Teaching & Education

We use 'Task-Based Learning' and 'Traditional' teaching in our English language Courses. We have a video showing some of the teaching methods. Teacher contact time each week is 15 hours. Teaching days are Monday - Saturday inclusive, but one of these days each week will be a trip day. There is no teaching on a Sunday. Class size is not more than 14.

'Task-Based Learning' develops the learner's speaking, listening, reading and writing skills by actively working in a group on a topic with students participating and using English as a working language.

Our young learners co-operate in a variety of activities centred on a particular topic. This helps them employ the correct English vocabulary needed to complete the activities. In 2018 the 'task' is creating a video. For example, students will:

  • Create a film script
  • Use the script as a basis for language-study
  • Film the script with themselves as actors and film crew
  • Edit the film using computers
  • 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, Course Tutor and Senior Teacher. Other teachers are professionals working in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

The teaching day

There are four 45 minute lessons in the morning, followed by a 30 minute 'Digest' after lunch which may be a follow-up of the morning lessons or, for those who wish. an advanced 'Masterclass'.

'Masterclass'
This concept was new for 2017 and will be continued in 2018. It is aimed at those who aspire to Proficiency. This a 30-45-minute small group session in what was previously called 'Homework' and is now called 'Digest' embracing 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.

Trinity Examination
The Trinity GESE Examination in Spoken English as an option at cost price. GESE is 'Graded Examination in Spoken English'. Just 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 for a higher grade 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)