A Day In The Life of a Summer School Student in England

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Each summer, thousands of teenagers travel to England to take part in English language summer camps. What does a day look like for them? Here is a typical day for students at Weymouth English Centre.

Your "home" in England

Some summer camps for teens are residential, but students at WEC stay with host families to give them much more contact with the "real" England, the language and the English way of life. There might also be a student from a different country staying with your hosts. When you book your course, you can choose whether you want to have a single room or share with another student from a different country.

Soon after arriving, you will look at this as your "home" and your hosts as your "family".

Muesli or marmalade?

On a typical day you will wake up around 07:30. When you go downstairs, your host will get your breakfast for you - or you will be able to help yourself.

Breakfast can consist of the traditional bacon and eggs, but today most families have healthier options such as cereals, muesli or toast and marmalade.

If your host family has children of school age and you are there before the last week of July, those children will probably also be getting ready for school and having their breakfast with you. The first thing you will notice is that they all wear school uniforms: this is normal in England.

By the beach to college

Most students come to school by bus. Your host family will have shown you the nearest bus stop on your first day and you will have a bus pass which gives you unlimited travel on the buses in Weymouth. There are regular buses from all over town and most of them arrive at a central area near the beach. From there you have a short walk by the beach to get to the college: a wonderful and refreshing way to start the day! Of course if there is another student staying with your hosts, you will be able to travel together.

Learning can be fun!

When you arrive at college you will have time to talk to your new friends before lessons start at 9 o'clock. These are not lessons like you know them at home. You will learn new vocabulary and grammar but this will be in a practical context and you will have fun doing it. You will also learn about England and its culture, play games, learn about the places you will visit on your programme of activities and work on interesting projects.

The first lesson finishes at 10 o'clock, when you will have a 15-minute break. There are two more sessions, each of an hour with another break after the second session.

International students

On this international summer camp, the other students will all be aged between 13 and 17. They come from different countries and you will soon make new friends who might be from European countries such as Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Sweden, Belgium or from China.

Lunch at school

The lunch break starts at 12:30. You will get vouchers for the canteen, where you can choose your meal and a drink. You can eat your lunch with your friends - in the canteen or in a seating area outside.

You can choose your own programme of activities

After lunch you will go on an activity.

Before you even come to Weymouth you will be able to choose your own activities through the school's online system.

There are lots of different activities to choose from, with a range of sports such as beach volleyball, basketball, rounders, tennis and bowling, visits to places of interest in the area, a boat trip, Laser Quest, Sealife Centre and much more.

There is normally a half-day trip one afternoon each week, where you might choose to go to Durdle Door and Lulworth, a famous landmark on the Jurassic Coastline, or to Charmouth, where you can go fossil-hunting, or Dorchester, Portland or other places.

Once you have chosen your activities, you can login at any time up to 24 hours before an activity starts and change it for a different activity.

The school has a team of activity leaders and some of these leaders will accompany you on all your activities.

All the costs of the activities are included in the course price, so you don't have to pay anything extra to go on these events.

Special afternoon courses

If you book one of the special afternoon optional courses - sailing, windsurfing, outdoor adventure - you will go on these activities each afternoon from Tuesday to Friday.

If you book the intensive English course, you will have these extra lessons on two afternoons each week and other activities on the other afternoons.

Evening meal

When the afternoon activity is over, you will have some time before you go home for your evening meal. Sitting round the dinner table with your host family is another good time to practise your English.

Disco or talent show?

On four weekdays there are evening activities. Sometimes you can choose between several activities, on other evenings there are events for all the students together. These might include a disco, a talent show, games on the beach, a pizza and games evening or a film night.

One weekday evening is a family evening, when you will have time to spend with your host family or with friends. Some students watch a film with their hosts, others play games, some cook a typical meal from their home country for their hosts. It's a great way to get to know your "family", speak a lot of English and learn a bit more about the English way of life.

Weekends

On Saturdays there is a day trip, which you can also book when you plan your programme online.

There is a sightseeing day in London, where we show you the main sights. There might be a trip to Stonehenge and Salisbury, a day in Oxford or Bath: the trips are different each week.

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new friends on an international summer school