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Spring Explorer

Designed around 5 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
Start date: any Sunday from 25 March - 22 April 2018
Course Length
1-5 weeks
£865 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

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.

Week 1: Spring Forward

Spring marks the beginning of a new a cycle in our lives and a time of new beginnings. Students will explore this subject by investigating change and progress to the environment, nature and humans.

Topics may include:

  • Saving the planet
  • Human progress and endeavour
  • The natural world

Example learning outcomes:

  • Students improve their persuasive language skills as they take part in discussions and debates
  • Students develop their thinking skills as they attempt to come up with solutions to real-world issues
  • Students learn how effective planning and goal setting can increase the chance of success.

Study tours: London (including a trip to Kew Gardens) and Oxford.

Week 2: Cities of the Future

Students are encouraged to think about how the world around them is changing at an increasingly fast pace. The students will also make predictions about the advancements in technology and how they will shape the landscapes and skyscapes of the future.

Topics may include:

  • City life
  • Life in the future
  • The environment

Example learning outcomes:

  • Students develop their grammar as they use future constructions (e.g. will, going to and the present continuous) to talk about and make plans and predictions
  • Students improve their knowledge of the UK and practice their pronunciation as they talk about the different cities and regions
  • Students use their creativity to design a cityscape of the future

Study tours: London (including a trip on the London Eye) and Bletchley Park.

Week 3: They Changed the World

Students research the people and moments in history that have shaped the world we live in.

Topics may include:

  • Celebrities and their influence
  • Famous people from history and inspiring role models
  • Historical events

Example learning outcomes:

  • Students develop their reading and research skills whilst learning about the contributions of influential historical figures
  • Students improve their public speaking and presentation skills
  • Students learn key language structures in order to confidently express their opinions.

Study tours: London (including a trip to the British Museum) and Bristol.

Week 4: Brainwave

Students learn about the impact of science on their own lives and the thought processes which encourage their creativity.

Topics may include:

  • Language learning
  • How the brain works
  • Great discoveries and developments

Example learning outcomes:

  • Students improve their creative and collaborative skills by developing a new product
  • Students develop their use of English through investigating how the brain works
  • Students gain new study skills and grow as independent learners as they explore a variety of scientific themes.

Study tours: London (including the Science Museum) and Cambridge.

Week 5: The World's a Stage

Based on William Shakespeare’s famous quote, this theme looks at all things creative and artistic. From writing to performing, students will widen their abilities to think collaboratively and creatively.

Topics may include:

  • English Literature
  • Actors and celebrities
  • Drama and self-expression

Example learning outcomes:

  • Students gain a better knowledge of language structures, vocabulary, style and genre, and how all of these are used in different literary contexts
  • Students develop their collaborative skills as they work together to create a theatrical performance
  • Students improve their writing skills for different genres and purposes.

Study tours: London (including a trip to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre).


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

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.

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

Spring Explorer sample timetable

Spring Explorer sample timetable
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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
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