Methods and Educational Resources

  • The groups are composed of a maximum limit of students, allowing for a more individual learning experience.
  • Students are integrated into levels that best suit their knowledge level and age; 
  • All activities are taught in the language they are learning. The process is done by reaching the objective without having to resort to translation;
  • Communicating before correcting. We motivate and encourage students allowing them to feel comfortable without the fear of making a mistake (the pedagogical perspective of error – allowing for the correction of any mistakes), developing their self-confidence and interest in an enthusiastic environment, free of anxiety.
  • Our method is defined by flexibility and creativity;
  • Developing social skills through activities that involve cooperation, interpersonal relationships and working in group;
  • Younger students do not learn grammar in an explicit way, this is assimilated inductively using correct models;
  • Students receive a manual corresponding to their level up to Level 4.
  • Starting from Level 5, students should purchase the manual at the Academy.
  • All students should bring a notebook or dossier to take notes and keep any material given by the

teacher. Students should keep this in good order and bring it to every class; 

  • The classrooms are fully-equipped with all the necessary material and equipment for lessons.

The Internal Assessment System

The students are systematically assessed in all sessions through the activities that take place in class, in order to accompany their progress and to pinpoint any difficulties.

Students are evaluated every trimester using oral and written exams (Kids and Teen Levels) and by oral exam (Toddlers) ranked from 0 - 100 %.

Their overall grades are obtained from the results of their tests and continuous assessment.

At the end of each trimester, reports are sent to the parents/guardians. Meetings are also scheduled with the teacher and parents/guardians.

The External Assessment System

YLE (Young Learners English) University of Cambridge

Starting from the age of ten, Skills Academy.Languages students have direct access to the YL Exams (University of Cambridge) through the British Council (Portugal).

This external assessment system is independent and permits:

  • The consolidation of English language skills gained by the Skills Academy.Languages method;
  • The external and independent evaluation of our teaching;
  • The acquisition of a diploma that is internationally recognized and which is an important motivational factor;
  • The familiarization with advanced Cambridge University exams;

Cambridge University Exams - PET (Preliminary English Test), FCE (First Certificate in English), CAE (Certificate in Advanced English), CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English).

PET exam corresponds to Level B1;

FCE exam corresponds to Level B2;

CAE exam corresponds to Level C1;

CPE exam corresponds to Level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.