. Whether or not you know phonetics, we guide you in achieving the international standards of pronunciation. We emphasise the Teacher Talking Time (TTT) to our teachers, although dependent on the proficiency levels of the classes, to give students at least half the speaking time, to 70% for the student, and 30% for the teacher. We encourage fluency and confidence in our students, while balancing grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and common expressions used.
As for translation, we use your native tongue at times for the sake of accuracy in understanding meaning, and for efficiency purposes. This is done usually just in Beginner classes, and avoided as you progress through the six levels up to Advance classes. It is not necessary to do all the levels to master perfection, and this is mainly dependent on how far you want to take your learning.
We use an open, optimistic, and professional approach when conducting all classes. You will be engaged, encouraged, and motivated to excel in your language abilities. With adequate time and hard work, you will see your communication skills rise to the next level, and confidence that will aid in your career path.