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English for local students

We believe people should learn more about the world. Making friends from other countries, understanding new cultures and learning English will give you many opportunities, enrich your life and ultimately make the world more peaceful and productive. 

Our qualified, experienced, expert English teachers can help you to speak better English. We guarantee that our Full Time English course will provide you with the confidence to communicate effortlessly whilst enjoying the London experience.

Au Pair English

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Course overview

Lexis Au Pair English courses are part time courses designed to help au pairs improve their English. You will have plenty of time to drop the children off at school in the mornings and complete any housework for your family. You will also have time to explore London in your free time and the possibility to visit other parts of the UK at the weekend.

Key facts


Age of students 16+
Language level Beginners to Advanced
Course times Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 12:45pm (mornings)
6 or 9 hours per week, 3 hours per day
Maximal class size

Average 10 students, Maximum 16 students.* You may share your class with other Part Time and Full Time students.

* In exceptional circumstances, there may occasionally be 17 students in a class for a maximum of two days.

Course Dates All year round (Subject to availability)
Course length 6, 12, 24, 36  week courses
School closures

The school is closed from Monday 23rd December 2019 until Friday 3rd January 2020 for Christmas.

The school is also closed on the following public holidays in 2020:

Friday 10th April, Monday 13th April, Friday 8th May, Monday 25th May, Monday 31st August

Holiday entitlement

You can take a maximum of two weeks’ holiday for every 12 consecutive weeks you are at the school and you must give 2 weeks' notice.

We advise you not to take holidays during an examination course

Full Time English students and Part Time English students are integrated into the same classes. 

Important: 16 and 17 year olds require parental/guardian permission.

Types of course

Option 1: Part Time Morning English Classes

  • Monday to Friday 9.30 – 12.45pm
  • September to August
  • Free trial + level assessment
  • Flexible start dates
  • Course books £25-£35 per term

Option 2: Evening Classes

  • Tuesday & Thursday 7.00pm – 8.30pm (3 hrs/ week)
  • September to July
  • Fixed term dates
  • Course materials £15 per term
  • No classes during Barnet half-term

Option 3: Saturday Classes

  • Saturdays 10am – 1pm (3 hrs/ week)
  • September to July
  • Fixed term dates
  • Course materials £15 per term
  • No classes during Barnet half-term

Course objectives

The perfect course for:

  • Busy au pairs wishing to improve their English while working in North London
  • Au pairs planning to pass the Cambridge FCE (First Certificate in English), CAE (Cambridge Advanced English) or IELTS exam
  • Au pairs planning to study at an English-speaking university or college

Course content

The Au Pair English course covers


Reading for gist i.e to understand the general meaning of a text

Reading for specific detail

Understanding different kinds of text e.g. emails, letters, text messages, articles, reports, reviews, instructions


Writing different kinds of text e.g. emails, letters, text messages, articles, reports, reviews, instructions

Using the appropriate style / register i.e. formal vs informal language

Organising your text so it is easy to read

Expressing your ideas so that the reader can understand what you want to say


Listening for gist i.e. to understand the general meaning

Listening for specific detail

Understanding different accents

Understanding meaning according to general intonation and sentence stress


Everyday conversation

Talking about various topics e.g. family, interests, work, home, travel and study

Giving presentations

Asking and answering questions

Vocabulary & Phrases

Vocabulary for talking about yourself, your family, home, job, studies etc.

Idiomatic expressions & slang

Formal vs informal vocabulary

Understanding and using phrasal verbs


The English tense system

Countable and uncountable nouns

Understanding and using prepositions correctly

Modality in formal and informal context



Understanding British English pronunciation

Word stress and Word linking

Silent letters – British English is full of them 

Sounds and spelling

Intonation in different types of sentences and questions

Intonation for different purposes e.g. to express different emotions

Introduction to other types of English pronunciation

Exam Preparation

Cambridge First Certificate

Cambridge Advanced English




Course fees

Option 1: Part Time Morning English Classes

Hours 6 weeks 12 weeks 24 weeks 36 weeks
2 mornings per week (6 hours) £196 £360 £648 £864
3 mornings per week (9 hours) £294 £540 £972 £1296
4 mornings per week (12 hours) £392 £720 £1296 £1728

Option 2: Evening Classes 

Per Term (10 weeks)
Course fees £300
Course materials £15

Option 3: Saturday Classes 

Per term (10 weeks)
Course fees £300
Course materials £15

Course fees include: 

  • 2, 3 or 4 mornings of English classes per week
  • 3 hours in the evenings or 3 hours on Saturdays of English classes per week
  • Time for private study at Lexis or free time to explore London in the afternoons
  • Reviews, tutorials & tests every 3 weeks
  • Individual & group needs analysis
  • Regular progress tests
  • Advice & help to register for Cambridge English, IELTS exams & UK university entrance

Please note: Exam fees are not included in the course fees. 

Please note: Some social activities are free or included in your course fees. For other social activities, there are additional fees that you will have to pay for. Please click here to view the approximate cost of leisure activities in London.

Registration fee

Registration fee: £20

The registration fee includes:

  • Registration
  • Help to choose the right course
  • Advice on exam registration
  • Free trial & level assessment
  • End of course certificate

Cambridge Exams and IELTS

Cambridge Exams

You can book to take the following Cambridge exams when registering or after creating an online Lexis account:
B1 Preliminary, formerly known as Cambridge English Preliminary (PET)
B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English First (FCE)
C1 Advanced, formerly known as Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
We advise you on dates and procedures and register you by the given deadlines.
Exam Fees from £150

You will be given the opportunity to practise your exam skills during our regular mock exams.

Mock exam dates are released monthly for the month ahead.


IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

As a Cambridge exam preparation centre Lexis prepares you for the IELTS exam, however we are unable to register you for it. 
Advice on how to register is given. Please ask in reception
Exam Fees from £175

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