Winter English Language Programme

for juniors aged 7-17

January - February 2020

English language, culture and adventure for juniors

Our winter programme for juniors combines classroom-based study with exciting excursions where students practise their language skills and develop their vocabulary and understanding in real-life situations.

Add some fun adventure activities, such as climbing, abseiling and archery, and it all adds up to an experience they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.

We are accredited by the British Council for the Teaching of English in the UK, and all our residential centres are managed by trained and experienced PGL staff.

How does it work?

Fixed duration and dates: – Sunday arrivals and departures. (minimum 1 week - maximum 6 weeks)

English Classes: Students receive 15 hours of teaching each week in enjoyable, interactive classes with no more than 15 students per class. All teachers are CELTA (or equivalent) qualified.

Cultural Excursions: Two full-days and a half-day each week are allocated for excursions; one to London and one to either Oxford, Windsor, Bath or Stratford-upon-Avon. These visits allow students to improve their fluency and confidence in English, while seeing the sites, or even doing some shopping. PGL centre staff lead each excursion and provide support, information and the benefit of their local knowledge.

Adventure Activities: Every PGL centre has an exciting range of on-site adventure activities such as climbing and abseiling, zip wire, giant swing, raft-building and canoeing - all supervised by experienced English-speaking activity instructors. Your students develop their conversational English while enjoying fun, outdoor activities.

Evening Entertainment: Every evening our teams provide an entertainment programme filled with games, quizzes and other activities to keep the group occupied. There is also the potential for students to mix with English-speaking children and further develop their English skills.

What's included

  • Accommodation and all meals
  • Airport transfers on scheduled dates from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports
  • All entrance fees to attractions
  • Language-level test, workbook and certificate
  • Project/culture day

Activities

Our exciting outdoor activity sessions, supervised by trained PGL staff, develop your students personally and socially.

Select an activity for a full description

A typical itinerary for this course

Sample programme for an 8-day English Language Course
  Morning Afternoon Evening
Day 1   Arrival, orientation & time to settle in  Wacky Races
Day 2 English Lessons Adventure Activities - e.g. Archery  Passport to the World
Day 3 Full-day excursion to London    Team Challenge
Day 4 English Lessons Adventure Activities - e.g. climbing Campfire
Day 5 Full-day excursion to Oxford   Quiz
Day 6 English Lessons Adventure Activities - e.g.Giant Swing Ambush
Day 7 English Lessons Adventure activities - e.g. Mini Olympics Disco
Day 8 Project/Culture Day  English Lessons  
Sample full-day excursions
  Excursion 1 Excursion 2
Week 1 London
British Museum & Oxford Street
Oxford
Walking tour & visit to Christ Church College
Week 2 London
Visit the London Eye. Walking tour of South Bank & Covent Garden
Bath
Walking tour & visit to the Roman Baths
Week 3 London
Madame Tussauds & Hard Rock Café
Windsor
Windsor Castle & shopping
Week 4 London
Tower of London & walking tour
Stratford-upon-Avon
Shakespeare’s birthplace & walking tour
Week 5 London
Visit the London Eye. Walking tour of the South Bank & Covent Garden
Oxford
Walking tour & visit to Christ Church College
Week 6 London
Natural History Museum. South Kensington & Chelsea walking tour & Thames river cruise
Bath
Walking tour & visit to the Roman Baths

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes include:

  • Improved spoken and written English from formal classroom learning
  • Improved confidence and enjoyment from using English in real-life situations, such as shopping and sightseeing
  • Integration with children from other countries also learning English
  • Direct experience and understanding of Britain’s historical and cultural heritage from excursions
  • Personal organisation and responsibility
  • Supporting and encouraging others
Barton Hall

Barton Hall

London Heathrow airport - 3½ hours
Bristol airport - 1¼ hours

Bawdsey Manor

Bawdsey Manor

London Heathrow airport - 2 hours
Ashford International - 2¼ hours

Beam House

Beam House

Bristol airport - 2 hours
Heathrow airport - 3½ hours

Boreatton Park

Boreatton Park

Birmingham airport - 1½ hours
Manchester airport - 1½ hours

Caythorpe Court

Caythorpe Court

London Heathrow airport - 2 hours
Birmingham airport - 2 hours

Dalguise

Dalguise

Glasgow airport - 1½ hours
Edinburgh airport - 1 hour

Liddington

Liddington

Gatwick Airport - 1¾ hours
Heathrow Airport - 1¼ hours
Bristol Airport - 1¼ hours
St Pancras (Eurostar) - 1½ hours

Little Canada

Little Canada

Gatwick airport - 2½ hours
London Heathrow airport - 4 hours

Marchants Hill

Marchants Hill

London Heathrow airport - 1 hour
Gatwick airport - 1½ hours
Ashford International - 1½ hours

Osmington Bay

Osmington Bay

London Heathrow airport - 2 hours
Gatwick airport - 2½ hours

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi

NEW for 2020!
Gatwick airport - 1 hour 20 minutes
Ashford International - 55 minutes

Windmill Hill

Windmill Hill

Gatwick airport - 1 hour
Ashford International - 1 hour

Winmarleigh Hall

Winmarleigh Hall

Manchester airport - 1 hour
Birmingham airport - 2 hours