On arrival, students sit a placement test so that they can be allocated to classes based on their age and English language ability. Classes range from beginner to advanced with a maximum of 15 students in each class. Students have nineteen classes of English learning each week (15.8 hours). These classes are made up of 10 ‘main’ and 9 ‘subsidiary’ lessons. Students often work with partners or in small groups to complete tasks and projects. At the end of the course, students receive a certificate of attendance and a school report from their teacher to take with them back home.
Students are focussed on making progression in the four language skills: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Students work as individuals or in small groups to complete tasks and work from their textbooks. Though challenging, lessons are enjoyable and students who work hard are able to advance to a higher level class midway through the course. Students are divided into group by nationality to ensure English is being spoken at all times.
The subsidiary classes focus more on group work and class projects. Students work together to create newspapers, write and perform in theatrical plays, give presentations and make music videos.
Each project is tailored to the level of the class and designed to encourage students to communicate confidently. Projects take place over one or two weeks and are chosen by the class teacher. Prizes and certificates are handed out for the best projects.
In addition to projects, on the day before an excursion, students will learn about the city or attraction they will visit. This helps to give them background information to ensure they get the most out of each excursion. Often, students will be given assignments as homework when visiting a city, such as taking photographs, finding landmarks or writing about their day.