Working closely with our academic and professional colleagues and the student community, we offer English academic skills and other language support to current and prospective students.
We provide a wide range of teacher-led programmes and services delivered by our highly trained teachers and support staff.
Our programmes include:
o EAP Foundation Course
o Second Foreign Language Course (German, French, Spanish etc.)
o Writing tutorial
We are committed to delivering the highest standards of teaching and learning.
Teacher Profile in Language Centre HFI
· Local Teacher
Master’s Degree in Education, Gender and International Development, University College London
Bachelor’s Degree in English, Central China Normal University
Teacher Certificate; ETS Certificate
· Expatriate Teacher
EAP (including listening, speaking, reading and writing) is an important skill for success in your studies at international school, university and also in your future career.
If you want to improve your EAP skills, we offer a weekend and vocational programme designed to meet your needs and fit in with your other commitments.
Our 150 hour and 184 hour courses help you learn the features of good academic English and develop your writing skills with lots of opportunities to practise and receive feedback from your teacher and peers. We have four levels of study and you can sign up for individual sessions according to your placement test results and our recommendations.
Our EAP support can help you with skills like:
Understanding academic contexts
o grasping details from monologue and dialogue
o quick note-taking with symbols
o understanding a variety of topics in tutorial or seminar
o being accustomed to different accents
o identifying gist and details of lecture
o planning and structuring your presentation
o using your voice and body language to communicate clearly
o using visual aids effectively
o dealing with nerves and anxiety
o preparing for group presentations.
Critical Reading skills
o demystifying academic articles
o selecting key information
o taking good notes
o identifying bias & underlying assumptions
o developing critical questions.
o understanding the writing task
o structuring your essay or report
o making your writing flow
o using sources in your writing
o referencing and citation
o avoiding plagiarism
o writing in an appropriate academic style.
Before signing up for a course please make sure that you have taken our placement test (register here).
If you want to develop an additional language for interests or to help with your studies, your future job prospects and to feel more confident socialising in this language, we offer a range of in-sessional courses designed to meet your needs and fit in with your other commitments. These courses are open to all HFI students for free.
This course will help you to learn common German/French language for communication and regional culture in different contexts. Being involved in German/French customs and traditions, you will learn a wide range of vocabulary in various situations and develop your German/French conversation skills to help you feel more confident when communicating in this language.
Develop your English pronunciation. You will learn and practise some of the features of English pronunciation to improve your spoken English. This course will also help develop your listening skills to improve your understanding of natural English.
Please fill the registration form and send it back to firstname.lastname@example.org.
German Course Schedule Y19-20
Teacher: Hu Fengyi
1. Second Foreign Language Course is a pass/fail course, lasting for one academic year.
2. Beginners can register for the first semester while students who have learnt the targeted language may register for the second semester.
3. Students who successfully completed the course are granted with 0.2 credit/semester.
4. Assessment is based on attendance, assignment, class performance and tests.
5. Students can drop within the first two weeks.
French Course Schedule Y19-20