Nottingham Language Academy

8 The Ropewalk - Nottingham

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Our School offers you the opportunity to study in small groups in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Our qualified, experienced and friendly teachers will give you the individual attention you need to make fast progress. You will experience the benefits of personal attention combined with the sociability of learning with others.

Our classrooms are well equipped, some with interactive SmartBoards, and there is unlimited computer and internet access at the Academy.

When not in class, you can relax in our beautiful common room, which has stunning views over the Park Estate. We also offer complimentary drinks and snacks to our students and staff.


We are situated in The Ropewalk, the city's premier professional district overlooking the lovely upmarket residential Park Estate. Close by are theatres, cinemas, award -winning restaurants, cafes and pubs as well as antiques, art and jewellery shops.

We are just a short walk from the main retail centre with over 1,000 independent shops, designer boutiques and high street favourites.

This Google Map shows our location within the city and can also help you plan your route here.

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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Town/City
Levels: Basic, Intermediate
Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk
This course helps students to improve their English language skills in the core areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The emphasis is on improving the students’ fluency and building confidence when speaking in English. We cater for all language levels, from beginner (A1) to proficient (C2) learners. Courses start every week and students are given a placement test before or on their first session to ensure they join the most appropriate group for their level.

Students can combine their General English lessons with exam preparation (IELTS, PET, FCE, CAE or CPE), Business English, Academic English and/or one-to-one tuition. Progress in learning English is referenced to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and monitored by continuous assessment and regular tests.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Town/City
Exams and Prep offered: Cambridge PET, Cambridge CPE, Cambridge FCE, Cambridge CAE
Levels: Advanced, Intermediate
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
Nottingham Language Academy offers a wide range of General, Professional and Academic exam preparation courses. Our Exam Preparation Courses will cover all the parts of the students’ chosen exam in detail, focusing on exam strategies and techniques in order to help them excel at the exam. We will also provide our students with a personalised study plan constantly monitoring their strengths and weaknesses to help them succeed.

Students can join whenever they want and finish whenever they are ready to take the exam. Since it is an on-going course, exam strategies and techniques are repeatedly reviewed and reinforced so that newcomers do not miss out on vital information and tips regarding the exam. The same is true concerning the theoretical knowledge and practice of exam parts and individual papers.

Those who would like to improve their grammar and vocabulary knowledge besides their examination skills could also enrol on our General English courses (on a flexible basis, from one day to five days a week) and so prepare for the exam through two joint courses.

All those students who would like to enrol on our Examination Preparation Courses are required to do an exam-specific entry test, including an Interview, Listening, Reading, Use of English and Writing. The test and the interview take approximately two hours. All this is necessary for us to determine the exact English level and knowledge of our new students as well as their aims and targets regarding the date they wish to take the exam on. Students do not need to prepare for the test since its purpose is to paint a clear and realistic picture of their strengths and weaknesses, i.e. essential information for achieving their goal. With that information, they and their tutors can then start working for the exam, based on a personalised study plan.

Course types

Exam Preparation for FCE, CAE, CPE and Academic IELTS
General English and Exam Preparation for FCE, CAE, CPE and Academic IELTS
One-to-one or closed group classes for General IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, KET, PET, BEC Preliminary, BEC Vantage, BEC Higher and BULATS, ILEC and ICFE
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Town/City
Levels: Advanced, Intermediate
This course is designed for college and university students to provide them with additional help with their academic studies in English.

The course covers all the topics necessary for effective study to become efficient in:
Academic research and referencing
Participation in debates, discussions and seminars
Essay and thesis writing
Writing and delivering presentations and speeches
Using technical aids for efficient lectures and speeches
Market research and report writing
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Town/City
Levels: Advanced, Intermediate
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
Our English for Business course is for both professional people and students, who would like to further develop their English language skills, pass a Business English exam or become more confident in work situations. The programme can also focus on specialist English for a particular sector.

In our Business English Classes, English language skills and grammar are taught within a business context. We cover various business topics and issues along with using relevant and authentic material, specifically designed for the work sector. We also include real-life activities, such as case studies, simulated business meetings, negotiations, presentations, lectures and job interviews.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Town/City
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk
These lessons are designed for students who would like to improve particular skills in English or who would like to focus on English for special purposes. Such lessons can be a great way to make fast progress. Lessons are easy to fit around the students’ commitments because it is them who choose when and how often they would like to study. Our one-to-one lessons are also a good way to help students to become self-assured before joining a group course.

We offer one-to-one tuition in the following (and many more) areas:
Exam techniques
Business English
Conversation and pronunciation
Writing and spelling
Presentation skills
Job interview and application techniques
English for the care industry
English for the hospitality industry
English for law
English for the travel industry
English for finance
British culture and civilisation
English for literature

There are also Pronunciation / Conversation classes

This joint course will help students identify their own pronunciation difficulties and give them an awareness of how English sounds are formed. It will help them to improve their understanding of spoken English as well as their speaking skills through the use of a great variety of conversation topics. For the Conversation part of the lesson, tutors will not only prepare topic-related tasks and facilitate discussions, but will also ensure that all participants (including new-comers) are given opportunities to speak.

The Pronunciation component of the course will focus on the following areas:

Individual sounds - vowels and consonants
Consonant clusters
The International Phonetic Alphabet and using a dictionary to check pronunciation
Ear training - learning to listen and what to listen for
The Conversation component of the course will focus on the following areas:

Speaking and listening
Getting acquainted with various accents
Learning new vocabulary through topic-related tasks
Discussing a range of interesting topics.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students
Our summer school courses offer an unforgettable experience for young learners (11-17 year- olds) from Beginner to Advanced levels during July and August. They are welcome to book for as many weeks as they would like during the summer months.

Based in the stunning Park District of the historic city of Nottingham, our Summer School is ideal for those who would like to improve their English, combine lessons with exciting social activities, taste life in the UK, make new friends from all over the world and have a wonderful summer time experience.

All of our tutors are carefully selected for their suitability to work with young learners. The English level of our young learners is assessed before the start of the summer school through an adaptive online Placement Test (the Oxford Placement Test for Young Learners) which is sent to all our applicants during the booking stage. It is very important that all students complete the test before the course starts in order to be placed at the right level.

Our class sizes are the smallest in Nottingham (with an average of 12 students in a class) and our students’ progress is monitored throughout the course.

There is a residential and non-residential option. We can arrange accommodation with our carefully selected hosts, or our learners can stay with their friends or family. Whichever option they choose, our young learners’ safety and well-being is our number one priority. Our team of staff and Homestay hosts will provide a safe and caring environment with different levels of supervision according to the age range of our students.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Town/City
Levels: Advanced
Nottingham Language Academy offers a wide range of Teacher Training Courses. Our courses are ideal for those who:

would like to improve their English language skills
would like to refresh their teaching skills
would like to gain knowledge before undertaking a CELTA course
would like to get familiar with new approaches in the classroom
would like to gain expertise in cultural awareness when teaching international students
Please note that we can only accept trainees whose minimum level of English is C1 (Advanced).
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