Four Essential Skills
Can you read in English but have trouble understanding when the same thing is spoken? Listening is challenging for many students because speech is fast and everyone speaks a little differently! Tone, pronunciation, and word choice differ from person to person. That’s why our listening activities center on conversational speech in natural environments. Activities include everyday interactions with our native-speaking teachers, listening to information presented orally, and projects that require interaction with people outside of the classroom. With a little practice, your listening skills will improve quickly.
From day one, students are required to speak English in class. This supports them to take an active role in their learning. One of the greatest advantages to studying at Mentora is the opportunity to participate in class discussions with students from all over the world. Students speak their minds on many different subjects including culture, environment, and values while exploring different forms of expression including debates, class presentations, or even party-like games such as Scategories or Taboo.
One of the best ways to improve your English is through reading. Reading enhances vocabulary, grammar, and writing. At Mentora, we urge students to read every day and offer students the chance to peruse through many different types of materials including newspaper articles, literary novels, and academic papers on a wide variety of topics. Teachers ensure students’ comprehension through class discussions, activities, and group work. We are committed to finding the right type of reading for each student and sharing our belief that reading is fun!
Writing comes in many different forms, but whether you’re tweeting or applying for a job, there’s a lot to think about including grammar, spelling, structure, and audience. Students at Mentora start with basic writing including writing an email to a friend or writing a letter for business purposes. In the advanced courses, students learn the collegiate level academic skills they will need to be successful in university. Students learn many forms of essays such as compare and contrast, cause and effect, and narrative essays as well as how to use sources to support their arguments while avoiding plagiarism. As students move from level to level, their writing assignments are collected into a personal writing portfolio so they can clearly track their development and improvement.