ENGLISH WEEK intensive courses offer school-age students the chance to experience an English-speaking environment at a fraction of the cost of travelling to an English speaking country. Our fully qualified native-speaker teachers spend up to a week with students in their own school, helping them build on their existing language skills by creating a student-centred environment conducive to student-generated communication and natural language acquisition. The words 'natural' and 'holistic' are often overused today, but they are perfect for describing our approach to intensive courses.

 

 

 

  • we use students' existing levels and skills as our starting point

  • we do not use a 'one-size-fits-all' course for students of a particular age or level - each course is unique

  • our activities are based on students' needs and interests to enable natural language development

  • the majority of new language on the course arises out of interest or necessity rather than being 'presented'

 

 

 

  • everything is conducted in English, whether rearranging classroom furniture, making democratic class decisions or collaborating on complex problem-solving activities

  • the 'full-immersion' environment blurs the traditional separation of grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking so that the constituent parts of the language blend together to form a communicative whole

  • all students are encouraged to contribute whatever unique skills they have, maximising their potential within the class (and maximising the potential of the class as a whole), enabling them to play to their strengths and creating positive and rewarding class dynamics

One very important aspect of our courses is project work. Depending on the students, this may involve drama, film-making or more formal presentations. As with other aspects of the course, students are encouraged to have a maximum level of input, deciding on everything from the nature of the project to the final details of time and location to present it. Throughout this process a multitude of real life skills can be developed, including brainstorming, choosing roles and responsibilities, delegating tasks, collaborative script-writing and peer correction. The project offers a unique point of focus for the week, representing a move from 'private' classroom language to language in a public sphere, enabling students to build confidence as the week progresses and inspiring in them a great sense of personal achievement. And that really is our central aim: for students to derive pleasure, confidence and fulfilment from their use of English as an effective communicative tool.

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