THE IMMERSION EXPERIENCE

About The Immersion Experience (TIE)

 

about tie

 

Come to GLV-you don't need to go abroad to learn English.

 

  • We offer a wide variety of courses to suit everyone's needs.
  • Each session is 2 week in length and students are welcome to sign up for 2-30 weeks in length.
  • Regular course begin in the 1st Sunday of each two-week session.
  • All communication is in the target language.
  • We stress language use, and focus on speaking and listening skills.
  • Fluency is more important than accuracy.
  • Emphasis is on practical, skill-based activities.
  • We encourage individual students through building a friendly and supportive learning environment. We have high expectations.
  • We give primacy to content over form.
  • Lesson content is centred on the needs and interests of students and delivered through a variety of media.
  • We develop and use materials, which meet the needs of our students.
  • We use realistic/authentic input, remembering that the most important texts are the students themselves.

THE ENGLISH PROGRAM

The English Program at GLV has three (3) components based on the Step Theory:

 

 

1). Skills Based English

- These classes are held in the mornings and Monday, Wednesday Levels 1 - 4, and Friday afternoons. They are devoted to learning the structure and patterns of English that is being taught in the morning using the New Interchange curriculum. Students have one teacher assigned to them (Skills Class Teacher).

skills class

 

 

 

Electives and Workshops

2). Learning with English (Electives and Workshops)

- Electives and workshops provide the students with an opportunity to explore the world through a variety of topics with English as the tool of learning. Students in levels 3 - 8 have the opportunity to choose the classes they wish to take based on the topics from a list given to them by their teacher on the first Monday morning. Levels 1-2 students will be assigned a class.

 

 

 

3). Real-World English

- These classes are held in the evenings. Students in this section are exposed to a sampling of the challenges they will face in an English-speaking environment. See the description of the Evening Program.

Real-World English

 


SKILLS-BASED CLASSES

The purpose of the Skills-based class is for the teacher to help the students learn and progress focusing on the skills in English (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

 

SKILLS-BASED CLASSES

 

A course overview and a text are assigned for every level with the exception of Level 8. Levels are broken down into sub-levels No text is assigned to Level 8. The focus for this level is getting the students to discuss a wide range of topics that they may not be familiar with, with the emphasis on helping the students to think critically in English, share their opinions and develop their communication skills. The maximum number for the skills-based classes is 15 students.

 

Levels 1 - 4

Monday - Friday mornings, 9:30 - 11:30

Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, 1:30 - 3:30

Total: 16 hrs per week, 32 hrs per session

 

Levels 5 - 8

Monday - Friday mornings, 9:30 - 11:30 AM

Monday and Friday afternoons, 1:30 - 3:30

Total: 14 hrs per week, 28 hrs per session

 


EVENING PROGRAM: REAL-WORLD ENGLISH

In the real world, people speak fast, don't explain words, use idioms, speak colloquially,talk about everything and anything and are opinionated. They play games, sing songs, and have conversations while doing other things.

 

EVENING PROGRAM: REAL-WORLD ENGLISH

 

We try to bring all these elements into our Evening Program.Although it is not the real world, the facilitators are responsible for making it as real as possible.Facilitators are encouraged to 'Think outside the Box'when creating and delivering evening programs.The evening programs are not classes.The whole environment should say 'Real World.'

 

 

CLUB PROGRAMS:

 

These are programs designed for participants Level 5+, however all levels from 3–8 can attend. Public Members can also attend these programs as can staff.These Programs are designed to challenge the participants English.

 

CLUB PROGRAMS

 

1).Business

This program maintains a Real Business World culture. Participants attend these programs to take away some useful business knowledge. E.g. International Trade, Problem Solving, etc.

 

2).Discussions

These programs deal with free and open topics.Participants are given maximum talking time and are free to express themselves. E.g. Men's Corner, Women's Corner, Open Conversation, etc.

 

3).TV Shows and Movies

These programs are centered on expanding the participants' knowledge using film and video as the medium.E.g. Friends,60 Minutes,Travel Show,etc.

 

4).Topic Based

These academic-based programs give participants a chance to increase their knowledge in certain areas as well as developing communication skills. E.g. Debate, Proverbs, Biography, Role Plays, etc.

 

5).Activity Based

These programs give participants time to express themselves creatively and freely, learning through doing. E.g. GLV Newspaper.

 

 

NETWORK PROGRAMS:

 

These programs are designed for the participants at Levels 3 & 4, however all levels from 3–8 can attend. Public Members can also attend these programs as can staff.

 

NETWORK PROGRAMS

 

1).Real World

These programs are not lessons, but real world interactions between the facilitators and participants. Topics are based on the real world. Programs should be level appropriate to Levels 3 & 4.

 

2).Practical & Review

These programs are designed for Levels 3 & 4 together. These programs focus on what the participants have learned in GLV, making sure they remember and use the vocabulary in different and challenging environments.

 

3).Discussions

'Open Conversation' is designed for Levels 3 & 4 together. These programs deal with free and open topics. Participants are given maximum talking time and are free to express themselves.

 

FOUNDATION PROGRAMS:

 

These Evening Skills classes are designed for the students at Levels 1 & 2 only.Low level public members may be permitted to join. These classes are Skills based learning with units and lessons taught from a book.

 

FOUNDATION PROGRAMS

 

1).Real World

These programs are not lessons, but real world interactions between the facilitators and participants. Topics are based on the real world. Programs should be level appropriate to Level 2.

 

2).Practical(Role-Play)

These programs are designed for participants to focus their knowledge and vocabulary on specific situations.

 

3).Discussions

'Let's Talk' is designed for Level 2 participants. This program is treated as a group of friends talking together rather than as an open discussion. Participants should be given maximum talking time.

 

4).Level 1 Review;Level 2A/2B Review

These reviews are to provide opportunities for participants in these levels to develop confidence through practice of the specific things learned in their skills classes and workshops and to keep participants from being overloaded with new information. Only Level 1participants can go to Level 1 Review.

 

PANORAMA PROGRAMS:

 

These programs are designed for levels 3-8. These programs are not so language dependent,and are designed around the activity not the participants English level.These programs include Arts Night, Drama,and Travel.

 

PANORAMA PROGRAMS

 

1).FREEDOM PROGRAMS

Participants interested in a more relaxed evening have the option for activities for which there are not teachers assigned. Attendance it taken by the EPC. These programs may include a movie, chatting or using the computers in the Student Center, or doing self-study in the designated areas.

 


WEEKLY SCHEDULE

 

 
Time
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thur
Fri
Sat
Sun
1st Week
2nd Week
1st Week
Moring
7:45 - 8:30
Breakfast
 
Off
8:30 - 8:50
Reading / Warm-up
Free Time
9:00 - 11:50
Skills Classes
Skills Progress Check
Skills Progress Check Review
General Skills Review
Noon
11:50 - 13:50
Lunch / Break
Afternoon
14:00 - 14:50

Elective Classes /
Stream Programs

Skills Classes
Presentation Preparation
Sports / Outing
15:00 - 15:50
Presentation
15:50 - 16:10
Tea Break
16:10 - 17:00
Real World Programs
 
17:00 - 18:00
Dinner
Evening
18:10 - 19:00
Real World Programs
School Closed
19:00 - 20:30
Movie / Self-study

 

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