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English language classes for au pairs in London

The English classes for au pairs run at Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate, First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency levels.  On the Common European Framework for References for Languages (CEFR), these classes equate to A1 to C2. There is also a conversation class and an IELTS preparation class.

Classes and location

The schedule for au pair English language classes is a 90-minute lesson twice a week each term. The conversation and IELTS classes run once a week for 90 minutes. The group classes have a maximum of 12 au pair students in each class for General English.

The classes are suitable for au pairs living in the South West London area, Wandsworth, Clapham, Balham, Battersea, Tooting and Streatham. The classes take place in Balham  and the classrooms are less than a 1 minute walk from the Underground station.

English language skills

The classes cover the four main language skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading, paying particular attention to grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation .

  • CELTA qualified teachers  – We all want to help you improve your English language skills

  • Small friendly classes – Class sizes limited to 12 au pairs

  • Student assessments – On-going assessments, feedback and termly tests

Student assessment

Students receive a level assessment test before registration and the senior teacher will recommend a suitable timetable. Please request the level test below. We aim to respond to all enquiries within two hours.

How to Pay

Students can pay by bank transfer, cash or cheque. Total payment for the group lessons is payable by the end of the first week of the term.  To secure a place for next term we require a small non-refundable deposit which is deducted from the main course fee.  Fees are only refundable in the highly unlikely event that classes are cancelled.

Tests, Levels, Certificates and Attendance

For a 3-month term The language Web is happy to provide a letter of attendance giving registration dates and level attainment. Every student is placed at a level determined by an entrance test on registration.

We do encourage students to cover 10 hours of English language learning a week, broken down into class time contact and homework, which is marked and recorded by the class teacher.

There is an end of term test after each 3-month course to outline any progress made and this also determines whether a student progresses into the next level for the following term.

Feedback and progress can be given at any time in the course from the teacher and sometimes there will be a 6-week progress test given at the half-term break.

External Exams

It is not compulsory to take external exams, however, should a student wish to work towards an official Cambridge exam or IELTS exam, every assistance will be given for preparing the student. The course and course books are tailored towards this requirement.

The language Web teachers have an excellent pass rate record for all the Cambridge exams along with a substantial knowledge and experience of teaching  candidates for university entrance.

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    Class Levels


    (CEFR level A1)

    For students who wish to use language in their work and daily life in basic interaction.

    • Make contacts and exchange basic information (personal, work, social)

    • Handle basic telephone conversations.

    • Work with numbers and dates.

    • Understand simple requests and instructions.

    • Make basic travel arrangements and appointments.

    • Complete forms and documents

    • Speak in the present tense.


    (CEFR level A2)

    Students build on the skills they have and gain confidence to speak in the Present and Past giving them more flexibility to hold a conversation and express themselves more fluently.

    • Give simple explanations and instructions.

    • Understand and write simple emails and notes.

    • Make simple presentations on familiar topics.

    • Express themselves more fully in short conversations.


    (CEFR level B1)

    Improve your fluency, increase your in-depth understanding with the option to prepare for external Cambridge English exams.

    • Converse more readily.

    • Take the initiative in a conversation.

    • Ask for information and understand the response.

    • Have a greater grammatical awareness in the present, past and future tenses.

    • Reading and listening comes more readily.

    • Vocabulary continues to expand.



    (CEFR level B2)

    For students whose daily life requires constant interaction in the target language. Their job requirement will demand more responsibility, which in turn demands for a stronger ability in the target language. Students are moving away from using translation and have a more natural approach to communicating in the target language.

    • Start writing with more grammatical structures in place

    • Speak more fluently without translating.

    • Understand information given to them.

    • Read longer texts and enjoy books.

    Cambridge First Certificate

    This target level is primarily an exam -based target. It is expanding on all of the B2 material and being able to manipulate the language more naturally. The exam pass grades are an A, (equivalent to CEF level C1), B or C and a fail is a CEF level B2.

    • Reading longer texts in a short space of time and answering comprehension questions on the passage.

    • Understanding text cohesion and content.

