Levels Explanation


We have recently introduced 3 levels into the Bus Anglais programme.These levels apply to small groups of up to 10 children (rather than a full class of 30 children).


The levels are as follows:

  1. Initiation 

  2. Extra Traction

  3. Extra Prep

This system is designed to help the teacher manage differing levels within the same group and to aid each child's progess, whether they are just beginning or have been learning English for some years.

We also have 2 levels for bilingual children: Bilingue Oral (for bilingual children with margin to improve their spoken fluency) and Bilingue Ecrit (for children who have a high level of fluency and are ready to move onto to literacy skills). As bilinguals groups are rare for the Bus Anglais, these levels are treated separately.


How does it work?

1. Designate a level

We will ask you to confirm each child's level after the first few sessions. It will then be recorded on the Student Information List for that group under "Administration":

A child can change levels at any time during the year. Just let us know so we can alter the level in the report.

Here is the level overview. For the detailed level guidelines, click here.

Initiation: The large majority will be in this category. It applies to children under the age of 7 who are in the beginning years of their ESL aquisition.

Extra Traction: This level is generally for 6 to 10/11 year olds who have mastered the intiation level and are in need of further structure to gain traction and therefore motivation to progress.

It can also be for older children who are entering our programme for the first time and have the maturity to grasp this content (structure/grammar).

There may well be a mixture of initiation and traction children within the same group.

Extra Prep: This level is suitable for older primary school ages (9 to 12 year olds) who have mastered the initiation and traction levels and are now ready to deepen their linguistic acquisition though extended expression and grammatical structures. The name "Extra Prep" is used as children of this age are generally preparing to start "collège" (high school) with a the best base of English skills possible.

2. Applying the level system

This level system is generally applied in the last part of the session, during the individual activity time. However, being aware of each level during the first part of the session, the teacher can adapt the activities. For example, with an Extra Traction level child, the teacher may encourage a phrasal answer to a question rather than a one-word answer.  

Again, the application of level differences will mainly come in the final part of the session; the individual activity time. The activity handouts for this part of the session feature 1 main page of initiation-level activity followed by Extra Traction and Extra Prep exercises.

With your individual guidance, each child completes the designated activities during the last part of the session.

  • Initiation children complete main page

  • Extra Traction children complete main page and extra traction activities

  • Extra Prep children complete main page, extra traction and extra prep activities.

3. Encouraging progression

Please also keep those detailed level guidelines close at hand so that, during this individual time, you can initiate exchanges according to the profile objectives. For example: 

With an initiation child, you may decide to "Identify objects around them (table, chair etc)". 

With an extra traction child you may decide to work on a "Simple like / dislike conversation".

With an extra prep child, you may decide to "Talk briefly about something they have done - holiday / activity etc".