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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
11-17
Language level
Beginner (A1) - Proficient (C2)
Staff/student ratio
1:6
Maximum class size
14
Course dates
Start date: any Sunday from 29 March - 26 April 2020
Course Length
1- 5 weeks
Price
£900 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 5 weekly project themes:

  • Week 1: London Life
  • Week 2: 21st Century Citizens
  • Week 3: Let's Celebrate!
  • Week 4: Supernatural Students
  • Week 5: Protecting the Planet

Week 1: London Life

This course will introduce the students of Spring Explorer to Britain and British culture, specifically focusing on London as the main study tour destination.

Classroom activities may include:

  • Taking part in a group photo challenge of London landmarks on the study tour
  • Writing and administering a class survey of hobbies and interests related to life in London and at home.

Project outcomes:

  • London landmarks factsheets and/or posters
  • A travel guide/vlog on London
  • A short documentary video on famous London landmarks and accompanying quiz.

Example learning outcomes:

  • Students will learn key vocabulary such as adjectives for describing traits and qualities of different people and places.
  • Students will develop their cross-cultural understanding and communication skills.
  • Students will learn comparative and superlative forms for comparing the differences in lifestyle in London from their home country. 

Week 2: 21st Century Citizens

In this week the students will be encouraged to think about the future and the ways in which growing up in this century will be very different from the previous century. This will offer teachers and learners to discuss key issues which may affect their lives in the future and/or focus on the skills they will need to develop in order to achieve success in the modern world.

Classroom activities may include:

  •  Discussion activities- making the future predictions.
  •  Taking part in a mini-united nations debate.

Project outcomes: 

  • Designing and giving a sales presentation about a new invention to aid language learning.
  • Designing and presenting a 21st century learning skills infographic.  
  • Devising and presenting a plan for solving global problems.   

Example learning outcomes:

  • Students will learn to use future forms to make predictions and plans about their own lives. 
  • Students will develop their fluency in speaking during a mini united nations debate.
  • Students will develop their understanding of key global issues and how they can be addressed through international cooperation.  

Week 3: Let's Celebrate

This project will develop students cross-cultural understanding by learning all about different festivals and traditions from the UK, the students home countries and around the rest of the world

Classroom activities may include:

  • Working in pairs and small groups to design factsheets or posters on different festivals and traditions.  
  • Completing vocabulary and listening tasks using a popular music track.  

Project outcomes:

  • Planning and running a school-wide festival.  
  • Designing and conducting a quiz about different British traditions and customs.   
  • Making and presenting fact posters on different traditions and festivals from around the world. 

Example learning outcomes:

  • Students will learn relative clauses to describe a festival from their own country to their classmates.   
  • Students will be able to use functional phrases to suggest ideas and express opinions while discussing plans for a school festival.  
  • Students will develop their collaboration skills during lessons focused on planning for a schoolwide event.

Week 4: Supernatural Students

This project will focus the students on their own abilities and to think creatively about magic, science-fiction and fantasy-based ideas

Classroom activities may include:

  • Designing and writing new comic book and/or fictional character.
  • Working in pairs describing and discussing favourite hobbies.

Project outcomes:

  • Presenting a class talent show.  
  • Designing and presenting a comic or short story to the other student groups.  
  • Making a short film to present at the course show. 

Example learning outcomes:

  • Students will learn to conditional forms to describe hypothetical situations involving super powers.   
  • Students will learn a range of cohesive devices to improve their writing skills  
  • Students will develop their creative writing skills in the design and writing of a new comic book or short story.    

 

Week 5: Protecting the Planet

This topic will increase the students’ awareness of global issues and the effects of human civilization on the planet. 

Classroom activities may include:

  • Discovery learning and practical tasks highlighting impact of human civilization on the environment and ways of reducing the negative effects. 
  • Making posters and information leaflets.
  • ‘Webquest’ research activity into the effectiveness of different types of renewable energies

Project outcomes:

  • Making a short educational video to raise student awareness of environmental issues. 
  • Making profiles of endangered species with suggestions for preservation strategies.
  • Designing an infographic about reducing on reducing carbon footprint. 

Example learning outcomes:

  • Students will learn to use functional language for debate, discussions and giving presentations.
  • Students will employ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to tackle ‘real-world’ issues affecting the planet.
  • Students will develop presentation skills in order to be able to speak confidently in front of others. 

Electives  

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 mix of active, academic and creative options are available.

Active electives

Students playing football

Sample active electives:

  • British school games
  • Football
  • Health and fitness

Academic electives

Students learning in the classroom

Sample academic electives:

  • British literature
  • Creative writing
  • Journalism

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

18 hours per two week course

After lessons, electives, and 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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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