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Autumn Explorer

Designed around 3 weekly project themes, students learn through project-based lessons, study tours and a choice of academic, active and creative electives. It is suitable for all levels.

Course type
Young Learners
Age of student
Language level
Beginner (A1) - Proficient (C2)
Staff/student ratio
Maximum class size
Course dates
Start dates: any Sunday 13 October -27 October 2019
Course Length
1-3 weeks
£885 per week
Bell St Albans

Who is this course for?

Young learners who want to combine English language study, activities and cultural visits.

Course outcomes

Your child will develop:

  • Core English language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  • More vocabulary and better pronunciation
  • A portfolio of work
  • Essential life skills (teamwork, independence and communication)
  • Increased confidence
  • An international network of friends
Autumn Explorer Leaflet

Course description

Project themed English lessons

30 hours per two week course

Learning through projects is particularly motivating for young learners and helps them remember the language that they learn. Working in groups, students use English to produce something tangible like a short film, a presentation, a magazine or a short story.

Project work guarantees students study something new every time. Each project is based on a theme. Autumn Explorer is designed around 3 weekly project themes:

  • Week 1: National treasures
  • Week 2: Recipe for success
  • Week 3: Tech times

Download our Autumn Explorer 2019 leaflet

Week 1: National Treasure

Britain is a country full of hidden secrets and this course will take the students on an epic journey through their host nation to discover the places and people that make this country what it is.

Example guiding question:

  • Whose Britain is it?
  • How does a landscape represent national identity

Example projects:

  • Research into the different geographical regions of the UK
  • An investigation into historical landmarks and key people of British culture and history
  • An enquiry into the history and origins of the British people

Example learning outcomes:

  • Develop key vocabulary such as adjectives for describing traits and qualities of different people and places
  • Learn functional language for giving and justifying personal opinions 
  • Students will develop their cross cultural understanding and communication skills

Study tours: London, including the London Eye, and Cambridge.

Week 2: Recipe for success.

This project looks at what it means to be successful in the twenty-first century.  Students may carry out a business planning and presentation project or conduct an investigation into the key qualities and practical skills which they can develop in order to reach their goals.

Example guiding question

  • How can we measure success?
  • How can we design and market a product?

Example projects:

  • Designing a ‘superfood’ menu for an imaginary restaurant
  • Filming an advertising video for a student-created product or service
  • Debating and discussing the ways in which we measure success in the modern world

Example learning outcomes

  • Learn to use conditional sentence structures to discuss real and hypothetical outcomes of business plans
  • Students will develop their skills in all four areas of communication: speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • Students will collaborate effectively working with other students in teams

Study tours: London, including Madame Tussauds, and Oxford.

Week 3: Tech times

Technology has become a way of life for nearly all of us. In this project the students will be encouraged to use their love of technology and their own devices to help them widen their vocabulary and improve their communicative skills.

Example guiding question:

  • How will technology change our lives in the future?
  • How can we use technology and games to improve our language skills?

Example projects:

  • Research into the historical development of computer and communication technology
  • Preparing for the study tour by taking a virtual reality tour using their own smart phones
  • Profiling and reviewing the latest and most popular computer games

Example learning outcomes:

  • Improved ability to use future forms to make predictions about the development of technology
  • Develop the ability to write coherently and cohesively by writing short stories on an online platform and reviewing each other’s work
  • Students will be required to think critically and speculate on future developments in technology and its potential

Study tours: London, including the Science Museum, and Bletchley Park. 


18 hours per two week course 

Elective sessions are taught by experienced activity leaders and develop students' skills in their chosen activities in English. Students practice their English, while focused on an activity, which leads to a natural, fluent use of the language.

A selection of active, creative and academic electives will be available each week. Choose your activities on arrival. Examples include:

  • Archery
  • Art and crafts
  • British literature
  • Cricket
  • Dance
  • Dodgeball
  • Drama
  • Film and photography
  • Football
  • Handball
  • Health and fitness
  • Journalism
  • Lacrosse
  • Music
  • Orienteering
  • Rounders
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball

Study tours

3 full day study tours per two week course

Students learn about British life and culture through study tours to historic UK destinations such as London, Oxford, Cambridge and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Study tours are learning opportunities outside the classroom and are part of the academic programme. Students are prepared for the study tour in class, given a task to do on the trip and have a feedback lesson afterwards. Young learners are carefully supervised on all study tours.


18 hours per two week course

After lessons, electives, and a delicious dinner, students have an evening activity – more chance for your child to learn and practise English. Examples of evening activities include team-building challenges, treasure hunts and film nights.

Course includes:

  • Accommodation at Bell St Albans
  • All meals, snacks and drinks
  • All social activities and study tours
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure with Bell staff
  • Free internet access
  • Free laundry service
  • Comprehensive insurance

Autumn Explorer sample timetable

Autumn Explorer sample timetable
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Students dancing
Students playing football
Students taking part in the archery elective
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Students in the study centre
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