Bell Online allows students to start studying with Bell before they leave their home country. Once they have confirmed their booking, log in details will automatically be sent to their email address (therefore, students must ensure we hold an email address for them). When they log in, the system will guide students through a series of simple steps, and ask them to complete an English test. It will use their answers to select a range of language development activities suitable for their level based on the questions they answered incorrectly on the test. They will also have access to a range of other study activities, including weekly lessons based on topical new stories.
When students arrive in the UK, they will find Bell Online has all the information they need to help them settle in. Information on their accommodation, a map showing them how to get to the school, and local information such as bus maps will be at their fingertips. Bell Online is mobile adaptive, and is perfect for use on smartphones.
Once in school, students can use the 'Front Desk' App to request services such as bank letters, ask for a meeting with a member of staff, or book activities on our free Language in Action Programme. All the information we explain on their first day will also be there for them to review later, as will their timetable. Students will also be able to see the weekly study plan for their class, download worksheets, access their homework and submit pieces of writing, all via Bell Online. As they make progress, all the data on how their English is improving will be recorded, and this will feed into downloadable progress reports that can be shared with parents or sponsors.
At Bell, students have weekly one-to-one tutorials with their main teacher, and the suggestions the teacher makes for further improvement will be recorded and monitored in the online Learner Journal. Students will be set clear, specific, achievable objectives each week based on their unique needs and our expertise of what study activities result in the best learning outcomes.
Finally, when students reach the end of their stay with Bell and receive a printed report and certificate, copies will be available in .pdf format on Bell Online so that they could, for example, send a copy of their certificate to a potential employer. They will be able to look back at their learner journey, and will be set further online study for when they get home, based on their final English level and the areas they still need to work on. Students will retain free access to Bell Online for up to three months.
The introduction of Bell Online is an important element of Bell’s Digital Strategy, which is to empower its learners to engage in digital learning opportunities in order to enhance learning outcomes, develop 21st century learning skills and become better, more independent learners.