Department of English
Innovate Learning Centre offers a wide range of superb English language courses to suit all needs. These courses aim to increase the student's confidence in communicating effectively in written and spoken English, including Business English, in a variety of contexts as appropriate.

The English courses are offered at following different levels.

The focus of learning is practical everyday English with an emphasis on relevant vocabulary so that the student can participate in Birmingham life and make the most of their visit. Classroom games and other activities make learning efficient and enjoyable. Many students seek part-time work and this course is designed to help them on their way to independence.

The learning process is very exciting as students acquire language very quickly at this level. The interactive classroom approach ensures that there is an opportunity to practise speaking and listening skills with an emphasis on clear pronunciation. Grammar is taught in class and students are encouraged to learn the patterns that will be of most relevance to them in their personal lives. Reading and writing are taught in such a way that our students have the opportunity to personalise their English. Preparation for the Cambridge KET is covered in these classes for those students who choose to take the exam.

At this level our students can express themselves confidently and have rewarding conversations with native speakers. A variety of tenses are covered in order to allow more sophisticated expression in both the written and spoken word. Our students learn with the use of authentic material so that they can integrate the language used in the classroom with that encountered in real-life situations. As in all levels, the variety of teaching methods ensures that each student learns in a way that matches their learning style. Preparation for the Cambridge PET is covered in these classes for those students who choose to take the exam.

Students have an operational command of language at this stage and are taught to understand more complicated texts and interaction patterns so that they can use English more effectively for professional or academic purposes. Our teachers, at times, point out students' errors and encourage them to correct themselves so that they can use language accurately outside the classroom. Preparation for the Cambridge First Certificate is covered in these classes for those students who choose to take the exam.

Advanced/Upper Intermediate
The student has full operational command of the language at this level and can understand almost everything that is spoken or written in the target language. Various writing and speaking styles are covered in lessons so that the learner has a larger repertoire of expression and is prepared if they choose to take the Cambridge Advanced exam. At this level our students enjoy learning more about the respective cultures of native English speakers through the way they use language. With the use of their wide range of grammatical structures, students are encouraged to express complex concepts in both the spoken and written word.

One of the most popular English exams in the world, IELTS is accepted for university entrance, immigration and employment purposes in the UK, Canada, Australia, and increasingly, in the USA. At ILC, we realise that the student's achievement of their necessary score is an important step in their academic and professional career. All areas of the test are covered in lessons and students are given individual coaching in their areas of weakness and are encouraged to maximise their strengths in order to achieve as a high a score as possible. Exam technique is taught in detail and there are numerous occasions where exam conditions are simulated.

The IELTS Foundation Course is designed to give learners at lower levels an advantageous boost in preparing to take the IELTS test.

Entry Requirements
Entry requirement to these levels is open although students are carefully assessed to ascertain which course and level will be most beneficial for them to join. Access to the IELTS class will depend on specific initial assessment but in general, students who are below Upper Intermediate Level will need to start in the IELTS foundation class.

Classes Schedule
Most of our English courses are held five days a week comprising three hours of teaching per day. Short, evening and weekend classes are also available. Please enquire for further details.

Fee Detail
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