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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