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Spring Explorer

Designed around 4 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
Course dates
02, 09, 16, 23 April 2017
Course Length
1-4 weeks
£825 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
Spring Explorer leaflet

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. Spring Explorer is designed around 4 weekly project themes.

Download our Spring Explorer leaflet.

Week 1: Made in Britain

Students will deepen their understanding of UK culture by looking at what makes Britain great.

Topics may include:

  • Typical British food
  • Agriculture and industry
  • International trade

Example learning outcomes:

  • Students develop the vocabulary to critique British food and compare it to their own national dishes
  • Students learn to use persuasive language as they promote their British product of choice in a Dragons' Den style presentation
  • Students report on historical change in Britain’s import and export patterns

Study tours: London, including the Science Museum, and Cambridge.

Week 2: Festivals around the world

Students will explore different holidays around the world, visit the home of the 2012 London Olympics and experience Easter fun!  

Topics may include:

  • Traditional British holidays
  • Unusual festivals around the world
  • Music and fashion

Example learning outcomes:

  • Students develop their teamwork skills as they plan their own Bell festival
  • Students gain confidence speaking in English as they interview each other about national holidays
  • Students use their creativity to describe and review music and fashion on the global stage. 

Study tours: London, including the 2012 Olympic Park, and Brighton.

Week 3: City Living

Students will learn about England’s famous capital city both historically and in contemporary times. 

Topics may include:

  • Rural versus urban lifestyles
  • Famous people: past and present
  • London through the ages

Example Learning Outcomes:

  • Students develop critical thinking skills as they question existing stereotypes about city life
  • Students improve their listening skills as they are exposed to different regional accents and colloquialisms
  • Students develop their writing skills as they write a newspaper article on London’s past, present and future.

Study tours: London and Birmingham Think Tank.

Week 4: Imagine Tomorrow

Students will consider new and old as they imagine life in 2050: from communication to travel, transport to industry. 

Topics may include:

  • Evolutionary change and adaptation
  • The changing platform of social interaction
  • Space and beyond

Example Learning Outcomes:

  • Students enjoy an opportunity to work creatively to create a Vine (short film) on life in 2050
  • Students debate on the feasibility of travel to outer space
  • From the London Eye, students reflect on the world’s changing landscape. 

Study tours: London, including the London Eye. 


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.

Active electives

Student taking part in the archery elective

Sample active electives:

  • Archery
  • British school games
  • Football
  • Health and fitness

Academic electives

Students learning in the classroom

Sample academic electives:

  • British literature
  • Creative writing
  • Journalism
  • Presentations and debates

Creative electives

Students taking a photograph

Sample creative electives:

  • Art and Design
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Photography and film-making
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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, Cambridge and Brighton.

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, 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.

Spring Explorer sample timetable

English Explorer Spring sample timetable
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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
Archery elective
The art room at Bell St Albans
Young learners in the study centre
journalism elective for young learners
Student taking a photograph
Students learning in the classroom
students playing football
Students dancing
Students learning in the classroom
Young Learners English UK
Bell Education Trust is a Tier 4 Sponsor on the UKVI register of sponsors
Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English