Stafford House

STAFFORD HOUSE INTERNATIONAL

Stafford House International is a group of English language schools that offer courses for general, academic and professional purposes. Our mission is to educate, inspire, and help our students enjoy our cities, empowering them with confidence, to realize their personal potential.

Our schools are located in 10 fantastic American, Canadian and British cities that each offer a unique way to improve your language and we’d like to invite you on a learning adventure.

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5 Park Home Ave, North York, ON M2N 6L4, Canada

840 6 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3E5, Canada

Number of students

~440

Estimated fee

From $360 per week

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PROGRAMS

IELTS

These courses will develop your English skills and improve your exam technique in preparation for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam – ideal for students who require a specific level of IELTS for university entrance or a specific level by a certain date.

EXAM PREPARATION
All our exam preparation courses cover the areas of your chosen exam in detail ensuring you learn the skills and English language through the use of past papers and exam technique to achieve exam success. Preparation courses available for Cambridge Exams, IELTS, and TOEFL.

OBJECTIVES
Goal-oriented and highly focussed preparation programme
Develop the skills needed to succeed in the exam
Develop strategies to maximise your score in the exam

HOW YOU WILL LEARN
Skim reading for meaning, scanning for detail, paraphrasing, making inferences, and more
Methods and strategies for successful integrated and independent writing
The skills needed to speak confidently and succeed in a one-to-one interview
Listening strategies such as listening for gist and for detail
With sample papers and continuous practice of specific tasks, you will become familiar with the exam you are taking and learn how to answer the questions as effectively as possible

CAMBRIDGE EXAMINATIONS

Cambridge English exams are recognised by schools, universities and employers worldwide, they do not expire and there are three to choose from: First Certificate in English (FCE), Advanced (CAE) and Proficiency (CPE).

FCE
FCE proves you have reached B2 (Upper Intermediate) level of English and can use every day written and spoken English for work or study purposes. The programme will develop every aspect of your English through engaging lessons and activities, from studying idioms and modal verbs to debating ideas and writing essays at a high language level.

CAE
CAE demonstrates that you are at C1 (Advanced) level of English needed for academic and professional success. As you prepare for the exam, you’ll study complex grammar and advanced-level vocabulary and learn how to write proposals, conduct research and communicate effectively in an international workplace.

CPE
CPE (UK only) demonstrates that you have the advanced skills necessary to function effectively in almost every English speaking context. As you prepare for the exam, you’ll need to be ready to think intensively about the English language in a variety of professional and academic contexts, transposing your thoughts into different registers of language, looking for the most suitable phrasing for each situation.

EXAM PREPARATION
All our exam preparation courses cover the areas of your chosen exam in detail ensuring you learn the skills and English language through the use of past papers and exam technique to achieve exam success. Preparation courses available for Cambridge Exams, IELTS, and TOEFL.

OBJECTIVES
Goal-oriented and highly focussed preparation programme
Develop the skills needed to succeed in the exam
Develop strategies to maximise your score in the exam

HOW YOU WILL LEARN
Skim reading for meaning, scanning for detail, paraphrasing, making inferences, and more
Methods and strategies for successful integrated and independent writing
The skills needed to speak confidently and succeed in a one-to-one interview
Listening strategies such as listening for gist and for detail
With sample papers and continuous practice of specific tasks, you will become familiar with the exam you are taking and learn how to answer the questions as effectively as possible

GENERAL ENGLISH
  • Objectives – Our core class is an integrated skills class. It covers reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, vocabulary and critical thinking. In this class you’ll improve your accuracy (how correct your English is) and fluency (how well you can communicate). Lessons have daily and weekly objectives so you know what you’ll learn and how you’ll learn it.  Our teachers provide you with regular assessments that allow you to keep track of your progress. We use the Communicative Approach, so you’ll learn English by using English—not by listening to grammar lectures and doing worksheets. We feel strongly that this is the most effective method to acquire English that students can use in the real world.
    The Syllabus for each level is mapped to the CEFR levels A1-C2. The levels define what you can do and Stafford House believes that language is for communication. Each of our Core Class Course Books is also mapped to the CEFR providing a consistent basis for developing your language skills.
  • Flexibility – From Essential and Standard to Intensive and Super Intensive, our range of English language courses offers you a choice on how intensively you want to study – whether that’s 20 lessons a week on an Essential course or 35 lessons a week on our Super Intensive. Plus with our range of modules you get to personalise your course to fit your needs.
  • How you learn – We believe that you will learn faster and more effectively if your lessons are engaging, fun and relevant, that’s why our teachers use a range of techniques and develop classes that are motivating and build your confidence. This will allow time to focus on any areas of weakness. Any weekly programme is influenced not only by the course book syllabus but also by the learning goals and interests of the students in any one group.
  • Testing on arrival – On your first day you will take a language assessment, to assess your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and how well you are able to understand and speak English. This helps us to understand the class you’ll be happiest and most successful in.
  • Monthly Tutorial – Every month you’ll have a one-to-one tutorial with a senior member of the academic team to make sure you are on track to achieve your goals and fulfil your potential. It’s a great opportunity to review your course choices and learning methods and to really make sure you achieve what you want to achieve.
  • Quality Assurance –  Our Directors of Studies are based in all of our schools to ensure our programmes are of the highest possible quality, our average class sizes are small, and that our students leave having gained the maximum from their time with us.
BUSINESS ENGLISH

This course will develop your English skills and confidence for a variety of business contexts such as presentations, meetings and negotiations. The syllabus combines practical skills with business and industry specific language tailored to your needs so you make the right impact with your future clients and colleagues.

HOW YOU LEARN
Through authentic, goal-oriented tasks designed to develop your English skills and build your confidence, Business English students are trained to perform, and excel in a wide variety of business situations including: sales, marketing and advertising, human resources, administration, finance and management.

OBJECTIVES
This is a vocabulary and skills driven course; you will learn business specific language and get to practice it doing case studies, delivering presentations, practicing language for negotiating and meetings, as well as writing business emails and CVs or resumes.

KEY FEATURES
Essential, Standard, Intensive or Super Intensive course (depending on location) with specialist modules introducing functional business vocabulary for applied use in the workplace
Develops the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills needed in the commercial world
Improves grammar and extends business vocabulary

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES

English skills-focused Business Certificates in Marketing, Project Management, and Business Management. Available at all our USA centres and London and Toronto from January 2019

Explore business concepts and apply your English skills to team projects and case studies in three main business subjects.

Learn from experienced teachers, local business leaders and new entrepreneurs as they share their experience and insight of the business world. The Professional Certificates are for students with an upper-intermediate level of English who want to to learn business skills in a Canadian, British or American setting, build professional networks and gain a Certificate to enhance their professional resume.

Develop your English communication skills in authentic business situations
Visit local businesses and hear from expert guest speakers
Learn from experienced business teachers
Practice team-work and presentation skills necessary to succeed in any business
Network and make international contacts
Add projects to your resume and personal on-line profiles to boost your career.