There are three variables to consider for every course of online English classes:
- How much each hour of the course will cost each student
- Who your fellow students will be
- How much input you will have in the course design
Price Per Hour:
The price her hour per student is determined by how many students have signed up and paid for a course. For example, the basic rates are:
- $10 per hour per student for a course with 6-10 students
- $15 per hour per student for a course with 4-5 students
- $20 per hour per student for a course with 3 students
- $30 per hour per student for a course with 2 students
- $60 per hour per student for a course with 1 student and 1 teacher
Therefore, if you sign up for a course for 6-10 students that meets for two 2-hour sessions each week for 12 weeks, that would be:
48 hours (4 hours a week x 12 weeks) x $10 an hour _______________________________________ $480 for three months of instruction
* The demands on each teacher and sound confusion with larger groups of students make courses of more than 10 students unwieldy at this time, although we are continuing to explore ways to deal with this.
Who Will Be Taking the Course with You
Students can sign up individually, in pairs, or in a group. If individuals or pairs of students wish to participate in a course with a larger number of students, we will do our best to place you in a group of that size. Who your peers will be will also be determined by the level of English you achieve on our placement test, your native language (it is best if you are placed with students who speak a different first language), and, of course, your course topic choices or other special needs and interests you have identified.
How Much Input You Can Have in the Course Design
Typically, our teachers use course materials from the large bank of courses we have already designed. But it is also possible that you may be in a company or at an educational institution that wants us to design something that meets some other very specific guidelines and goals. For example, your company or educational institution may have national curriculum standards that must be addressed or perhaps a set of textbooks that they have already purchased that they would like your course to use as a base. We can meet these needs, often without much alteration of what we have already designed. However, if an intense amount of design work is required, we may require a development fee.
We will negotiate the development fee based on how many times the course will be taught, how many students will be in a course, and what other uses we may have for the materials we develop for the course. It is conceivable that even a course that requires a great deal of design work will not cost more than our standard courses if we know we will be able to use the material many times with many other students in many other ways.
* All courses must be completely paid for before the first day of class.
Determining Your English Level
|Beginning||Pre-A1||Can understand and use a few very basic phrases such as common greetings and formulaic expressions, but very little more than that.|
|High Beginning||A1||Can 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.|
|Low Intermediate||A2||Can 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.|
|Intermediate||B1||Can 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.|
|High Intermediate||B2||Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. 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.|
|Advanced||C1||Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize 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 controller use of organizational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices.|
|Don't worry if this is confusing to you, as we will determine your level of English skills with a placement test.|
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