Evenings and Sundays are spent with a local host family. Our families are all important in providing a ‘home’ for the stay. Time with a British family gives a real insight into British culture and also gives students the opportunity to practise their language skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. Sundays are always family days. Tasks are given to students to complete each evening with their host family. Food, Leisure, the home routines, pets, are all issues considered.
On each day we arrange a visit to a nearby place of interest. Being close to the Atlantic, this will often be to one of the beautiful locations on the coast, but there are many interesting towns and villages inland as well. Most excursions are for half a day with the other half being spent at the SOL Centre but a typical programme will include one or two whole day trips. Each visit will be with a guide who, through stories and information, provides the cultural background but, in addition, students will have observational and fieldwork tasks to complete at each location.
At the SOL Centre, our staff will discuss with the students their feedback from the families and the visits, as well as prepare them for future visits and to set future tasks for the evenings. They will prepare them for interviewing people and will also help their presentations. Fieldwork is an important aspect of the programmes with students doing their own research and interviews (usually in pairs) in order to discover more about their chosen topic. On the final day they prepare their presentation about what they have found to be given to the rest of the group. All sessions in the centre are highly interactive and may include local fieldwork, games, creative work and role play and will ensure that every student is using English for communication.
All our staff involved in the programmes are selected for their expertise, experience and ability to relate to students and establish the trust which is so important in developing the confidence to use English for real!