Interactive and dynamic oral practice sessions to encourage the expression of ideas and opinions, incorporating new vocabulary and idioms as well as manipulating
sophisticated and more complex language structures; comprehension skills are developed using a wide variety of carefully selected written texts including
newspaper articles and literary texts; listening exercises using authentic materials to sharpen comprehension skills, improve pronunciation and increase
the ability to think in the language; writing exercises for a wide range of situations from letters and emails to dissertations.
The Octorial™ programme was developed in 1977 and is continually undergoing revision and improvement. Choosing the Octorial™ program is to give language teaching a dynamic approach to improving language performance in both speech and writing. The program is based on practical exercises, using almost authentic situations for greater and better learning. The different sessions are designed not only to help develop language accuracy, but also to enable participants to overcome inhibitions and use English eloquently in all situations and registers.
A carefully designed training environment that helps participants to improve not only their language skills, but also their confidence in dealing with various international situations, preparing them for a successful academic, professional and personal future. There will be no more than 8 students in any clas
The classes: Octorial™ only
Each day, lessons begin at 8.45 am and end at 5.00 pm, with 27.5 hours of instruction per week. Throughout the day, the more technical aspects of the language such as grammar and vocabulary are dealt with, as well as more practical sessions of analysis and discussion, where communication is carried out to its maximum expression.
Plenary Session - press summary
Students can listen or give a short presentation on a chosen topic and build their knowledge of today's global world while working on their confidence to speak English in public.
Critical Analysis Workshop
Using an article or essay, or a video, students focus on in-depth analysis of the topic presented as well as the linguistic content, through activities such as discussion or role-playing, using their analytical, evaluation and creative skills in the production of ideas. This session can focus on topics, skills and language relevant to the preparation of official exams such as IELTS or Cambridge.
Grammar exercises Practise grammar examples by reading
This lesson works to develop students' ability to construct texts (whether written or spoken) in a coherent, cohesive and effective way. Students receive support and assessments from their teacher in areas such as patterns and language styles specific to the proposed topic, purpose, audience, process (idea generation, writing and editing, etc.) and product (model evaluation). This session can also focus on the preparation of the written exams for exams such as IELTS or Cambridge.
The class focuses on precision and eloquence. Students are introduced to a specific subject or area of language (grammar or pronunciation) in which to work and with which they will be able to add clarity, sharpness and eloquence to their ideas and opinions.
Assertive Communication Workshop
The session fosters the skills needed for spontaneous oral communication and helps to express ideas in a way that is appropriate for a positive and persuasive effect on the target audience. Project Octorial™ Every afternoon, a group project is prepared and presented and filmed on Thursday, with an assessment by the teachers the following day. The project
incorporates research, presentation and discussion skills and promotes collaborative learning and interpersonal skills among people with different
interests and cultures.
Individual Study Strategies Students study independently with a tutor who guides and supports them in their personalised learning, based on specific objectives and individual
needs. This class helps to:
- define and meet objectives;
- taking responsibility for learning;
- self-evaluate and reflect on progress;
- study additional specialized English outside the school's curriculum;
- discover more about the factors that affect individual progress, helping to understand the learning strategies that best suit one's needs.
Plenary session - closing of the day Students participate in a consolidation session in which they review what they have learned during the day.