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English Christmas Course in London
What better way to learn English than in England’s capital? Our Kensington school is one of the only English-language centres that remains open over the festive period, meaning you can continue to improve your language skills whilst surrounded by some of the most famous cultural and historical landmarks in the world. Uncover the eventful stories of the Tower of London, the magnificent Westminster Abbey - where monarchs are crowned and famous names including Charles Dickens, Isaac Newton, and Charles Darwin are buried - and the mind-blowing displays at the Natural History Museum! Amidst all the hustle and bustle of London, you’ll find peaceful oases like Hyde Park and Regent’s Park. Opposite Regent’s Park and London Zoo lies Primrose Hill, from which you can enjoy stunning panoramas of the city. Alternatively, ride the London Eye, Europe’s tallest ferris wheel; right beside the River Thames, it gives you unrivalled views from the very heart of the city.
London is even more vibrant than usual during the seasonal period, with huge sections of the city sporting Christmas lights. The city hosts several ice rinks over the festive period, including the Skylight rink at Tobacco Dock, offering excellent views of London’s skyline. There’s also lots of festive attractions, including the famous South Bank Market and a myriad food festivals. If you enjoy the theatre, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this time of year, though shows such as the National Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker or Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on the famous Old Vic stage are always a hit. Whatever you do with your time here, you’re sure to have an unforgettable English-language experience!
Our Christmas course in London opens on Monday 23rd December 2019 and consists of 12 group lessons in the first week and 16 group lessons in the 2nd week. English classes take place between 09:00 and 12:45 Monday to Friday (with a short break in-between). There is a maximum of 14 students per group, allowing you to receive personalised attention from your teacher and get lots of language practice. Social and cultural activities take place in the afternoons and evenings. You can add accommodation to your tuition package; if you select the residence option, you’ll receive a whopping £75 discount!
This school is closed on 25th and 26th December 2019 and 1st January 2020. These closures are reflected in the price of the programme.
This programme also includes:
• course materials
• guided walks to the city’s most famous attractions
• social and cultural activities as offered by the school
• a riverboat trip to Greenwich
• extra language workshops
• visits to Winter Wonderland and other seasonal attractions
• a farewell supper
Accommodation can be included in this package as an added extra.
Duration: 1 or 2 weeks
Course dates: 1 week = 23rd to 27th December 2019. 2 weeks = 23rd December 2019 to 3rd January 2020.
Accommodation dates: 1 week = 22nd to 28th December 2019. 2 weeks = 22nd December 2019 to 4th January 2020.
Age: Minimum 17 years (minimum 18 years if booking residence accommodation)
Level: This course is suitable for students who already have some experience with English, so is not appropriate for complete beginners. Tuition is available right up to advanced level.
Accommodation is not included in this package as standard but can be added for an additional fee. The below options are available between Sunday 22nd December 2019 and Sunday 5th January 2020.
For a well-rounded language experience, we highly recommend that you stay with a local homestay host. With this option, you’ll have a private bedroom and share the lounge and bathroom with your host(s) and any other students in the home. Some hosts can offer access to a private bathroom (subject to availability). Meals are provided by your host; you can choose a breakfast-included or a half-board package. Dinnertime presents an excellent opportunity for socialising - giving you invaluable language practice outside the classroom - so we recommend that you select the half-board option. Your host(s) will clean your room once a week, though you should keep your space tidy throughout your stay. Hosts mays do your laundry for you, give you access to the home’s laundry facilities, or advise you on local public laundry services (not all London homes have a washing machine). Bed linens are included but towels are not, so you should bring your own. In a city the size of London, you should expect to travel up to one hour from your accommodation to the school.
Please note: students under the age of 18 MUST book homestay lodging with this package.
Alternatively, we can add accommodation in the school’s student residence in Hammersmith, which is just 15 minutes away from the school on the underground. This residence offers self-catering studios with en-suite bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchenette, and a study space. Bed linens are included but towels are not, so you should bring your own. The building has its own laundry room, with coin-operated machines that you can use during your stay. You are responsible for keeping your room/studio clean and tidy, though you can arrange a cleaning service on-site for an additional fee. You’ll have access to the building’s facilities, which include a games room, a lounge area, a gym, a dining room, a communal kitchen, a first-floor courtyard, and secure bicycle storage. When you select this accommodation option, you’ll receive a whopping £75 discount on the cost of your Christmas course, thanks to a special seasonal deal this school is offering!
If you prefer, you are welcome to book just your tuition with us and arrange your own lodging in London. Students under the age of 18 will not eligible to stay in the student residence and will therefore need to arrange their own accommodation.
Please contact us for more information on these packages.
To complement your language tuition, our school also offers an extensive selection of social and cultural activities.
• guided visits to local museums and monuments
• trips to local Christmas markets
• English film screenings
• river boat trip to Greenwich
• language workshops and seminars
• visit to Winter Wonderland and other seasonal attractions
• social events as organised by the school
• Christmas dinner with your teachers and fellow students
• trip to London’s New Year’s Day parade
• half-day excursions to local points of interest
All activities are conducted in English, which means you’ll be able to practice your language skills even when outside the classroom. Most of the activities offered in alongside this programme are Christmas-themed; you’ll therefore get a lot of insight into English festive traditions, as well as learning about London’s long history. Some activities may incur an additional fee to cover entrance and/or transportation costs.
How to get there
Optional airport transfers to and/or from local airports can be arranged at an additional cost, which will take you directly to your accommodation. Please contact us for more details about the locations in which this service can be arranged.
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