How we teach

At International House London we want you to achieve your full potential by being motivated and actively involved in your own studies. Our teaching style encourages regular practical use of your new language skills with fellow students; becoming more confident when speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Our teachers

IH London’s teachers are here to offer you guidance on how to improve your language skills. Our teachers hold relevant qualifications in their area of expertise. They are knowledgeable about their subject and can answer any questions that you may have. All members of staff genuinely care about your progress and respect your opinions.

Study options

Our English and Modern Language courses are generally taught in classes of ten and the maximum number of students in any class is 14. Lessons are intensive and task based; typical activities may include roles plays, pair work with a fellow student and class discussions based on texts. You can also supplement your class learning with one-to-one tuition. Business English courses can be one-to-one, one-to-two, mini groups of up to six or closed company groups.

Language class levels

We cater for a range of different levels of language ability. You can take an online test, which gives a good indicator of your level. When you arrive at IH London we will interview you (for English courses) or assess you in a first lesson (other languages) to ensure that you are studying with students of a similar level. The levels break down as follows and are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

  • Beginner - You have no previous knowledge of the language.
  • Elementary - Basic communication is possible with assistance and you understand simple sentences when spoken slowly and clearly.
  • Pre intermediate - You can deal with simple situations but need to develop all language areas and skills.
  • Lower intermediate - You can make effective and independent use of the language in familiar situations although there may be lapses in communication.
  • Mid intermediate - You make effective and independent use of the language in a range of situations but may still encounter lapses in communication.
  • Upper intermediate - Your use of the language is consistent and usually appropriate but lapses in fluency and accuracy occur in complex situations.
  • Pre advanced - You have a good command of the language. You speak fluently and accurately with only a few uncertainties in complex situations.
  • Advanced - You have an excellent command of the language and can tackle the most difficult tasks.

Our curriculum

We have a comprehensive curriculum that describes our overall educational aims and objectives, core competencies and syllabus objectives at different levels. See the IH London Curriculum for full details.