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Before the lesson you will receive a link to join the virtual classroom where the lessons will take place. During this first lesson we will: - set clear goals that will inspire you to study - determine your level of English - choose a teacher and a group for your lessons - discuss the posibilities of a virtual classroom If you have studied English before, part of the dialogue will be held in English. Do not hesitate if you think you have trouble speaking, the dialogue will be directed by the methodologist. This is not an exam!

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The trial lesson is conducted by methodologists who specialize in introducing students to the school.They all know English well, have a pedagogical education, and have specially studied the work style of each of the school’s teachers. Therefore, any of the methodologists can do several important things: - determine exactly from what level the student should continue his studies. - show how the virtual classroom works. - сhoose a teacher who is suitable for the student. It’s not just about the level of knowledge, but also about the style of conducting classes and even the pace of communication.

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If your level is “Beginner”, then it would be useful the set some goals for your English studies. Also you would learn how the virtual classroom works, and we will be able to choose a fitting teacher for you. If you have studied English before, then we should clarify your level. We are talking about your level based on the CEFR scale (A1 to C2), and also to know at what stage can you join the work of a group of your level. Often, students prefer to join an already existing group instead of waiting for a group of their level to form. But to do this, we need to make sure that you will be comfortable starting your studies from the middle of the semester.

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Treat it as a full-fledged lesson: – Spare the lesson 45 minutes of your time, and put your other things aside. – Plan beforehand some questions that you would like to ask our methodologist. – Think about your learning goals, so that you can discuss them with your methodologist and make a realistic studying program. – Join the lesson via computer or laptop with a camera, not via your smartphone. - This way you will get some benefits from this trial lesson even if you won’t continue studying with us.

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We are more than some simple courses, we are a full-fledged English language school with our central office in Minsk. Our courses are avaliable for all cities in Belarus, and now all around the world. We have been honored by the national award “Number 1” in the “Number one” awards. We teach English for all levels, work with private and corporate clients, and we offer online group and individual lessons. Our school has the status of Cambridge Examination Center and we have the right of taking international English exams. We would like to aid as many people as possible to achieve their life and career goals with the help of the English language, and to join the global world. Therefore, we try to keep affordable prices and offer reasonable terms for mastering each new level.

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Not many schools besides EnglishPapa can offer these 3 opportunities simultaneously: 1. We work with certified teachers. Our teachers are sociable and are able to engage into dialogue even the most shy students. 2. In addition to studying, we offer our students free meetings in conversation clubs. Often native speakers take part in those clubs. 3. Our school cooperates with international networks of English schools, adopting their teaching methods and offering English language courses abroad with discounts.

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We work according to a communicative methodology, which involves the study of all language competencies (listening, speaking, reading and writing) based on oral speech. You will speak English from the first lesson and will definitely overcome the language barrier. Find out about other aspects of learning English at EnglishPapa by selecting a question of interest from the list.

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Results are noticeable when both the teacher and the student do a good job. The quality of our teacher’s ways of theaching is verified, while the results you will see for yourself. At the end of every semester you will undergo a test to discover how much you have improved. You check the improvement of communication skills at the meetings of our talking clubs, communicating with people from different countries. If it turns out to be uncomfortable to study in a specific group or with a specific teacher — both can be changed.

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This is a controversial question, and it depends on various factors. What are your goals on learning English? What level do you aspire to achieve? There are 6 levels in total: after mastering A1 you will be able to express yourself using some pre-learned phrases and expressions, after completing C2 you will be able to speak at a native’s level. If you need English for your work, usually B2-C1 is enough. Mastering a level usually takes around 96–128 academic hours in a group with a certified teacher. It will take a year to master around 2 to 3 levels. Depending on the intensity, if you take individual lessons you can achieve B2 in about a year.

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Of course you will. Even in your 50s and 60s. We have students around these ages, and it doesn’t mean they learn slower than the others. Older people usually have one issue, and it can sometimes interfere with their group lessons: they are afraid to make mistakes, which leads them to speaking very little during the lessons. In this case we recommend taking individual lessons.

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Indeed you can, but an online test gives only an approximate result, which ideally later still need to be verified by an expert. You can’t examine someone’s pronnunciation and their reaction time to answer. With an online test you can check your vocabulary and understanding of grammar, but this is knowledge, not skill. We have a test like that, check it out: https://englishpapa.com/test_anglijskogo/Taking this test does not cancel the trial lesson.

