Every student takes part in English lessons in the mornings of the course (except on trip days). These classes will be for grammar, conversation and vocabulary practice. There will be a lot of visual exercises, and the classes are interactive, to ensure that all students are involved and are given the opportunity to practise their English amongst peers. Classes are small, and we try to keep classes to a maximum of 12 students.
On every course there are a range of abilities. We are able to offer excellent provision for those with a basic level of English, but those with an advanced command of the language should not be deterred from the course. Even the top class is challenged, and lessons will explore challenging issues on wide ranging topics from politics to national identity.
The English lessons themselves consist of 15 formal teaching hours per week inside a classroom environment. This is made up of structured lessons, which include speaking and vocabulary practice, alongside written, reading and listening exercises. The teachers have a number of resources available to use in the lessons, including the Internet and projectors in their fully equipped classrooms.
Students take a short written test at the beginning of the course, as well as speaking to their teachers individually in order to be placed into the correct class. They will then, generally, remain in these classes for the whole course.
During the afternoon there is one hour of further collaborative work, this time in houses. This might include creating a video diary, a short performance or presentation, or constructing the “weekly newspaper” in which the students produce a detailed written newspaper to send home, informing readers of events throughout the week, including photos. We believe that this is a great way for students to put their English into practice, whilst working as a team through editing, photography, writing and publishing. The newspapers and videos will be sent to relatives once a week, on “publishing day”, and can be used as evidence of a student’s level of English when applying for a school or University at a later date.
All teachers are native English speakers and most of our teachers are English teachers throughout the rest of the year. They are all fully TEFL qualified.
In 2017 students will be having one-on-one sessions with the Course Director. Caroline Drewett will be taking students out of the class for one hour to speak with them and help them with any areas of their English they are struggling with. This opportunity allows Caroline to get to know the students well, whilst giving them the opportunity to voice their difficulties in a close environment and not in front of the class.