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English Club 50+ courses, Edinburgh
For a combination of natural beauty and rich history, come to learn English with us in Scotland’s breathtaking capital city. Edinburgh is a historical jewel!
The unique character of the city is determined by two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress and the neoclassical New Town. Development of the New Town has made a huge impact on urban planning throughout the rest of Europe! The combination of these two areas of Edinburgh, each filled with impressive and important buildings, creates a truly stunning urban landscape. Edinburgh is described by many as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Both the New and Old Town were together declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
Discover the world-famous castle, situated on the top of a volcanic rock. Take in the outstanding, panoramic views from the summit of Arthur’s Seat (250m high), the tallest of Edinburgh’s seven hills and another impressive feature of the city’s skyline. Visit the historic Grassmarket, with its fine Victorian buildings, coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques. Stroll down Princes Street, through Princes Gardens and soak up the atmosphere of the Old Town with its cobbled streets and the famous Royal Mile, dating from medieval times.
Our school in Edinburgh is situated in the most prestigious area of the city centre. Here you can improve and expand on your English language skills whilst enjoying spectacular views of the Old Town and the castle!
There are 14 well-equipped, modern classrooms, all with interactive screens. Other facilities in the school include a multi-media centre, a library from which students can borrow books and DVDs, a lounge area with plasma TV and DVD facilities, as well as snacks and drinks machines.
Courses in Edinburgh
The Club 50+ course at our school in Edinburgh is ideal for all mature students aged 50 or above, who have a minimum English level of intermediate (B1). The course is offered five times per year, for either 1 or 2 weeks in duration. Please contact us for further details regarding the specific course start dates. Students receive 15 general English classes and 5 speaking and listening classes each week, in the mornings. In the afternoons there is a captivating selection of cultural visits, events and excursions to take part in.
This course is specifically and carefully designed to help you to learn or to improve your language skills in all areas. This means that attention is given to vocabulary, grammar, speaking (fluency and accuracy), pronunciation, reading, listening and writing. The overall aim is to help you to gain in confidence in speaking and using English in every-day communication.
Outside of the classrooms you can immerse yourself in the art and the history of the city of Edinburgh with a varied and exciting cultural programme of activities, intended just for the over 50s.
- Full induction and tour on arrival
- 20 English classes per week
- Course materials
- Use of study centre
- Free wireless internet access
- End of course certificate
- 3 half-day excursions per week
Living with a host family is the perfect way to surround yourself with English life and culture. You will have the opportunity to work on your language skills, to make meaningful and lasting relationships and to get to know this part of the world, through the eyes of the local people.
This type of accommodation allows students to expand their horizons! You will discover aspects and characteristics of Edinburgh city and its surroundings, which are not necessarily accessible to every tourist or other visitor to Scotland!
Our school in Edinburgh offers homestay accommodation on a bed and breakfast, or half-board basis.
All of the host families are selected and monitored on a regular basis by the accommodations officer at the school. Please let us know at the time of your booking if you have any special requirements or any special dietary needs.
The accommodation is available either from the Sunday before your course starts, until the Sunday after your course finishes, or alternatively from the Saturday before your course starts, until the Saturday after your course finishes. Please inform us as far in advance as possible of any extra nights required. Shared bedrooms are available with host families for two students who are travelling together.
During your stay in Edinburgh you will be able to explore the whole city at a laid back pace. There are many sights not to be missed, such as Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral, the Royal Mile, Gladstone’s Land and Princes Street Gardens.
The city is compact and it is very easy to find your way around. One of the most enjoyable ways to discover the sights of Edinburgh is on foot. It takes only 20-30 minutes to reach attractions on the edge of the city, such as the King’s Theatre in the south, or the Royal Botanic Garden in the North, from Princes Street in the city centre.
Depending on the weather, you may prefer to travel by bus or by tram. The bus and tram routes in the city are extensive and easy to use.
Your Club 50+ English Language programme at our school includes 3 scheduled historic or cultural activities each week, usually from 16.00 hours until 18.00 hours in the afternoon. These activities are for our mature students only and include guided visits to attractions such as the Royal Museum of Scotland, the Scotch Whiskey Heritage Centre, the Palace of Holyrood House and a trip to Edinburgh Castle.
The Club 50+ course is suitable for all mature students aged 50 and over, with a minimum B1 (intermediate) level of English, who wish to socialize with other students of a similar age.
Choose this programme with us in Edinburgh for the breathtaking views, defined by hills, cathedrals and the stone towers of the medieval castle! Take a step back in time as you absorb the panoramic views of this attractive city whilst improving your English language skills at the same time.
How to get there
Edinburgh airport is located just 12km from the city centre and the journey takes around 30 minutes by taxi.
Our school offers an airport transfer service on request. Please mention this at the time of your booking and we will ensure that a member of staff meets you at Edinburgh airport, to take you to your accommodation in the city centre.