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11th July - 7th August 2021


Applications for School of English and Culture summer courses for 2021 are now open. If you were previously booked on to a 2020 course and did not ask for your booking to be cancelled, your place is secure and your application can be completed at your earliest convenience.

In the current climate of uncertainty, we realise that circumstances may alter between now and next summer. We will be as flexible as we possibly can if Covid-19 means your plans need to change and you can request a refund at any time up to 30 June 2021 without losing your deposit.

You can also rest assured that we will operate in line with government guidelines around social distancing and safety to ensure the wellbeing of all our guests and staff.

Course comparison

Note this is only a guide, not a guarantee.

Course comparison


Open English

Open Minds

English level All levels, from Elementary upwards ( Recommended for CEFR A1 - B2*) Aimed at higher levels, Intermediate (CEFR B1*) and above
Length of course 2- or 4-week courses 2- or 4- week courses consisting of four modules, each module will be completed over a two-week period  
Application procedure Short phone or Skype interview Phone or Skype interview followed by pre-course task
Core skills The course is communicative and interactive and focuses on grammar, vocabulary, listening, reading and speaking skills with a strong emphasis on using the language to explore ideas and communicate about big issues. The course is also communicative and interactive but focuses on critical thinking, collaboration, research and analysis, project management, independent learning and creativity.
Course content Each course follows a syllabus of core grammatical structures and listening/reading activities which are used as the foundation for discussion and debate and gives the students the confidence to use their new skills. The course uses authentic materials wherever possible and is rooted in real-world contexts. Four two-week modules each based around a specific theme. Each module involves one week of guided discussion and research (depending on the module) followed by one week of collaborative, project-based work. Each module is taught by a different teacher with a passion and expertise for their subject.
Assessment A project presentation at the end of each two-week course based on the syllabus for that course. The project score is then combined with a score for effort which gives the overall grade of either PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION. The assessment for this course varies depending on the module but assessments could include: a presentation, short film, newspaper/pamphlet, theatre production or essay. Each assessment is designed to allow the student to demonstrate what they have learnt during the module but also gives the freedom to develop their ideas and use their creativity to demonstrate the independent journey that they have taken with their learning. Each project is presented and the students then reflect on their learning during the course to give themselves a score, this score is then combined with a grade for effort during the course to give the final grade of PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION.

*Have a look at the image below to see how the CEFR levels correspond to our Open English and Open Minds courses.