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Speaking English is essential for work and education. Join an international student community in Wits Language School’s English classes. We’re part of the University of the Witwatersrand, Africa’s Top University.

Improve your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Learn to speak English fluently and confidently. Lessons are student-centred with lots of opportunities to practise speaking.

Each level is 7 weeks: Monday to Friday (9:00 – 13:00) + club activities (13:15 – 14:15). Our classes are small, so you get personal attention from your teacher. All courses are offered face-to-face.

Our teachers love teaching and want you to have the best learning experience possible.

Applicants are required to do an online placement test (1hour), which includes an application fee of R700 (Approx USD45). This will be deducted from the course fee.

Submit an enquiry today.

PLEASE NOTE: Courses are currently face-to-face, with strict safety protocols in place. If COVID-19 regulations change, it may be necessary for some courses to run online.

Course Description

This course is aimed at foreign language users of English. It is ideal for students who want to improve their English-speaking skills, fluency, and confidence for work or social purposes. Improve your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills as well as grammar and vocabulary. Lessons are student-centred and provide lots of opportunities to practise speaking in English. 

Course Fee

R14 500 (per level) (Approxmately USD950)

The course fee includes:
- An online placement test 
- 140 hours of class (9:00 - 13:00)
- 20 hours of club activities (13:15 - 14:15)
- Course material
- Use of computer lab

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Duration

7 weeks per level (160 hours)

Qualification

Certificate of Competence (minimum 85% attendance)

Programme Overview
  • Improve your grammar and pronunciation, expand your vocabulary, and develop your skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, across a range of contexts
  • Improve aspects of English grammar, such as the correct use of tenses, pronouns and prepositions
  • Improve reading skills: comprehension of written texts, review of books, newspaper and magazine articles
  • Improve writing skills: emails, formal and informal letters, essays, etc.
  • Improve listening skills: comprehension exercises based on audio material from CDs and DVDs
  • Improve speaking skills: pair and group interaction, presentations
Curriculum

We use international books from Oxford University Press.

Entry Requirements
  • 16+ years old
  • Valid study visa
  • Online placement test (USD40)
Application Process

Step 1: Complete the registration form & email Registration from + a certified copy of your passport + proof of payment of ZAR700 to wls@wits.ac.za

Step 2: We email you a link to write the Oxford Online Placement Test.

Step 3: Write the test (1 hour)

Step 4: We confirm your level. We email you the acceptance letter and the invoice for the course fees.

Step 5: Email your proof of payment.

Step 6: We email you a letter of registration to apply for your study visa.

Step 7: Apply for your study visa in your home country.

Step 8: Start class!

Accommodation

WLS does not provide accommodation directly. However, we can help you to arrange this. There are several host families close to the school. We inspect the homes regularly to make sure that the accommodation is suitable. We also arrange letters for proof of residence – one of the requirements for visa applications. Transport to and from the school is included in the accommodation costs when you stay with a host family. If your host family cannot transport you themselves, they will arrange other transport such as Uber. You need to book your own flights to South Africa. Your host family can arrange transport for you from the airport if you need it. This is an additional cost for you.

Study Visa

We cannot apply for the visa for your. We will give you the letters you need to apply for your visa.

Also, we can:
- advise you on visa applications and extensions, and
- refer you to recommended agents for visas and medical insurance cover.

To apply for a visa, you need:

  1. Letter of acceptance
       *Register and pay for your course.
       *Email the proof of payment to wls@wits.ac.za.
       *We email you a letter of acceptance.
  2. South African medical insurance (study visas)
    If you want to study in South Africa for more than three months, you must get South African medical insurance. We can email you advice and refer you to a company that specialises in medical insurance for students.
  3. Medical clearance
    Go to a hospital for radiology clearance and x-rays.
  4. Police clearance
    Get a police clearance certificate in your home country.

*NOTE: Apply and register for your course at least three months before it starts so you have enough time to get your visa and book your accommodation.*

English Conversation: Course Description

If you want to improve your general conversation and speaking skills, this is the course for you. Lessons focus only on speaking and topics regularly encountered in everyday contexts when living, travelling, or working in an English-speaking environment. You'll develop your fluency and confidence through 2-hour daily classes (Monday - Friday) for a month. The course is aimed at students at a pre-intermediate/intermediate level.

Course Fee

R6 000

Duration

4 weeks (40 hours)

Qualification

Certificate of Competence (minimum 85% attendance)

Programme Overview

• Locations such as the airport, shops, speciality stores, restaurant, pharmacy, doctor / hospital, schools, restaurants, etc.
• Invitations, requests, and offers
• Topics related to travel and tourism
• Topics related to activities of interest, hobbies, and events such as concerts, expos, and seminars
• Basic telephone phrases, exchanges, and etiquette
• Asking for and giving opinions, agreeing and disagreeing
• Making suggestions about places to visit and things to do or see
• Expressing gratitude and making complaints in a manner that demonstrate the relevant cultural norms
• Talking about future plans and arrangements
• Prepositions of time and place
• Phrasal verbs related to the topics covered on the course

Curriculum

We use international books from Oxford University Press.

Entry Requirements

*16+ years old
*Valid study visa
*Online placement test (USD40)

Application Process

Step 1: Complete the registration form and email it with a copy of your passport to wls@wits.ac.za

Step 2: We will email you the course dates and bank details for payment. Once you’ve paid, email us your proof of payment to wls@wits.ac.za

Step 3: We will email you the acceptance letter for your visa application.

Step 4: We will email you a link to take the online placement test. You must write the test at least one week before the course starts.

