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Language Centre

Gateway Lanaguage Centre has been offering English classes in Colombo from 1999. Approximately 2000 students attend our courses at any given time. These courses are aimed towards developing all language skills - Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing. Delivery methods include taught lessons, blended learning and e-learning. Courseware by way of workbooks, audio, video and multimedia are provided by publishers in the UK, such as Cambridge and Delta. All programmes meet international standards as the curricular are designed according to the Council of Europe Common European Framework Reference (CEFR). We are a registered preparation centre for Pearson Test of English General and Cambridge Assessment English examinations, with our sister company Skills for Life (Pvt) Ltd., an accredited Cambridge and Pearson examination centre in Sri Lanka.

Our English Language Courses for Young Learners include the Pre-Starters, Starters, Movers, Flyers and Pre Foundation Programmes. The lesson plan includes a wide variety of motivating activities, aimed at engaging the students’ natural interest and enthusiasm to help them learn English. A defined set of grammar, structure and vocabulary is taught at each of the levels.

English for Teenagers and School Leavers, is designed to be accessible to everyone learning English. The courses are graded at 5 levels (Foundation, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Diploma) according to knowledge and competence. Candidates can enter at a stage that suits them and rise through the series as they improve their language skills. The Diploma level is accepted for admissions to UK Universities.

The Upper Intermediate and Diploma courses are suitable for Adults/ Professionals, to improve the language learning and prove language competency by obtaining Cambridge qualifications. The C2 Proficiency course with the sole purpose of obtaining the Cambridge C2 proficiency qualification, proves to the world that you have mastered English to an exceptional level. The Spoken English course is suitable for beginners who want to improve the basic speaking skills needed for career prospects.

Equipped with experienced and competent staff, we have been providing corporate training from the inception of Gateway Language Centre. We also provide tailor made training programmes upon request. Partnered with blue chip companies and several NGOs in Sri Lanka, our island wide network enable us to provide English education to entire Sri Lanka.

English Language Programmes


English for Young Learners

English for Young Learners Programme at BigSpark is designed for children from 6 to 12 years. Courses are available at five levels. A preparatory level ‘Pre starters’ is also offered for students who are not eligible for Starters.

Course Title Recommended Age Cambridge Qualification Council of Europe Levels
Pre Starters 6 Below Breakthrough
Starters 6-8 Pre A1 Starters Below Breakthrough
Movers 8-10 A1 Movers Breakthrough (A1)
Flyers 10-12 A2 Flyers Waystage (A2)
Pre Foundation 12 Waystage (A2)

The Young Learners Programme provides the foundation to follow the course for Teenagers and School Leavers at a later age.

Certification

Our Programmes prepare children for tests carried out by the Cambridge Assessment English at the end of 3 levels-Starters, Movers and Flyers. These tests are referred to as the Cambridge Young Learners Tests. Trained oral examiners from Skills for life (Pvt) Ltd in Sri Lanka, assess the children's performance in the Speaking test. All other tests are sent to Cambridge and marked by their examiners. Results are reported in a way designed to provide a positive encouragement to the learners. All candidates who complete their tests receive awards, which focus on what they can do (rather than what they can't do) and give them credit for having taken part in the test. Everyone who completes the test is given an award, with a grade between 1-5 (represented by 'shields') for each different skill areas assessed: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Topics Covered

Our teaching includes activity based work for children and the use of audio and multimedia. Candidates are prepared for the tests at the conclusion of the courses by revision through past papers.

English for Teenagers & School Leavers

This programme is designed to be accessible to everyone learning English - from young teenagers to school leavers. The courses are graded in 5 levels according to experience and competence gained. The Diploma level is accepted for UK University entrance. Candidates can enter a level that suits them and rise through the courses as they improve their language skills. The curriculum is designed according to the Council of Europe, Common European Framework Reference (CEFR).

Course Title

Corresponding Pearson Certification

Corresponding Cambridge Certification

Council of Europe Levels

Foundation

Foundation (level A1)

-

Breakthrough (A1)

Pre-Intermediate

Basic (level 1)

A2 Key (KET)

Waystage (A2)

Intermediate

Elementary (level 2)

B1 Preliminary (PET)

Threshold (B1)

Upper Intermediate

Intermediate (level 3)

B2 First (FCE)

Vantage (B2)

Diploma

Advanced (level 4)

C1 Advanced (CAE)

Effective Operational performance-EOP (C1)

Certification

Students are prepared for tests carried out by Pearson Test of English General or Cambridge Assessment English at the end of each of the 5 levels. Trained oral examiners from Skills for life (Pvt) Ltd in Sri Lanka, assess the children's performance in the Speaking test. All other tests are sent to Cambridge and marked by their examiners. These qualifications are internationally recognised.

English for Adults and Professionals

The levels offered lead to globally recognised certificates that prove your language competency. These are widely accepted by universities and corporations alike.

Course Title Corresponding Pearson Certification Corresponding Cambridge Certification Council of Europe Levels
Upper Intermediate Intermediate (level 3) B2 First (FCE) Vantage (B2)
Diploma Advanced (level 4) C1 Advanced (CAE) Effective Operational performance-EOP (C1)
Proficiency   C2 Proficiency (CPE) Mastery or Proficiency (C2)

Spoken English

The Spoken English course is suitable for beginners who want to improve the basic speaking skills needed for career prospects leading towards a local qualification offered by Colombo Academy of Language Skills and Dramatic Art (CALSDA).

Certification

Students have a choice between certification by Gateway or CALSDA.

Tamil Language Programmes


Tamil

In Sri Lanka Tamil is considered the first language for Tamils and Muslims and Sinhalese are encouraged to learn it as a third language. Designed as support classes for the International and local school syllabi, we cater to students from grade 1 to 6. Our trilingual teachers use easy methods of delivery to improve the listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities of children, creating interest in language learning.

Arts & Craft Programmes


Arts & Craft

Artistic and creative expressions build problem solving skills and critical thinking skills and allow children to develop motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination. They also learn about colour, layout, perspective and balance and exercise the left side of the brain while having fun.

Corporate Training

We have partnered with both public and private sectors in training staff and delivering training across the country for CSR initiatives sponsored by the public and private sectors.

John Keells Scholarships

The John Keells English Language Scholarship Programme, delivered through the Gateway Language Centre commenced in 2004. In 2010, the programme was restructured and titled ‘English for Teens’ offering the Foundation level scholarship to candidates ranging between the ages of 12-14. The teachers of our programme say it is a pleasure to teach this category of students. Currently Pre Intermediate level is offered to students at the successful completion of the Foundation level. The programme is implemented in 20 locations every year, covering almost all the provinces in the island.

Certification Language

Contact Details

Borella

  • 33/10, Gothami Rd, Colombo 08
  • Tel: 94 112699642, 94 112670633, 94 777990127
  • Email: [email protected]

 

Colpetty

  • 105 1/1, 5th Lane, Colombo 3
  • Tel: 94 777990813, 94 112577129, 94 112577132
  • Email: [email protected]

Moratuwa

  • No 12, Mendis Lane, Idama, Moratuwa
  • Tel: 94 112641527, 94 771539495
  • Email: [email protected]