During the Covid-19 pandemic many of our teaching centres are closed. Classes will continue online and our teachers look forward to bringing their passion and expertise into your home.

An English course that goes further – so your child can go further, too

Primary Plus, developed by our team of English experts, will spark your child’s imagination, so they can express themselves with confidence that goes beyond their English language skills.

Our new approach means your child will have a more rewarding learning experience, getting the most out of learning English at home with a combination of:

  • live online classes with a specialist teacher 
  • interactive independent study, set by your child's teacher to prepare them for the live lesson – all in a safe, easy-to-use learning environment.

You will have access to your child’s personal dashboard. Together you can track their progress, celebrate their successes and understand where they are within their learning journey.

Course overview

Price: 12 weeks 3600 ETB,  6 weeks 1800 ETB 

Duration: 12 weeks, with entry points at week 1 and week 7

Age: 8-11 years

Current course dates:

  • Online: 10 October 2020 – 21 November 2020
    Week 7 entry point is 21 November. Subject to government and operational restrictions, we may transition this course to face to face delivery. Please discuss your preferences with our Customer Service staff before you register.
  • At the British Council Teaching Centre: 16 January 2020 – 03 April 2020 
    We anticipate our Primary Plus courses from January 2021 will be delivered face to face with continued integrated independent study component, subject to further restrictions. Details to be confirmed.

Immersive classes with expert teachers to boost English speaking skills

Happy learners make confident speakers! There are many reasons your child will love our live classes:

  • lots of time to practise speaking English, having fun learning with classmates of the same age
  • small class sizes mean that our highly qualified and passionate teachers can give more personalised attention
  • the chance to enjoy natural interactions and bond with classmates
  • classes aren’t too long or tiring, so your child keeps their attention throughout. 

Developing the life skills your child needs for their future

Your child will also develop leadership, collaboration, and critical thinking skills in a relaxed environment where they can be themselves. They will:

  • work in teams or pairs to practise speaking, problem-solving and collaborating on projects with a focus on real-world topics like the natural world and the environment
  • build resilience and get used to communicating and collaborating online with others in preparation for life in a global, digital world.

Deepen their learning between online English classes

Your child will prepare for each live class with independent study, set by their teacher to complete at their own pace, so class time is more focused on improving their English-speaking skills. This part of their experience:

  • helps your child understand the importance of preparation, making them feel more confident to speak in class
  • helps build good habits and a love of learning English
  • helps your child improve their English reading, writing and listening skills with engaging, high-quality online learning resources designed by experts
  • keeps your child motivated with online exercises and activities, including quizzes and games based on real-world topics and fun characters
  • gives them space to deepen their understanding of English and improve their grammar and vocabulary
  • is child-friendly and easy to use, so they can work independently
  • has built-in self-evaluation, so your child can feel proud of their progress and reflect on where they can improve
  • includes a personalised dashboard so you and your child can understand where they are within their learning journey.

When our teaching centres reopen, interactive independent study will continue to be part of our Primary Plus course.

What will my child learn?

 

Age 6-7 years your child will:

  • learn how to write a story and read English with confidence 
  • build accurate sentences, using new vocabulary 
  • understand and present their ideas in English on familiar topics.

They will do this by: 

  • finding out how everyone is unique in their likes, dislikes and interests
  • recognising how daily lives can be similar or different 
  • describing their own surroundings, from their bedroom to their neighbourhood
  • being aware how they express their feelings and make life choices
  • thinking about the natural world and how they belong in it.

Age 8-9 years your child will:

  • learn and practise new vocabulary on familiar topics, in activities such as writing creatively
  • read independently and form an interest in a variety of topics.

They will do this by:

  • developing their imagination through storytelling 
  • nurturing curiosity about the natural world, from the sea to outer space 
  • thinking about and sharing ideas on how to keep happy and healthy
  • exploring ways to be a good citizen 
  • reflecting on their life, interests and hopes for the future.

Age 10-12 your child will:

  • learn story writing and to read more confidently in English
  • present and compare ideas and opinions using more complex language.

They will do this by

  • making use of their skills and knowledge to help others 
  • exploring issues affecting society and the environment and finding solutions
  • finding out about places, cultures, ideas and inventions
  • discovering the exciting world of sport and the beauty of the arts 
  • looking back on primary school and thinking about their hopes for the future.

A safe, supportive place to learn

We are trusted by parents the world over, not only for our expertise in teaching English, but for our high levels of child protection and safeguarding. We’ve put in place robust measures to make sure your child is safe during class and that their data is protected.

When our teaching centres re-open our focus will be on keeping everyone safe and ensuring that your child can continue their English learning experience with minimal disruption.

Technical requirements

The live lessons and interactive study can be accessed using a desktop computer, laptop or tablet. You can’t use a mobile phone to access our courses because we want to make sure all our students enjoy a quality learning experience.

For your child’s learning experience to be effective, you will need to make sure that your child has access to:

  • a good wifi connection
  • A microphone – if you have a headset or headphones with a built-in microphone this is ideal
  • a speaker and a webcam.