How you will learn with Brasshouse Languages
What to expect in an English class
Brasshouse English classes include a lot of speaking and communication activities. You will work with many different people in the classes, both men and women, and from many different countries. It is very important that you participate in these activities because this will help you to improve your spoken English. Please follow your teacher’s instructions and do all the work that they tell you to do.
Brasshouse staff will treat you with respect and we ask you to always show respect to your teachers and classmates.
At the end of each term, your teachers will assess your progress and discuss whether you are ready to move to the next level. It usually takes at least two terms on a full-time course before our students move up to the next level.
Most classes follow a set course book. Books cost between £25 and £40. You will able to buy the course book for this term near the beginning of term. Your teacher will tell you which course book you need to make sure that you buy the right one. We cannot exchange books or refund any money paid for books.
You have to attend all of the classes and you have to arrive on time. If you can’t attend or you are going to arrive late, you should call 0121 303 1637.
Brasshouse is required to monitor student attendance and to be able to justify any regular absences. For this reason, when you are away from the class, your tutor will ask you to fill in an Absence Form before or after you are away. On this form, you will be asked to tell us the reasons for your absence and, if you have any documents (for example, a medical certificate) that show why you were or are going to be away, you should give us a photocopy. If you have any questions about the absence forms, please ask a member of teaching staff or at reception.
Is all your paperwork up-to date?
Make sure you keep us and any other relevant organisations up-to-date with your personal details.
It is extremely important that you tell us about any changes to your personal circumstances so we can keep in touch with you. If you change your address or telephone number or your immigration status changes, please contact the English Office immediately.
Short Term Study Visas
If you entered the UK on a Short Term Study Visa and you haven’t already shown us your visa, you should go to the English office with your passport as soon as possible.
If you have a Short Term Study Visa, you are not allowed to work in the UK. Remember that you cannot renew a Short Term Study Visa in the UK.
Learning in the Library of Birmingham
Brasshouse Languages moved to our new purpose-built premises in September 2016
We are very excited to be able to continue to provide the same high quality English Language training that students have enjoyed for many years in a brand new centre with the latest technology and access to the facilities and services of the biggest public library in Europe.
The Library is next to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP) and close to other important cultural venues including The International Convention Centre, Symphony Hall, the Barclaycard Indoor Arena, the Town Hall and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
English Al Fresco
Make the most of your learning and use English as much as you can outside of class.
Here are some ideas of things to do
• Agree with friends to speak only English at specific times, such as for an hour after the lesson, on the bus/train, or on a specific day of the week.
• Find a conversation buddy and meet regularly to talk informally. You can ask your teacher to help you find a buddy in your class or another class.
• Read books in English. You could start by choosing books you have already read in your native language or those that have been made into films which you have seen. This will make it easier for you to understand the plot and the content.