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The language Web

English language classes for au pairs in London

The English classes for au pairs run at Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate, First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency levels.  On the Common European Framework for References for Languages (CEFR), these classes equate to A1 to C2. There is also a conversation class and an IELTS preparation class.

Classes and location

The schedule for au pair English language classes is a 90-minute lesson twice a week each term. The conversation and IELTS classes run once a week for 90 minutes. The group classes have a maximum of 12 au pair students in each class for General English.

The classes are suitable for au pairs living in the South West London area, Wandsworth, Clapham, Balham, Battersea, Tooting and Streatham. The classes take place in Balham  and the classrooms are less than a 1 minute walk from the Underground station.

English language skills

The classes cover the four main language skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading, paying particular attention to grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation .

  • CELTA qualified teachers – We all want to help you improve your English language skills
  • Small friendly classes – Class sizes limited to 12 au pairs

  • Student assessments – On-going assessments, feedback and termly tests

Student assessment

Students receive a level assessment test before registration and the senior teacher will recommend a suitable timetable. Please request the level test below. We aim to respond to all enquiries within two hours.

How to Pay

Students can pay by bank transfer, cash or cheque. Total payment for the group lessons is payable by the end of the first week of the term.  To secure a place for next term we require a small non-refundable deposit which is deducted from the main course fee.  Fees are only refundable in the highly unlikely event that classes are cancelled.

Tests, Levels, Certificates and Attendance

For a 3-month term The language Web is happy to provide a letter of attendance giving registration dates and level attainment. Every student is placed at a level determined by an entrance test on registration.

We do encourage students to cover 10 hours of English language learning a week, broken down into class time contact and homework, which is marked and recorded by the class teacher.

There is an end of term test after each 3-month course to outline any progress made and this also determines whether a student progresses into the next level for the following term.

Feedback and progress can be given at any time in the course from the teacher and sometimes there will be a 6-week progress test given at the half-term break.

Send me the Student Assessment Level Test

Class Levels

Available Class Levels

External Exams

It is not compulsory to take external exams, however, should a student wish to work towards an official Cambridge exam or IELTS exam, every assistance will be given for preparing the student. The course and course books are tailored towards this requirement.

The language Web teachers have an excellent pass rate record for all the Cambridge exams along with a substantial knowledge and experience of teaching candidates for university entrance. The language Web tutors offer support and guidance for all official Cambridge and IELTS exams.

Elementary

(CEFR level A1)

For students who wish to use language in their work and daily life in basic interaction.

  • Make contacts and exchange basic information (personal, work, social)

  • Handle basic telephone conversations.

  • Work with numbers and dates.

  • Understand simple requests and instructions.

  • Make basic travel arrangements and appointments.

  • Complete forms and documents

  • Speak in the present tense.

Pre-Intermediate

(CEFR level A2)

Students build on the skills they have and gain confidence to speak in the Present and Past giving them more flexibility to hold a conversation and express themselves more fluently.

  • Give simple explanations and instructions.

  • Understand and write simple emails and notes.

  • Make simple presentations on familiar topics.

  • Express themselves more fully in short conversations.

Intermediate

(CEFR level B1)

Improve your fluency, increase your in-depth understanding with the option to prepare for external Cambridge English exams.

  • Converse more readily.

  • Take the initiative in a conversation.

  • Ask for information and understand the response.

  • Have a greater grammatical awareness in the present, past and future tenses.

  • Reading and listening comes more readily.

  • Vocabulary continues to expand.

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Upper-Intermediate

(CEFR level B2)

For students whose daily life requires constant interaction in the target language. Their job requirement will demand more responsibility, which in turn demands for a stronger ability in the target language. Students are moving away from using translation and have a more natural approach to communicating in the target language.

  • Start writing with more grammatical structures in place

  • Speak more fluently without translating.

  • Understand information given to them.

  • Read longer texts and enjoy books.

Cambridge First Certificate

This target level is primarily an exam -based target. It is expanding on all of the B2 material and being able to manipulate the language more naturally. The exam pass grades are an A, (equivalent to CEF level C1), B or C.

  • Reading longer texts in a short space of time and answering comprehension questions on the passage.

  • Understanding text cohesion and content.

  • A 40-minute listening task divided into 4 different tasks.

  • Use of English testing vocabulary and grammar.

  • Writing tasks – reports, reviews, essays, articles, emails using the appropriate formal / informal written registers.

  • Speaking using coherent, correct speech, which communicates well to the listener.

Advanced

(CEFR level C1)

This target level is advanced and as such the student will mainly need to expand their knowledge and use of vocabulary for different scenarios and topics. Grammatically it is more a question of style in writing and register along with the correct use of expressions and subtleties. Understanding of texts at this level is also a great step up from the FCE exam.

  • The exam format is similar to the First Certificate but using a higher range of language and skills.

  • The pass grades awarded are A (equivalent to level CEF C2), B, C.

Proficiency

(CEFR level C2)

This target level is the highest award in the target language. Idioms, expressions and style likened to a native speaker are required with a full extensive knowledge of vocabulary and grammatical precision.

