Other Languages FAQ

Can you help me to organise a study language abroad programme?


Yes, IH London is part of a network with hundreds of International House schools worldwide. We can organise individual and group language study programmes in many different countries. Find out more about our Study Abroad language programmes for all levels from Beginner through to Advanced.

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Do you offer modern language courses for business?


Yes, we offer a range of options for business language learners including small group learning, one-to-one tuition and in-company training. All courses cater for business professionals wanting to quickly improve their ability with a language with a focus on business situations and culture. Enquire about business language courses.

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Is there an exam at the end of the course?


No. The focus of our courses is on improving the your ability. Our teachers and teaching methods allow students make good progress at their own pace. There is no exam but an Attendance Certificate can be issued at the end of the course on request.

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I'm a beginner. Will the teacher translate in English?


Our teachers are trained to maximise your exposure to the target language during your lessons. They will predominantly use the target language and encourage you to do so. The teacher should be able to clarify meaning through teaching aids like pictures and mime. If you still have trouble understanding something then your teacher will help however they can.

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What teaching methods will my teacher use?


All our teachers are native speakers and hold an International House Teacher Training Certificate. Lessons focus on oral communication and include work on reading, writing and grammar. From the first lesson your teacher will speak in the target language. They will use teaching aids such as audio, video, pictures and mime, to help you understand. Being immersed in the language requires you to actively work out meaning which improves your ability to remember and recall what you have learnt.

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What if I select the wrong level?


The first lesson you attend is diagnostic. Your teacher will assess your level and needs, and make any adjustment necessary to your course schedule.

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Are these courses GCSE equivalent?


In most cases a GCSE level is the equivalent to our Academic Programme elementary level. Because the standard of GCSE varies depending on language and institution, we recommend you take our test online.

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What qualification do I get at the end of the course?


The main objective of our courses is to improve your ability to communicate accurately and effectively in your target language. The courses do not offer a qualification.

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Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?


Attendance certificates are available on request at the end of the course.

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Are the teachers fully qualified and experienced?


All our teachers are all fully qualified native speakers with extensive experience in teaching general and business language to groups and individuals. They are all highly motivated and are trained in a variety of techniques and approaches. Many of our staff are also involved in our teacher training programmes and are qualified and experienced teacher trainers.

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