English Conversational Skills for Beginners (1)

English Conversational Skills for Beginners (1)

COURSE Description

Have you ever thought about learning English? Whether it is for working in an international environment, studying, travelling abroad, or just talking to someone who doesn't speak Arabic, even a few words of English can open doors.

This course is aimed at helping you learn English that you can use practically, immediately. The focus is conversational language - the kind of language you use when you're speaking - at an Elementary level, and there is special attention paid to useful phrases and vocabulary, as well as pronunciation.

Drawing on the British Council's expertise in English language learning and teaching, the course uses short videos of a group of Arabic-speaking learners on a British Council English course, so you can see the kind of language they are learning. These videos will be presented and commented on by an experienced English language teacher from the British Council who, in Arabic, will highlight important points related to the language, and give you useful tips. You will then have plenty of opportunities to practice that language, in quizzes, discussions and by using specially developed software to help you remember new words and phrases.


prerequisites

If you are just starting to learn English, this course is perfect for you, as it is aimed at beginner and elementary level learners. However, even if you are a higher level, it will give you some useful practise, and you will find lots of helpful tips!


What You Will Learn

  1. Spoken English you can use in common situations, such as talking about yourself, your habits and routines and your future plans.

  2. Essential vocabulary areas, such as numbers, and telling the time.

  3. Pronunciation tips, to help with difficult sounds, stress and other aspects of speaking English.

  4. Examples of how English differs from Arabic, which can be useful for your understanding.

  5. Tips on how best to manage your learning, to help you be more effective.


COURSE INSTRUCTOR AND STAFF

Alan Keenan

Alan Keenan is an English Teacher at the British Council in Amman, Jordan. He has a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Queen’s University Belfast. He has been teaching English for ten years, mostly in the Arab World. He has taught English to people of all ages. He currently teaches courses in General English for adults and young learners as well as Preparation for IELTS courses. He has learned both Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine dialects. He is married and has three young children.


Ismail Alsmail

Ismail is an English teacher at the British Council in Amman, Jordan. He has a Master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) from Al Baath University in Syria, and a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) from the University of Cambridge. Ismail has over seven years of teaching experience in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan. He has experience of teaching students at different language levels, ranging from beginner to advanced.


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