Our Training Programme

LANGUAGE: French

OVERVIEW

French, the language of romance, is second only to English in globally spoken languages. Learn how to speak French to express yourself in all walks of life. Be it personal or professional French will definitely give you that edge over the competition globally.

French-speaking people have made incursions upon the British Isles many times in the past, most noticeably in the Norman Invasion of 1066. For this reason, although English is a Germanic language, at least a third of the English lexicon is derived from French.

Advice on Studying French

French tends to have a bad reputation amongst English speakers as hard to learn. While it is true that it poses certain difficulties to native English-speakers, it may be noted that English is also considered to be ‘difficult’, and yet we learnt it without the benefit of already knowing a language. Learning any new language requires some commitment, generally long-term. Remember that, like any skill, it requires a certain amount of effort. And if you do not practice your French regularly, it is highly likely that you will begin to forget it. Try to make it a part of your schedule; even if it’s not daily, at least make it regular. Remember that you are learning a new skill. Try to master the simple stuff before moving on to the more complex. We all have to add and subtract before we can do calculus. French is a complete language. While this course can teach you to read and write in French, this is only half of the skills that make up fluency. A written document cannot teach much about listening to and speaking French. You must train all of these skills, and they will reinforce one another. For listening and speaking, finding a native speaker to help you once you have some skill will help you with these skills.

For Beginners

We can learn the French Language with lessons on basic French grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation so that you can start learning French, step by step.

Tools for Intermediate Students

Intermediate students may be the most difficult group to buy French resources for, because intermediate is such a vague term. Here is an assortment of tools to meet everyone’s needs: grammar references, dictionaries, audio resources, and more.

Intermediate French Mistakes

After learning French for a while, you’ve probably found some things you just can’t figure out how to say, or that people are always correcting you on. These may be issues that you haven’t been taught yet, or concepts that you’ve studied but just don’t get. As an intermediate French speaker, you still have plenty of time to fix these mistakes…

High-Intermediate French Mistakes

High-intermediate means your French is pretty good – you excel in everyday situations, and can even hold your own in long discussions, but there are still some issues that you can’t seem to get the hang of, or that you simply don’t remember five minutes after looking them up. Here are ten of the most common high-intermediate French mistakes with links to lessons.

Language: English

Course: English Language
Duration: 20 Hours for each level

OVERVIEW

Our Intensive courses have established the firm foundation on which all our teaching is based. They offer a choice of programs for everyone who needs an improved level of English for academic, social or professional reasons. It aims to activate and further develop your English language skills in the key areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing, while expanding your vocabulary and developing your accuracy.

English Language Beginners Level

Key learning points:

Module 1: Speaking and Listening

At ITI’s Beginners English Language course, you will learn how to:

  • Recognize and use internationally-used English language greetings and introductions
  • Explain, in English, where you are from
  • Discuss, in English, travel plans and different parts of the world
  • Make plans with English speakers for a party, a holiday or an outing to the cinema
  • Discuss, in English, food, fashion, your likes and dislikes and your everyday routine
Module 2: Reading and Writing

At ITI’s Beginners English Language course, you will learn how to:

  • Write personal emails in English to your friends and family
  • Write formal letters to English-speaking companies, government departments, etc.
  • Fill in important forms in English
Module 3: Grammar and Vocabulary

Language points covered in ITI’s Beginners English Language course include:

  • Vocabulary of nations, occupations, family, time/dates, food/drink, clothes, the body, the home, public places, weather/seasons, music, the academic world, animals, history, geography, transport, technology, describing appearance
  • Using articles: a, an, the
  • Using can, can’t to describe ability, e.g. I can’t play guitar
  • Using comparative adjectives, e.g. Museums are more interesting than parks

English Language Intermediate Level

Key learning points:

Module 1: Speaking and Listening

  • Understand English speakers describing their professions
  • Understand and appreciate the lyrics of a song in English
  • Hold a debate with English speakers about an issue in contemporary society
  • Understand and interpret visual descriptions in English
  • Interpret works of art in English
Module 2: Reading and Writing
  • Read, comprehend and respond to longer written works in English including articles about contemporary issues, the arts and history
  • Write in English with improved paragraph construction, coherence and cohesion
  • Write in English in a wide variety of formal and informal styles, including newspaper headlines, biographies, police statements, novels and small classified advertisements
  • Prepare and write a coherent argument in prose
Module 3: Grammar and Vocabulary
  • Vocabulary of character description, shopping, holidays, homes and houses, history, biography, behavior, body language, computers, the Arts, injuries, hobbies, friends/enemies
  • Using the present perfect, e.g. I’ve never been to New York
  • Using the passive voice, e.g. The Great Pyramid was built in Egypt
  • Using phrasal verbs, e.g. I’m going to make a go of my business
  • Using present modals – obligation, recommendation, permission, e.g. Doctors have to work very long hours

