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Winter Explorer

Students will develop their English skills while making unforgettable memories. Experience British life and culture at wintertime.
Winter Explorer


Winter is coming, and its magic and adventure awaits you. 

Winter Explorer focuses on developing core English language skills through project-based learning activities and interactive learning – an effective way to learn language quickly and successfully.

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
Course dates
3 January - 30 January 2021
Course length
4 weeks
Bell St Albans

* + £205 for Business Leadership Academy
(2-week course)

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 showing her English language work to classmates
Girl dressed up in theatre costume


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 activities – electives and Academy options – are designed to improve communication and confidence while developing academic, creative and active skills.

All Winter 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 a total of eight full-day study tours to UK destinations during the 4-week course. Students will also have the opportunity to add optional activities to enhance their experience.

Student with kilt from Edinburgh delivers presentation

Specialise with an Academy

Delivered by professionals with many years of industry experience, students have the chance to specialise their language in one particular area of interest.
Academies are 9 hours per week - book your Academy in advance.

Enjoy study tours to exciting attractions like:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Between weeks 3 & 4, you will take a 3-day trip to visit Scotland’s breathtaking capital. You will see the stunning architecture, inspiring castle perched on a dormant volcano, and wander round the historic Old Town and Royal Mile.

On this trip your will discover the many secrets of the city, experience an underground ghost tour and try your luck at traditional Scottish dancing! You are spoilt for choice in Edinburgh. It will be a memory that is guaranteed to last a lifetime!

Student visit Edinburgh in Scotland



Experience this beautifully historic city from another point of view. Wind along the river through the heart of one of the most famous universities in the world.

Relax and take in the stunning views of King’s College, Queens’ College and the Bridge of Sighs – don’t forget to wave at people watching from the bridges!


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.


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 Winter 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 Winter Explorer 2021 brochure

Find out more about our weekly project themes:

    • WEEK 1 & 2

    Heroes, myths & legends

    Discover the stories that lie behind some of the greatest historical figures, moments that changed our world and the literary works that have shaped British life and culture.

    You will discover the uniqueness of the UK - and even experience a 3-day adventure in Edinburgh, Scotland! Students will improve their reading skills, expand vocabulary and pronunciation skills, and learn to critically reflect on various factors that influence literature, culture and society.

    • WEEK 3 & 4

    A great British adventure

    Britain is a country full of hidden secrets. Discover the places and people that make this country what it is, engage in interesting discussions and even make a vlog about students' lives and experiences at Bell.

    Students will learn a variety of phrasal verbs and collocations, developing their listening skills, and expand their creative writing skills.

Sample timetable


Standard dates & locations

Bell St Albans

Bell St Albans

03 January 2021 - 30 January 2021

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

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