Course Descriptions and Objectives
English Courses
Course Descriptions
Summer Courses
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General English

Our General English courses are from Elementary to Proficiency level.  Classes focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.  Classes are interactive and student-centred and you will be encouraged to work individually, in pairs and in groups.  Each class follows a course book and teachers also use their own materials in lessons.

For those wishing to take examinations we offer courses to prepare you for the IELTS test and for the PET, FCE, CAE, and CPE Cambridge examinations.  These qualifications can improve your employment prospects as well as helping you gain admission to university or other institutes of higher education. 

Business English

The course is suitable for any student who is Upper Intermediate level or above and who intends to use English at work.  The course concentrates on English used in business and commercial situations and is relevant to senior business people as well as students who do not yet have any work experience.  Classes are centred round different types of business situation.


Courses are matched to the internationally recognised Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels A2 to C2.


Conversation classes aim to help you achieve fluency and good pronunciation in spoken English.  Classes focus on discussions on stories in the media and topical issues and presentations.  There is no examination for this course; it is intended to help students enhance their conversational English in an interesting and fun environment.

The class size is small so the teacher can give each student individual attention. 

Elementary (CEFR Level A2)

The aim of the Elementary course is to teach you to: 

  • Understand and use simple vocabulary, sentences, expressions, and basic phrases useful for everyday life in the UK. 
  • Introduce yourself, ask and answer questions about personal details and daily needs – such as where you live, family information, shopping, eating, the local area, entertainment, and working.
  • Read and understand straightforward information and simple texts
  • Be able to complete forms and write short texts related to personal information

Pre-Intermediate (CEFR A2)

The aim of the course is to teach you to: 

  • Understand and communicate in familiar situations, using sentences
  • Start to manage most situations related to living and travelling, to describe or express your opinion on topics of personal interest such as experiences, events, hopes and ambitions, and express opinions, reasons, and plans
  • Read and understand information on familiar topics
  • Write simple formal letters and text on familiar matters

Intermediate / Cambridge Preliminary English Test (PET) (CEFR Level B1)
By this level you will be becoming more fluent and will be able to speak more spontaneously with English-speaking people.  This course progresses to using new and more challenging words and sentence structures. 

The PET exam provides evidence that you can use English in everyday work, study, and leisure situations.

The aim of the course is to teach you to:

  • Understand topical matters, and explain your opinions and advantages and disadvantages of a situation
  • Read and understand routine information and articles and the meaning of information in a familiar area
  • Produce written work on a range of subjects

Upper Intermediate / Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) (CEFR Level B2)
The course is ideal for students who want to learn English for work or study, and to communicate more effectively with native speakers.

It is not compulsory to take the exam, but students often take the Cambridge First Certificate Examination (FCE) to demonstrate their level of English to prospective employers or training organisations.  For students on the FCE daytime courses we will help you to become familiar with the different parts of the exam and you will have the opportunity to practise using past exam papers.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Express your opinion and hold discussions with native speakers on a fairly wide variety of topics with a level of fluency and spontaneity that makes communication possible without strain. 
  • Understand people speaking English on radio and television, and understand the main points of complex pieces of writing.
  • Understand and write, clear and detailed text on a wide range of subjects, both concrete and abstract, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation, and express advantages and disadvantages of different points of view. 

IELTS 6.5 (CEFR Level C1)

This course offers preparation for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which tests the four language communication skills – listening, reading, writing, and speaking.  You must be at least at Upper Intermediate level when you join this course. 

At OME we prepare students for the IELTS Academic test at level 6.5 which is accepted by training institutions and many university courses

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Speak and discuss your opinions with native speakers with a level of fluency and spontaneity that makes communication possible without strain.
  • Listen to, and understand, much of what is said on radio and television
  • Read and understand the main points of complex pieces of academic writing
  • Understand, and write, clear formal academic text on a wide range of subjects, both concrete and abstract, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation.   

Advanced English
(CEFR Level C1)
This class offers teaching at Advanced level and prepares you to take Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) although it is not compulsory to take the exam. 

CAE is recognised around the world by employers as an English qualification for working at professional or managerial level, and as a qualification for studying at university level.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Speak with native speakers fluently, flexibly, spontaneously, and confidently in social, academic, and business situations.
  • Understand, read and write, well-structured text on complex subjects, both concrete and abstract, and show recognition of implicit meanings.  Take notes and write formatted and logical text for professional purposes. 

Cambridge Proficiency Examination (CPE)  (CEFR Level C2)

This course offers teaching at Proficiency level and preparation for the Cambridge Proficiency Exam, which is Cambridge ESOL's most advanced exam.  It is recognised around the world and is for people who use English for professional or study purposes.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Express yourself fluently and precisely, understanding colloquial references and differentiating between shades of meaning even in complex or sensitive situations
  • Understand documents and reports, including the finer points of complex texts
  • Be able to summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstruct arguments and accounts into a coherent presentation with good expression and accuracy.

Business English  (CEFR Level C1)

To join this class you should be Upper Intermediate Level (CEFR Level B2) or above. Ideally you should have passed Cambridge FCE.  The course offers preparation for the Cambridge BEC Higher (Business English Certificate) exam. BEC is officially recognised by many educational organisations, employers, government bodies and professional organisations throughout the world as a suitable qualification for business use.

The aim of the course is to:

  • Revise English skills already learned and use them in a business context
  • Teach new language relevant to business situations
  • Teach skills and techniques for writing business correspondence, reports, summaries and notes
  • Use simulation of business situations and role-play to develop fluency, listening, reading and writing skills
  • Encourage discussion among students about how to manage business situations


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