A busy, lively busy town, Reading combines a long interesting history with an excellent range of modern facilities, including a large shopping and leisure complex. It is well known for hi-tech industry and financial services, accommodating companies such as Microsoft, Oracle and Prudential.
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. The 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.
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Samigullina Vana, Russian Student
A large number of our hosts have been welcoming our students for many years and most live within a thirty-minute bus ride of the school.
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 (local 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 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. 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!
There may be art and drama, and a visit to Reading Museum and Art Gallery. Each week there is an evening activity, usually a disco at the Abbey School.
For those with an interest in sporting activities, there may be volleyball, football, tennis and swimming.
You go on excursions to such interesting and world-famous places as Bath, Warwick and Stratford upon Avon and Oxford. There is always an excursion to London which includes an attraction such as a Blue Badge guided tour, the London Eye or a river boat trip.
Members of EJO staff accompany each activity and excursion.