Here you will find all the latest news and updates from Wimbledon School of English.
Jaleska Mendes is a young tennis player from Brazil and she is living out her very own Wimbledon dream thanks to a number of generous donations and a crowdfunding campaign.
Jaleska has always shown a talent for tennis and her sporting achievements have just landed her a full scholarship at a US university. But before being accepted onto the course, she needs to improve her English and she has come to the UK to do just that.
For over a decade Jaleska has been involved in the WimBelemDon project in the city of Porto Alegrem southern Brazil. It is an initiative which encourages the inclusion of vulnerable young people through tennis and other activities. The name WimBelemDon is a combination of “Wimbledon” and “Belem Novo”, the neighbourhood in Porto Alegre where the project was founded. WimBelemDon has changed the lives of hundreds of young people over the past 15 years and now Jaleska has become an international ambassador for the organisation.
Jaleska’s stay in the UK has only been made possible thanks to a number of generous donations and without these Jaleska would never have been able to leave Brazil. Wimbledon School of English has provided a free course worth over £3000, while a Brazilian travel agency Egali Intercambio, whose headquarters are in Jaleska’s native Porto Alegre, paid for the flights and accommodation. WimBelemDon has also managed to raise over £2000 (11,000 Brazilian Reais) through crowdfunding website Kickante, which will cover Jaleska’s living expenses in the UK.
We asked Jaleska what she thought of the London and she said “My first impressions of the UK are incredible, I just love it. I can’t believe I am in Wimbledon and the school is fantastic, it’s so different to Brazil.” When we asked Jaleska what she was looking forward to seeing and doing in London, a visit to the All England Lawn Tennis was at the top of her list. No surprises there! “I want to thank all of the donors who made this trip possible and a special thank you to WimBelemDon, Egali Intercambio and Wimbledon School of English”
Here at Wimbledon School of English we think it is a real honour to be a part of this project and we think our school is the perfect choice for Jaleska. We are experts in preparing students for going on to university in English speaking countries and we are 100% committed to helping Jaleska reach her goals. We will also make sure she has plenty of opportunities to play tennis and we know she’ll be able to teach us a thing or two. We want to wish Jaleska all the best for the next three months; Wimbledon School of English will be supporting you every step of the way and you are a fantastic ambassador for both WimBelemDon and your country. Who knows, we might even see Jaleska at Rio 2016!
We are delighted to announce a new English language course for Wimbledon School of English. From 2016, we will be offering a full time Medical English course with start dates in January and July.
In 2015 we piloted this course with a mini group from Brazil and it was a roaring success and now we are looking forward to welcoming medical professionals and students from all around the world. This course is ideal for doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and all other healthcare professionals that wish to improve their English language skills in a context relevant to their career. It is also ideal for those studying for a degree in medicine or other disciplines related to healthcare. This course will help students communicate more confidently and accurately in English, teaching them specialist language and terminology. In class we will use real life scenarios and case studies which will prepare studnets for the type of situations healthcare professionals face on a daily basis.
Students will also have the option to prepare for the Occupational English Test (OET) in their spare time as part of our guided self-study programme. For those wishing to take the exam after their course, this can be arranged by the London Exam centre, which is a part of Wimbledon School of English.
You can find more detailed information on the course content here and the Wimbledon School of English team are always ready to help if you have any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org
See what our students say about the course
Our English and Culture course is one of most popular and unique options here at WSE.
The English and Culture is a 2 week long course for more mature students who would like to combine learning English with spending time getting to know London and British Culture.
English and Culture students enjoying Hampton Court Palace
The course combines lessons and excursions, meaning that it is the perfect ‘holiday course’. Lessons take place in the morning, with excursions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons as well as a full day excursion on Saturday.
The excursions include art galleries, stately homes, museums, beautiful gardens and other places of cultural interests. Students will improve their English whilst also learning about English culture, history and traditions through food, drink and trips and excursions!
Last year, we ran this course in the summer and we had a lovely group! The course was so popular, we decided to run more courses this year.
In 2015, we will run the English and Culture course 3 times:
7th April 2015 – 17th April 2015
10th August – 21st August 2015
5th October 2015 – 16th October 2015
Cambridge English TV have a released a great new video talking you through the Cambridge English exam and how it can help you. Our Academic Director, Fiona Dunlop, talks about the importance of the Cambridge exams and one of our current Cambridge English exam course students, Tayane from Brazil, explains why she chose to study for a Cambridge Exam.
Also, our garden looks great in the video!
A big thank you to Cambridge English for putting together such an interesting and informative video:
We're so excited to announce our seventh student residence: Grasmere!
Grasmere is a 6 bedroom house located 20 minutes by bus away from the school in the suburb of Morden. Each bedroom is large, with 2 shared bathrooms.
The house is a 5 minute walk from Morden underground station, and 15 minutes away from Wimbledon town centre by bus.
Grasmere has shared kitchen and living room facillities as well as a lovely large garden!
Last week we said goodbye to Shun, Shota and Tatsuya from Japan, who have been studying with us for the last 3 months.
Their course at WSE was arranged by their employer, Hitachi, and it was quite different to your average English language course. As well as studying General English and Communication Skills, the group had to prepare a presentation that they will deliver to an audience of 100 people, including their peers, HR staff and senior directors of Hitachi.
To help them prepare for this important presentation, WSE designed a tailor-made course which focussed not only on the language required for the content but also key presentation skills such as eye contact, positive body language and time management. Over the past couple of weeks, the students have practised their presentation in front of WSE staff and we were all very impressed! The students said that the teachers at WSE helped build their confidence and this has really helped with the presentation. They also said that the mini group sessions were very effective because the ratio of one teacher to three students allowed them to receive a lot of personalised attention.
Their presentation analyses the ideal car for Londoners, focussing on topics such as price, eco-friendliness and the driving experience. Some of the results were quite surprising, even for us Londoners! We are very pleased with the progress these three students have made since they joined WSE in June and they should be very proud of themselves. All three students have quite different levels of English language but they came together to create an unstoppable team. The presentation was thought provoking, engaging and well delivered and we are sure it will be a great success.
The Hitachi group pictured with their teacher Ritsya
We wish you all the luck in the world for the final presentation on Friday!
We are delighted to announce our nomination for the 2014 STM Star English Language School – Europe. Of all the schools in Europe, only six were shortlisted so we are very proud of this achievement.
The STM Star Awards are organised by study travel specialists Hothouse Media and allow study abroad professionals to recognise excellence in service and quality. With this in mind, it is a real honour to know that our partner agencies all around the world value our hard work and commitment to quality. We would like to thank each and every one of you that voted for us, what a perfect way to mark our 50th anniversary!
The STM Star Awards will be held on Saturday 30th August at the Park Lane Hilton and like every year, it promises to be a fun-filled and glamorous event. The WSE team is looking forward to catching up with friends and hopefully bringing home an award!
Wimbledon School of English is delighted to have received 15 out of 15 strengths in our most recent British Council inspection! We are the only language school to have achieved this.
The British Council carries out inspections to ensure that high standards are met across all areas of a language school. WSE is committed to delivering an outstanding student experience and receiving 15 strengths in our inspection is a perfect reflection of this. We look forward to welcoming many more students from all over the globe and showing them why WSE is the perfect place to learn English.
WSE’s strengths were noted in the following areas and the full report is available online http://www.britishcouncil.org/wimbledon_soe_full_2014_post_review.pdf
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