English Learning
English Learning

The intensive course programme is a combination of engaging and innovative in and out-of-class activities specifically designed to help participants gain knowledge, skills and confidence.

English through other subjects

We use traditional English as a Foreign Language classroom-based lessons combined with a mix of workshops, visits, projects and “hands-on” activities every day to challenge students and maximise every opportunity to improve their English.

Subjects will be selected from:

  • Music/Singing
  • Sport/Games
  • Art
  • Drama/Dance
  • Photography
  • Film making/Media studies
  • Local History
  • Food technology
  • Survival training/Self-defence
  • Outdoor skills
  • Poetry
  • British culture and traditions
  • Volunteering
  • “Theme of the year”

Sample timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9.00 – 13.00 Welcome Entry Test Levels ESOL* – Vocab Outing University of Cambridge ESOL – Projects ESOL – Presentations Local people interviews Outing London
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch/Break Lunch/Break Lunch/Break Lunch/Break Lunch/Break
14.30 – 16.30 Houses formation Art sessions Film making Music – Percussions Survival training
16.30 – 17.00 Break/Snack Break/Snack Break/Snack Break/Snack Break/Snack
17.00 – 18.15 Ely discovery Treasure hunt Singing Swimming Photography Cookery
18.15 – 19.45 Dinner/Break Dinner/Break Bowling Dinner/Break Dinner/Break Dinner/Break Film night
19.45 – 22.00 Self-defence Sports challenge Drama games Disco night We’ve got talent competition

*ESOL = English for Speakers of Other Languages

After being assessed, students are placed in small groups according to their age and ability following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The summer course tends not to replicate the already excellent work done at home during the school year, but aims at offering different strategies and promote direct involvement.

In lessons there is alternately space for:

  • fluency practice
  • comprehension, pronunciation and sounds
  • basic grammar revision and use of the language
  • vocabulary
  • interdisciplinary approach to contents
  • exploration and promotion of linguistic and cultural diversity.

Qualified and passionate teachers guarantee a balance between delivery of concepts, guide to individual study and ongoing assessment.

At the end of the course students will take home their personal portfolio with the material produced, the diary, the CD containing clips edited by them and the Certificate of Attendance.


"My favourite activities during the courses in England have always been the afternoon ones; sport, cooking, music and painting. They helped enhance my vocabulary and improve my spoken English"

Alice P