Frequently asked questions
1. What type of courses does Beech Languages offer?
German, French and Spanish: General courses for travel and leisure, GCSE and A level ( all exam boards )
English as a Foreign Language: English for Business (including English for interviews, presentations, reports, telephoning).
General English for leisure and travel, English for Exams (such as IELTS, CAE etc), English for Young Learners (11- 19 years).
2. What will the course content be?
That depends on your needs. Every course is different because it is designed for YOU only, and no two lessons are the same. The content of the lessons is agreed by the student and entirely driven by his/her requirements.
Where the student needs to pass exams, the areas needing improvement will be analysed and specific help given to achieve realistic learning goals.
In the case of business English, sometimes the client provides presentations, product literature or asks for help with particular skills such as telephoning or making presentations. In other cases, a student's level and grammar requirements are analysed using assessment tests and we agree a programme of lessons to practise grammar and functions as necessary.
3. Will I get homework?
Yes, if you want it!
4. Can I keep the lesson?
Yes, I will e-mail or give you a copy of most lesson materials to use at home or help with homework.
5. What are your qualifications?
Christine Beech- BAHons. degree in English and German ( Exeter University), CELTA Certificate in Teaching English to Adults, Certificate in Education (Birmingham City University ,) Diploma in Marketing (Chartered Institute of Marketing). Full registered member of the Institute for Learning (the Post 16 Teaching Institute for England and Wales). Member of ATL (Association of Teachers and Lecturers.)
Jayne- BAHons degree in Hispanic Studies and French ( Liverpool University). PGCE ( Nottingham University).
6. What is your accent? ( English language courses)
I speak clear British English with a neutral accent (students say I am easy to understand!)
7. Do you offer online lessons ?
Yes, most courses are available online. You can speak to me via Skype and see and interact with the lesson using free meeting software. For more details visit our sister site, www.beech-english.com
7. Do you teach small classes in companies ?
Yes. If your company needs small group classes, this can be arranged. Please contact for details and prices.
9. How much does it cost?
Lessons taken in person in the Solihull area cost from £25(young learners) to £45(groups) per lesson of 60 minutes, depending on your requirements. Some concessions are available, please ask for details. A longer course of 10 lessons paid in advance is available at a discount. If you require lessons at your office or home outside the Solihull area, travel costs may have to be paid ( please ask for details).
10. Is there a minimum number of lessons I must buy?
Not for private clients taking tuition in person in the Solihull area. These courses are entirely flexible and you may 'pay as you go'. Terms for companies vary and can be invoiced on a monthly basis, subject to conditions. Please contact us for details. Alternatively you can use the Paypal facility on our sister website for your convenience. http://www.beech-english.co.uk/buy-lessons
11. Are there cheaper teachers in Solihull?
Probably! However, they may not be experienced in school and college teaching, or offering structured programmes of study. Often they just offer a 'chat' - always check a tutor's qualifications and experience.
12. When can I have my lessons?
Please contact us for availability.
13. How do I know it is safe for my child to work with you ?
(Young Learners Courses)
I am registered with SET (The Society for Education and Training-the post-16 professional teaching body for England and Wales.) I also have a full new DBS check ( the old CRB Criminal records Bureau) enhanced clearance to work with children and young people. I can provide you with other teachers' details who will verify my status, and references from parents.
14. What if I change my mind or am not satisfied with my lessons?
In the unlikely event you are not happy with your lessons just don't book any more! If you have bought a course in advance I will return your money for lessons not taken.
15. How can I book and pay for my lessons?
Please always contact us first before buying your lessons to check we can help you. After that private clients can 'pay as you go' for lessons taken in person in the Solihull area, or you can book and pay for lessons securely on the 'Buy Lessons' page of our sister site using Paypal. You do not need a Paypal account to do this- go to http://www.beech-english.co.uk/buy-lessons
Legal info: 'Beech Languages' is a trading style of C. Robbins t/a 'Beech English'. Registered to trade with HMRC in the UK.