Our lessons ELS

Language and culture classes at Erasmus Language Sharing are different from the ones focused on the European Framework (CEFR). This means that upon completion of a course at ELS, students will not receive a certificate of having obtained a certain level (e.g. A1, B1). However, this also means that for ELS classes, there is no final exam to be taken. Instead, during each lesson, (new) elements of vocabulary, grammar, and culture are discussed and practiced through interactive exercises and games. During each lesson, (new) elements of vocabulary, grammar, and culture are discussed and practiced through interactive exercises and games.  

  • As ELS classes are not officially certified and we focus on interaction and culture in our classes, it is difficult to compare our bases to certified levels. Also, we do not conduct exams. Therefore, we explain the levels of our bases based on the different skills students acquire in the specific base and the knowledge they are expected to have before the start of the trimester. Naturally, base one is a preparation base for base two, and base three is the follow-up base for base three.

    • If you have no prior knowledge of the language, this is the base for you! The first base corresponds to a beginner level, which means that you can attend these lessons without any prior knowledge. We also advise you to sign up for base 1 if it’s been some time since actively studying a language.

      Depending on the complexity of the language, you will achieve a clear understanding of basic grammatical concepts such as the present tense, pronouns, adjectives, articles, regular verbs, adverbs, time, and gender. Also, vocabulary to enrich everyday situations such as introducing yourself, ordering food in a restaurant, and buying train tickets will be introduced. Moreover, new vocabulary and grammar topics will be applied in engaging and interactive exercises, both conversational and written. Writing skills depend on the complexity of the writing system of the language. To put it simply, when the language requires learning a new alphabet (e.g. Arabic, Russian, or Korean), the focus of our lessons is not on perfectly learning the new script. Rather, how you can apply this in basic situations. Moreover, the first base is also focused on familiarizing students with simple cultural themes associated with the studied language – think of hospitality, family traditions, food etiquette, travelling, and so forth. Generally, the lessons will be taught in English, but as the trimester progresses, the coach will start speaking in the studied language more frequently. This will also be an ideal preparation to advance to second base in the studied language.

    • The second base follows up to the content of the first base. At the end of the second base, you can speak in different tenses and have general knowledge of the language's grammar. Most important, you are able to communicate in the studied language in everyday conversations. This base prepares you for the third base, in which classes will be fully taught in the language itself. In the second base itself, classes will be taught as much as possible in the language itself, but when necessary, the coach can switch to English. The second base follows up to the content of the first base. If you already possess a fairly good understanding of basic grammatical concepts (for example, the present tense, regular verbs, etc.) and are familiar with vocabulary to carry out simple conversations, then the second base is for you!

      Note: There is no official intake test to determine your current proficiency. Take a look at our practice exercises to see if the second base is a proper fit for you

      Depending on the complexity of the language, you can expect to have a general knowledge of the grammar at the end of ten weeks. Some of the grammatical topics treated are order of sentences, conjunctions, the past tense, and irregular verbs. To reinforce the new vocabulary and grammar taught in each lesson, games, songs, videos, and dialogues will be used. Most importantly, at the end of a ten- week trimester you will be able to communicate in the studied language in daily-life according to the typical manners and acknowledging relevant aspects of the country's culture. The second base is also focused on familiarizing students with intermediate-level cultural themes corresponding to the studied language – think of shopping, humor, urban lifestyles, and so forth.  Generally, classes will be taught as much as possible in the language itself. Only when necessary the coach can switch to English. In this way, base two prepares you for the third base, in which classes will be fully taught in the language itself.

    • The third base is the most advanced level offered at ELS. The set-up of lessons is different compared to the first two bases. The focus of base three is completely on interaction. If you already possess a good understanding of intermediate-level grammatical concepts and can carry out everyday conversations in the studied language, this is the base for you!

      Note: There is no official intake test to determine your proficiency

      The focus of the lessons will be entirely on interaction. This means that during the lessons, the focus is on learning by speaking and listening. The coach will engage you in activities such as debates about current affairs, preparing an elevator pitch, and group discussions. Also, reading and writing will be adequately covered through news articles and other forms of text. While there is no specific focus on vocabulary or grammar, the coach will strive to clarify grammatical concepts that students find difficult or if a situation/topic arises, using exercises. As such, it is important that you are comfortable in participating in discussions and debates in the language that you’re studying. If you feel like you’re lacking the vocabulary/grammar to do so, please consider signing up for base two.

