Open Hearts International College uses a skills-based curriculum, focused specifically on developing the necessary linguistic skills in five major areas: Reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar.
Open Hearts, know that the best way to develop these skills is to do it in a “natural” way, the same way we all learned our native languages.
They believe that languages are not meant to be memorized, but rather to be used and practiced on a daily basis, in order to maintain a continuity and master it in a lesser amount of time.
In order to learn and master a language, it is necessary to view it not as a step by step approach, but rather as a continuous and progressive process, where students are continuously challenged accordingly as they go through their levels.
They believe that languages are continuously learned and improved, the same way we are always learning and improving our native language. The main reason for this is that languages are always evolving; just like everything else we see or experience in life.
Each level lasts 12 weeks and it is sub-divided in six 2-week-units called “blocks”.
Students may commence studies at the beginning of any two-week block. For instance, if a student were to start at the beginning of the fourth week (beginning of the second block), he would complete the remaining 5 blocks, and would then take the remaining block, being promoted to the next level only upon achieving an acceptable percentage of ALL biweekly block exams and meeting our attendance requirements.
While the blocks are designed to be as self-contained and noncumulative as possible, it is inevitable that the material will build on itself to some degree, resulting in a progressive spiral of skills development, thus, maximizing the students’ learning experience.
Their Semi-Intensive program runs Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:40 for a total of 20 ESL lessons per week.
Their Intensive program runs Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:40 and from 13:10 to 14:00 Monday to Thursday for a total of 24 ESL lessons per week.
Their Super Intensive program runs Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:40 and from 13:10 to 15:00 Monday to Thursday for a total of 28 ESL lessons per week.
For students in their Intensive and Super Intensive programs, they have integrated in our schedule a vast array of complementary courses that vary depending on the level of each individual student.Each complementary course lasts 12 weeks [24 hrs] and for students in the Intensive program 2 afternoon courses are taught, each by a different teacher.
Students in the Super Intensive program have 4 afternoon courses taught by different teachers as well. This allow students to be exposed to many teaching styles during their time at Open Hearts International College.
Here is a sample of elective courses offered