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The quality of the curriculum, teaching and students’ achievement is excellent

- ISI PFE Inspection Report, November 2012

Introduction

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Why Avalon School?

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Avalon Quantum English P6 Our teachers

Avalon FTN Football Our Students ■ ■

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I love Avalon because...

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I love London because...

Our School

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Accommodation

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Partner Schools

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Social Events

Flexible Dates

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Welcome to London!

Anna Huber

Welcome to Avalon School of English, the home of Avalon Quantum English. For over 20 years we have helped students learn how to speak English naturally and fluently. Our unique AQE method was, and continues to be, developed here and is used in over 50 partner schools around the world to give students the skills they need to speak and interact with native speakers of English. Here in London we combine AQE classes with additional skills and grammar classes to provide a complete academic programme including exam preparation classes. Our social events programme gives you the opportunity to get to know the teachers and students at parties and other events and you can also get great deals on London attractions and trips to other European cities. Why not come and try a free lesson and see why students recommend Avalon and say that Quantum English is the fastest way to learn to speak English? Anna Huber Principal

Thank you to all staff and students who have contributed to the production of our brochure. ‘Watch our Video’

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Why Avalon School? Our methodology

Avalon Quantum English is a method for teaching people to speak English. Speaking is the main focus. It is simple, enjoyable and effective. Most schools use traditional textbooks to teach English which can result in students only talking for a few minutes in each lesson. Avalon is the only school in London where you can study AQE which was written and developed by our own academic managers and designed to quickly improve speaking and listening skills.

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Students are very well educated and quickly develop confidence in speaking and listening to English

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Avalon Quantum English ■ Maximum 12 students

■ Lots of speaking time in classes

■ Immediate correction of mistakes ■ All levels CEFR A1 – B2

■ Only English is spoken in class

Avalon School

■ UKBA Highly Trusted Sponsor

■ British Council and ISI Accredited ■ Varied social events programme ■ Regular progress checks

■ Tutorials with senior teachers ■ Welfare advisors

■ All teachers qualified, native speakers

of English

■ Flexible timetable

Exam Classes ■ No extra charge

■ IELTS preparation ■ FCE preparation

■ TOEIC preparation

Additional Classes ■ Grammar

■ Academic Skills ■ General skills ■ Writing

One to One Classes

■ Individual lessons with a senior teacher structured to suit

your own requirements. Adding one to one classes to your course is a great way to improve even faster.

Saturday Classes

■ 10:30-13:30 every Saturday

■ 50/50 Quantum English & Skills ■ Minimum course just 4 weeks

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We don’t just want you to know more, Alex Tustain, Quantum Manager but to do more

Welcome to Avalon: ‘The speaking school’

Why choose Avalon? For 20 years the answer has been ‘to speak English’. Natural spoken English informs everything that we do from level-testing, teaching and monitoring student progress.

When students arrive at Avalon their level is assessed on what they can say and how accurately and naturally they say it. Pronunciation, stress, accent and rhythm have as great an impact on a student’s fluency in English than simply new vocabulary and grammatical structures.

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Avalon Quantum English AQE course components ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Class placement based on level of spoken English Integrated pronunciation course Focus on fluency

Dynamic and communicative classes Qualified teachers

Listening checks after every unit

Speaking checks every two units

Additional grammar and writing exercises

■ Quantum Books

AQE books reflect what students and teachers do in the classroom. They allow students to record pronunciation, new vocabulary and grammar. The questions allow students to practise their speaking and listening and teachers can correct and help their students become more fluent from their answers.

■ New Work and Revision

AQE classes are divided into two 50 minute sessions. The New Work class is where the teacher prepares students to practise target vocabulary and grammar for the first time. In the Revision class, students revise and expand upon target language with greater emphasis on fluency and communicative practice.

■ Progress Checks

AQE students are always encouraged to think of their English in terms of their practical speaking and listening skills. We have listening progress checks after every unit and speaking checks after every two units. Remember, you can combine your AQE classes with skills and exam classes.

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Right from day one you will be engaged, stimulated and encouraged. We will get you speaking English faster with AQE. Our teaching and support staff also speak a multitude of other languages so whilst we encourage English to be spoken at every opportunity you can rest easy knowing that you will be understood and helped at all times.

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Our Teachers What some of our teachers have to say...

Erin Vickerman As the newest teacher at Avalon, I can empathise with our new students. London is an amazing city but the size and the language barrier can be overwhelming. However, students at Avalon don't worry about that for long. The friendly teachers, regular social events and fun atmosphere at the school make students feel instantly welcome. Avalon Quantum English works because it eradicates awkward and often translated English. Students take language from the classroom on to the street in a matter of hours, use it and are understood.

