Why English? 2018-05-26T09:08:27+00:00

English is the most influential and widespread modern day language in the world, spoken in over 100 countries and adopted as the official or native language in 75 of them. One out of five people on the planet can speak or understand English. It is the international language of business and learning it gives a life skill that opens doors by building a better career and increasing earning potential. People who use languages in their jobs typically earn between 8% and 30% more than those in similar roles who don’t. Also, more than one third of businesses choose people specifically for their language skills. Many professional bodies require mastery of English in order to study their qualifications to achieve qualified membership – industries and sectors like accountancy, law, finance, banking, travel & transport, health & medicine, engineering and IT. For airline pilots, crew and air control staff, speaking English is mandatory. For academic study, the leading universities and schools around the world offer courses that require high English skills, which opens up more opportunities to study in a different countries.

Why Oxford English

When you study My Oxford English you have the assurance that you’re learning from the leading authority on English language and part of the  world’s no.1 university and creators of the world famous Oxford English Dictionary. The leading minds in language development have created a pedagogy with best in class academic support backed by hundreds of years heritage in language learning. This means a learner can have the confidence they will be best equipped to achieve their English language goals. Nine out of every ten learners finish and endorse the My Oxford English course.

My Oxford English brings together hundreds of years of English language teaching combined with the world renowned educational quality of Oxford University Press and the University of Oxford with the latest in professional support and resource. The learning contains work and social examples of modern day living and is designed to teach and assess how learners use English in every day life. My Oxford English equips and prepares learners for the IELTS, TOEIC and TOEFL exams which are recognised by universities, employers and governments around the world.

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The CEFR

The Common European Framework of Reference (abbreviated to the CEFR) describes what English as a Second Language (ESL) students can do at different stages of their learning. It was originally designed as a reference tool to promote educational transparency and to allow movement between countries for work or study within the European Union. Since its publication in 2001, the CEFR has been translated into 37 languages and its use has spread outside Europe, from Asia to Latin America, as an aid to defining the levels for learning, teaching and assessment. The CEFR describes six levels of ability, A1 being the lowest and C2 the highest. Learners are classified in three distinct groups: Basic User (levels A1 and A2), Independent User (B1 and B2) and Proficient User (C1 and C2). Since it is a common standard, the CEFR helps you determine your current level of English and the level of English you need for the future. The NARIC agency also assesses higher and professional courses for English as a Second Language (ESL) students.

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CEFR A Guide

Using this table gives an indication as to what level of English a learner will have achieved after completing each module and level of My Oxford English. Each module can be learned at any pace and over the course of up to six months with the support of live coaches and tutors along with the rich bank of learning and support materials. All of the My Oxford English levels are designed specifically in accordance with the Common European Framework (CEFR) so a learner, tutor and employer can be certain that their achievements will be formally recognised and measured against other exam bodies such as TOEIC and IELTS.

Upper-Advanced Plus corresponds to the second part of the C1 of CEFR

This level moves a student towards mastery of English with a particular emphasis on business. By the time a learner finishes this module, they will be able to express ideas fluently and spontaneously.

Practically, they will learn workplace based tasks such as talk about training and discuss employer / employee expectations and difficult conversations. They will give an impromptu sales presentation where they need to use influence and persuasion skills and enter into and conclude complex negotiations. They will discuss ethics and values and the wider challenges and issues related to the Enron collapse. Other tasks include writing a complex proposal and a sales & marketing email.

Grammatically, a student will also learn how to distance and depersonalize what they say using the passive, use discourse markers, emphasize using inversion, and use participle clauses, in addition to other important structures.

Upper-Advanced corresponds to the first part of the C1 level of the CEFR

Once completed, a learner will be able to express ideas fluently and spontaneously without obvious effort, use language flexibly and effectively for academic, professional and social purposes, understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning.

Practically by the end of this module, a learner will have the confidence to perform key business tasks such as managing meetings and teleconferences and give formal presentations. They will be able to handle difficult objections and situations in sales meetings and negotiations and problem solve & brainstorm in a group environment and many other business and professional tasks. A learner will also revise the verb tenses, learn how to speculate about the future in a discussion on banking risk, add emphasis using fronting, cleft sentences, and adverbs, and reference using pronouns, in addition to other important sentence structures.

Advanced corresponds to the second part of the B2 level of the CEFR

By the time a students has completed this level, they will be able to speak naturally, hold a fluent conversation, understand in detail what is being said in standard English, even in a noisy environment, react spontaneously, adapt to changes of direction in conversations, and correct mistakes and errors which may cause misunderstanding.

They will learn, among other things, to use the conditional structures (‘If they’d left home later, they’d have missed the bus’), the future perfect (‘The train won’t have left yet’), verbs expressing deduction and perception (look, sound, feel, taste, etc.), and reported speech. They will also learn vocabulary relating to forms of government, business, hospitals, crimes, expressions with off, phrasal verbs, expressions with get, and many other topics.

