Teachers of English in European schools plan short educational trips for their pupils in the UK once or twice a year. Their aim is to bring language to life for their pupils. They achieve this by having the pupils stay with local families where they can use their English in real settings. They also plan visits to historical sites, museums, towns and villages and explore the countryside and landscape of the different parts of Great Britain. Above all, they achieve this by enrolling their pupils on an English language course in the mornings when they have the opportunity to work with native English teachers.
Our aim on school group courses is to build pupils’ confidence in using their English in the community at their own level, particularly with their host families. As the stays are short, we ask the teachers to put their pupils into ability levels before they travel. The emphasis is to build fluency with a focus on pronunciation, including stress, intonation and rhythm. Teachers use a variety of interesting activities to stimulate communication including games, songs and role play. They also link the course materials to the specific cultural visits of each group.
- 3 hours of English lessons in the mornings in classes of maximum 17 students
- Every class works with two different teachers each day
- Average group size is 49 pupils aged 12-17 from one school led by their teachers
- Smaller or larger groups can be accepted by agreement
- Full-board or half-board accommodation in host families – 2/3/4 students per family
- Families bring the pupils to the meeting point every morning and pick them up every evening according to the programme
- Pupils stay with the host families in the evenings. They are not allowed out on their own
- Educational visits and excursions in the afternoons (leaders can either do their own bookings or ask Mercator to do it for them)
- Free places for 1 leader per 15 students. Accommodation in host families in single or shared rooms
- Daily “meet and greet” with full emergency back-up service
- Groups usually travel in their own coach. If not, we arrange a local coach for airport transfer and daily local transport
A Typical Programme based in St. Austell (Cornwall):
Day 1 Arrival at the Meeting Point in the early evening / meeting families
Day 2 Language Course in the morning – Eden Project in the afternoon
Day 3 Language Course in the morning – Falmouth and Pendennis Castle in the afternoon
Day 4 Language Course in the morning – Cricket in the afternoon
Day 5 Language Course in the morning – Tintagel Castle and Boscastle in the afternoon
Day 6 Language Course in the morning – St. Michael’s Mount and St. Ives in the afternoon
Day 7 Departure in the morning from the Meeting Point
Full price list with terms and conditions available on request.