I have worked at Avalon for four years and love it. The school is friendly and welcoming, which helps students to settle quickly and concentrate on their studies. It is fantastic teaching students from all over the world in the same classroom, and discussing a wide range of topics in exciting, interactive classes. The school’s unique teaching method allows students of all levels to speak confidently within a few days by focusing on error correction and pronunciation. Students are also able to support their speaking lessons with grammar lessons to help them understand the structure of the language. After they have learnt new language students can practise it outside the classroom in the best city in the world – London!

Telford Wallace

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Avalon FTN Football

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MA PLA DE I YED N E IN NGLA ENG N English & Football D L A ND Training Course Come and join us for this once in a lifetime experience!

This is a unique opportunity to combine your love of football with a choice of AQE or Exam Preparation (depending on your English level). ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Includes a daily Skills or Grammar class Registration Fee Level test Certificate Avalon FTN training kit and team uniform Avalon Student Card

Student Oyster Card available on courses of 14 weeks

or more (30% discount on London transport)

Information ■

All technical ability levels are welcome All sessions managed by experienced and qualified coaches (min. UEFA B) Club scouting network (Levels 1 to 9 of the English National Pyramid League)

Weekly Football Timetable

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11:00 - 13:30

Either at WHUFC Training Facility (Beckton) or Memorial Park (West Ham) Various venues across Greater London & Home Counties Students must be 18 or over

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I LOVE AVALON BECAUSE...

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Our Students I was always bored in English lessons in the past, but Avalon is different. I enjoy my lessons here. I’m learning English in a fun and dynamic way. Esma, Turkey The Quantum method is amazing and unique. With the professionalism and friendliness of the teachers, it makes learning English seem easy! Gerardo, Italy The atmosphere is very friendly, like a family, and the teachers are very attentive! We have made wonderful friends here. Claudia, Brazil There is more chance to speak and be corrected by the teacher than in schools I’ve been to before. Salih, Turkey There are a lot of events for students so we can practise our English and have a good time. I like that we have to speak in English so it helps us to learn. Elizabeth, Columbia I like Avalon School because it has a very cool environment where we meet people from all over the world. Nayara, Brazil

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I LOVE LONDON BECAUSE...

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Our Students

Earlier in the year our students took part in a photography competition and featured on the page opposite are just some of the winning entries. And here a few of the things they said about their time with us in London...

Avalon’s location is perfect. We can walk basically everywhere! The best thing about London is its cultural potential. You learn history just by being here. How amazing is that Laila, Brazil

There are so many places that you can go to visit, to eat, to learn about the culture, to meet all kinds of people, to grow as a person. Pablo, Brazil

The people are so open minded. In London you can be anyone, you want to be. London is multi cultural and you can meet a lot of interesting people from around the world. Jeferson, Brazil

As Avalon is in the centre of London, it’s easy to get to lots of famous places. You can enjoy British beer, free museums and various kinds of festivals while you are staying in London. Yonseok, South Korea

The best things are the wonderful buildings that you can find here and there is a great choice of bars, restaurants and shops. Luis, Spain


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Our School Central location

Avalon School is situated in the heart of London on Denmark Street, or ‘Tin Pan Alley’, famous for its musical history and former rock star tenants. Elton John, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Sex Pistols all lived or worked on the street and it is still home to guitar shops, music venues and recording studios.

Denmark Street is within easy walking distance of the British Museum, the National Gallery, Leicester Square and the many bars and restaurants of Soho. Just around the corner are the bustling shopping districts of Oxford Street and Covent Garden and the neoclassical streets and squares of Bloomsbury. We encourage all students to get out into the city to practise and improve their English in real life situations. We’re always happy to help you if you want some suggestions of places to go outside school because we want you to leave London loving the city just as much as we do!

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Facilities ■ ■ ■ ■

Free 100MB high speed Wi-Fi internet access. Café. The roof garden is a great space to socialise. In reception you’ll find helpful, multi-lingual staff.

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Social Events “

Our social events are the perfect place to meet new friends from all over the world, practise your English and get to know the city.

Molly Wadsworth

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Every month we publish a social calendar packed with organised trips to museums and galleries, as well as recommendations for restaurants, club nights and local London pubs.

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Molly Wadsworth, Social Events Co-ordinator

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Avalon recognises that finding accommodation in London can be difficult, especially if you can’t speak the language.

Avalon has an accommodation officer who can arrange accommodation for students with host families or on a self-catering basis. Living with a host family is a great way to improve your English outside the classroom, learn about British culture and get to know the city. 20


Accommodation

Student Shared Houses

Student shared houses offer the opportunity to meet interesting people from all over the world who are learning English. This type of accommodation allows you to live freely and independently while experiencing life in London. Student shared houses are suitable for both long and short-term stays. This accommodation is ideal for students who want to share accommodation with fewer students than residences.