      Moreover, complex cultural themes corresponding to the studied language will be discussed in the target language itself. Think of business-related issues, literature, and environmentalism.

      At the end of ten weeks, students can expect to have a thorough understanding of the studied language in terms of grammar and vocabulary, and be able to confidently and effectively communicate in it in complex situations that require linking ideas and elaborating on them.

    • If you are still uncertain which level you should subscribe to, an overview of the subjects that are generally taught in each base can help you decide. Try to complete the practice exercises for the base you consider applying for. If you’re having difficulties filling these out, consider applying for a less-advanced base. The overview can be found here. 

  • Period: April-June 2018

    Arabic

     

     

    Base

    Day & time

    Coach

    Base 1Wednesdays, 19.00-21.00 (start 11 April)Rokaya

     

    Dutch 

     

     

    Base

    Day & time

    Coach

    Base 1Wednesdays, 19.00-21.00 Jolan
    Base 1Tuesdays, 17.00-19.00 Monika
    Base 1Tuesdays, 19.00-21.00 Thibault
    Base 1Wednesdays, 17.00-19.00 Zohra
    Base 2Tuesdays, 17.00-19.00David
    Base 2Tuesdays, 19.00-21.00 Fabiana
    Base 2Mondays, 17.00-19.00Stijn
    Base 3Tuesdays, 19.00-21.00Sytske

     

    English

     

     

    Base

    Day & time

    Coach

    Base 3Mondays, 17.00-19.00Kalina

     

    French

     

     

    Base

    Day & time

    Coach

    Base 1Tuesdays, 17.00-19.00Aurelien
    Base 2Tuesdays, 19.00-21.00 Laura
    Base 3Mondays, 17.00-19.00 Cléa

     

    German

     

     

    Base

    Day & time

    Coach

    Base 1Tuesdays, 19.00-21.00 Lena
    Base 2Wednesdays, 17.00-19.00 Lena
    Base 3Mondays, 19.00-21.00Alexandra

     

    Hindi

     

     

    Base

    Day & time

    Coach

    Base 1Tuesdays, 18.00-20.00 Aditya

     

    Italian

     

     

    Base

    Day & time

    Coach

    Base 1Mondays, 19.00-21.00Dylan
    Base 2Mondays, 19.00-21.00 Anna

     

    Japanese

     

     

    Base

    Day & time

    Coach

    Base 1Mondays, 17.00-19.00                        Mai
    Base 2Tuesdays, 17.00-19.00Mai

     

    Korean

     

     

    Base

    Day & time

    Coach

    Base 1Mondays, 19.00-21.00Kyoung Min
    Base 2Mondays, 17.00-19.00Paul

     

    Mandarin

     

     

    Base

    Day & time

    Coach

    Base 1Tuesdays, 17.00-19.00Lei

     

    Portuguese

     

     

    Base

    Day & time

    Coach

    Base 1Tuesdays, 19.00-21.00Afonso

     

    Russian 

     

     

    Base

    Day & time

    Coach

    Base 1Tuesdays, 19.00-21.00 Gvantsa
    Base 2Wednesdays, 18.00-20.00 Anastasia

     

    Spanish

     

     

    Base

    Day & time

    Coach

    Base 1Tuesdays, 19.00-21.00 Natalia
    Base 1Wednesdays, 17.00-19.00 Lucia
    Base 1Wednesdays, 19.00-21.00Natalia
    Base 2Tuesdays, 19.00-21.00 Raquel
    Base 2Mondays, 18.00-20.00Mathias
    Base 3Wednesdays, 19.00-21.00Valentina

    Note: there is a mandatory attendance rate of 70%. If you fail to attend at least 7 lessons, you will be removed and will not be able to register for an ELS course in the future. 

  • There are a few requirements to signing up for a course at ELS.

    • During the whole trimester you have to be and remain a registered student at Erasmus University;
    • There is a mandatory attendance rate of 70%, meaning that you can miss three classes in the trimester.

    Further, it is not required to purchase teaching material. Your coach will send you all the relevant material before the start of the trimester.

    Lastly, we have a cancellation policy which allows for refunds only until the first week of the trimester, meaning that it is not possible to receive a refund after the first week.