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Teaching and Learning

Updated: Apr 3

(Curriculum & Methodology)

At London House we aim to keep up to date with current ELT theory and use new teaching and learning methodology in our teaching. We take a flexible learner-centred approach to lessons.

Most students study at London House on short stay courses, with the main aim of improving their English communication skills.

The Communicative Approach often forms the basis of our teaching and learning. We focus on contextualised language use and tailor lesson content to meet the interests and language requirements of our students.

Lesson elements often include:

  • Warmers or revision

  • Activation of schemata (topic and related words and vocabulary)

  • Guided discovery and noticing activities. 

  • Open-class feedback

  • Error-correction active (role play, tasks and projects)

  • Revision and practice


The majority of students who study at London House are young learners and teenagers. We know teenagers can become ‘bored by activities that last too long, or by slow paced lessons’ so teachers are encouraged to structure lessons to include variety when planning.

Curriculum design

Our teachers plan lessons based on their students’ ability and needs.

  • Placement test: All students’ take an online placement test before arrival and are placed with other students of a similar level.

  • Multinational groups: We always aim to have different nationalities in our classes

  • Age groups: Students are placed with students of a similar age no more than 2 years apart. Minimum age 12 years old. Maximum age 18 years old* (unless part of a school group)

  • We listen to our students: During the first lesson all teachers complete a weekly aims document, and this form is used as a basis for their planning. Teachers refer to London House sets of level specific guidelines, based on the Common European Framework, to ensure they are covering level appropriate content; these documents are included in the teacher induction pack and available in the staffroom. *Please see levels for more information below

  • Lessons focus on: developing speaking and listening proficiency, including pronunciation. We promote confidence and fluency by allowing students to participate in enjoyable, practical and challenging activities in a secure and welcoming environment. In addition, we aim to help students develop their reading and writing skills.

  • Lessons are also linked to activities in the social programme as much as possible and a bank of resources is available in the staffroom for ideas on how to link lessons with activities

Level Chart

London House


Council of Europe

Cambridge ESOL

Level 0

Complete Beginner


Level 1



Level 2




Level 3

Pre Intermediate



Level 4




Level 5

Upper Intermediate



Level 6




A0 Complete Beginner

A1 Beginner Breakthrough

A2 Elementary Waystage

B1 Pre-intermediate Threshold Entry

B1 Intermediate Threshold

B2 Upper Intermediate Vantage

C1 Advanced Effective Operational Proficiency

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