Student Residence

Many students who prefer a more independent approach choose to stay at a student residence. There is a good range of all-year and summer only residences available all of which are within easy reach of the school. Depending on the residence you may choose either a single room or, if you are coming with a friend, a twin room. Some of the residences offer breakfast and evening meal and others are self-catering.

Homestay

In a homestay you can experience life with a British family and practise your English with your hosts in a natural setting. Your host are often working families or retired people. You stay in a friendly London home and choose the meal plan that suits you (half board or self catering) but you are still independent and you are not expected to take part in family life. www.avalonschool.co.uk/studentaccommodation-in-london/

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Flexible dates Timetable

Avalon offers a flexible timetable of English language classes from Monday to Friday. Students can choose how many lessons they study per week, from a minimum of five lessons a week. They can also change onto exam preparation courses when their English reaches the right level, at no extra charge. 9:30 - 10:20

10:30 - 12:20

12:30 - 13:20

13:30 - 15:20

15:30 - 16:20

16:30 - 18:20

Room 01

Pre-intermediate Skills

IELTS

Grammar Express 4

Book 2 Speaking

Grammar Express 1

FCE Cambridge First Certificate

Room 03

Intermediate Skills

Book 3 Speaking

Grammar Express 2

Book 3 Speaking Book 3 Speaking

Grammar Express 3

Book 3 Speaking

Room 05

Upperintermediate Skills

Book 3 Speaking

Grammar Express 4

Book 2 Speaking

Grammar Express 2

Book 1 Speaking

Room 06

Elementary Skills

Book 2 Speaking

Academic Skills

Book 2 Speaking Book 3 Speaking

TOEIC

Room 07

Book 1 Speaking

Pre-intermediate Skills

Book 3 Speaking Book 3 Speaking

UpperPre-intermediate intermediate Skills Writing

Room 08

Book 2 Speaking

Upperintermediate Writing

Book 1 Speaking Book 1 Speaking

Grammar Express 4

Room 09

Book 4 Speaking

Elementary Skills

Book 3 Speaking Book 2 Speaking

Upperintermediate Skills

Book 2 Speaking

Room 10

Book 4 Speaking

Grammar Express 1

Book 4 Speaking Book 4 Speaking

Intermediate Skills

Book 2 Speaking

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Book 2 Speaking Grammar Express 1


FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all teachers native English speakers?

Yes, all Avalon teachers are native English speakers with first degrees and /or CELTA or DELTA teaching qualifications.

How many students are there in a class? The maximum is 12 students in a speaking class and 15 in general skills, exam preparation and Business English classes.

How many lessons can I study?

You can study for as many lessons as you choose, between 5 and 25 a week. If you require a Tier 4 visa you must study a minimum of 20 lessons per week, Monday to Friday, before 6pm.

What will happen on my first day?

Our reception staff will provide information about the school. You will have a short speaking test and will be given a written level test. Please bring your passport or equivalent identification as we are required to take a copy when you arrive.You will be given a timetable with your classroom numbers and your Avalon Quantum course book.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, all students who successfully complete their course can request a progress letter and a certificate.

What time will I study?

Students on Quantum Plus courses may study at any time from 9:30-6:20. On Quantum Standard courses classes are available from 3:30-6.20.

Do I need a course book?

Yes, you will need to buy the course books. For speaking classes, you can buy a Quantum book from reception for £17. For other classes your teacher will show you which book to buy.

Our school is located near several large book shops. Course books generally cost between £12 and £25 depending on the course.

Can I change my classes?

Yes, we have a selection of classes at each hour and you may switch from speaking classes to exam preparation or Business English, depending on your level and availability.

Can you arrange my accommodation?

We can arrange a homestay (staying with a family in their home), a room in residence accommodation or student shared housing. All accommodation must be pre-paid and cancellation fees apply. Avalon has an Accommodation Officer who will arrange your booking and is available to talk to during your stay.

