Conversational English in London
Where better to practice speaking the English language than in London?
This unique course promotes the use of English skills through everyday conversation and increasing comprehension and fluency.
Each week is designed around a different theme, for instance: Technology and Innovation, Art & Culture. Focused input in a classroom setting during the morning sessions prepares students for the afternoon trip that extends themes developed in the morning.
As well as discovering popular London sites and those lesser known, students will have plenty of opportunities to master new language, develop their meta-cognitive skills (Approaches to Learning) e.g. monitoring own progress, planning tasks, questioning skills as well as soft skills such as problem solving, team work, decision making, emotional intelligence throughout the course.
Each week focuses on a particular theme, such as culture, history, commerce, or the environment. Learners take part in a variety of fun yet challenging activities focusing on interactions with native English speakers to develop and test their skills. Lessons end with a review, in which the class considers linguistic learning opportunities from the day.
Confidence in speaking
Learners’ independence grows as they gain confidence in the English language and in their knowledge of London. In addition, they develop critical thinking skills, such as an ability to ask questions, research, analyse and evaluate.
Sample Excursion Programme
week 1 - cOSMOPOLITAN CITIES
DATES: 25 JUNE - 24 AUGUST
COURSE LENGTH: 1-4 WEEKS
CLASSROOM SIZE: 15-20
COST PER WEEK: £595
Hours of English per week (*): 27.5
Week: 5 days (Monday to Friday)
|DAY 1||Street Art: Street Art Tour and Workshop|
|DAY 2||Performing Arts: Drama lesson in Shakespeare Globe Theatre|
|DAY 3||Visual Arts: Tate Modern, National Gallery, Saachi, Victoria Miro, Serpentine Gallery|
|DAY 4||Music: Royal Albert Hall, Festival Hall, the Beatles shop, buskers|
|DAY 5||Fashion: Textile Museum, Victoria & Albert, Camden Market|
WEEK 2 - THE ART OF BUSINESS AND COMMERCE
|DAY 1||Finance: Bank of England Museum|
|DAY 2||Business: Manor House – Mayor of the City of London, City of London walk|
|DAY 3||Politics: City Hall, Westminster Palace, Parliament Square|
|DAY 4||Trade:Docklands, tea tasting, Cutty Sark, Maritime Museum, Docklands Museum)|
|DAY 5||Advertising: Oxford Street, Carnaby Street, Bond Street, Museum of Brands and Advertising|
WEEK 3 - TECHNOLOGY FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE
|DAY 1||Technology: The Royal Society, Science Museum|
|DAY 2||Architecture: RIBA, the Building Centre (NLA), V&A|
|DAY 3||Design: Design Museum, Geffrey Museum|
|DAY 4||Environment: The Crystal, Emirate Cable Car|
|DAY 5||Medicine: Medicine walk, Wellcome Collection, The Old Operating Theatrel|
WEEK 4 - LONDON'S STORIES
|DAY 1||Royal History: Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey
|DAY 2||London: London Museum, historical walk, Guildhall Roman ruins
|DAY 3||True Stories: Tower of London, the Monument
|DAY 4||Libraries: British Library, King’s Library, charity book shop, Waterstones, House of Illustration|
|DAY 5||Literature/fiction: Charles Dickens Museum, Sherlock H Museum, King’s Cross Rail Station|
(*) including all academic subjects and daily excursions.
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