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Example Junior English Summer School Timetable
Students receive 15 or 20 hours of English language tuition per week. Lessons take place on five mornings (3 hours per morning) and, for 20 hour centres, on two afternoons (2.5 hours per afternoon). Each class is assigned two teachers: one for Lesson 1 and the afternoons, and one for Lesson 2.
To find out more about activity timetables please take a look at the individual pages for each Junior English Summer Study Centre where sample programmes are available.
On their first morning at school, all students take a placement test so that they can be assigned to a class according to their language level (and age).
This is followed by an Induction Lesson in which they are given information about the school and the local area, and are introduced to UK culture.
While new students are taking their test and being inducted, continuing students review the previous day’s excursion and then participate in a variety of interactive language games, with the emphasis very much on communication skills, especially speaking practice.
These lessons follow a syllabus which changes each week and is based on units from core textbooks appropriate to the age and language level of the class.
The focus is on functional language and skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading) rather than grammar exercises.
There is a Language Review at the end of the week so that students can revise and practise what they have learned.
Work on pronunciation is incorporated into every lesson, but there is also a dedicated pronunciation lesson using role plays, sound recordings and films.
Working on a project with their classmates increases students’ motivation and encourages them to organise their own work.
Students choose the theme for their project, which could be films, sport, music, shopping or anything they are interested in.
On alternate weeks, project work is integrated with ‘English in Action’ or linked with the end-of-week performances. In ‘English in Action’ students carry out research for their project by going into town and visiting shops and businesses or talking to people on the street.
Students write and prepare the class performance themselves, which gives them a chance to use language creatively, have fun together and show their dramatic skills to the full.
English in Action
This experiential learning tool gives students an opportunity to interact with native speakers in real life situations. It usually involves carrying out research in town by visiting shops and businesses or talking to people on the street. The research is brought back to the classroom where students design and write a presentation that they give to their classmates the following day.
English in Action can be linked to the project the students are exploring in the mornings so that language and learning are kept as relevant as possible to the students’ own interests.
Afternoon and Pre-Excursion Lessons
One afternoon focuses on UK culture and using language and media to explore cultural icons and events. On the final afternoon, on alternate weeks, students present their projects to their class, or give their class performance to the whole school.
In pre-excursion lessons, students prepare for their afternoon or weekend visits, learning relevant vocabulary and historical and local information.