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Calendar for the Year 2003- 20042



We offer the following courses:


General English from beginners to advanced

Business English from lower intermediate to advanced levels

Conversation classes with both general and business themes

Examination classes including FCE (First Certificate in English), CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) and CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) - BEC (Business English Certificate) 1, 2 and 3

English for Specific Purposes such as Medical English, English for Secretaries and Technical English

English for Academic Purposes including preparation classes for study at further educational establishments in the UK, and also IELTS (International English Language Testing System) classes

In addition to its regular General English courses,
he British Council offers a range of short courses including: 

Video Courses: These are a light-hearted way for students to continue to improve their English. The courses focus mostly on improving listening and speaking skills.

Conversation Classes: Conversation courses are ideal for students who wish to improve their spoken English or who feel that their speaking is weaker than their writing/grammar etc.

Contemporary Issues through Contemporary Literature: This course is aimed at higher level students (level 8 and above). It focuses on topical contemporary issues, and views them through the eyes of modern literature.

Legal English: This course is aimed at people involved in various aspects of law lawyers, students of law, paralegals or people who are often involved in reading or dealing with legal or contractual issues.  

We also teache a range of other courses, including "Writing Skills", "IELTS Preparation", "FCE Preparation", "Translation" and a variety of business skills courses.


We offer a range of management skills courses both to members of the public and in-house to corporate clients.

We regularly run:
  • overview of management
  • presentation skills
  • interviewing skills
  • customer care
  • better letters, faxes and e-mails
  • communication skills
  • time management
  • marketing.

Other management courses are arranged on request.

Teacher training

The British Council Teaching Centre, Syria, is the only institute in the region recognised by UCLES (University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate) as a teacher training centre for both the CELTA and DELTA qualifications (Certificate and Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults respectively).

The CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)

The CELTA is an internationally recognised, pre-service TEFL qualification designed for people who are interested in embarking on teaching English as a foreign language but who have not necessarily had any previous teaching experience. Applicants should either be native speakers of English or have a standard of English equivalent to that of a native speaker (approximately IELTS Band 7.5). There are also minimum  age and education requirements. The CELTA is a basic qualification without which teachers are unlikely to be employed in any standard TEFL establishment.

The British Council, Syria, runs two teacher training courses a year leading to the award of the Cambridge CELTA. Our trainers on these courses are all highly qualified and officially accredited, with many years of experience in the field of teacher training and development.

Courses are full time over a month, generally timetabled from 0930 to 1730 five days a week. The amount of work is enjoyable but very intensive and candidates for the courses will not be accepted if they have other commitments such as full-time jobs. 

The British Council
Maysaloun Street
PO Box 33105
Telephone + 963 (11) 331 0631
Fax  + 963 (11) 332 1467


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