The concept that English as a second language taught on five distinct levels has become one of this day’s most practical approaches to teaching English as a second language. These are namely, Elementary, English for Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate and Advanced levels. Students interested in self-learning English as their second language of choice today has many resources available, such as books, self-help DVDs and websites. One such website that is well worth exploring is the ever popular ECTV or English Club TV channel.
English Club TV or ECTV as it is referred to by its millions of followers is a website designed solely to help international students looking to improve their English. The site does this by introducing a fresh, innovative approach to online self-learning. The featured English video lessons based in Great Britain, are created by its panel of native experts. Each section of the site is carefully and skilfully designed to make sure students learn to understand the intricacies and subtleties of English. Also, ensuring quick grasping of the principals of grammar and pronunciation, overcome common language barriers and even learn the definitions of new words and terms. Students are categorised based on their current knowledge levels. The site helps students gauge these levels based on an online self-evaluation test and classified into five distinct levels i.e. Elementary, English for Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate and Advanced.
The Pre-Intermediate level also known as A2 covers the four principal modules of Listening Skills, Speaking Skills, Vocabulary Expansion and Grammar. As in the site’s Elementary level, each module in the Pre-Intermediate level has programmes formatted as “shows” and “episodes” centred on current affairs and day to day interactions commonly encountered by international students. Students will improve their Listening Skills and Vocabulary enhancement by watching programmes such as “ECTV News”, “What Did They Say?” and “The Week in Review”. For other students wishing to improve their Speaking Skills and Grammar, programmes such as the always popular “E-lab” series, “Say it Right” and “Perfect English” are available.
The uniqueness of English Club TV’s approach to its programming is that all programmes irrespective of the level presented is in an episodic news or game show format. It makes them interesting to watch and also very engaging and informative. This unique approach to teaching English for Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate and Advanced level students has made ECTV stand out as one of the most favourite online learning resources available today.