EJO International Summer Programmes. Homestay, Full Board - Alton, Hampshire
The thriving market town of Alton is around 75 km south west of London and under an hour by road from Heathrow Airport and around 75 minutes by road from Gatwick Airport. The town offers a delightful mix of historic buildings and modern shops and arcades. It is well known for its regular Tuesday market day as well as other markets and fairs.

Alton railway station is on the main line to London and also serves as a terminus for the Mid Hants Railway commonly called 'The Watercress Line', a restored steam railway running between Alton and New Alresford, so called because it used to be used to transport fresh watercress to London.

The village of Chawton, famously the home of Jane Austen, is nearby and you can follow a circular walk from Chawton to Upper Faringdon past places of interest that Jane Austen knew. The Watercress Line steam railway goes from Alton, trundling through pleasant countyside through the village of Ropley and on to Alresford.

Our course is based at Alton School, a long established and well known independent school.

Find out more about the area visit: visit-hampshire.co.uk/explore/towns/alton

Samigullina Vana, Russian Student, 27th July 2013 Samigullina Vana, Russian Student

The majority of our welcoming hosts live within walking distance of the tuition centre. You may stay in a neighbouring town or village, such as Hollybourne or Chawton, within easy reach of Alton town centre by foot.

You live as a member of the household during your stay 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). Students are normally accommodated in twin rooms which they share with a student of a different nationality. Our accommodation and welfare organiser is always available during the course and will be pleased to give you any help you may need. Find out more about a homestay.

Our accommodation and welfare organiser is always available during the course and will be pleased to give you any help you may need. Find out more about a homestay.

You are busily occupied on the course programme on six full days (Mondays to Saturdays) each week and 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 on one evening, and full-day excursions on Wednesdays and Saturdays, except for the Saturday at the end of your course.

You normally spend Sunday with your hosts View a sample course programme here.

Your course (twenty forty-five-minute lessons each week) encourages you to make the most of your stay in England by concentrating on spoken English and it gives you maximum opportunity to practise both inside and outside the classroom. A part of this will be assignments you need to complete with assistance from your homestay host. There are more formal lessons on grammar and vocabulary and less formal learning activities including Active English Practice sessions in the afternoons.

You learn through working in pairs and groups, acting out relevant real life situations, and through assignments or projects inside the teaching room or outside.

There is an excursion preparation lesson on the day before each full-day excursion and a follow-up lesson on the day after.

You will want to improve your English as much as you can so that you will be able to talk in a more relaxed and easy manner with your teachers, your hosts and your new friends on the course! The common language will, of course, be English! You’ll need your English, too, when you are out on excursions and when you are doing your shopping!

You go to Alton Sports Centre for swimming or indoor sports. We also offer a variety of sporting and other local activities in and around Alton, for example, a trip on the Watercress Line steam railway or a visit to Jane Austen’s home in Chawton. Each week there is an evening activity, for example either a disco or perhaps a cinema visit.

You go on excursions to such interesting and well-known places as Brighton, Portsmouth, Oxford and Arundel. There is always an excursion to London which includes an attraction such as a The Tower of London, a Blue Badge guided tour or a river boat trip.

Members of EJO staff accompany each activity and excursion.

  • Full-board homestay accommodation (packed lunches on programme days Monday to Saturday)
  • No other guest with the same first language staying in the home at the same time (unless you have particularly asked otherwise). Students are normally accommodated in twin rooms which they share with a student of a different nationality.
  • 20 lessons of 45 minutes (15 hours) on 4 mornings and 2 afternoons per week; maximum 16 students per class
  • Loan of course materials
  • Personal file with course information and personal notes to take home
  • Full-day staff-accompanied and supervised excursions: one mid-week and one on Saturday (except departure Saturday)
  • 2 staff-accompanied and supervised afternoon activities per week
  • Accommodation and welfare officer (local organiser) always available
  • Individual course report and certificate of attendance
At extra cost:
  • Airport transfers / Local transport
Intensive English Courses for adults where the focus is on improving your language skills as quickly and efficiently as possible.