The complete Speak Your Mind programme covers 17 Units. Every Unit is sub-divided into 10 Lessons.
The Speak Your Mind programme conforms to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) which classifies linguistic ability in 6 different levels from A1-C2 (see certification).

On great advantage of Speak Your Mind is that the design and structure of the programme allow schools to define levels with far greater accuracy that the conventional categories, ‘elementary’, ‘intermediate’ or ‘advanced’. With us students can be sure to study at their most appropriate level and at the most appropriate speed.
It’s no big secret that some people learn faster than others. What matters most is that each individual can go at the pace that suits them best – and that’s the way we organise and manage all our courses.
Groups are streamed and carefully monitored to work at their ideal speed – we don’t hold them back or drag them forward in order to meet fixed times. While speeds can differ we know that on average it takes between 20 and 30 50-minute lessons to complete Unit.

Certification

What level do you need ?

 

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries with the aim of providing a method of assessment for language ability which applies to all languages in Europe.

The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions that can be divided into six
levels:

A: Basic User
A1 Breakthrough or beginner
A2 Waystage or elementary

B: Independent User
B1 Threshold or intermediate
B2 Vantage or upper intermediate

C: Proficient User
C1 Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced
C2 Mastery or proficiency

The CEFR describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing at each level.
For different European languages there are official Certifiers who organise exams and provide certificates at the various levels of the framework. For the English language, official certifiers are Cambridge and Trinity. All exams are completely independent and there are no officially authorised schools for exam preparation.

Description of levels from the Common European Framework

A1 (Breakthrough)
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of
needs of a concrete type. Can interact in a simple way, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly
and is prepared to help.
A2 (Waystage)
Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on
familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate
environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
B1 (Threshold)
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work,
school, leisure etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the
language is spoken.
B2 (Vantage)
Can understand the main ideas of a complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical
discussions. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with
native speakers quite possible without strain for either part.
C1 (Operational Efficiency)
Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can
use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
C2 (Mastery)
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read, can express him/herself spontaneously, very
fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

How much time do I need to learn?

 

The answer is “it depends”. There are a lot of factors that can have an effect, the natural aptitude of each individual towards learning, age, motivation, education, and the opportunities available to use the language outside the classroom.
However the following figures are used as a general guide (CEF and Cambridge ESOL)

 

CEFR Typical Dedicated Hours of Study Average with Speak Your Mind
A1 190-100 40-60
A2 180-200 90-130
B1 350-400 190-240
B2 500-600 300-380
C1 700-800 440-550
C2 1,000-2,000

*Thanks to the organisation of courses and the unique characteristics of the Speak Your Mind method, we
can achieve a significant reduction in average learning times.

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