Discovery Summer intensive English language courses

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LEARNING ENGLISH

Our programmes are intensive and designed to maximise the opportunities to improve your English and increase your confidence in understanding and using English. Classes are fun, active and creative - and activities help you develop your fluency. What better way to learn than amongst English friends?

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On our English & Multi-Activity courses the teaching programme is split between English Skills and English Workshops (for details of our other programmes, see each course centre page).


ENGLISH SKILLS

On arrival you will be tested, graded and placed in a class at the appropriate level. Our syllabus is based on the Trinity Exam in Spoken English/CEFR.

By collaborating in small groups you'll build your confidence in all skills e.g. in using grammar, new vocabulary, pronunciation, reading comprehension and writing in different styles.

You may change class as new levels open each week. This encourages you to interact with new people and build your confidence.

Our maximum class size is 12* international students. English children (Student Hosts) will work alongside you in most classes.

Each week you'll complete a learner review to help you and your teacher track your progress.

At the end of the course, you'll take home your student folder which includes Discovery diary entries, examples of your work, an academic end of course report, a DS Certificate and course photo.

*In exceptional circumstances, where levels dictate, this may be marginally exceeded.


LEVELS

Our level guide on each centre page will help you choose the most appropriate centre and programme.

CEFR (Common European Framework) levels:

A1 = Beginner

A2 = Elementary

B1 = Intermediate

B2 = Upper Intermediate

C1 = Advanced

C2 = Proficiency

Trinity GESE equivalent:

2

3, 4

5, 6

7, 8, 9

10, 11

12

View the level comparison guide for further details of levels.

Find our more about our High Level Courses for students of B2 level and above. High Level


ENGLISH WORKSHOPS

Our English workshops help you learn by creating, making, collaborating and discussing. It is a fun, interactive way to learn new vocabulary and grammar whilst improving your reading, writing, listening and, most importantly, your speaking skills.

Each week you choose a different workshop on a specific project e.g:

These 'English in Action' sessions encourage students to learn and develop through doing. You'll learn new vocabulary and work collaboratively in pairs or small groups.

Presentations take place in front of the whole school. This is invaluable practice in developing confidence, public speaking and presentation skills.


TECH WORKSHOPS

Animation

Explore the world of Animation! Create your own characters, develop a storyboard, and then bring it to life with a camera and Stop Motion Studio. Working in pairs you'll produce a short animated movie (1-2 minutes long) on the topic of your choice. Videos which are voted best will be shown to the school at the end-of-week presentations. (Shrewsbury 7.5hrs/week).

Digital Photography

You'll be introduced to the creative and technical aspects of Digital Photography. By studying the rules of photographic composition, you'll gain insight into making visually striking images with a camera. Arrange compositions as if they were a still life composition, create exciting optical illusions and apply editing techniques to your photographs to achieve extraordinary results. (7.5hrs/week)

Python Coding / Raspberry Pi

Create a simple computer application by coding it in the Python programming language. The Raspberry Pi workshop is an optional extension of the Python Coding workshop, building on skills you'll already have acquired. You will learn how to control and program external devices, such as LED, engines, sensors etc. Python programming language can be used to control electrical connections between external hardware and Raspberry Pi using the CPIO port. (7.5hrs/week)

Web Development

What makes a great website? Are you interested in computer science? This workshop introduces you to the technical aspects of Web Development. Following an introduction to important technical aspects, learn how to use 'Dreamweaver' and programming languages e.g. HTML and CSS to develop your own fully functioning web page. (7.5hrs/week)

FabLab - Lego Robotics

Simple programming software will be used to teach you how to use Lego sensors and motors to create new and unusual ways to interact with computers. Make a mini (and moving!) London Eye, a human piano or a take part in a class project such as creating a Harry Potter robot. You are sure to be amazed by the possibilities! (4.5hrs/week)

Python Coding / Minecraft / Raspberry Pi

Experiment with and explore the world of Minecraft! At its core, Minecraft is about making decisions that allow students to build and create. It is inherently about problem-solving - inspiring students' higher-level and critical thinking skills. When students work together, it builds a positive classroom climate, teaches the benefits of collaboration and facilitates teamwork.

Photoshop

You have probably heard of Adobe Photoshop but do you actually know how useful and important a tool it is and how it is used? Learn how to make subtle changes to images and how to completely alter them. Consider what makes an effective image and discuss, debate and explore some of the real life applications of these. If you are interested in design and technology, this workshop is perfect. (7.5hrs/week)

Web Design

What makes an attractive website? Are you interested in graphic design? This workshop introduces you to the creative aspects of Web Design. While half of the task in producing a great website is based on sound coding and design know-how, the other half is based on just having an intuitive sense of what looks good and what doesn't. In this English Workshop, through tools such as Adobe Photoshop, learn what impact content and layout have on great websites and how to produce interesting web pages that are visually striking. (7.5hrs/week)

TRINITY EXAM

This is optional and offered at extra cost (£80).

View the Trinity page for full information and a video.

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