stratford language institute

Teaching Methods

Through cinema, drama, acting, role-play, and games, students have many opportunities to experiment with language.

The Stratford Language Institute uses the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) created by the Council of Europe in 2001. CEF approach is based on internationally endorsed language research that describes in a comprehensive manner:

  1. The competences necessary for communication
  2. The related knowledge and skills
  3. The situations and domains of communication

Core Modules Focus On One Skill

Council of Europe Levels Description
Proficient User
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.

Advanced User

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.
Independent User
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.
Intermediate User
The ability to express oneself in a limited way in familiar situations and to deal in a general way with nonroutine information.
Example: CAN ask to open an account at a bank, provided that the procedure is straightforward.
Elementary User
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.
Basic User
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 if they can progress to the next level. This allows students, who have previous experience with English, to quickly progress to their degree program.

In addition to the six core levels, students can augment their program with electives related to their current focus (listening, speaking, grammar, and writing). Electives also include TOEFL and IELTS test preparation modules.

Engaging Delivery Methods

Our approach puts students in real-life scenarios, in an interactive, stress-free environment, allowing for rapid acquisition of language. Through cinema, drama, acting, role-play, 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. These materials might include newspapers, novels, magazines, movies, or cable news. Our in-class textbooks also incorporate the latest in technology, audiovisual, and interactive books.