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Spring Explorer

This Explorer programme, designed for students between 11-17 years old, will definitely put a 'spring' in their step!
English language student with beanie on smiling


Embrace that springtime feeling and freshen up your English.  

Every year, our successful Spring Explorer programmes develops students’ 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.


11 - 17
Minimum language level
All levels
Staff to student ratio
Maximum class size
Course length
1 - 5 weeks
Course dates
26 March - 29 April 2023
Bell St Albans
£1005 per week
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
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
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.

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 your 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-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 listening in the classroom
Two students using their phone to learn


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 Spring 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.

Student at Warwick Castle

Enjoy study tours to exciting attractions like:


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.


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


Natural History Museum

This impressive museum will inspire the inner historian in students. Their galleries explore the amazing diversity of life in Earth, the planet’s evolution, natural phenomenons and the famous scientists that have contributed to these discoveries.

Don’t forget to walk beneath the 25.2 metre blue whale skeleton that is suspended above the galleries.

Themes at Spring 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.

Here are some sample project themes:

    • WEEK 1

    London Life

    Celebrate British culture in the world's most iconic city and learn how life has changed across its history. Students will gain key vocabulary for describing characteristics and will put this into practice by taking part in a group photo challenge in London and writing a survey related to life in London.

    • WEEK 2

    Protecting the planet

    What can we do today to reduce our impact on the environment tomorrow? Students will gain more insight into the importance of developing global solutions and addressing environmental issues while improving presentation and critical thinking skills.

    • WEEK 3

    Fantastic festivals

    Explore and share different traditions from around the world and work together to plan your own unique festival. This project will develop students’ collaboration and cross-cultural understanding by learning about different festivals and traditions from the UK as well as their home countries and around the world.

    • WEEK 4

    Fame and fortune

    Explore how the world of celebrities has impacted issues such as equality, fairness and representation in our global culture. Try your hand at designing and presenting a new product with your team with a marketing strategy and advertisement.

    • WEEK 5

    Future fantastic

    Let's explore how advancements in technology have shaped the world around us, and predict what impact further developments will have on the future. Work in groups to design an invention or innovation and develop a business proposal.

Sample timetable


Spring explorer timetable

Dates and locations

Bell St Albans

From 26 March 2023 to 29 April 2023

Shenley Ln
London Colney
St Albans

Our course includes

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