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The best way is to alternate both. Individual lessons are prefered during the first stages, when you need to form your pronunciation or catch up on any missing knowledge. Whe you have your base, group lessons will get you talking. And when you achieve the highest levels on the CEFR scale, again, individual lessons are the best, since everyone need to polish their skills. During your trial lesson you will find out which format suits you more.

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In both cases, the teacher works with you, individualizing the learning process as much as possible. But you get a number of advantages by working with us: – We verified in advance the qualifications of each of our specialists and we help improve it – During the trial lesson, we try to make an ” ideal pair” of teacher and student, ensuring that the teacher will be fitting according to the style of teaching, age, pace of speech and other important features for the student – We make a schedule and monitor it: there will be no sudden postponements – We are able to temporarily or permanently replace your teacher with a teacher of the same or higher qualification (for example, a native speaker)

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All of our students have free access to our leisure activities: Speaking Club meetings, Movie Club, Mafia game nights, English Scrabble. If you can’t manage to take part in said activities, your teacher will recommend you where could you find a good English enviorment online.

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You can and you should! Just not in a chaotic way, but rather following a plan. For example, you can start by attending individual lessons to catch on a group that has already started their lessons. For that you can acquire a lesson package, and after finishing merge with the group. Or on the contrary, try by mastering a level in a group and then switch to individual lessons, to catch up on any topics you may have missed.

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You can reschedule your lessons if there is a solid reason for that. You just should warn your teacher in advance. The schedule itself is standard: 2-3 times a week. You get to agree on the schedule with your teacher. For those students who have an unstable schedule we choose teachers that are willing to accomodate.

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The main educational and methodological complexes used by EnglishPapa teachers in group classes are New English File and Navigate. Both were developed by well-known British methodologists and published by Oxford Press. The school likes the balanced content of these manuals and it’s capability to develop all language skills based on oral speech. Other manuals can also be selected for individual classes, if they better meet the needs of the student.

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Most of our students work somewhere and have enough time to prepare for the lessons. Our teachers make sure that homework does not take more than an hour.

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For you to achieve noticeable results we recommend you to take at least two 50 minute lessons a week. But we do have students that only take a one hour lesson a week. The effectiveness of their studies is on their consciousness.

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ДWith our individual lessons, we can set any program according to the needs of the student. In addition to the mentioned, our students often choose to prepare for international exams or language tests, learn to write essays, or set their pronunciation. Most of our groups study all language skills at once though, since they are all related. It’s impossible, for example, to speak horribly, but perceive the English speech perfectly.

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During individual studies the program is compiled at the request of the student: our teachers are willing to fullfill any plans you might have. Our groups mainly study general English, but if there are enough applicants, then specialized courses are launched. For example, preparing for international tests, business English, or setting your American pronunciation with a native speaker. Generally, such requests come from graduates of advanced level groups and corporate clients.

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For our lessons we use the professional version of the zoom video conferencing service. It allows our students to see and hear each other, communicate in groups and in pairs, use a chat and a virtual whiteboard, watch videos and listen to audio materials. It completely replaces a real classroom. You will be able to evaluate all the features of our virtual classroom during your trial lesson.

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An Internet connection is requiered, but there is no need for a high speed tariff. If you are able to watch videos without delays on your data plan, it means that it will be enough for studying. You will be able to test your internet and set the correct settings during your trial lesson.

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It would be preferable if you could attend our lessons with the help of a computer or laptop. It will be easier for you to focus on the lesson. Sometimes a tablet will be able to handle the lessons too. You can use your phone as an additional camera, if your computer lacks one.

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Online classes take place in real time between the teacher and several students, so group classes are not able to be postponed, unless all students agree to it at the same time. Individual classes can be postponed if there is a good reason for it, but you must notify your teacher beforehand.

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Of course! We understand that the effectiveness of studying depends very much on the correspondence of the work styles of the teacher and his students, and we would like to help you find the most suitable teacher. The only thing we do not encourage is replacing your teacher without a reason. You can change the teacher during individual lessons, or move to another group, but we would really appreciate if you could explain us the reason behind it.

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