Accommodation

WLS does not provide accommodation directly. However, we can help you to arrange this. There are several host families close to the school. We inspect the homes regularly to make sure that the accommodation is suitable. We also arrange letters for proof of residence – one of the requirements for visa applications. Transport to and from the school is included in the accommodation costs when you stay with a host family. If your host family cannot transport you themselves, they will arrange other transport such as Uber. You need to book your own flights to South Africa. Your host family can arrange transport for you from the airport if you need it. This is an additional cost for you.

Study Visa

We cannot apply for the visa for your. We will give you the letters you need to apply for your visa.

Also, we can:
- advise you on visa applications and extensions, and
- refer you to recommended agents for visas and medical insurance cover.

To apply for a visa, you need:

  1. Letter of acceptance
       *Register and pay for your course.
       *Email the proof of payment to wls@wits.ac.za.
       *We email you a letter of acceptance.
  2. South African medical insurance (study visas)
    If you want to study in South Africa for more than three months, you must get South African medical insurance. We can email you advice and refer you to a company that specialises in medical insurance for students.
  3. Medical clearance
    Go to a hospital for radiology clearance and x-rays.
  4. Police clearance
    Get a police clearance certificate in your home country.

*NOTE: Apply and register for your course at least three months before it starts so you have enough time to get your visa and book your accommodation.*

Course Description

Take your General or Academic IELTS test with confidence after this 7-week exam preparation course. You will work through each part of the course to understand the structure, typical questions, and how to answer questions effective.

You’ll also write a minimum of three practice tests during the course (taken from actual IELTS exams) and compile a written portfolio. By the end of the course, you should be better positioned to achieved a Band 6 score.

Course Fee

R13 800

Duration

7 weeks per level (160 hours)

Qualification

Certificate of Attendance (minimum 85% attendance)

Programme Overview

By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Interpret the main ideas of academic and general texts
- Understand and interpret information in a variety of commonly-used graphics
- Extract key points from academic texts
- Differentiate between similar answers in multiple choice questions
- Identify phrases with similar meanings
- Employ strategies to deal with unknown vocabulary
- Employ key reading strategies to skim, scan, and infer meaning in texts
- Structure a paragraph according to standard writing conventions for general and
academic texts
- Identify signposting in texts
- Use transitional signals and signposting effectively and accurately
- Write a clear thesis statement and support it appropriately with well-connected ideas
- Describe a variety of graphics (maps, charts, graphs, diagrams, etc.) in a paragraph
- Self-edit paragraphs and short essays under time constraints
- Listen to and identify key information to distinguish between speakers and complete notes
- Employ a variety of listening strategies effectively to identify correct word forms, information gaps, details, signposting, flow charts, and chronological information in a variety of texts
- Listen to texts to identify specific information needed to complete a graph or chart
- Elaborate upon, explain, and justify answers per Speaking Tasks 2 and 3 of the test
- Take effective notes to aid a fluent and cohesive responsive to the speaking tasks
- Use suitable vocabulary to discuss different views, present arguments, compare and contrast, etc.
- Recognise and understand a variety of English accents in spoken tasks
- Effectively and accurately use a variety of advanced language structures across all four language skills

Curriculum
  1. Listening Module:
    - Orientating students to a text
    - Listening for and identifying main ideas and specific information
    - Following signpost words
    - Being aware of stress, rhythm, and intonation
  2. Speaking Module:
    - Note-taking to aid unprepared speaking
    - Answering follow-up questions
    - Strategies to explore common conversation themes in-depth
    - Producing a structured and cohesive response to questions
  3. Reading Module:
    - Orientating students to a text
    - Skimming and scanning for specific information and for detail
    - Identifying main and supporting ideas
    - Improving global reading skills
    - Extracting key information from a variety of graphic representations and academic texts
    - Understanding an argument
    - Identifying opinion/attitude and making inferences
  4. Writing Module:
    - Describing facts and figures, processes, and trends
    - Summarising data
    - Organising ideas
    - Developing an argument
    - Writing coherently
Entry Requirements

• 16+ years old
• Upper Intermediate level of English
• Valid study visa
• Online placement test (USD40)

Application Process

Step 1: Complete the registration form and email it with a copy of your passport to wls@wits.ac.za

Step 2: We will email you the course dates and bank details for payment. Once you’ve paid, email us your proof of payment to wls@wits.ac.za

Step 3: We will email you the acceptance letter for your visa application.

Step 4: We will email you a link to take the online placement test. You must write the test at least one week before the course starts.

Accommodation

WLS does not provide accommodation directly. However, we can help you to arrange this. There are several host families close to the school. We inspect the homes regularly to make sure that the accommodation is suitable. We also arrange letters for proof of residence – one of the requirements for visa applications. Transport to and from the school is included in the accommodation costs when you stay with a host family. If your host family cannot transport you themselves, they will arrange other transport such as Uber. You need to book your own flights to South Africa. Your host family can arrange transport for you from the airport if you need it. This is an additional cost for you.

Study Visa

We cannot apply for the visa for your. We will give you the letters you need to apply for your visa.

Also, we can:
- advise you on visa applications and extensions, and
- refer you to recommended agents for visas and medical insurance cover.

To apply for a visa, you need:

  1. Letter of acceptance
       *Register and pay for your course.
       *Email the proof of payment to wls@wits.ac.za.
       *We email you a letter of acceptance.
  2. South African medical insurance (study visas)
    If you want to study in South Africa for more than three months, you must get South African medical insurance. We can email you advice and refer you to a company that specialises in medical insurance for students.
  3. Medical clearance
    Go to a hospital for radiology clearance and x-rays.
  4. Police clearance
    Get a police clearance certificate in your home country.

*NOTE: Apply and register for your course at least three months before it starts so you have enough time to get your visa and book your accommodation.*

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