  • Text appreciation contrasting and comparing 2 texts in the written paper.

  • Extensive expression needed for written tasks at a longer more in depth length expressing critical awareness and opinion in an appropriate tone.

  • Correct use of idiomatic structures and the capability of showing an appropriate linguistic register through grammar and lexis.

  • Pass grades awarded are A, B, C

Conversation

Build your confidence and fluency in this class which enables you to speak for 90 minutes in a small group likened to a coffee morning club.  Vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar will be covered as it comes up in conversation. The tutor continually monitors the conversation.

IELTS Preparation

If you are aiming for IELTS for University entrance in the UK, we can help with the preparation for the IELTS exam.  Speaking and listening exam preparation will be focused on in class with reading and writing tasks set for homework and marked by the tutor.

80+

NUMBER of STUDENTS

10

WEEKLY CLASSES

95%

EXAM SUCCESS-RATE

4

CELTA QUALIFIED TUTORS

100%

STUDENT FEEDBACK

Class Timetable

Summer Term 2018

The summer term starts on Monday 16th April and finishes on Friday 13th July

Level CEFR Days Times Hours Fee Apply
Upper Intermediate B2 Monday & Wednesday 09:30 to 11:00 36 £360
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First Certificate (higher) B2+ Monday & Wednesday 11:30 to 13:00 36 £360
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Advanced (lower) C1 Tuesday & Thursday 09:30 to 11:00 36 £360
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Advanced (higher) C1+ Tuesday & Thursday 11:30 to 13:00 36 £360
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Proficiency C2 Tuesday & Thursday 09:30 to 11:00 36 £360
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Intermediate B1 Tuesday & Thursday 11:30 to 13:00 36 £360
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Pre-Intermediate A2 Wednesday & Friday 09:30 to 11:00 36 £360
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Upper Intermediate B2 Wednesday & Friday 11:30 to 13:00 36 £360
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Conversation Friday 09:30 to 11:00 15 £150
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IELTS Preparation Friday 11:30 to 13:00 15 £150
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Half Term is 28th May to 1st June 2018

No class on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018

Autumn Term 2018

The Autumn term lasts 12 weeks, starts on Monday 10th September and finishes on Friday 7th December

Course Fee does not include Registration Fee (£20) nor the course book (£25+)

Course Fee must be paid IN FULL by the first class of term

Level CEFR Days Times Hours Fee Apply
Upper Intermediate B2 Monday & Wednesday 09:30 to 11:00 36 £360
Contact
First Certificate B2+ Monday & Wednesday 11:30 to 13:00 36 £360
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Advanced C1+ Tuesday & Thursday 09:30 to 11:00 36 £360
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Intermediate B1 Tuesday & Thursday 09:30 to 11:00 36 £360
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Proficiency C2 Tuesday & Thursday 11:30 to 13:00 36 £360
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Lower Advanced C1 Tuesday & Thursday 11:30 to 13:00 36 £360
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Elementary A1 Wednesday & Friday 09:30 to 11:00 36 £360
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Pre-Intermediate A2 Wednesday & Friday 11:30 to 13:00 36 £360
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Conversation Friday 09:30 to 11:00 15 £150
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Exam Preparation (IELTS, FCE) Friday 10:00 to 11:30 15 £150
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Half Term is 22nd October to 26th October 2018

Autumn Term 2018

The Autumn term lasts 12 weeks, starts on Monday 10th September and finishes on Friday 7th December

Course Fee does not include Registration Fee (£20) nor the course book (£25+)

Course Fee must be paid IN FULL by the first class of term

 

Day 12 weeks
36 hours tuition
£360
Mon
&
Weds
09:30
to
11:00
Upper Intermediate (B2)
Mon
&
Weds
11:30
to
13:00
FCE (Higher)
Tues
&
Thurs
09:30
to
11:00
Intermediate
Tues
&
Thurs
09:30
to
11:00
Advanced
Tues
&
Thurs
11:30
to
13:00
Proficiency
Tues
&
Thurs
11:30
to
13:00
Lower Advanced
Weds
&
Fri
09:30
to
11:00
Elementary
Weds
&
Fri
11:30
to
13:00
Pre Intermediate

Half Term is 22nd October to 26th October 2018

Meet our Tutors

Our aim is to make learning interesting and enjoyable, to build your confidence and to provide you with the language skills you require to express yourself naturally. Our Tutors are vastly experienced and CELTA qualified in all aspects of English language tuition.

Chloe

Chloe, English teacher Experience Chloe has 3 years teaching experience both abroad and in the UK; 1 year in Paris, Mexico and a year in [...]

Hazel

Hazel, Principal and senior English language teacher Experience Hazel has 16 years teaching experience both abroad and in the UK; 3 years in Madrid, Spain [...]

Caroline

Caroline, English teacher Experience Caroline has eleven years of teaching experience in the fields of EFL, ESOL, Literacy and Functional English. She has successfully prepared [...]

