Ten day course (ages 10-14 group size three to six)
This course will appeal to children who are just beginning to learn English (beginners/lower intermediate) because the teaching is combined with many enjoyable afternoon activities linked to English culture and well known stories.
This is the best way to absorb a language in a meaningful way.
This course is suitable for children newly arrived from abroad to live in Britain, children holidaying in the UK with their parents, a small group from a school or for the adventurous, the child who wants to have a holiday all by him/herself !
Special pick ups and drops or full escorts can be arranged (from any UK city) if requested!
Telephoning home and emailing is available at all times and parents/guardians are invited to phone at any time. Also, if a family member would like to visit their child half way through they are more than welcome to do so. There are lots of B-and-Bs and small hotels for a parent/friend to stay near by. On request, a parent can stay the first night in ‘Trelugga’ for their child to be ‘settled’.
One of us will be around all through the night for home sickness and to ensure everyone gets a peaceful night’s sleep. An adult student (part of our team) will also be sleeping with the children to help with the midnight feasts and tell stories!
This special thing about this course is that it also offers the chance for children to escape from the constraints of living in a city to enjoy the freedom of living in the countryside away from noise and pollution.
Due to our rural location, close to the seaside, you will have the opportunity to make sandwiches and go on picnics, go down to the sea to look in the rock pools, go pony riding, make a traditional fruit pie, sleep a night in a tent, visit a mixed farm, go blackberry picking, take a boat ride, visit a seal sanctuary and visit a chocolate factory.
You will be encouraged to speak English all of the time in Trelugga but also when you go outside you will be taken to the nearby cliff top cafe to order your traditional cream tea; you will go to an ice cream parlour and dairy farm to choose your ice cream; you will go to the local post office to buy your postcards and stamps (bring your addresses with you), ask for your tickets at the local art gallery, museum or theatre and you can practice speaking English to the guide when you go down the tin mine.
For the ambitious students you may like to write out your survey questionnaires and go down to our local fishing village to practice your questions! Or prepare some questions to ask a local conservationist.
Each day there will be a follow up session to ensure that all new vocabulary, expressions and grammar have been understood and written down. Some of you may like to accompany this with keeping a daily diary, writing a picture poem or drawing some sketches of your experience that day.
In the free time, as well as relaxing and having conversations, reading novels in English, painting, drawing, listening to music on the old record player and doing creative things will be encouraged.
Some of you may collect wildflowers and press them during your time here, some of you may like to make some traditional rose water from the rose petals or make a lavender bag to take home as a gift. Some of you may like to make a collage of your experience sticking on card your tickets and pamphlets collected. Some of you will share your photographs. There will be the chance to make an A to Z scrapbook recording the experiences you have had.
It is during this time also that you can seek out some extra individual help and practice in English should you want it!
Sometimes we will be out in the evenings, watching a film, going to the Minack theatre, going on an evening walk, eating at the local cafe but the last night will be a special one, spent around a campfire!
When you leave this course not only will your English have improved but also you will take back lots of happy memories of your time spent in Cornwall!