Open Minds: Learning in English
The Open Minds course is at the cutting edge of educational thinking. Against a backdrop of education systems ever more focused on exam results and the memorising of content, this course looks to provide a richer, broader and ultimately more rewarding educational experience for its students.
The course focuses on a diverse range of thematic topics designed to challenge an incredibly wide range of academic skills, including critical-thinking, collaboration, research and analysis, project management, independent learning and creativity.
The course consists of four modules, each one week long. The first part of the course involves delivered content designed to educate and inspire and to engage with the topics in academically challenging ways and to learn to see things from new perspectives. Each of the modules will then have a collaborative project to complete based on the content of the module which provides the assessed content of the course. These projects may involve, for example, a newspaper or pamphlet, a presentation, a research paper, an essay, a short film or a wide range of other projects to be agreed between the students and their lecturer. Each project is assessed and given a score which is combined with a score for effort during the course to give the final grade of PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION.
A grade of Distinction on the Open Minds course should be considered an educational accolade of the highest order. Having said this, the course’s core aim is to instill in its students a passion for learning and a thirst for knowledge whilst developing a creative thought process and a willingness to take risks and challenge themselves intellectually. As such, effort and creativity of thought will be highly rewarded.
Although the course involves no specific language teaching, it will without question offer a huge opportunity to polish and perfect language skills although we do suggest that the course is better suited to higher levels (intermediate and above). An academic enrichment programme, taking place during the evenings, supports the course and includes theatre trips, study groups, workshops and guest speakers.
The course will be of particular interest to those who are coming from international schools and are looking to join a British private school or university or simply those who relish an academic challenge or are seeking educational inspiration and development. The course involves a pre-course task to assess the candidate’s suitability for the programme.
Example modules for the Open Minds course (subject to change):
|How Do We Know? An exploration of Theory of Knowledge and Critical Thinking.|
|Being Human, Playing Humans: How great works of literature and drama explore and define some of the crucial questions about our humanity. Involves acting!|
|Ethics and Morality: A global perspective.|
|Moving Mindsets, Shifting Paradigms: Discovering the transformative power of film.|