    • A 40-minute listening task divided into 4 different tasks.

    • Use of English testing vocabulary and grammar.

    • Writing tasks – reports, reviews, essays, articles, emails using the appropriate formal / informal written registers.

    • Speaking using coherent, correct speech, which communicates well to the listener.


    (CEFR level C1)

    This target level is advanced and as such the student will mainly need to expand their knowledge and use of vocabulary for different scenarios and topics. Grammatically it is more a question of style in writing and register along with the correct use of expressions and subtleties. Understanding of texts at this level is also a great step up from the FCE exam.

    • The exam format is similar to the First Certificate but using a higher range of language and skills.

    • The pass grades awarded are A (equivalent to level CEF C2), B, C.


    (CEFR level C2)

    This target level is the highest award in the target language. Idioms, expressions and style likened to a native speaker are required with a full extensive knowledge of vocabulary and grammatical precision.

    • Text appreciation contrasting and comparing 2 texts in the written paper.

    • Extensive expression needed for written tasks at a longer more in depth length expressing critical awareness and opinion in an appropriate tone.

    • Correct use of idiomatic structures and the capability of showing an appropriate linguistic register through grammar and lexis.

    • Pass grades awarded are A, B, C


    Build your confidence and fluency in this class which enables you to speak for 90 minutes in a small group likened to a coffee morning club.  Vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar will be covered as it comes up in conversation. The tutor continually monitors the conversation.

    IELTS Preparation

    If you are aiming for IELTS for University entrance in the UK, we can help with the preparation for the IELTS exam.  Speaking and listening exam preparation will be focused on in class with reading and writing tasks set for homework and marked by the tutor.









    Class Timetable

    Spring Term 2018

    The spring term starts on Monday 8th January and finishes on Friday 30 March 2018

    Level CEFR Days Times Hours Fee Apply
    Upper Intermediate B2 Monday & Wednesday 09:30 to 11:00 33 £330
    First Certificate (lower) B2+ Monday & Wednesday 11:30 to 13:00 33 £330
    First Certificate (higher) B2+ Tuesday & Thursday 09:30 to 11:00 33 £330
    Intermediate B1 Tuesday & Thursday 11:30 to 13:00 33 £330
    Advanced C1 Tuesday & Thursday 09:30 to 11:00 33 £330
    Proficiency C2 Tuesday & Thursday 11:30 to 13:00 33 £330
    Pre-Intermediate A2 Wednesday & Friday 09:30 to 11:00 33 £330
    Upper Intermediate B2 Wednesday & Friday 09:30 to 11:00 33 £330
    Conversation Friday 09:30 to 11:00 16.5 £165
    IELTS Preparation Friday 11:30 to 13:00 16.5 £165

    Half Term is 12th to 16th February 2018

    Summer Term 2018

    The summer term starts on Monday 16th April and finishes on Friday 13th July

    Day 09:30-11:00 / 36 hours a week /
    11:30-13:00 / 36 hours a week /
    Mon Upper Intermediate FCE (lower)
    Tues FCE (Higher) Proficiency
    Tues Advanced Intermediate
    Weds Upper Intermediate FCE (lower)
    Weds Pre Intermediate Upper Intermediate
    Thurs FCE (Higher) Proficiency
    Thurs Advanced Intermediate
    Fri Pre Intermediate Upper Intermediate

    Half Term is 28th May to 1st June 2018

    Meet our Tutors

    Our aim is to make learning interesting and enjoyable, to build your confidence and to provide you with the language skills you require to express yourself naturally. Our Tutors are vastly experienced and CELTA qualified in all aspects of English language tuition.


    Chloe, English teacher Experience Chloe has 3 years teaching experience both abroad and in the UK; 1 year in Paris, Mexico and a year in [...]


    Hazel, Principal and senior English language teacher Experience Hazel has 16 years teaching experience both abroad and in the UK; 3 years in Madrid, Spain [...]


    Caroline, English teacher Experience Caroline has eleven years of teaching experience in the fields of EFL, ESOL, Literacy and Functional English. She has successfully prepared [...]


