Teaching & Education

  • We use 'Task-Based Learning' and 'Traditional' teaching. (We have a video showing some of the teaching methods.)
  • Teacher contact time each week is 15 hours.
  • Teaching days are Monday - Saturday inclusive. (One of these days each week will be a trip day.)
  • Class size is not more than 14.
  • 'Task-Based Learning' = using English as a working language.
  • In 2019, the 'task' is creating a video, Students will:
  1. Create a film script
  2. Use the script as a basis for language-study
  3. Film the script with themselves as actors and film crew
  4. Edit the film using computers
  5. Take ownership of a film uploaded to Vimeo which can be enjoyed by family and friends at home.

The teachers
The teaching staff are led by a DELTA-qualified Academic Manager, a Course Tutor and a Senior Teacher. Other teachers work in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

The teaching day

There are four 45 minute lessons in the morning, then a 40-minute 'Digest' after lunch which may be a follow-up of the morning lessons and, optionally, an advanced 'Masterclass'.

'Masterclass'
This a voluntary 40-minute small group session during 'Digest', on three occasions each week, including English literature, vocabulary and pronunciation at an advanced pre-university level taught by Ian Mucklejohn, Joe Wallis and others on the teaching staff. This is a bookable, FREE option in addition to the regular teaching programme. We decide on students' suitability for Masterclass. Attendance is voluntary.

Trinity Examination
The Trinity GESE Examination in Spoken English as an option at cost price. GESE is 'Graded Examination in Spoken English'. Check the 'Trinity' box on the Application Form and we choose the Level.
  • This is an international certificate that is calibrated to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and which is accepted by employers, trainers and universities around the world.
  • There are 12 levels (from Beginner to Proficiency) and three grades ('Pass', 'Merit' and 'Distinction') within each level.
  • Children can be entered each year.
  • This is a qualification and another addition to your child's CV.
  • It gives a specific focus to the Course.
  • Young people tend to enjoy it

A month full of great experiences, amazing fun and self development.

Julius, 14 - student from Germany
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  • There are 15 hours teacher-contact time per week. Here is the Timetable:
  • 08.00 Breakfast
  • 09.00 First lesson
  • 09.45 Break
  • 09.55 Second lesson
  • 10.40 Long Break
  • 11.10 Third lesson
  • 11.55 Break
  • 12.05 Fourth lesson
  • 12.50 Break
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 13.45 Digest/Masterclass
  • 14.15 Break
  • 14.45 Organised sports and games
  • 18.00 Dinner
  • 19.00 Social events
  • 21.00 Hot chocolate and biscuits
  • 21.30 'Club'
  • 22.45 Bedtime (or 22.30)