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If you have worked hard to achieve a high level of English, you may be wanting to find interesting ways to practise using the language without resorting to traditional course books. Here we have a few proposals:

A. Board/Card Games in English.
To play a completely new game can be a tough challenge: Some modern games are very complex and sometimes the rules have loopholes that need to be negotiated by the group. The process of preparing to play involves intensive reading for detail, and discussion with colleagues to check understanding. The first play-through involves discussion to further check understanding and hypothesizing the value of possible moves or strategies. The games would not be played competitively, but rather cooperatively with continuous discussion on rules and strategy. After playing, the group can further discuss the experience and produce written reviews.

Examples of games of varying complexity:

(Left) Nine Men’s Morris - relatively simple rules, so not much reading required, but possible discussions on strategy. (Middle) Tablut - more complex rules and strategy. (Right) Caverna - 24 pages of rules would make this a multi-lesson project.

Group size: 3 - 6. Number of lessons: Once per week 90 - 120 minutes throughout the academic year October - June. Price: Standard course prices or payment for 4-lesson blocks. Materials provided: Rules sheets as required.

B. Decoding Islam.
Whether we like it or not, the new millennium started with the infamous terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and has been plagued with further violent incidents ever since. Recently, at least in the comments sections on English language websites, the distinction between “Islamist”, “Jihadist” and “Muslim” has become blurred, if not obliterated. Is it too late for dialogue? Is Islam truly a religion of hatred? In this course we will try to analyse English translations of the Qur’an linguistically and compare it to what Islam’s friends and enemies say about it to see if there are grounds for fear or hope. The linguistic exercises will involve intensive reading and comparison of texts, with discussion about meaning and consequences, and also some listening material from lectures or vlogs on this topic.

Some ways to try to understand Islam: (Left) The Qur’an for the foundation of Islam. (Left Middle) A book of Hadith, the words and deeds of the prophet, to help explain the Qur’an. (Right Middle) A typical modern commentary to explain Islam in plain English. (Right) Icon of Our Lady of Saidnaya in Syria, venerated by BOTH Muslims AND Christians.

Group size: 3 - 6. Number of lessons: Once per week 90 minutes throughout the academic year October - June. Price: Standard course prices or payment for 4-lesson blocks. Materials provided: “The Religion of Islam” by Maulana Muhammad Ali. (Both the Qur’an and Hadith are available online.)
Individual lessons also possible, priced accordingly at one-to-one rates.

C. Conspiracy Theorapy (sic).
In this age of information overload, it can be hard to know fact from fiction, or even if it matters. This course makes use of the vast amount of materials available online, reading and listening, amateur and professionally produced as a springboard for discussion and possible article writing.

Group size: 3 - 6. Number of lessons: Once per week 90 minutes throughout the academic year October - June. Price: Standard course prices or payment for 4-lesson blocks. Materials provided: Handouts as required. Individual lessons also possible, priced accordingly at one-to-one rates.

D. Decoding Sci-Fi Books and Films.
Working on the assumption that every artist not only wants to tell a story and make money, but also has an important message to communicate, this course transforms a recreational activity into something more educational (and frightening?) by analysing the subject matter to death. While the emphasis is on science fiction, there is room to broaden the scope to other interesting films or books with “hidden” meanings. I expect the first two months to be concerned with analysing “Blade Runner 2049” :)

Rick and Rachael: a match made in heaven ... or in the Tyrell Corporation?

Group size: 3 - 6. Number of lessons: Once per week 90 minutes throughout the academic year October - June. Price: Standard course prices or payment for 4-lesson blocks. Materials provided: Handouts as required.
Individual lessons also possible, priced accordingly at one-to-one rates.

E. CLIL: Content and Language Integrated Learning.
Whatever high school subject you are studying, especially those you may have problems with, you can find help with us through the medium of English. You can kill two birds with one stone - improve your grades in any field of your choice and improve your English at the same time!

Individual lessons are the probable format for this type of learning, priced accordingly at one-to-one rates, with as many lessons as required.
Groups are possible, size: 3 - 6. Number of lessons: Once per week 60 - 90 minutes throughout the academic year October - June. Price: Standard course prices or payment for 4-lesson blocks.

All of these courses will be conducted by a native speaker of British English.