Our staff and our teachers have all lived or studied abroad and have true multicultural experience. The criterion of “native” is not a priority for us as native speakers are often mono-cultural individuals.
You can use this section to find answers to the most frequently asked questions. We hope this will provide you with a complete understanding of what our centre is all about.
The average group size is 12. The pre-school groups are generally smaller and they have two adults working with them; a teacher and an assistant.
Our teachers are, in the first instance, highly qualified young specialists in their particular fields, who all have an excellent command of English and who love children. We teach them all the essential pedagogical techniques required. The exceptions are our language teachers, who are professional teachers with superb qualifications and experience.
We conduct interim and final exams for every age group at London Gates Education Group. A-Level students sit international exams for the British accredited General Certificate of Education and they receive the corresponding, internationally recognised certificates. In addition, all graduates from the centre sit the IELTS English exam.
We apply a flexible approach to the workload for our students and are prepared to offer combinations of group sessions and individual lessons if the student is unable to attend lessons within the regular timetable for the group or if additional sessions are required. Individual lessons are only provided for students on group courses and they cannot form the main part of a programme undertaken at the centre. We also carry out individual lessons online, but it is not possible to study with a London Gates teacher outside the centre.
If this means fluency in spoken English, this depends on two factors:
– the age of the child: up to the age of about 7, children do not always speak “fluently” in their native language; they are only learning it;
– the child’s psychological profile.
If a child over the age of 7 is active and communicative in their mother tongue, in six months to a year, they will start speaking English with ease.
Yes. If a child has not reached 18, he or she must appoint an official guardian in the United Kingdom; this is a standard procedure.
It all depends on how academically and psychologically the student is prepared for accelerated completion of the programme and for the considerable effort that this will require. We can only determine this during the course of an interview and the entrance test.
All A-Level students prepare and pass this exam. However, it is not possible to prepare individually for the IELTS if you are not a student of the centre.
The presence of observers during a lesson changes the way it is conducted. Children do not behave as they would normally, the teacher is unable to work with them according to a pre-set plan, and the dynamic of the group is disrupted. Therefore, we do not allow to look in on lessons.
Twice a year we hold open days at the centre. While the children are attending sessions and sitting tests, the centre’s staff talk to the parents about the academic opportunities. In addition, during the course of the year we hold public events for children pre-schoolers and older children, where it is possible to take part in real lessons with our teachers and ask the centre’s organisers any questions of interest. Information about all our events is published on our website on the News and Calendar pages, as well as on our Facebook page.
No. All applicants go through selection process for admission to study at the centre. The process is based on assessing the academic knowledge, psychological state and cultural approach of the children and their parents. We strive to bring together like-minded people here at the centre. It is important for us to work with parents who are prepared to share our values and objectives, so we always reserve the right not to work with clients (children and their parents) where this is not possible.
During an interview we get to know the child and their parents, we assess the child’s academic knowledge, perform a psychological appraisal and determine the educational goals with the parents. An interview is compulsory, regardless of the child’s age and the subjects that they plan to study.
Pre-school children learn English in the following way: one day a week a lesson is held in native language and the second – in English, focusing on what we covered on the “Native language day”. This helps the children get to grips with the language in the most comfortable way possible.
Children between the ages of 7 and 9 begin their studies in English immediately. To make it easier for the children to understand the material being taught, the teachers use visual aids: interactive presentations, the whiteboard and games that involve the pupils.
Of course, it is better to start learning a language from the earliest age to avoid any language difficulties in the junior school.
The IB syllabus, including six subjects, is too voluminous to master as part of a supplementary education, especially in such a short period of time. The A-Level syllabus is more preferable as a second education. It presents the opportunity to concentrate on just 3 to 4 subjects and to gain an international certificate of education, relying on a broad, general education.
These two exams, one British and the other American, are completely interchangeable, but we prepare students specifically for the exam under the British IELTS system. The average score achieved by graduates from the centre is 7.2 (of a maximum of 9), which is 10% higher than the average result.
This is a very individual matter. “Not confident enough in English” can mean completely different things. We can only determine this during the course of the entrance test.