The Stratford Language Institute uses the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) created by the Council of Europe in 2001. The approach is based on internationally endorsed language research that describes in a comprehensive manner:
- The competencies necessary for communication
- The related knowledge and skills
- The situations and domains of communication
|Council of Europe Levels
|The capacity to deal with material which is academic or cognitively demanding, and to use language to good effect at a level of performance which may in certain respects be more advanced than that of an average native speaker.|
Example: CAN scan texts for relevant information, and grasp main topic of text, reading almost as quickly as a native speaker.
|The ability to communicate with the emphasis on how well it is done, in terms of appropriacy, sensitivity and the capacity to deal with unfamiliar topics.|
Example: CAN deal with hostile questioning confidently. CAN get and hold onto his/her turn to speak.
|The capacity to achieve most goals and express oneself on a range of topics.|
Example: CAN show visitors around and give a detailed description of a place.
|The ability to express oneself in a limited way in familiar situations and to deal in a general way with non-routine information.|
Example: CAN ask to open an account at a bank, provided that the procedure is straightforward.
|An ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and begin to express oneself in familiar contexts.|
Example: CAN take part in a routine conversation on simple predictable topics.
|A basic ability to communicate and exchange information in a simple way.|
Example: CAN ask simple questions about a menu and understand simple answers.
Students are evaluated at 10-week intervals to determine whether they can progress to the next level. This allows students who have previous experience with English to progress quickly to their degree program.
In addition to the seven core levels, the program is augmented by electives related to the core levels.
Engaging Delivery Methods
Our approach puts students in real-life scenarios in an interactive environment, allowing for rapid acquisition of language. Through role-play, collaborative writing workshops, dynamic presentations, blended learning through technology, and communicative activities and games, students have countless opportunities to experiment with language.
Authentic Course Materials
In order to make the classroom environment engaging and challenging, our approach uses authentic materials created outside of the classroom. Media fluency materials might include newspapers, novels, magazines, movies, or cable news. Our classes also incorporate visual literacy and research-based textbooks.