Our very successful intensive English language programmes have been running for 26 years. We have welcomed over 46,000 students on these, almost all from Eastern Central Europe – but all are welcome!
Over the many years, we have developed engaging and inspiring programmes for students which not only enhance students language acquisition, but build extensive fluency and confidence which comes from interacting with native speakers of English on a daily basis. Our programmes seek to develop the students' cultural knowledge and awareness, and as such give a realistic framework for consolidating vocabulary, language patterns and forming a deep understanding of language in use.
We provide this opportunity from the start, by communicating with the accompanying teacher to find out the students’ language strengths and abilities in order to build a programme which is appropriate for their needs. At that point a unique programme is designed at the students’ level/s using an integrated thematic approach, which fosters knowledge of the surrounding environment and the associated language which would be met there. The classroom opportunities we create, ensure that students have an interactive multi-sensory experience which meets a variety of learning styles and are designed specifically to encourage natural communication.
The three-tiered approach we practice creates secondary reinforcement, as the students continue their learning outside the classroom. As well as being facilitated in accessing cultural information from our ELT specific guides, who can bring out the very best from the beautiful coastal locale, students are engaging with the environment themselves, information seeking, problem solving and expanding on the 'taught' information from the classroom.
For further cultural awareness, students stay in host families who not only help students gain an understanding of typical British life, but are themselves a resource which students can utilise to gain new language. This immersion in family life provides conversation opportunities and reinforcement of the thematic topics covered during class time.
The information students gain from the outside environment is brought back to the classroom to ensure it is used for active communication and for concept checking and consolidation.
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