Personal Study Programme (PSP)
Designed to meet students’ personal study needs without the expense of one-to-one tuition, PSP offers access to an excellent range of resources, guidance, and expertise.
Students develop independent learning skills and reach personal goals more quickly. (Minimum age 16 years.)
Personal Study Programme
PSP can be combined with General English and is also a key part of the Academic, Exam Preparation and Business English courses. It is a great way for students to improve on areas they find difficult as well as spend more time on the skills and vocabulary of their choice. Teachers advise and monitor students and the standard ratio is 1 teacher to 8 students (note: it is not a 1:1 class).
In PSP students have the opportunity to…
focus on the skills and language areas they need
access an excellent range of computer and text-based materials
work at their own pace, with teachers on hand to answer questions
receive additional personalised writing and speaking feedback
interact with a greater number of students and teachers
receive a 20 minutes of one-to-one or small group speaking practice with a teacher
practise English through guided research into their own areas of interest
record and reflect on their learning experience
PSP is not...
Managed and guided learning
Needs-based for each individual
Group lock-step teaching
Highly flexible to each student’s needs and style
Students working together in small groups with teachers
An isolated hour when students are on their own
Varied, covering all skills: grammar, vocabulary, etc.
A unique opportunity to receive up to 20 minutes of 1:1 with a teacher
1:1 every hour, every day - the ratio is usually 1:6
A record and reflection of work done
Time with specialised trained teachers
Staffed by inexperienced teachers
English for Specific Purposes
A Closed Group Course
“The Personal Study Programme complemented my regular classes because I could work on what I wanted with help from the teachers and I achieved a lot. I used to hate grammar, but the computer software in PSP, such as NET Languages, made it easier to practise. I’ve been able to improve my vocabulary and do some IELTS exam preparation too. Every week I loved talking one-to-one with a teacher for half an hour because I could improve my fluency and pronunciation skills (I want to sound more British!) and the teachers gave me tips too.
You write a daily journal and it is a good way to keep track of your progress in PSP. The teachers also write back with suggestions, they were very attentive in my journal. Everyone can find something to do in PSP at all levels and achieve a lot!”
-Diéssica Sales (February 2016)
Each lesson (teaching hour) is 55 minutes long, so there are scheduled break periods that take this into account.
PSP is led by highly experienced and trained teachers who.....
respond to individual learning styles and needs
closely monitor progress through daily face-to-face ‘check-ins’ and an electronic record of work*
assess and direct students to the most useful resources
help students manage their learning
encourage and aid independent learning
advise students on how to progress further
deliver a 20 minute 1:1 tutorial or speaking practice every week
*Sponsors are able to request an electronic copy of a PSP work record at any time during the course
Materials developed in-house to focus on specific areas of: vocabulary, speaking, grammar, writing, reading, listening, exam technique, etc.
English for Special Purposes (ESP) materials (upon request): Aeronautical English, Medical English, Accounting English, English for Fashion Design, English for Law Students, etc.
An extensive reading library
All Application Forms should be sent to email@example.com