An integrated approach to language learning
We teach inside and outside the classroom.
Our unique learning approach – The Bell Way – is core to everything we do at Bell. It was developed by our academic team alongside an Emeritus Professor from the University of Cambridge. It is based on six core principles that shape all our programmes.
We firmly believe that students learn faster and more successfully when they use English all the time and in a range of situations. That is why each component of our programme – lessons, activities, and study tours – plays a critical role in your child’s development.
Learning The Bell Way
Our six core learning principles
Key course components
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 story, a magazine or a business presentation.
- Practical everyday language such as asking polite questions, clarifying meaning, developing vocabulary and comprehension of instructions
- 21st century skills like creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication and cultural awareness.
- Techniques to improve fluency and pronunciation
- Academic language suitable for school and university
- Learn about British life and culture
At Bell, the educational activities, electives and Academies are planned just as much as the lessons, with learning outcomes to support what your child has studied in class. Students practise their English while focused on an activity, which leads to a natural and fluent use of the language. Many activities are linked to the overall project theme.
- Explore and develop their skills in a range of active, academic and creative electives
- Improve English knowledge and skills such as understanding instructions and social language
- Develop life skills such as teamwork, leadership, collaboration and planning
EXCITING STUDY TOURS
Experiencing British culture
Students learn about British life and history by exploring places of interest. Every course includes a full day trip to London, where students enjoy a walking tour, and a trip to a top London museum, in addition to the chance to visit iconic London landmarks.
Study tours are important learning opportunities outside the classroom. Students prepare for them in lessons. On the tour, students develop language and life skills through tasks such as: conducting interviews, taking part in fact-finding challenges, or completing activity sheets.
Each study tour is reviewed in class afterwards. The students discuss what they have learnt and explore the topics further, recording progress in their portfolios.