Our students have English lessons at Weymouth College, which is a few minutes' walk from the beach and the centre of the town.
There are excellent facilities including interactive whiteboards in most classrooms, a computer suite, a canteen, sports hall, theatre and music and dance studios. Our students also have free access to the college's wireless internet system.
15 full hours of English lessons each week on the standard course and 19 hours on the intensive course. This includes the written and oral test, needs analysis and induction on the first day. Lessons are usually from 09:00 to 12:30 with a total break time of 30 minutes but may occasionally take place in the afternoon from 13:30 to 17:00 with a total break time of 30 minutes.
The extra lessons for students on the intensive course take place on 2 afternoons per week from 14.00 to 16.15 in smaller classes. This includes a 15 minute break.
The main objectives are to improve your communication skills, expand your vocabulary and develop your fluency, accuracy and confidence in using the language in everyday situations.
There is a lot of speaking and listening in the lessons. We also cover vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, reading and writing.
On your first day you will be asked to complete a needs analysis. This shows your teachers which areas of vocabulary and grammar they need to concentrate on. They will plan their lessons according to the needs of the class. You will learn and practise English in a meaningful, memorable and enjoyable way.
There are classes from lower elementary level up to advanced. We will put you in a class of the right level after you have done the spoken and written tests on the first day.
There will be a maximum of 15 students in your morning class, although there are normally fewer.
If you book the intensive course, there will be a maximum of 8 students in your afternoon class.
At the end of each week, you will take a short informal revision test. This will help you monitor your own progress and show you how much you have learnt.
Our teachers use a very flexible approach that combines various methodologies. In particular this includes communicative and skills-based approaches. Students often work in pairs or in small groups so they have a chance to speak as much English as possible. Games, songs, short videos, role-plays, discussions, mini debates, project work and drama techniques are used extensively to encourage the students to use the language they have learnt. Project work helps you to improve your language skills and to learn more about British life and customs.
Oh yes, you will! But don't worry; we believe you will learn best in lessons which are varied and stimulating, motivating and fun. We often have students who don't really want to spend their holiday in a classroom, but find that they really enjoy learning English with us.
The teachers have all been trained to teach English as a foreign language. They enjoy working with young people and try to ensure that their classes are lively and interactive. Their qualifications are internationally recognised.
Yes, on the last day you will receive a certificate. You will also receive a written report on the progress you have made during the course.
"I love the lessons. I have no time to be bored. I can learn new information. But most of all I remember is the teacher Andy. His lessons really interesting and amazing."
"The lessons are creative and fun. I've learned many new things. It's awesome"
"The subjects were varied, interesting. We had to be open-minded, to give our opinion and debate. The lessons were very good and every morning I was happy to go to school."