Our online courses are for adults of all ages (min 16 years old) and nationalities and, where offered, for all levels from beginners to advanced. For most courses, the average age range will be mid 20s to mid 40s. However many younger and older students also take these courses as our online courses are suitable for everyone.
The minimum class size refers to the number of students required to run a group course. The minimum class size is usually 4 students. When there are 3 students in a group the course will usually run for 8 weeks. The vast majority of our courses meet this requirement, but on occasions the minimum numbers are not met. In these instances, it is at Cactus’ discretion whether the course will run. We always aim to run all courses as advertised and offer alternatives when the minimum class size is not met.
Should your course be affected, we will contact you directly to discuss your options, which may include:
Our Course Outlines give an overview of the content and learning framework of Cactus group courses, including our online courses and show the topics, grammar points and vocabulary areas you can expect to cover. These are intended as a guide and our teachers may at times adapt the course content to suit the specific level, aims and interests of the class.
Our CEFR ‘Can Do’ Statements provide a guide as to what you can expect to achieve at each level and also show what progress you can expect to make if you carry on studying subsequent levels. These are guides only and other factors will affect your rate of progress, e.g. your prior language skills and base level, how proficient you are at picking up new languages, your level of participation in class and revision (and homework) outside of class. It will partially also depend on how difficult (or dissimilar) the language you are learning is from your native language.
Your teacher will also supplement the course book activities with their own activities and games, quizzes, and exercises from a variety of sources.
If you have just completed your first lesson and are feeling a little overwhelmed, then don’t worry. Cactus language courses are taught in the target language, as full immersion is widely recognised as the most effective way to learn a language. You may find this a little daunting at first, especially if you have previously been used to bi-lingual tuition.
However, if you are attending a 10-week course and find that you are really struggling to keep up, or finding the course content too easy, you can switch classes up until your 3rd lesson. Please speak to your teacher and contact us. We will assess the situation and look to move you to a class more suited to your ability (subject to availability).
To ensure optimal course quality and enjoyment, our maximum class size is 10 students per class for our online classes. Note: Cactus cannot offer any lessons on a trial basis.
Cactus is the leading provider of language courses and language holidays in the UK and abroad. Since 1998 we have helped more than 15,000 people every year learn a language. We’re still as passionate as ever about languages and committed to making learning enjoyable and easy for everyone.Over the years we have become experts in delivering high quality language training solutions, both off-the-shelf and tailor-made, to individuals and businesses in over 30 languages, 60 countries and 500 destinations worldwide.
Our comprehensive range of courses underpins our recognition of the diverse needs of our clients, reflected in our company motto “Learn a language your way!”
With thousands of courses all in one place, at Cactus, you really can learn a language your way.
We run evening & part-time courses in 11 locations across the UK, putting over 20 languages on your doorstep. Via our international network of partner schools and organisations we can offer language courses & holidays in over 30 countries worldwide, covering some 200 destinations. Easy online booking puts thousands of courses at your fingertips and with a range of options you can customise your course to suit you.
At Cactus, we strive to provide value for money. That means not only competitive prices, but courses we are happy to put our name to.
Our schools are personally checked by Cactus staff or affiliates and subject to ongoing quality checks and school visits.
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