First Steps in English
- Sherbourne, England
First Steps in English
Small class sizes ensure that each student receives individual attention from their tutors, providing a learning experience which is unique to their needs. This close proximity between students and teachers fosters close relationships and a supportive environment, which builds confidence amongst the young learners and encourages them to succeed.
Teachers push students to achieve to the maximum of their potential, and set milestones and goals for each student, with constant evaluation. This sets the pace for each learner to surpass their academic expectations and achieve more than they thought possible.
In tandem with English language development, the course piques the intellectual curiosity of the learners by exposing them to a range of authentic sources from different academic subjects, which in turn develops their critical thinking skills as they discuss and analyse them.
The mix of nationalities in the classroom and the wide range of materials covered creates an international outlook amongst students, broadening their horizons and exposing them to new ideas, cultures and ways of thinking.
Objectives of the stay
To develop children's identities in English.
First Steps English
Sherbourne Priors is more than just a language school that supports and develops students with English as a second language. It offers stepping stones for students wanting to eventually enrol into a UK boarding school. It can offer programmes to support students’ specific needs; understanding academic subjects’ terminology in English, preparation for entrance school tests, confidence in presentation skills, mastering of conversational English and much more.
• English language lessons
Ranging from Elementary to Advanced, the lessons focus on the four skills of: speaking, listening, reading, and writing, using a full immersion method. The learning continues outside the classroom and conversational English is encouraged at all times, especially round the dinner table during mealtimes. Each week students participate in tests to monitor the progress made. Sherbourne tests include
Cambridge Starters, Movers and Flyers. For the older students (12 and 13 year olds) preparation for the Cambridge KET and PET is also available if requested. The exam supplement is £195.
• Subject lessons
Core subjects are taught in English for academic purposes, such as Maths, Science, History and Geography. Once requested, students can have lessons on subjects which they need to improve on.
The afternoon and evening workshops consist of sports, games and activities that encourage fluency and the spontaneous use of English. These include team building exercises that require cooperation in English to complete tasks, team games that encourage sportsmanship, and arts and crafts to inspire creativity and self expression.
The ability to speak and write with confidence and accuracy, whilst feeling comfortable using the language.
Accommodation for all learners in a secure residence with a single bed, with all meals included.
The Experience of Living in Sherbourne
Sherbourne Priors school is located in the heart of Warwickshire, approximately 150km from central London and 130km from Heathrow airport. The picturesque scenery is host to several places of historic interest including Warwick Castle, the baths at Royal Leamington Spa and Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford Upon Avon.
Sherbourne Priors School is located in a very intimate setting in an English Manor House where staff and students live, learn and play together. The school is set in five acres of grounds, creating an extended classroom and playground, especially in the summer months.
Sherbourne Priors encourages children to speak English through a fully immersive programme. Outside of formal lessons in the classroom, children follow an afternoon programme of communication and skills workshops through games and activities, designed to encourage fluency and build confidence in speaking. The social programme also offers a sports activity which is an important part of each day, especially for this young age group.
The evening programme focuses on cultural and leisure activities which offers a lot of enjoyment and further enhances their learning experience.
Examples of afternoon activities include: Treasure hunt, selfie challenge, art activities, baking; swimming, badminton, volleyball, football, dancing.
Examples of evening activities include:; Quiz night, team games, fashion show, movie night
The price includes 30 hours of tuition per week, full-board accommodation in a secure residence and a cultural programme.