The classes at our Language Nest are for all ages and are built around you. Each of our qualified, experienced tutors will create a fun, immersive teaching schedule based around your level, as well as taking into account what each student would like to gain from their learning overall.
Listed below is a little more information about our language levels - Chick, Post-Chick, Fledgling and High-Flyer - so that you can better decide which class is right for you.
If you are unsure of which level you might be, feel free to get in touch or pop into our Nest in Shawlands.
Chick classes are for beginners, ranging from complete newbies who have completed our Hatchling class and those who know some basic everyday phrases to students who can articulate simple sentences. Classes for Chicks suit students ranging from pre-A1 to those approaching the A2 level.
Ready to be introduced to everyday written and spoken language
Able to articulate basic, everyday words and phrases (e.g. an ability to introduce one’s self and ask and answer questions about personal details)
Can bring together learning to form short, simple sentences that collate familiar names, words and ideas
Comfortable speaking aloud, even if the form of speaking may be slow, considered and calculated
It takes up to 100 hours of learning (home and class-based) to reach and overcome an A1 level of fluency, so we expect students to continue with the Chick classes for several blocks. We work hard to ensure that each semester is an exciting blend of new learning and topics met with recapping and reinforcing previous classes.
Post-chick classes are those for post-beginners, sitting roughly at the A2+ level and above. These classes are suited for those with a decent foundational understanding of a language, even if those foundations were laid many years or decades ago.
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
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 their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
It can take over 300 hours over of language learning (home and class-based) to reach an A2+ level of fluency, which can take many years of learning, as such we expect many students to be within the Post-Chick level for many blocks. We work hard to ensure that each semester is an exciting blend of new learning and topics met with recapping and reinforcing previous classes.
Fledgling classes are for those at an intermediate level (B1+), and suit those of you who are little further ahead with fluency and who are more comfortable with basic grammar structures.
Can understand the central points of standard conversation on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
Can handle most common situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
Can produce simple coherent text on familiar topics which are of personal interest.
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party
It can take up to 400 class-room hours to reach a B1 level of fluency, as such these classes are suited for those with prior experience to the language in question.
Classes for High-Flyers are our most diverse range of classes, and a typically for more advanced speakers (B2+).
Can deal with a range of more complex situation with a degree of fluency, e.g. most travel situations or descriptions of events, experiences and ambitions.
Can create simple to more complex texts on topics of personal interest using a variety of tenses.
Describe experiences, events, dreams, and ambitions, as well as opinions or plans in brief.
Can understand the main ideas of a complex text such as a technical piece related to their field.
Spontaneously interact without too much strain for either the learner or the native speaker.
For more information on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1-C2) please visit here.