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Anna Huber Principal

Phil Marshall Manager

Niall O Siadhail Teacher

Erin Vickerman Teacher

Phil Harris Teacher

Molly Wadsworth Teacher

Eliane Zarpelon Marketing & Sales Manager

Liisa Johvik Finance Officer

Sabrina Polydoro Administration & Accommodation Officer

Claire Gattelet Marketing & Sales Advisor

Akiko Fukutomi Sales Advisor

Josh Carrott Sales Advisor

Sarah Burkitt Senior Teacher


Mairead McDaid Senior Teacher

James Stewart Teacher

Sam Wadsworth Teacher

Yan Cui Sales Advisor

Cassie Moss Teacher

Stephen Murphy Teacher

Alex Tustain Quantum Manager

Telford Wallace Teacher

Roz Flitton Quantum Manager

AVALON STAFF

& TEACHERS

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Avalon Quantum Engli The Avalon international schools package contains everything you need to start teaching English with AQE:

Books & CDs. Teacher training in London or locally. ■ Teacher recruitment service. ■ Branded promotional materials. ■ Student exchange programmes. ■

AQE Schools Find your nearest AQE school

■ Russia Federation, ■ England, AVALON

SCHOOL OF ENGLISH London WC2H8LS

Interlingua Kaliningrad 236006

■ France, EUROPEAN

LANGUAGE INSTITUTE Nantes 44000

■ Spain, Zaragoza

INSIDE ENGLISH Zaragoza 50006

■ Bulgaria,

BRAVO Foreign Language Centre Burgas 8000

■ Bulgaria,

BRAVO Foreign Language Centre Sofia 1000

■ Brazil, ASSET English Centre

Americana, SP 13.465-660

■ Brazil, Rio Vermelho

SHERLOCK IDIOMAS Florianopolis SC 88060 000

■ Brazil, ASSET English Centre

Indaiatuba, SP 13.320-210

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■ Brazil, Itajuba

SYNERGY LANGUAGE SOLUTIONS MG 37500-022

■ Brazil, Itu ASSET English

Centre SP 13.300-003

■ Brazil, Jacarei U.K.

SCHOOL SP 12.308-000


sh Worldwide To find out more about the benefits of using Avalon Quantum English method and how you can become a partner school, please visit the AQE website or get in touch with us through our easy to use online contact form. If you’d prefer to email direct, send your emails to:

info@avalonschool.co.uk

■ Ukraine, IQ Centre

Kiev 03150

■ Ukraine, IQ Center

Zaporizhzhya 69032 ■ Czech Republic, Ostrava

EXCEL JAZYKOVE CENTRUM Hory 709 00

■ Georgia, IQ

CENTRE Ltd Tbilisi

■ Chechnya,

ANGLOMANIA Grozny 364000

■ Poland, AKADEMIA SZYBKIEJ NAUKI

Białystok 15-099

■ Poland, ANT-IE

Błonie 05-870

■ Poland, NEXT DOOR TEACHER

Szkoła Czernichów 32-070

■ Poland, Kala, English School

Gliwice

■ Poland, Centrum Języków Obcych

EFFEKT Goleniów 72-100

■ Poland, FUNDACJA

■ Poland, Centrum Nauki Języka

■ Poland, Kaszubskie Centrum

■ Poland, Centrum Języków Obcych

Edukacji “VADEMECUM” Kościerzyna 83-400 Edukacji “VACEMECUM” Luzino 84-242

■ Poland, OŚRODEK EDUKACJI

JĘZYKOWEJ Mszczonów 69-320

■ Poland, Centrum Nauczania Języka

Angielskiego LINGUA Oświęcim 32-600

■ Poland, AKADEMIA NAUKI

EKSPERT-KUJAWY Inowrocław 88-100

■ Poland, Centrum Nauczania W&W

Jelenia Góra 58-500

■ Poland, Kaszubskie Centrum

■ Poland, KONIŃSKIE CENTRUM

JĘZYKÓW OBCYCH Konin 62-510

Beata Archutowska Płońsk 09-100

■ Poland, Szkoła Językowa BEST WAY

Radomsko 97-500

■ Poland, Centrum Nauczania Języka

Angielskiego “PrimE” Siedlce 08-110

■ Brazil, THE HOUSE LANGUAGE

■ Brazil, PHARUS IDIOMAS

■ Brazil, Passos ASAP ENGLISH!

■ Brazil, MADISON SCHOOL

CENTRE Lorena, SP 12606-580 MG 37.902-379

■ Brazil, Sao Jose dos Campos

YOU SPEAK SP 12.243-020

Angielskiego LONDYNEK Skierniewice 96-100

EFFEKT Szczecin 70-462

■ Poland, AKADEMIA SZYBKIEJ NAUKI

Tadeusz Buzarewicz Toruń 87-100

■ Poland, ENGLISH ACADEMY

Wadowice 34-100

■ Poland, AKADEMIA SZYBKIEJ NAUKI

Tadeusz Buzarewicz Warszawa 00-695

■ Poland, PERFECT ENGLISH

Wejherowo 84-200

■ Poland, SZKOŁA AKTYWNEGO

NAUCZANIA JĘZYKÓW OBCYCH Łódź 09-613

Sertãozinho 14160-750

São Bernardo do Campo SP 09.726-261

www.quantumenglish.co.uk/quantum-schools/

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