1. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW FOR MY FIRST DAY?
Arrive at CESC at 8.00am. You will need to bring your passport with you on your first day. Please bring a notebook, pens and £30 to purchase or hire your course book. We will then guide you through your first morning. We will test your English, check all your documentation is in order, provide you with a student card and give you a tour of CESC. The Principal will then meet you to give you your timetable, and a folder with information about your course. The Principal will also talk to you about studying at CESC. Your first lesson will then normally start at 11.10am. Then from your second day onwards your first lesson begins at 9.00am.
 
2. WHAT TIME WILL I HAVE MY LESSONS?
For most classes: Morning lessons are between 09:00 and 12:50. You will have a short break between 10:40 and 11:10. Afternoon lessons take place between 13:50 and 14:53. Please check your timetable given on your first day for times of your classes.
 
3. HOW LONG IS ONE LESSON?
Each English language lesson at CESC is a period of 50 minutes.
 
4. HOW MANY LESSONS PER WEEK WILL I TAKE ON MY COURSE?
Depending on the course you have chosen, you will have 20 lessons (16.6 hours) or 25 lessons (20.8 hours).
 
5. HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE THERE IN A CLASS?
There is a maximum class size of 14 students on all of our main and preparation courses. Our specialised courses  may have between 4 and 8 students.
 
6. WHAT ARE THE NATIONALITIES OF STUDENTS IN CLASSES?
This is an international centre and students from all over the world come to study English with us. Depending on the time of year that you plan to study, you might be in a class with Italians, Swiss, French, Spanish, Saudis, Russians, Germans, Chinese, Turkish, Angolan or Koreans.
 
7. HOW WILL MY PROGRESS BE MONITORED?
Your progress is monitored by your teachers. They will give you a short test once a week to see how much you are learning. Your teachers will also monitor your speaking and writing and give you feedback and ideas on how to improve. If you and your teachers think you are ready to go to the next level, you may be able to do the level test to see if you are ready.
 
8. WHAT DO I DO IF I THINK I NEED TO CHANGE CLASS LEVELS?
You need to speak with your morning teachers who will then consider your language based on all of the language work you have done in class and for homework, including your speaking, your writing and test scores If they think you are ready you may be able to do the level test. If you pass this test, you can go to the next level the following week.
 
9. HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT TO LEARN AFTER A 2-WEEK, 4-WEEK OR 12-WEEK COURSE?
After two-weeks you may be able to understand more when listening and improve your confidence in trying out some English in conversation. It may also be long enough to help familiarise you with some of the format of an English exam if you are studying one of our English exam preparation courses.

After 4 weeks you should be able to feel some progress in 2-3 areas of your English, for example, learning some new language which you are able to try out in conversation or writing.
After 12 weeks, you may make enough progress to move to the next level. If your teachers feel you are ready, we will then invite you to a level test to check whether you are ready to progress to the next level. See ‘How does CESC assess my English level?’ above.

 
10. CAN I CHANGE MY GENERAL ENGLISH COURSE TO AN IELTS PREPARATION COURSE?
This is possible if you are at the right level, and if there are spaces in the IELTS class.
 
11. WILL CESC PREPARE ME TO TAKE ANY OFFICIAL EXAMS?

CESC runs open enrolment IELTS preparation courses and can run preparation courses for other exams for closed groups or on a one-to-one basis.

12. DO I GET A CERTIFICATE AFTER THE COURSE?

You will receive a CESC certificate of completion when you finish your course if you have attended 85% or more of the lessons. Your certificate will state your level based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

 
13. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I CAN’T ATTEND ONE OF MY CLASSES?

If you feel unwell, you should contact the Centre before 9.00am.