The course takes place at the City of Bristol College and at Bristol Grammar School. The City of Bristol College is a modern well-equipped educational establishment offering courses in a wide variety of subject areas.
Our course is based at Guildford Adult Learning Centre, with some classes at the Millmead Centre; and the Adult course at the Guildford Institute. All three are long established and well known educational centres in the heart of Guildford.
The course takes place at the modern Reading College and at the prestigious Abbey School, both close to the town centre. Abbey School has excellent facilities including a small computer suite used by our students, an indoor heated swimming pool, a sports hall, tennis courts and extensive playing fields.
Amesbury offers an extremely safe environment for our children’s course with its attractive, yet practical school buildings surrounded by extensive, secluded and secure playing fields and grounds.
Our course takes place in the well-known Royal Masonic School, situated in extensive and beautiful parkland only a ten-minute walk from the town centre. The residential accommodation is a crescent of houses alongside the impressive main building where students have their meals and lessons, and activities take place.
On a homestay course, you live in a home within daily travelling distance of your course. On a residential, you live in a school or college residence.
Whichever you choose, your stay will be experience you will always remember. Many of our students make lifelong friends during the time they are with us.
You stay in one of our chosen homes within daily travelling distance of your course. You usually travel by public transport with the exception of our children’s course where students travel between home and school by minibus. You live as a member of the household and there is no other student with the same first language as you staying in the home (unless you particularly asked that you stay in the same home as one of your friends). You join in the life everyday of your home and have plenty of opportunities to practise and develop your English through conversations with your hosts in the mornings and evenings and on Sundays. These are times when you are not involved with your course programme There’s no better way to develop your English than by choosing a homestay, living in the home of your hosts.
Our accommodation and welfare officer, the local organiser, knows all of our hosts and their homes. She is always available during the course and will be pleased to give you any help you may need.
You are busily occupied on the course programme on six full days (Mondays to Saturdays) each week, and (apart from our children’s course) on one evening.
You usually have English lessons on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. There are leisure activities on Monday and Friday afternoons, and full-day excursions on Wednesdays and Saturdays, except for the Saturday at the end of your course.
You course is run by our course director who will always be pleased to help you with any questions or concerns you may have about your programme of lessons, activities and excursions or, indeed about anything connected with your stay. The course director is helped by a team of teachers and, sometimes, also by activity leaders. Our members of staff enjoy talking with students outside lesson time during activity sessions and on excursions.
You live in a school or college residence for your course. There is a full programme of lessons, activities and excursions which keep you busy all day every day and in the evenings, too. You have all your meals, except for lunches on excursion days, in the dining hall.
You are a member of an international residential community for the period of your stay. You live with students of a similar age to you from different parts of the world and get to know them and their cultural backgrounds. You work hard on your English because this is the language common to everybody. You need it in order to communicate with your new friends!
You usually have English lessons on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. There are full-day excursions on Wednesdays and Saturdays, except for the Saturday at the end of your course. There are activities every afternoon (except for excursion days) and in the evenings, too.
Your programme is run by our course director, helped by a team of enthusiastic teaching and activity staff. The teachers are all very involved both in the teaching sessions and in the community life of the course. With the help of the teachers, the activity leaders spend their time arranging and accompanying leisure activities and excursions. They, too, are very much a part of the residential community. All our members of staff enjoy conversations with students, not only during activities sessions and on excursions but also over meals and during times of leisure and relaxation during the day.