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Welcome to Club Gratton
Information about the course

Thank you for booking your membership plan. We are delighted to welcome you to our small community.  Let´s start bringing English into your life in a structured and practical way. 

Together we will work to increase your fluency and improve your confidence so that you can express yourself in English a little better each week.

OUR THREE STEP METHODOLOGY

Our methodology is the result of extensive experience not only as language teachers but also as students. We believe it has all the ingredients to be a very effective tool.

 

The program consists of 3 steps:

STEP 1: WEEKLY WEBINARS

LIVE WEBINAR:

In each live webinar session, we cover a wide selection of topics in structured sections that are fast paced and interactive. It’s one intense hour where we will review a lot of content in a very practical, entertaining and dynamic way.

A typical session covers the following topics:

 

•       Common mistakes 

•       Grammar

•       General Vocabulary

•       Listening Exercise

•       Business Expressions

•       Phrasal Verbs

•       ​Micro MBA

•       Pronunciation

•       Reading Exercises

 

THE BOOK CLUB:

At the end of the class, you are welcome to join us for THE BOOK CLUB. This is a 15 to 20 minutes section where we discuss the latest chapter of the book. It’s a great opportunity to practice your speaking skills. 

At the Book Club we don’t cover any new material, so if you can’t stay you will not be missing anything important. You can only participate in the Book Club if you have read the last chapter of the book. If you haven’t read it you are welcome to stay and listen.

TIMETABLE:

During registration, you have chosen one group as your regular class. Each week we will send you an email a few hours before your webinar with the direct link. To join the class, you just need to click on the link at the time of the class. We have 5 sessions available.

  • ​Tuesday from 17:30 to 18:30         

  • Tuesday from 19:00 to 20:00

  • Wednesday from 8:00 to 9:00

  • Wednesday from 14:30 to 15:30

  • Wednesday from 19:00 to 20:00.

You can change to another of the groups anytime. If you can’t attend your class, you can chose any of the other sessions. You don’t need to let us know. Just find the link to the class online and join in.

CLASS LINKS:

You will always have access to the links for all the session from the “Members area” on the website in case you need to change your session at any point. Our objective is to make it as flexible and easy for our students as possible to help you maintain a constant focus. You don’t need to notify us. Just click on the link at the time of the class and join in.

If at any point you would like to change your regular group, please let us know.

RECORDED WEBINAR:

The recorded webinars are great to catch up when life gets too complicated and you miss all the live sessions. Also, it’s a great tool for reviewing those concepts you need to see again or simply as an extra listening practice.

Each week on Friday we will upload a recorded version of the class. It is a special recording adapted for one student. The recorded version is a little shorter that the live class. (Aprox. 45 minutes)

STEP 2: MATERIALS AND EXERCISES

MATERIALS AND DRILLS:

The content for each class is designed to be fast paced and full of interesting information that needs to be consolidated afterwards to ensure progress. For this we have designed a complete package of notes and exercises. The goal is to encourage our students to absorb and be able to use the main learning points. 

Every week on Friday, we upload the supporting material onto the website. It will be available from Friday. The notes are in PDF format and can be printed and studied conveniently. 

You will at all times have access to the 10 latest classes so that you can catch up without any stress in the CLASSROOM section of the members area.

THE ADVENTURES OF LOLA BADIOLA:

Each lesson is linked to the latest chapter of our thrilling business novel "The Adventures of Lola Badiola". 

It's an opportunity to experience all the learning points in a relevant and highly entertaining context. You can find all the previous chapters in the Members area under The Book Club.

AUDIO BOOK:

With each chapter you will be able to access an audio book version. Sam reads out the chapter so you can listen to the story and practice pronunciation. 

A useful exercise is to record yourself saying a sentence and then compare the way you say the words with Sam´s pronunciation. 

 

STEP 3: PROGRESS TESTS

Take the progress test to help you monitor your learning and highlight the mistakes you make. You have 30 minutes to complete each test. It’s plenty of time so no need to rush.

HALL OF FAME:

Enjoy a bit of healthy competition by entering the Hall of Fame. Can you make it to the top 15 of the month? Are you a 100 percenter?

If you don’t want your name to appear in the Hall of Fame please let us know.

USEFUL TIPS:

PRACTICE OUT LOUD:

This course works best if you say everything out loud. The objective is to improve the fluency of your speaking skills and it is crucial to hear yourself as much as possible. This will help with your self-confidence and you might actually start enjoying it after a while.

We know that it feels a bit strange at the beginning when you are talking to yourself in English. You will get used to it. Persevere!

TAKING THE TESTS:

Sometimes it takes a couple of tests to get used to the system. Here are a few recommendations for completing the tests:

1.     Study the lesson, then do the exercises and when you feel comfortable start the test.

2.     Do the test when you know you will not be interrupted for at least 20 minutes.

        (if you get interrupted you can pause the test and restart it later)

3.     Take your time with each question. You have 30 minutes and it is plenty of time. 

4.     Read the question very carefully. Make sure you are answering to what is asked.

5.     Write the answer and then re-read the question and your answer.

6.     CHECK spelling.

7.     CHECK verb tenses.

8.     CHECK plurals and singulars.

9.     Have an EXTRA CHECK before sending your answer.

CANCELATION OR SUSPENSION:

If you want to cancel or suspend your membership at any point, please let us know by email or phone and we will sort it out for you as soon as possible.

HELP:

Please never hesitate to contact Marina if you have any doubts or need anything. We are here to help you along this journey.

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