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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
11-17
Language level
Beginner (A1) - Proficient (C2)
Staff/student ratio
1:6
Maximum class size
14
Course dates
Start date: any Sunday from 7 April - 28 April 2019
Course Length
1- 4 weeks
Price
£885 per week
Location
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: Global Lives

A social and cultural learning experience in which the students will find out more about the differences and perhaps more importantly, the similarities that lie between them and their respective cultural origins.

Topics may include:

  • Diversity and globalisation
  • International relations and trade
  • Education around the world

Example learning outcomes:

  • Cross-cultural communication and collaboration skills will be developed throughout this course.
  • Students will develop their study skills, cross-cultural awareness and self-reflection abilities.
  • Students will improve their ability to use comparative and superlative adjectives to talk about their similarities and differences.

Study tours: London (including a trip to Madame Tussauds) and Cambridge.

Week 2: Nation of Innovation

In this project, the students will focus on the impact of science and technology and the ‘Great British’ innovations and inventions which have shaped our modern world.

Topics may include:

  • Great discoveries and developments.
  • Historical Inventions.
  • Design and technology project.

Example learning outcomes:

  • Students will use HOTS to apply their new ideas to their projects and design challenges.
  • Students will receive practical guidance on developing study skills to improve their English proficiency which can also be applied to other academic areas.
  • Students will learn to use the present perfect to discuss how different innovations have changed their lives and society.

Study tours: London (including a trip to The Science Museum) and Bristol.

Week 3: Read All About It!

This course develops the students’ awareness and understanding of a range of written material. Typical projects may include research into key British literary figures and their respective works, studying magazines and news articles from a variety of different media. The students will develop all of their language skills whilst widening their general knowledge of English literature and its influence on British society and culture.

Topics may include:

  • An examination of the lives and works of Britain’s greatest writers.
  • Researching how accomplished writers develop stories.
  • Profiling the characters from popular works of fiction.

Example learning outcomes:

  • Students will learn to use a range of narrative tenses to complete their story writing/telling activities.
  • Students will develop their reading skills and range of vocabulary by reading a variety of literature.
  • Students will collaborate on a creative piece of performance art based on a famous British play or novel.

Study tours: London (including a trip to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre) and Oxford.

Week 4: Natural Wonders

This course will open students’ eyes to some of hidden wonders of the natural world. During which, the students will also gain more insight into the importance of developing global solutions in order address environmental issues and raise awareness of the plight of our planet.

Topics may include:

  • An investigation into a range of amazing natural phenomena.
  • An examination of the global impact of human activity on the planet.
  • A study into natural disasters, their causes and effects.

Example learning outcomes:

  • Students will learn functional language for participating in presentations and debates.
  • Students will improve their knowledge and use a range of modal verbs to give guidance on environmental issues.
  • Students will develop and employ critical thinking skills to make connections between cause and effect.

Study tours: London (including The Natural History Museum).

Electives  

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.

Activities

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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of 2016 students said their English had improved