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Autumn Explorer

Designed for ages 11- 17, this Explorer course is sure to get students in the Autumn mood while they develop their English language skills.
Boys playing rugby in English country

 

Get ready to kickstart your language learning this Autumn.  

This October 2020, our Autumn Explorer will develop student’s English language skills through project-based learning activities, interactive learning and lots of fun and adventure.

We encourage students to become more confident, independent learners while they develop 21st century life skills that will benefit their future learning, life and work.

 

Age
11 - 17
Minimum language level
All levels
Staff to student ratio
1:6
Maximum class size
14
Course dates
11 - 31 October 2020
Course length
1 - 3 weeks
Location
Bell St Albans
Fees
£900 per week
Elizabeth Belarus
Elizabeth
Belarus
The lessons are really interesting, interactive and we learn by having fun. They are not boring and seems to go by so quickly! The atmosphere here is great, everyone is really friendly and supportive.
Maria Sofia Italy
Maria Sofia
Italy
The course made my English better because I only speak English here and practise with my friends. I am really confident now and I can't wait to help my sister when I get home!
Lidia Poland
Lidia
Poland
I came to Bell to improve my language skills, expand my knowledge and explore England. Now I think I speak more fluently and sound like a native speaker. It's the best course I've ever been on.
Playing basketball in Bell St Albans

Course overview

On this course, students will:

  • Gain confidence and become more independent learners and users of the English language
  • Develop their English language skills
    (reading writing, listening, and speaking)
  • Improve vocabulary, pronunciation, and understanding of grammar
  • Essential 21st century life skills (communication, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and cultural awareness)
  • Produce a portfolio of work to demonstrate progress and achievements
  • Meet new friends from across the world

LESSONS

Project-based learning

Project themes have been intentionally designed for students and teachers to take their project in a direction that best meets the group’s needs and motivations.

This means that every group of students will learn something different and each student receives a personalised learning experience. Each theme will have a central guiding question that focuses the project and students work collaboratively towards the production of a tangible project outcome.

This approach helps students learning faster and more successfully. It also guarantees that students will learn something new every time.

Student working on a project
Student baking in class

ACTIVITIES

Learn by doing

The activity programme is an integral part of the course and allows students to practise what they have learnt and develop a natural, fluent use of the language. Our afternoon electives are designed to improve communication and confidence while developing academic, creative and active skills.

All Autumn Explorer students will also enjoy a wide variety of whole-school activities, such as games, competitions, discos and shows.

STUDY TOURS

Gain new life experiences

There is no better way to learn about British life and culture than to experience it for yourself.  Study tours also play an important role in our learning approach. Students prepare for their study tour in class and have educational tasks to complete during their trip, this is then discussed in lessons afterwards.

They will have three-full day study tours to UK destinations, every two weeks.

Students taking a picture of Bell St Albans

Enjoy study tours to exciting attractions like:

LONDON

London Eye

The London Eye is an iconic part of London’s skyline and has been offering guests a new panoramic view of London.

It has won over 85 awards for national and international tourism, outstanding architectural quality and engineering achievement. In fact, it has become the UK’s most popular visitor attraction.

LONDON

Science Museum London

The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. There are over 15,000 objects on display, including world-famous objects such as the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket.

Students can experience what it is like to fly or blast off into space in their stunning 3D and 4D simulators. They can also watch a film on a screen taller than four double-decker buses in the IMAX 3D Cinema.

London Science Museum

LONDON

Madame Tussauds London

This famous wax museum offers students the chance to get up close and personal to some their favourite icons and famous faces. It combines glitz and glamour with incredible heritage, having over 300 wax figures.

Look out for having tea with Her Majesty the Queen, rocking it out with Ed Sheeran, posing with Harry and Meghan, or singing a duet with Dua Lipa! Not only do you learn about some of the most famous individuals of British culture, you’ll not want to put your Instagram away!

 

Madame Tussauds in London

Themes at Autumn Explorer

Project-based learning is a signature part of our fully-integrated approach to language learning. It provides students with lots of cross-curricular opportunities for learning everywhere, both inside and outside the classroom.

Download the Autumn Explorer 2020 brochure

Find out more about our weekly project themes:

    • WEEK 1

    Magic and Mystery

    How can we invent a new magical land for stories? How can we design a new character to join our favourite story or film? Students will focus on magical stories and investigate some of Britain’s most famous mysteries such as the building of Stonehenge or the sightings of the Loch Ness Monster.

    Students will learn to use their full range of narrative tenses, improve their creative and descriptive writing skills, and develop good collaboration skills by working in groups.

    • WEEK 2

    Gadgets and Gizmos

    How different would my life be without technology? Which types of employment will become automated in the future? Discover the origins of the technology which we now take for granted. Students will also be encouraged to speculate on innovations which will shape our world in the future.

    Students will improve their understanding and use of modal and semi-modal structures, develop their ability to write coherently and cohesively, and enhance their critical thinking skills on their project.

    • WEEK 3

    Let's celebrate!

    How can we create our own festival to celebrate our time at Bell? What are the most interesting traditions from the counties and regions of the UK? Develop cross-cultural understanding by learning about different festivals and traditions from the UK, the students’ home countries and from around the rest of the world.

    Students will practise their relative clauses, use functional phrases to suggest ideas and express opinions, and develop collaboration skills during their lessons.

Sample timetable

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Autumn Explorer

Standard dates & locations

Bell St Albans

Bell St Albans

11 October 2020 - 17 January 2020

Shenley Lane, London Colney,
St Albans, AL2 1AF

Bell St Albans

Bell St Albans

18 October 2020 - 24 October 2020

Shenley Lane, London Colney,
St Albans, AL2 1AF

Bell St Albans

Bell St Albans

25 October 2020 - 31 October 2020

Shenley Lane, London Colney,
St Albans, AL2 1AF

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