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English Explorer

Students learn through project-based lessons and a choice of academic, active and creative electives. Includes 3 full day study tours and is suitable for all levels.

Course type
Young Learners
Age of student
Language level
Beginner (A1) - Proficient (C2)
Staff/student ratio
Course dates
June, July, August
£2,500 per two week course (£1,095 per week at Bell St Albans)
Bell St Albans , Bloxham School, Oxfordshire , The Leys School, Cambridge , Wellington College, Berkshire

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

Course description

Project-based 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, for example The Royal Family, Great Inventions or London Life.


18 hours per two week course (3 electives, 6 hours each)

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 and fluent use of the language.

A mix of active, academic and creative options are available at all our young learner schools.

Active electives

Archery at Bell St Albans
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • British school games
  • British sports
  • Football
  • Health and fitness
  • Pool sports and swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Academic electives

Students learning
  • British literature
  • Creative writing
  • Exam skills
  • Journalism
  • Presentations and debates

Creative electives

Students learning photography
  • Art and design
  • Art in Cambridge
  • Cookery
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Performing arts
  • Photography and film-making

Premium electives

Golf at Wellington

Premium electives are available at Wellington College.


This elective includes 6 hours of tuition by a golf professional at The Berkshire Golf Club.


Horse-riding takes place at an accredited equestrian centre.

Premium electives need to be booked in advance and an extra charge is payable. (Golf is £200 per two week course and horse-riding is £320 per two week course).

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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.


27 hours per two week course

After lessons, afternoon activities 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.

Trinity College London Speaking exam

Students have the option to demonstrate their language skills by preparing for and taking the Trinity College London Speaking exam (GESE) at the end of their course. This is optional and is available at Bloxham School, The Leys School and Wellington College.

English Explorer sample timetable

English Explorer sample timetable
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Course includes

  • Accommodation at your chosen school
  • 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
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