    Ettie, English teacher Experience Ettie completed her CELTA in London and has been teaching for the past eight years, having completed her PGCE four years ago. [...]

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    Au Pair News

    Greetings from The language Web’s teachers

    Whether you want to improve, expand or refine your English language, The language Web is happy to help you with your requirements. Our au pair group classes start again on the 8th January 2018. In small groups of 10 students we will help you to achieve confidence and accuracy in all your English language skills. Best wishes for the new year and happy studying in 2018! Hazel, Caroline and Ettie

    What the students say

    I’ve been in London as an au pair for 5 months now. I started my English courses when I arrived here in January and I did courses twice a week during 3 months. I can say that I enjoyed this so much! Hazel is an amazing person, and a great teacher. She’s very smart and so thoughtful. She helped me a lot when I needed some advice, and I definitely improved my English with her help. We were just 4 students in my class so we could practice a lot our spoken English. Hazel is open-minded and we had pleasant conversation with her.
    I sincerely recommend Hazel to learn a good English quickly. Thank you again!
    Anne Sophie, France

    When I came to London my English was less than elementary, I could just say ‘yet’ or ‘not’. Even if I knew the grammar it was like I had any word in my mind but I couldn’t speak up. Hazel was able to pull them out and she made me talk. I felt like a child when he finally can tell everyone what he’s thinking without doubt. I found the job I’ve always wished for. It was amazing having Hazel as my teacher, she became my friend. The most important thing she gave me a method and now I can keep studying by myself, but if I need I know she will be there.

    Sara, Italy

    I met Hazel at a private school some years ago where I studied Business English with her. She was such a brilliant teacher that I asked her to give me one- to- one classes. If you are looking for someone who is passionate, professional and dedicated to her work – It’s Hazel. She has tailored my lessons to my needs by using a variety of methods and techniques. Having come here with little English, I am now working in a management role. I was lucky to meet her, as she is not only a great teacher but also a good friend.

    Joanna, Poland

    I have known Hazel as my teacher at a language school for pre-intermediate class and later on due to her skills I chose her as my private teacher to help me prepare for the FCE exam which I successfully passed. Hazel is very friendly and hard-working person always well prepared for a lesson with many years of experience in teaching. I found her techniques very helpful and well-focused in areas I needed a help to improve the most.
    I would definitely recommend Hazel to starters and also professionals who are looking for well-balanced lessons with a professional attitude and skilled person keen on helping you to improve in English language.

    Tomas, Czech Republic

    I found The language Web website and after going to the classes for 10 months, I can recommend the school to everyone.
    In lessons you will learn different skills, which are important for the english language, e.g. the difference and the use of all times, different forms of words and how you can change and use them, writing essays, reviews, reports etc. You will be also specialised in “Writing, Listening, Speaking”. It is important that every student has the possibility to share their opinion with their class about the topics, you are discussing about in this moment.
    When I started to go to the lessons, I wasn´t thinking about doing the cambridge exam, but after a few months of hard working, training and a great preparation for the special exercises you have to do in the exam, I registered for the exam and I passed like the most of Hazel students.
    Next to the lessons there are the “Drinks” once in the term, where Hazel invites all of her students in a pub. At this event the students have a great possibility to talk about being an au pair, doing the course, living in London and much more. You will get to know each other and make new friends.
    As you can see, I liked the lessons very much and I can recommend them to everyone, who is thinking about going to a language school. I wish you a great start for the new term!

    Anne, Germany

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    The language Web is based in Balham.  Our classrooms are based in Saint Mary and Saint John The Divine church. The classrooms are spacious, well-heated and well-equipped. The church is on Balham High Road, conveniently located on numerous bus routes and is a less than two minute walk from the Underground tube station.

    Please get in touch by email or mobile.  We like meeting in person at the church but this must be done by appointment.

    We’d love to hear from you!

    The language Web would like to answer any questions from host parents or au pairs.

    The timetable and class levels do change so please get in touch even if the published information might not meet your immediate requirements.

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