Advanced corresponds to the first part of the B2 level of the CEFR

This level allows students to speak naturally, hold a fluent conversation, understand in detail what is being said in standard English – even in a noisy environment; react spontaneously, adapt to changes of direction in conversations and correct mistakes and errors which may cause misunderstanding.

They will learn, among other things, to use the future continuous (‘We’ll be skiing this time next week’), the past perfect continuous (‘They’ve been working hard all day’), to express ability and obligation in the future and in the present perfect, and to use the continuous tenses and the passive infinitive (‘We can be contacted by email’). They will also learn vocabulary related to technology, facial features, photography, geography, arts, phrasal verbs, expressions with have, and many other topics.

Upper-Intermediate Plus corresponds to the second part of the B1+ level of the CEFR.

Successfully completing this module will allow a student to give specific information during an interview summarize and give their opinion on a text, talk, debate, interview, or documentary, and to answer questions which require specific detail.

They will learn, among other things, to use the passive voice (‘The criminal was arrested’) and the past perfect (‘I’d finished when they got here’), reported speech (‘She told me she’d passed’), express permission, obligation, and prohibition with modal verbs (‘You may use my phone’). You will also learn vocabulary related to food, lifestyle, phrasal verbs, work history and many other topics.

Upper Intermediate corresponds to the first part of the B1+ level of the CEFR

Upon finishing this module, a learner will be able to give specific information during an interview or medical examination, explain the cause of a problem, summarize and give their opinion on a text, talk, debate, interview, or documentary and to answer questions which require specific detail.

They will learn, among other things, to use the present perfect continuous (‘What have you been doing?’), to make indirect questions (‘Do you remember if he was wearing a coat?’), express reason, cause, or contrast (‘He got the job because of her). They will also learn vocabulary related to literature, phone conversations, business, music, phrasal verbs, and many other topics.

Intermediate Plus corresponds to the second part of the B1 level of the CEFR

By the end of the module, a learner, among other things, will be able to use the conditionals (‘If I ran every day, I’d feel healthier’), adjectives and adverbs of probability (sure, certain, definitely, etc.), the verbs tell and say, and infinitive structures. They will also learn vocabulary related to housework, mathematics, airports, legal matters, feelings expressed with do and make, and many other topics.

Intermediate corresponds to the first part of the B1 level of the CEFR

This level allows students to understand the main ideas of debates, ask and give personal opinions in discussion, express in a clear manner the main idea of the issue they want to talk about, deal with situations such as on public transport or when travelling abroad.

By the end of the module, a learner will be able to use the present perfect (‘We’ve worked’), the passive voice both in the past and present (‘Oranges are grown in Valencia’), indefinite pronouns (somebody, anyone, everywhere, etc.) and defining relative clauses (‘That’s the girl my brother’s going out with’). They will also learn vocabulary related to food, vehicles, the Internet, materials, differences between British and American English, and many other topics.

Pre-Intermediate Plus corresponds to the second part of the A2 level of the CEFR

After completing this level a learner will be able to ask and answer questions about what they do at work and in their free time, to give and accept invitations, and to talk about the things they need to do.

They will learn to use the past continuous (‘He was singing’), to make requests and offers (‘May I help you?’), to make suggestions (‘Let’s go dancing’), and comparative and superlative adjectives. They will also learn vocabulary related to colours, health problems, study, cinema, banks, and many other topics.

Pre-Intermediate corresponds to the first part of the A2 level of the CEFR

In this level students will learn common greetings, to react to news, to engage in short social interactions, to ask and answer questions about what they do at work and in their free time, to give and accept invitations, and to talk about the things they need to do.

They will learn to use the past simple (‘He repaired the scanner’), the future with going to, countable and uncountable nouns, as well as would like, some, and any. They will also learn vocabulary related to food and drink, jobs, the weather, music, money, expressions with have, and many other topics.

Elementary Plus corresponds to the second part of the A1 level of the CEFR

After completing this level a learner will be able to interact in English in a simple manner, ask and answer questions about themselves and make simple sentences about everyday topics.

They will learn, to use the present simple (‘I work’), and the present continuous (‘I am working’), prepositions of location (in, on, at, etc.), to ask questions, and to express likes (like, love, hate, etc.). In addition they will learn vocabulary related to sports and hobbies, work, and other topics.

Elementary corresponds to the first part of the A1 of thte CEFR

After completing this module, a learner should be able to interact in English in a simple manner, ask and answer questions about themselves, the place in which they live, the people they know and the things they have, and make simple sentences about everyday topics. They will have learned, amongst other things, to use the verb to be, the demonstrative adjectives (this, that, these, and those), the articles (a, an, and the) and the imperative (‘Listen!’). They will also find vocabulary related to numbers, countries, nationalities, professions, means of transport, clothes, family, and many other topics.

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