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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...

PSP is not...

Managed and guided learning

 Self-access

Needs-based for each individual

 Group lock-step teaching

 Highly flexible to each student’s needs and style

Teacher dominated

Students working together in small groups with teachers

An isolated hour when students are on their own

Varied, covering all skills: grammar, vocabulary, etc.

 Only computer-based

  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

Disorganised study

Time with specialised trained teachers

 Staffed by inexperienced teachers

English for Specific Purposes

 A Closed Group Course

Student Experience:

“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)


Lessons

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

Resources include:

  • Netlanguages

  • IH Campus​

  • 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 info@ihnewcastle.com