Class Sizes and Timings
At ESB a focus on our children’s active engagement in their own learning is the driving force for our methodology.
Our teaching methodologies are very different from the Prussian, content-centred “Chalk and Talk” methods used in most Hungarian state schools. We aim at developing the children’s English, along with their communicative and cognitive skills, especially critical and creative thought. Our classrooms are vibrant and teaching is highly engaging.
We extend the children’s learning beyond the classroom through our own learning site, updated weekly with digital learning for students at home, including Pearson’s Active Learn and Rapid Plus, and through our school events.
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Overview of Classes
We place all our students in the best class possible for their learning needs. This may be a Kindergarten Class, a Foundation class (for young and older beginners), a Literacy class (level 1 to 7), a Native-Speaker class (all ages) or an Exam class.
Classes are from 14.00 to 16.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00 each weekday afternoon. All the children attend classes twice per week for a total of four hours. This is equivalent to one lesson per day at a daytime school which is sufficient to ensure progress. Times may be adjusted slightly to suit the needs of individual groups.
Current Courses and programmes
ESB is pleased to introduce intensive weekend classes aimed to support and improve the academic writing skills of students. Our Intensive Reading and Writing programmes run throughout the year on weekend mornings from 9:00 to 12:15.
This programme focuses on academic English used in schools and universities including academic vocabulary, various forms of essays, academic discussion, research and presentations. Students are assigned to classes based on their assessment results at entry. Our classes are small (max 12) and we have very clear teaching objectives: helping students break the bottleneck of academic writing and vocabulary, so that they can achieve significant improvement within a fairly short period of time.
Our teaching method consists of two equally important components: in class studying and homework. In class, our highly experienced, licensed teachers will be covering basic concepts in written English; this includes style, formalities, composition, theses, punctuation, vocabulary, sentence structures etc. Such work will be extended and reinforced through careful homework assignments.
For older students who have a good background in English (Literacy 6 or equivalent) we offer the following examination classes:
- Cambridge International Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in English as a Second Language. The exam is at a similar level to the Hungarian Emelt szintu Erettsegi.
- Cambridge International Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in English Literature. This course trains students to express and structure their ideas in formal English.
- We are also planning to offer IELTS, the premier international qualification in English Language competency for university entrance.