We strive to ensure that the highest quality of tuition is maintained at ETC.

ETC provides on-going training for our dedicated teachers. By developing our staff we help them to engage, inspire and stimulate our learners.
ETC uses the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) in our teaching structure, so students know what they can expect to learn and our teachers can effectively track students’ progress.

What is the CEFR?

What is the CEFR?

The CEFR is the Common European Framework of Reference for language.

It divides learners into three broad divisions which can be divided into six levels: These divisions apply to all languages, not just English and not just European.  So, if someone is B1 in English, they can do the same as someone who is B1 in Arabic, Japanese or any other language.

    A/ Basic speaker

  • A1 Breakthrough or beginner
  • A2 Waystage or elementary
    B/ Independent Speaker

  • B1 Threshold or pre-intermediate
  • B2 Vantage or intermediate
    C/ Proficient Speaker

  • C1 Effective Operational Proficiency or upper intermediate
  • C2 Mastery or advanced

The CEFR describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing at each level.

LevelDescription
A1Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
B1Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
C1Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

Our English Teachers

ETC takes great care in selecting English teachers that we think will bring the best out of our students.  Our staff are overseen by our professional development team, who provide on-going training for our teachers.

We hold regular ‘Professional Development Sessions’, where our dedicated English teachers are encouraged to fine-tune their knowledge of structural and functional language.

Teachers stay up to date with the latest trends in methodology to ensure they continue to show sound knowledge of the linguistic systems of English as a global language.

Our English teachers are observed regularly by senior teachers and members of our English teacher training team.  They also have the opportunity to observe each other in order to ensure a constant exchange of ideas.

Teacher Qualifications

All our teachers have a minimum of the industry-recognised teaching qualification; most of our teachers have much more than this.

“The teaching enables students to progress well, meeting their objectives. Students report very high levels of satisfaction with their lessons and teachers.” Excerpt from ISI report; November 2012