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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy study tours to exciting attractions like:
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.
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.
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!
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
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.