English is the official language of more territories than any other language, eighty-one in total. The more than 360 million speakers of English hail from all around the world, including England, the U.S.A, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, and the Caribbean. Non- native speakers find both professional and personal advantages to learning English.
CLL’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Programme has provided international students with quality English language tuition for over twenty years. It has expanded to facilitate the English language learning needs of the Caribbean and South America. Our learners are able to develop all four skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing through cultural immersion. Our ESL staff are well qualified and experienced specialists and ensure quality language teaching. We are committed to providing you with a high standard of English language proficiency to serve your student and career goals.
Our General English courses cost USD1400 per level. Each course involves fifteen (15) hours of classes per week for a period of ten (10) weeks called a quarter. A skills-based syllabus is employed where the grammar component receives the most weighting, with remaining hours devoted to receptive and productive skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing). Skills are practiced in classes under the guidance of a tutor.
It is important however that the learner take charge of his/her learning in an appealing, varied and supportive environment. Both inductive and deductive strategies are employed in the ESL classroom. The teacher’s role is that of a guide and it is expected that students take responsibility for their own learning, i.e. students are expected to use their own initiative, asking questions to seek clarification, promoting discussion as well as speaking to English-speakers outside of class time in order to maximize the learning process.
General English is offered at the following levels (subject to demand):
Elementary is a beginners' course that introduces students to the English language and to some of its cultural aspects. By focusing on the four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), students will develop an initial ability to communicate in English in basic situations relating to their personal lives. Students will be introduced to the concept of learner autonomy in language learning.
In the Pre-Intermediate level, students will enhance their ability to communicate in English in situations relating to themselves and areas of immediate relevance. Students will continue to develop their autonomy in language learning.
In pursuing the Intermediate course, students will be able to function increasingly independently in all four skill-areas in familiar situations and topics.
Upper-Intermediate students will start showing a degree of fluency in the four different skills. Students will demonstrate the behaviours and attitudes of independent learners.
For the Advanced course, students will be able to demonstrate significant ease when interacting whether orally or in writing. Students will demonstrate more of the behaviours and attitudes of independent learners.
There are 150 contact hours per quarter. Classes meet for two sessions Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am to 10:50 am and 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm and on Fridays 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Tours are also arranged for Fridays at pre-determined times.
Dr. Amina Ibrahim-Ali
Tel: 1-868-662-2002 ext 83896, 82343 or 1-868-662-0758
The University of the West Indies
St. Augustine , Trinidad
Tel: (868) 662-2002
Fax: (868) 663-9684