Ettie

Ettie, English teacher Experience Ettie completed her CELTA in London and has been teaching for the past eight years, having completed her PGCE four years ago. [...]

Language Info

Chalk and Cheese…

We use this expression to show a complete opposite in personality between two people. Example: Joan: Have you met Linda and Brian yet? Mary: Yes, I have. I thought they were a lovely couple. Joan: Yes, I agree but they are totally different, Linda is a delightful happy young lady and Brian is a bit miserable, just like chalk and cheese, but people do say that opposites are attracted to each other!

Social Scene

Spring 2018 Social Evening

A lovely evening in the Regent pub in Balham. Thank you everyone for coming along, I hope you enjoyed the evening and met some new friends.

Au Pair News

Best Wishes for the Exams

To all our students who are sitting the Cambridge First and Cambridge Advanced this term, we wish you all the best. You have all worked extremely hard and deserve to pass. Keep confident and motivated! Hazel, Caroline, Chloe and Ettie.    

What the students say

I’ve been in London as an au pair for 5 months now. I started my English courses when I arrived here in January and I did courses twice a week during 3 months. I can say that I enjoyed this so much! Hazel is an amazing person, and a great teacher. She’s very smart and so thoughtful. She helped me a lot when I needed some advice, and I definitely improved my English with her help. We were just 4 students in my class so we could practice a lot our spoken English. Hazel is open-minded and we had pleasant conversation with her.
I sincerely recommend Hazel to learn a good English quickly. Thank you again!

Anne Sophie, France

When I came to London my English was less than elementary, I could just say ‘yet’ or ‘not’. Even if I knew the grammar it was like I had any word in my mind but I couldn’t speak up. Hazel was able to pull them out and she made me talk. I felt like a child when he finally can tell everyone what he’s thinking without doubt. I found the job I’ve always wished for. It was amazing having Hazel as my teacher, she became my friend. The most important thing she gave me a method and now I can keep studying by myself, but if I need I know she will be there.

Sara, Italy

I met Hazel at a private school some years ago where I studied Business English with her. She was such a brilliant teacher that I asked her to give me one- to- one classes. If you are looking for someone who is passionate, professional and dedicated to her work – It’s Hazel. She has tailored my lessons to my needs by using a variety of methods and techniques. Having come here with little English, I am now working in a management role. I was lucky to meet her, as she is not only a great teacher but also a good friend.

Joanna, Poland

I have known Hazel as my teacher at a language school for pre-intermediate class and later on due to her skills I chose her as my private teacher to help me prepare for the FCE exam which I successfully passed. Hazel is very friendly and hard-working person always well prepared for a lesson with many years of experience in teaching. I found her techniques very helpful and well-focused in areas I needed a help to improve the most.
I would definitely recommend Hazel to starters and also professionals who are looking for well-balanced lessons with a professional attitude and skilled person keen on helping you to improve in English language.

Tomas, Czech Republic

In lessons you will learn different skills, which are important for the english language, e.g. the difference and the use of all times, different forms of words and how you can change and use them, writing essays, reviews, reports etc. You will be also specialised in “Writing, Listening, Speaking”. It is important that every student has the possibility to share their opinion with their class about the topics, you are discussing about in this moment.
I wasn´t thinking about doing the cambridge exam, but after a few months of hard working, training and a great preparation for the special exercises you have to do in the exam. I passed like the most of Hazel students.

Anne, Germany

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Get in touch

The language Web is based in Balham.  Our classrooms are based in Saint Mary and Saint John The Divine church. The classrooms are spacious, well-heated and well-equipped. The church is on Balham High Road, conveniently located on numerous bus routes and is a less than two minute walk from the Underground tube station.

Please get in touch by email or mobile.  We like meeting in person at the church but this must be done by appointment.

We’d love to hear from you!

The language Web would like to answer any questions from host parents or au pairs.

The timetable and class levels do change so please get in touch even if the published information might not meet your immediate requirements.

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How to travel to The language Web

Dulwich, Crystal Palace and beyond

The language Web is based on Balham High Road.  Our classrooms are based in Saint Mary and Saint John The Divine church, postcode SW12 9BS.

We have many students who travel from outside Wandsworth – for example from the London boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth and even north of the river from Fulham and Hammersmith. We welcome au pairs who live in Dulwich, Crystal Palace, Streatham, Fulham and beyond.

As we are so close to Balham Overground and tube station it’s not as far as it may appear. Our class timetable is designed to accommodate au pairs travelling from outside Wandsworth.

Useful travel links

Transport for London tfl.gov.co.uk and National Rail websites give uptodate information.

Regular train and bus services run from North Dulwich, East Dulwich, West Norwood, Herne Hill, Tulse Hill, Streatham Common, Streatham Hill, Crystal Palace and Sydenham Hill.

  • North Dulwich To Balham : 21 mins

  • West Norwood to Balham : 9 mins

  • Crystal Palace to Balham : 14 mins

  • Bus routes no. 37, no. 315

  • Bus routes no. P13, no. D4

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