I work for Opening English School and am pleased to be able to give you some
answers to your questions.
Opening has a 15 level General English Course which is split into 4 blocks
(Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced and Masters). Relation to the Cambridge
exams is: End of Beginners = KET, End of Intermediate = PET, End of Advanced
= FCE, End of Masters = CAE. 92% of our Advanced level students who have
completed an additional Opening English School Intensive Prep course for FCE
have gone on to pass the exam first time.
The Opening course material (multimedia exercises, student books, class
material) has undergone constant renewal, improvement and updating over the
4 1/2 years since Opening English School started. Modes of instruction have
not changed. However, teaching standards are constantly reaching new
heights. Opening is firmly committed to Teacher Development, and all
teaching staff (who must have degrees + recognised TEFL certs to enter)
receive initial teacher training by Opening as well as regular Refresher
Courses. Last September Opening held its first TEFL convention where 20 of
our teachers gave Workshops to their colleagues (total 1000 teachers).
Outside speakers also contributed.
Regarding evaluation by students: While studying the multimedia part of the
course students fill in an on-line questionnaire every 3 months giving their
opinion on various areas: quality of teaching, quality of class material,
quality of course content, personal attention given to students by staff,
satisfaction, and much more.
Opening has 134 schools in Spain (70,000 students), 4 schools in Italy (1000
students) and 1 school in Portugal (150 students).
If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me
I hope I have been of some help.
International Head of Studies
Opening English School
Enviado el: jueves, 30 de noviembre de 2000 9:49
Asunto: [IATEFLComputer Sig] Wall Street and Opening in Spain
Are any of you involved in either of these two franchise-based set
ups? If you are, then I'd be very interested to hear how things are
going in terms of the syllabuses and courses you run; how far they
relate to say Cambridge exams; whether or not you've had to modify
the intitial concepts / modes of instruction, student numbers, course-
evaluation-by-student procedures etc.
If you are not directly involved, but have information, I would also
be very interested to hear from you.
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