Small groups classes = Fast progress

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Quartets Overview – small group classes

A group of just four students is one of the most effective and enjoyable language learning formats you can imagine. The amount of individual attention you receive in small group classes is obviously far higher than in a traditional group of 10, 12 or 15 students.

It is also the perfect format for pair-work and group discussion, where, again, I am able to monitor closely everything you say, and give individual feedback on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

Is a Quartet course the right course for you?

If you answer ‘Yes’ to these questions, a ‘Quartet’ course is for you!

  • Are you at Intermediate (B1) level or above?
  • Do you want to be taught in a small group, and have a lot of individual attention?
  • Are you prepared to work on your own for 6+ hours a week?
  • Are you interested in taking one of the Cambridge exams?
  • Do you enjoy using modern technology when working on your language skills?

Any questions? You can contact me.

The Course

This page tells you what you can expect from a Quartet course – small group classes of just four students.

We will use a coursebook – in an exam class, a book designed for exam candidates.

Language areas / skills covered in the course:

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Pronunciation
  • Listening
  • Exam techniques
  • Learning and self-study skills

Homework will be set on a regular basis:

  • Exercises
  • Exam questions
  • Readings and Listenings
  • Preparing talks, presentations, etc
  • Research tasks / project work

There will be:

  • ‘Mock’ testing after five weeks
  • Regular progress tests
  • A practice speaking test prior to the exam
  • Certificates provided at the end of every course
group class diagram
Autumn ‘19 Spring ‘20 Summer ‘20
Start: Mon 16 September Start: Mon 13 January Start: Mon 20 April
End: Fri 29 November End: Fri 27 March End: Fri 3 July
Half-term: 21 – 25 October Half-term: 17 – 21 February Half-term: 25 – 29 May

Academic Year 2019 to 2020

Courses are 4 hours per week*

Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday
9.30 to 11.30 or 12.00 to 14.00
(days and time of class depends on level)

*plus minimum of 6 hours home study* ie total hours of study 10+

Fees: £550 for the term

(coursebook not included)

What you get
  • 40 hours of lessons in a small group classes of 4 students
  • Access to a large range of self-study materials
  • ‘Robcasts’ on learning strategies
  • Membership of WhatsApp & Quizlet groups
  • End of course testing and certificate
  • ‘Mock’ testing for the Cambridge exams
  • Free registration through ELT for exams
  • Discounted 1-1 lessons: £40 instead of £50
Other costs and charges

Course books (average): £30
Cambridge exams: from £127 – £162

Testing / Enrolment

  • Email me – rob.howley@elt-online.co.uk – to express an interest in a ‘Quartet’ course. Please put ‘Quartets’ in the subject line.
  • If you are in London I will arrange a time for you to come and do an interview and test. If you are still in your own country I will send you a test – you must have access to a PC or laptop, and be able to open an Excel file.
  • When you have done the test I will mark it, and let you know your mark and what level you are in your grammar and vocabulary.
  • I will tell you if I have a suitable class for you.
  • If you want to reserve a place you pay me a £100 non-refundable deposit – this can be done in cash, or by Bank Transfer.
  • I confirm your place.
  • You pay the balance of your fees no later than two weeks before the start of the course.
Bank Branch Address
National Westminster Bank Kensington Royal Garden P.O.Box 2341, 55 Kensington High Street
London W8 5ZG
Iban Swift Number Account Name Sort Code Account Number
50 30 10 3126 0934
NWBK GB 2L English Language Training 50-30-10 3126 0934
  • Minimum age 18.
  • ELT cannot guarantee that your place will be kept if you do not arrive by the date planned – enrolments may be cancelled if no contact is made within 5 days of the course starting date.
  • The balance of fees due must be paid no less than two weeks before the start of the course otherwise we reserve the right to cancel the course. The course fees do not include the cost of books, which must be bought for each class.
  • Fees are non-refundable and not transferable.
  • Lessons will be re-arranged if there is a public holiday on a course date.
  • ELT expects commitment from students. If a student’s attendance falls below 80% in any 4-week period (medical and extreme personal circumstances excluded) we reserve the right to cancel the course without refund of fees.
  • Please note that I expect you to attend class, and I expect you to show respect to other students, and to the school. It is also expected that you will act in accordance with UK law, and to behave in a reasonable way at all times.
  • Course reservations are made on the basis of a student’s Level Test. If a student re-tests at a significantly different level ELT cannot guarantee that an alternative course will be available.
  • ELT may cancel or close a class if there is an insufficient number of students. In this case fees will be reimbursed for any lessons paid for but not held.
  • Students are not insured by ELT against illness, accident, theft or loss. Personal insurance is strongly recommended.
  • I very much want my students to be happy with the teaching and the services provided by ELT. Please let me know at any stage if there is anything that you are not happy with.
  • Finally please let me know if there is anything you do not understand in these Terms and Conditions!
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