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About Your Lessons

Want to know more about your learning programme at the Lewis School? Here is our quick guide to everything from homework to changing classes.
General English

On your first day, we place you in a suitable class based on your placement test score. You can find out more about our levels on the General English Syllabus page.

Changing Levels

We can change the level of your class any week, when you and your teachers feel that you are ready. Our teachers meet every week to discuss which students are ready to move up. If you think your class is too easy or too difficult and you want to move to another level, please talk to your teachers.

What Will I Study?

You will follow our General English syllabus, which has weekly topics, language points and skills practice It is designed so you can start and finish any week. You can see the full syllabus on the General English Syllabus page. Please note: we do not follow a textbook in General English but instead use a wide range of resources. We provide you with all study materials.

General English Levels

Elementary (A1)
Pre-Intermediate (A2)
Intermediate (B1)
Intermediate Plus (B2.1)
Higher Intermediate (B2.2)
Advanced (C1)

Levels are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Other Courses

On the IELTS course, you will follow a coursebook. This is included in your fees. However, please note that exam registration is not included. If you wish to book an IELTS exam, we can do this for you. Please see our IELTS page for details. On the Academic Year Programme, you can choose from all our group courses and you will have a personal tutor to help you decide which course is best for you.

We have some important rules about attending class and arriving on time. For example:

If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for the 1st lesson, you will not be allowed to enter
You must arrive on time to the 2nd and 3rd lessons or you may be refused entry
You need 80% attendance or more to receive a course certificate
Holidays must be booked through Reception by Wednesday the week before
We have an Attendance Warning System for repeated absences
There are different rules if you are under 18. See the full policy on our School Policies page

Your Timetable

 Time Lesson
9.30 – 11.001st Lesson
11.00 – 11.30Break
11.30 – 13.002nd Lesson
13.00 – 14.00Lunch
14.00 – 15.303rd Lesson
15.30 – 16.00Break
16.00 – 17.304th Lesson

Your normal timetable will be:
9.30 – 13.00 for General English 2, IELTS, Academic Year Programme and all other 15-hour courses.
9.30 – 15.30 for General English 3 and Academic Year Plus.
However, in busy times, particularly in July and August, your lessons may be timetabled any time between 9.30 and 17.30, and your schedule may vary from week to week.

Homework may be given as a follow-up to your lesson. If you would like more, please tell your teacher.

If you’d like to do some extra study, you can use our:
Study Centre, where you can find photocopiable and online learning resources
mini-library, where you can borrow storybooks at different levels of English
online syllabus (in our Student Zone), where you can practise this week’s General English topics

You can improve your English skills at our free Study Clubs. These are offered twice per week and include Conversation Club and Grammar Clinic. Our Study Club topics often link to the social activities programme, helping you to practise your English while you have fun! See the Social Activities page for more details.

If you wish to check how much progress you have made at your current level, you can try one of our progress tests. In your final week at Lewis School, you will also be given an exit test. This is similar to your placement test so you can compare the scores. You can also book an exit speaking test.

Students of the Week winners

Every week we give out Students of the Week awards to students who have impressed us with their effort or achievements.

It is very important to us that you are happy and making progress. We ask you for your feedback at the end of each week so we are constantly aware of your language learning needs. Also, from time to time, we may invite you to have a private talk about your classes, your teachers, your accommodation and anything else you wish to discuss. Everything you tell us will be treated as confidential.