I have attended my first English class at Escuela Oficial de Idiomas in Santander. The classroom this year is 105, which is in a kind of cave at the end of a long corridor after going downstairs (it is between ground floor and first floor) Our teacher is Gemma. She has tutorial service on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 P.M. at 5th floor in EOI.
This year I am at A.1 level, i.e Advanced One in the brand new EOI Level System (following the European directives) This new system is aimed at education by skills, i.e: listening/comprehension, reading, writing and speaking. These skills are measured in a compound exam at two dates in term: first in February and second in May. Every skill has its own exam and is evaluated from 0 to 20 points. The exam maximum total score is then 80. One must score 60% to pass. An individual skill’s score cannot be under 50%. If that is the case you must go to September exam for the skill you haven’t pass. 2008 is the first promotion of A.1. The syllabus of A.1 course is going to be online this month or at the beginning of November at most.
Like every year, I’ve got to buy this year the classroom books to follow the course. These green cover books are: Straightforward Upper Intermediate from MacMillan Ed. (Porfolio, Workbook and Student’s Book) The Student’s book has 12 lessons (6 will be evaluated in February and six in May)
I’ve seen that this learning English book series have got a complementary online content which is very interesting and worthwhile. Besides that the editorial company has also got other interesting resource pages like the MacMillan Readers and Macmillan Young Learners.
The reading book, the book we must read and comment on exam and in class is titled The Statement by Brian Moore, Flamingo Ed. I’ve searched the web looking for interesting links about the book. They have shot a film, released in 2003 with the same title, based on the book.
Gemma told us that we are having a invited Scottish English teacher from Glasgow as lecturer this term. She starts in three weeks. She’s going to come to class next week to know us a little. Gemma has told us that she has a light scot accent.