Frequently Asked Questions

 

English Attack Schools Platform

For what ages of students is English Attack appropriate?

English Attack can be used by students aged 10 to 12 with some guidance from a teacher, tutor or parent; and from age 12 autonomously. There is no upper limit for learners.  

English Attack is used in a range of establishments from middle schools and high schools to universities, training companies, multinationals, and banks.

 

For what language levels is English Attack designed?

English Attack provides learning content for all levels of learners. It follows CEFR Levels from A1 to C1 and C2.

It is strongly advised to take the first Assessment Test.  After taking the Assessment Test, learners will be given a descriptive analysis of their present level along with CEFR Level.

Then learners can choose the appropriate videoboosters that suit their level. For example, if a learner has got A2 in the first assessment test, he/she can start with a few A2 lessons and proceed to the next level i. e., B1

 

Is English Attack designed for in-class use, or use out of the classroom?

English Attack learning content is created as a complementary resource. It can be used both inside the classroom and outside the classroom.

Teachers can use it flexibly in many ways:

  • In the classroom with an LCD projector or whiteboard as a whole class exercise
  • In the Language Lab / Computer Lab for individual learning or pair work or small groups

It can also be used outside the classroom for:

  • Autonomous learning
  • Flipped classroom tasks
  • Homework assignment

 

Do you provide Certificate at the end of the program?

Yes. Every learner who registers at English Attack will earn a certificate at the end of the Assessment Test with a description of his achievement in language along with a CEFR Grade.

 

Is the Certificate Valid?

Yes. The certificate clearly mentions the grade obtained by students on the CEFR Scale which is recognized all over the world.

 

Is there any time limit for the course?

There is no time limit for learning the content on English Attack. However, it depends on the subscription of the student. If the student has subscribed for one year, he can learn throughout the year without any gap.

 

Does English Attack test all four skills?

It tests listening skills, reading skills, grammar and vocabulary. However, the videoboosters and other listening skills contribute for improving pronunciation and spoken language acquisition.

 

Can the students take the test at home?

Of course, they can. But it is advised to conduct the test for the entire class in during school hours only.

 

Is there any additional fee for the Assessment Test?

No, there is no additional fee to the Assessment Test. The subscription fee you have paid includes the Assessment test fee as well.

 

How many Assessment Tests can the students take during the course?

There are five Assessment Tests available on English Attack for each registered learner. It is advised to conduct one test at the beginning of the Course and one at the end of the course. Remaining three Assessment Tests can be conducted at regular intervals to monitor the progress of the students.

 

Can the teachers create an assessment test on their own?

No, teachers cannot create an assessment test on their own. They can use the default tests which are prepared by experts. However, the class teacher can give assignments to the students or to an individual student to assess his performance at any time.

Each assignment is for 1000 points. So it is easy to assess the learners with assignments as well.

 

Does English Attack! have a mobile application?

English Attack works online. It was created according to best-in-class Responsive Design principles for optimum user experience and usability across various operating systems and platforms.

It ensures perfect synchronization across platforms. You can start learning from where you stopped. For example, you started learning on your home desktop; you can continue on your mobile /tablet and continue on any system connected to internet.

It avoids yet another app taking space on users’ smartphones.

 

Can a School Administrator have access to usage statistics?

Yes. School Administrators have a special site role allowing them to view and download, as an Excel file, the usage statistics for both students and teachers in that school, including name, class, code used, account creation date, access code usage date, number of log-ins, date of last log-in, number of learning units played, time spent on platform, and latest Assessment Test score.

 

Can a teacher see the activities and assignment scores of her students?

Yes. A Teacher has access, for her students, to the same usage statistics available to the School Administrator. In addition, Teachers can view and download, as an Excel file, the Assignment Scores of her students for any chosen time period.

 

Can a student be in more than one class / have more than one teacher on English Attack?

No; a student has to be assigned to a single teacher and a single class at any one time.

 

Do students have access to all learning units?

Yes. To foster learner motivation and engagement with authentic content, and encourage content discovery and autonomous learning, access to all the learning content is provided to the students  

Thus, he can play any video lesson, any Photo Vocab visual dictionary, and any learning game on the service.

 

How often is the content updated on English Attack!?

New learning units are published continuously; on an average three to five new video lessons and one new visual dictionary units are added to the service every week.

 

Can English be imposed as a site interface language, instead of allowing students to use the site in their local language?

Yes. This simply has to be indicated at the time of ordering student licenses, or can be applied to your school’s platform profile at any time.

 

How big is the catalogue of learning units?

There are currently over 1,300 Video Booster video lessons and over 300 Photo Vocab visual dictionaries, each with their associated range of practice games, on English Attack. The catalogue of learning units is growing all the time via the weekly publishing of new learning units.

 

Can students have access to content that is age-inappropriate or can otherwise be seen as controversial for students?

Any video clip or image considered violent, containing very bad language, or having content with sexual connotations is excluded from the English Attack Schools Platform and thus cannot be accessed by students or teachers using the platform. Additional content filtering is applied for specific countries and regions in respect of religious, political and cultural sensitivities.

 

Can a teacher / school choose or limit the content that can be seen by students?

Teachers can use the Assignments feature to specify Video Boosters and Photo Vocabs they want their students to do, and can monitor student compliance with these assignments.

For reasons of student motivation and to encourage autonomous learning, however, students have access to all Schools Platform learning units; teachers cannot limit the type or level of content that learners have access to.

 

Does English Attack focus on British English or American English?

On English Attack there is no preference given to one type of English to another: all learning is contextual to authentic content. Therefore if a video clip on which a Video Booster is based is a scene from an American film or television series, words that have alternative spellings in British and American English are spelled in the American manner, and conversely with British English spelling if the video clip is from a British source. In the Photo Vocab visual dictionaries, if there are distinct American English and British English variants for a same term (e.g. “trash can” and “bin”), both are given.

 

Is there a Guide for Teachers?

Yes, there is a step-by-step Guide to using the platform’s Teacher Tools available in PDF format.

 

Is there a Guide for Students?

Yes, there is a step-by-step Guide to using the platform’s Teacher Tools available in PDF format, but the service is so intuitive that this is never requested by schools.

 

How long does it take to complete a learning unit?

A Video Booster or Photo Vocab take, on average, 15 to 20 minutes to complete including the practice games associated with the unit. CEFR Level Assessment Tests take a maximum of 30 minutes to complete.