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Beginner classes are designed for students with little or no knowledge of English and focus on building a solid foundation of English skills. Classes cover topics such as learning the English alphabet, basic vocabulary, and grammar. Students taking beginner-level classes will typically spend four to eight weeks before moving on to higher-level classes.
Conversation classes are conducted to give each student lots of speaking practice. Teachers challenge students with different daily topics and exercises, encouraging even the shyest of students to voice their opinions. Our Conversation teachers balance correcting student's mistakes with confidence-building exercises. Classes cover everything from structured conversations using textbook exercises, such as giving directions or using the phone, to debating current issues on controversial subjects.
Grammar is undoubtedly one of the most important subjects for students in their English curriculum. Our Grammar teachers use the latest grammar textbooks and communicative techniques involving written, verbal, and interactive classroom activities to make learning grammar interesting, comprehensive, and useful. It's important to continue reviewing the rules of grammar all the way through one's English studies.
Proper pronunciation is essential to understanding others and to being understood. The Pronunciation classes at Hansa teach much more than the correct sounds of consonants and vowels using the 'repeat after me method'. Our experienced teachers use the latest multimedia devices, voice recordings, listening methods, phonetics, and speech and breathing exercises. Students learn how to speak with the proper tongue and mouth positions as well as rhythm, stress, and intonation. Pronunciation classes will make you sound more like a native English speaker.
The ability to understand what you are hearing is a vital part of learning any language. At Hansa, we understand that there is a big difference between being able to understand when words are slowly and clearly pronounced as opposed to when words are spoken quickly with contractions and regional accents. Listening classes incorporate the latest multimedia equipment, television, and music to train the student's ear to pick up the subtle differences in tone, intonations, and rhythms.
You think that you speak English well and then "out of the blue" a native English speaker says something that you don't understand. You may simply need to attend some Idioms classes at Hansa. Even though idioms may seem informal and include elements of slang and phrasal verbs, they are essential to understanding and mastering the everyday usage of the language.
Perhaps the most important part of learning a language is acquiring a practical and functional vocabulary. Hansa's Vocabulary classes focus on increasing a student's mental dictionary while helping the student to properly use and retain vocabulary in different contexts. Hansa's dynamic instructors use a variety of resources including current events, business reports, and relevant social topics. Students are encouraged to view English as a tool for future endeavors in life, business, and higher education.
Reading Comprehension classes allow students to explore the structure and meaning of the language in a deeper context. Students learn to put vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation to practical use. Hansa's Reading Comprehension classes combine the use of textbooks and novels with everyday material, such as newspapers and magazines. Intermediate level students develop skills such as using context clues to discover the meanings of passages. Advanced level students are taught to look for hidden or secondary meanings and understand literary techniques such as simile and metaphor.
Writing classes teach students to write proper essays, letters, business correspondence, short stories, and personal CV's or resumes. Students have the opportunity to use what they know of grammar, vocabulary, and structure to focus on the writing skills they will need to attend a Canadian University, do business internationally, or keep in touch with friends.
A phrasal verb, such as "take on" or "take off" is an extremely common grammatical form that combines a preposition, called a particle, and a verb. Phrasal verbs are essential because there are many different ways to use and understand them. Hansa's teachers make learning and using phrasal verbs fun and relevant to a student's daily life.
Business English students will learn Business Writing, Business Terminology, Finance, Documentation, Effective Sales and Presentation skills, and Negotiation and Interview techniques. Students who complete a minimum of 60 hours of Business English classes as part of Hansa's Intensive or Executive Programs will also receive a certificate in Business English.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language is an English proficiency test required by most universities and colleges in Canada and the United States. Hansa has a long-standing reputation of excellence in preparing students for the TOEFL exam.
The International English Language Testing System is a language proficiency test accepted by many universities, colleges, businesses, and governments. Hansa offers preparation classes for both formats of IELTS exams, the Academic Module and the General Training Module.
EAP - English for Academic Purposes
Hansa's Academic Preparation Program builds a solid foundation for academic success at university or college in Canada. Speakers of English as a Second Language are required to have an advanced level of English and must achieve a minimum of 70% on a Hansa Level 8 Test to enter this program.