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Don't look down!

We spent a very fun Friday afternoon visiting the new climbing centre in Cambridge.

Language in Action. Bell Cambridge. Social Programmes.
Language in Action. Bell Cambridge. Social Programmes.
Language in Action. Bell Cambridge. Social Programmes.

As a little treat on a Friday afternoon I took some lucky students to the new Clip 'n Climb Centre in Cambridge. Featuring twenty exciting climbing challenges, the trip was the perfect way to unwind after a hard week of studying. It was also one of our students' last day with us (Marie) and we wanted to give her a good send off (pictured middle right).

When we arrived we were taken into a side room for our safety briefing and harness fitting. There were a few nervous looks going around the room! Once the students had their briefing they were led into the room with all the climbing walls.  

The students opted for the easy walls first. They were told to stand by the wall they wished to climb with their arm up indicating they needed an instructor to clip them on. Once they were clipped on, off they went! Most got to the top on their first go, but then then realised they had to let go of the wall to be lowered back down.  

When some of the students looked down they became a little nervous and frightened. However, with a few words of encouragement given by myself on solid ground they soon let go and were safely lowered to the ground.  

As soon as they reached the bottom it was on to the next wall and there was no stopping them. Fears were definitely conquered that day and their confidence grew with each climb. 

It was a privilege to take them and see them all work as team; shouting words of encouragement to each other and succeeding together. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the trip to Clip 'n Climb our students had:

  • listened to the instructions given by both Bell and the Clip 'n Climb instructors in English
  • met and communicated with both Bell staff and students and Clip 'n Climb instructors in English  
  • learnt a new skill 
  • experienced an activity, they may not have done before.

Language in Action programme: learn to communicate like a local with free workshops, cultural and social activities to improve your English in real-life situations. Included with all Bell English courses for students aged 16 and over.