A few questions about education abroad
Readers' questions are answered by Anastasia Alipova, Manager for Education Abroad, Intellect Tour
First at home, then in England?
I never learned English, and now I need it for work. What do you advise: to master the language base in Russia, and then go to England or is it better to go abroad immediately? Irina, Voronezh
Some schools offer courses designed for those who start training from scratch, and if you need to master conversational vocabulary, then such programs are ideal for a start. But if you need business English, then for successful training you will already need to have certain language skills. Of course, the ideal option is this: first you go to England for a beginner course, improve at home, and then book a business English course. For example, London School of English offers excellent courses in both general colloquial and business English.
I would like not just to choose a good language school, but to feel the atmosphere of English life. What do you advise? Margarita, St. Petersburg
To feel the atmosphere of English life, you should choose one of the Canterbury Language Training courses in the small town of Canterbury. Ancient buildings, narrow streets, the majestic Canterbury Cathedral and elderly ladies in immaculate hats - all this makes an indelible impression on the inhabitants of megacities. Once every two weeks, teachers of the school conduct a city tour, which is included in the price of the program.
Another great option is a course at Regent Trebinshun in Wales. Students here study and live in one complex of buildings - an old castle. This will help you to immerse yourself in the English language environment as much as possible, and also allow you to study with the greatest return, since most of the time you will be in contact with teachers.
Regent Trebinshun School (Wales) Located in Brecon, an hour's drive from the capital of Wales, Cardiff. It is located in Trebinshun House, a 16th-century mansion set in beautiful countryside in a national park. Regent Trebinshun School is equipped with the latest technology, while up to 14 students are enrolled here. Many teachers of the school worked in the field of business, and all have significant experience in teaching business English. It offers courses lasting from one to three weeks, including English for HR specialists, English for marketing, sales or negotiations. In addition to language classes at Regent Trebinshun, you can also go horse riding, fishing, play croquet, tennis, darts, and rent bicycles.
Canterbury Language Training (Canterbury) is located in the center of Canterbury, close to all business centers, hotels, shops. Canterbury has excellent road and rail links. Dover and the famous English Channel Tunnel are a 30-minute drive away.
Canterbury Language Training is an independent branch of The London School of English, while the school accepts no more than 20 students per week. A specially developed teaching methodology is used exclusively within the school. The training programs are modular, this system allows you to vary the duration, structure and intensity of the programs depending on the needs of students.
The most interesting places in Wales
In two months, I am going to take a language course at Regent Trebinshun in Wales. Advise which of the sights to see nearby? Oleg, Surgut
On weekends, you will certainly be offered excursions in the surrounding area. First of all, you should go to Stradford-upon-Avon - the city where Shakespeare was born. On the tour you will hear various versions of who the famous English writer was, you will see the house where he lived, and in the evening you can visit the Royal Shakespeare Theater. In addition, nearby is Bath - a unique town built by the Romans on natural thermal springs, it is listed as a UN World Heritage Site. Be sure to go to Gloucester - the main river port in the UK, which is rightfully considered one of the most picturesque places in the country.
In a group with students
I have long wanted to study English, but I am confused by the prospect of being in a group with 19-year-old students. How to choose a school and program to avoid this? Maria, Moscow
You have nothing to worry about, because age is necessarily taken into account when distributing to groups. In addition, many schools offer, for example, 50+ language courses. In more detail about the age of students they will tell you in educational agencies that will help you choose the right program and not overshoot with age.
Classes after classes
I want to speak the language as much as possible. What schools organize events after classes so that there is more language practice? Daria, Samara
Such events suit many schools, and they can be not only evening, but also daytime. For example, during training in one of the Canterbury Language Training programs, in the interval between classes, students go to lunch with the teacher and practice informal English in informal settings.
At OISE Cambridge and OISE Oxford, students are offered three evening activities per week. This can be a walk around the surroundings, a trip to the theater or an evening devoted to the culture and traditions of the countries from which the students arrived.
Choose a school
So many schools and universities are now offering that it is very difficult to choose the right program. What should I pay attention to? On official sites, all schools are described as the best and oldest. By what signs can we understand that a school is really worthy? Are there any troubling calls that will immediately tell you that it’s not worth going to school? Olga, Moscow
There are so many schools and programs that it can be difficult to figure out without the help of a professional. Try to contact educational consultants - they will help you choose the option that is right for you, since the same reviews that you can see on the Internet are often subjective. Talk with friends: for sure among them there are those who were satisfied with the work of an educational consultant. In your case, word of mouth is the best adviser.
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