MLI Academic Programme

Overview

Here at MLI we have a dynamic approach to ‘TEENching’. Our methodology is exciting, empowering and enjoyable.

MLI’s educational philosophy is based upon the idea that learning in the summer course setting should break from the normal classroom routine and be FUN. We want our students to learn to communicate effectively in English with confidence and eagerness.

  • Team-teaching ensures that students experience a range of interaction, different personalities, accents and approaches to spark their interest and challenge their learning.
  • MLI’s resources are handpicked and tailored to suitably engage, support and stimulate students.
  • We place emphasis on linking our cultural programme to our lessons to ensure that the students are continually learning, in and out of lessons.
  • Each student is presented with an MLI Student Diary to focus them on their learning and achievements, to set goals and consider how and the best ways to learn English.
  • All students sit a placement test on their first day, which consists of a written and a speaking exam. The results are combined to ensure students are placed correctly in a challenging class to meet the students’ needs.
  • On completion of their course with us, students receive an MLI Certificate of Achievement.

English Levels

At MLI International Schools, we follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). We have five levels:

A1 level description: Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases around everyday routines. Can introduce him/herself around others. 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 speaks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 level description: 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 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.

B1 level description: 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 a personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 level description: Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics. 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 advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1 level description: Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise 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 controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.