English Language Advanced Level

Module 1: Speaking and Listening
  • Compare things and make decisions in English
  • Understand English speakers talking on various topics including finance, nostalgia, the paranormal, books and films, crime
  • Express and accept sympathy in English
  • Ask for help or clarification of what someone has said in English
  • Speculate, in English, about the future
Module 2: Reading and Writing
  • Use mind maps, do research and plan for compositions, book reports and reviews in English
  • Conduct an email interview in English
  • Write clear instructions in English
  • Write your curriculum vitae in English
  • Write a diary in English
Module 3: Grammar and Vocabulary
  • Vocabulary of money, photography, anger, animal metaphors, hobbies, colors, food/drink (idiomatic), physical description (connotation), weather, fame, writing/books/authors, crime, poetic effect
  • Using adverbs, e.g. please don’t argue so loudly
  • Using the present perfect continuous (and simple), e.g. Bruce has been skydiving for three years
  • Using the third conditional, e.g. If Jesse hadn’t played in the sea; the shark wouldn’t have attacked him
  • Using the future perfect and continuous, e.g. by this time tomorrow we’ll have finished all our exams
Language: Business English

OVERVIEW

Business English courses are designed to help students improve with their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills within the context of business and become familiar with the format of the BEC exams. No prior knowledge of business studies is required. Key concepts in business and economics are covered using a variety of reading, speaking, listening and writing activities based on a wide range of materials including current financial newspapers, magazines, radio and television programmes and the internet. Management, production, marketing, finance and macroeconomics are just a few of the topics dealt with in class. Classroom discussion and selected reading and writing assignments as well as grammar and vocabulary practice form the bases of our method, helping students to communicate confidently in an English speaking business environment.

Beginners Level

Module 1:
  • Introduce yourself and others at work
  • Say goodbye to colleagues
  • Talk about different business departments
  • Describe your job and responsibilities using the present simple
Module 2:
  • Read and understand job advertisements
  • Describe your skills using action verbs in the past simple
  • Write a resume
  • Leave and take messages politely
Module 3:
  • Use telephoning vocabulary
  • Ask for repetition, clarification and spelling on the telephone
  • Learn some common job interview vocabulary, questions and answers
  • Interview for a job
Module 4:
  • Say and write numbers and prices
  • Show understanding towards your customers and suppliers on the phone
  • Ask for payment
  • Practice common consonant sounds
  • Use stress words correctly
  • Use intonation to sound friendly

Intermediate Level

Module 1:
  • Use new vocabulary to make and change business appointments
  • Ask for, accept and reject meeting times
  • Make formal and informal suggestions to co-workers and bosses
  • Use tourism and hospitality vocabulary
Module 2:
  • Use travel vocabulary from the US and UK
  • Ask questions at the station, hotel and airport
  • Compare products and services using comparatives and superlatives
  • Talk about big and small differences
Module 3:
  • Use new vocabulary when talking to people in HR
  • Talk about your future career using ‘will’ and ‘going to’
  • Describe salespeople and their techniques
  • Talk about marketing
Module 4:
  • Identify a business’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • Write a business report
  • Use intonation with questions and to sound polite
  • Stress words in sentences
  • Pronounce consonant sounds

Advanced Level

Module 1:
  • Use new vocabulary to make and change business appointments
  • Talk about changing and continuing situations using ‘still’, ‘yet’, ‘already’, ‘any more’ and ‘no longer’
  • Connect people and deal with common problems on the telephone
Module 2:
  • Use new vocabulary to help you make long distance calls
  • Describe successful teams
  • Use phrasal verbs to talk about and to teammates
  • Offer, refuse and accept help from your colleagues
  • Use new vocabulary to talk about modern management
Module 3:
  • Get people to do things by building rapport and making polite requests
  • Agree and disagree politely
  • Negotiate deals using 1st and 2nd conditionals
  • Learn security vocabulary
  • Review passives
Module 4:
  • Learn vocabulary for placing and filling orders
  • Write a fax
  • Stress phrasal verbs
  • Use linking sounds
  • Stress words in sentences