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We will follow UK Government guidance with regard to safety measures in the classroom. The maximum student number in class will be reduced to 8, we will implement safe-distancing, staggered break times, regular thorough cleaning, hand sanitiser will be provided, classrooms will be well ventilated. 

Our homestay hosts will provide a safe, comfortable and friendly place to stay.  If you, or a member of your homestay family, becomes ill, you will self-isolate together.

Our priority is to do our best to keep our students safe. As a result there may be times when we may not be able to offer our traditional social programme.

Please see our Covid-19 Guidelines, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Coming to the UK: What do you have to do?

Some of our students have to self-isolate, take COVID-19 tests and complete forms. Below is a video of one of our students explaining what it was like for him. Always refer to the UK government website to find out what you need to do, and please contact us if you are unsure of anything.

Please always check your own country's travel regulations about entering and departing England.



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Teacher Development - Teaching Young Learners


These courses are designed to allow teachers to improve and practise their English while also allowing them to gain a greater understanding of the techniques and approaches that best serve the Upper Elementary School age group. The courses have a customised element to them and participants will be asked to complete a needs-analysis form before the start of the course.

Language Development

This part of the course is designed to help you improve your fluency and command of English in stimulating ways. We use a continuously updated range of resources, materials and approaches and cover areas such as: language practice, including idiomatic range, appropriacy and accuracy of expression, current usage, collocation, style and register, metaphorical and imaginative use of language, grammatical review, expansion of vocabulary, development of oral fluency and also pronunciation with emphasis on the features of connected speech.

Where possible, we try to exploit the Language Development stage of the course to show-case more creative ways of presenting and practising language. These will be techniques that the teachers may be able to adapt when they return to their countries.

Teaching Young Learners

This Young Learners option is aimed at teachers who teach or intend to teach English to students at Elementary School, aged from 8 to 12. We believe that effective teaching at this level is unlikely to be in isolation and that there will be basic elements of CLIL. We focus on: classroom language, strategies for integrating basic content and language, integrating games and projects into a syllabus and supporting students in the learning process. There are opportunities for teachers to participate in micro-teaching. Feedback is provided.

Where possible, teachers are encouraged to bring a copy of their course books or favourite materials with them so that there can be practical lesson-planning time.

Often the most valuable aspect of these courses is when teachers from around the world share ideas with the rest of the group.


This courses is aimed at teachers who teach English to Younger Learners aged 8-12. The teachers will have a minimum level of CEFr B1 and above.

Course dates 2022

  • Winter course: 10/01/2022 – 21/01/2022 (2 weeks)
  • Summer course 1: 18/07/2022 – 29/07/2022 (2 weeks)
  • Summer course 2: 01/08/2022 – 12/08/2022 (2 weeks)

Course fees 2022

  • Registration fee: £80
  • Tuition fee: £390 per week
  • Homestay accommodation (if required): £148 per week

Full terms and conditions of enrolment available here

Sample timetable

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09.00 - 10.30
11.00 - 12.30
Morning classes: language development
  Lunch break
13.45 - 14.45
15.00 - 16.00
Orientation tour of local area/Sports Focus on Teaching of Young Learners Half-day excursion
16.00 - 17.30 Optional supervised self-study

Enrolment Procedure

Enrolment Procedure Step 1 Complete our enrolment form
Enrolment Procedure Step 2 Submit your pre-course test and questionnaire
Enrolment Procedure Step 3 Once we have accepted your enrolment, pay a non-refundable deposit of £300 or the full amount. Click here for our Payment & Banking page.
Enrolment Procedure Step 4 Please tell us your travel plans when you have this information
Apart from starting your course on Day 1, we will also show your around the College and Broadstairs.
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