Course Hours and Duration
How many lessons can I have a week?
You can choose between 15 – 20 hours a week.
How long do the courses last?
For as long as you want! The average course is for two weeks. I have some clients who are time-poor and therefore request a one-week course, whilst I may have others who can stay for three or sometimes even four weeks.
When does the course week start?
The course week runs from Sunday to Saturday. Sunday is what I call “Arrival Day” with lessons starting on Monday morning.
If you can arrive after 5pm on Sunday and depart by 11am on Saturday that would be appreciated.
How is the course planned?
On the first day of the course I will give you a Level Assessment test. In most cases, I will have already got a fair idea of your level in English from the Sunday evening. However, the assessment test will allow me to work out your awareness of grammar and vocabulary.
I will then discuss and agree your course plan by asking you questions about what your goals are, what you need your English for, what key areas you want to focus on during the course, who do you use your English with, for example, native speakers or non-native speakers of English.
If you’re studying English for work, what functions do you want to work on, for example, emails, the language of meeting, small talk, presentation skills.
The overall goal that all learners express is to have greater fluency. That is all very well but if a full immersion course of one to two weeks is going to be truly effective, we need to set specific and realistic goals that can be measured at the end of the course. So the first two hours of every course is always spent on assessment and designing a realistic and workable plan. Once agreed, the course objectives are reviewed once a week.
How do you teach?
I don’t follow coursebooks . My clients are my resource. You are such interesting people and you have so much to say so why would I need to follow a ‘boring’ coursebook?
I believe that the best form of engagement is to tap into my clients’ interests, job, and personality. I have had some wonderful discussions about such varied topics as the environment, fashion, literature, music, food,history. You will be amazed by how much language and grammar will come from these discussions.
If I am going to use resources, I will use a variety that is freely available on the internet, for example, the BBC, Ted Talks, YouTube, worksheets, magazines, newspapers, pictures, my clients’ documents and so on.
Are all your lessons formal?
My lessons can be held formally or informally. What do I mean? When I refer to ‘formal lessons’ I mean in a classroom scenario whilst ‘informally’ is out on the streets of London.
I am a true believer that the real value of a full immersion course is to experience the host city through the eyes of its residents. That doesn’t just mean living with a host family but experiencing the culture, noise, smells and hustle and bustle of your environment. And from a language point of view, there is no better way of seeing and connecting with a language than seeing it in context.
Some clients enjoy visiting London whether it’s the art galleries, museums, markets or simply walking around the city, so I will incorporate these outdoor activities into our course.
What should I bring with me?
A notebook and some pens and pencils would be good!! If you have a good dictionary please bring it with you. Many of my clients have online dictionaries which is fine.
If you have a laptop and/or tablet, please bring them with you. I work a lot with technology whether it is through videos, apps or looking through websites. I will often refer to learning websites and apps and may ask you to do some research online as part of your self-study. So a tablet or laptop would be extremely useful for you.
What is available?
You have a choice of staying with me (Homestay option) or organising your own accommodation.
The homestay option includes full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner), a double bedroom with private bathroom, free WiFi and access to an extensive DVD library of films in English for you to enjoy in our comfortable TV room. You will, of course, be part of our home life. You have access to our cross-trainer and are more than welcome to join us on Buster’s daily walks.
For photos of our home, click here.
If you decide to arrange your own accommodation, I will arrange for the lessons to be held either at your accommodation or I will hire a convenient venue in London.
When selecting your own accommodation I would ask you to look at the Central and South East London area. That will make it easier for me to get to you as Orpington is in the South East.
A Typical Day (Homestay Option)
I am often asked what a typical day looks like, so here it is:
08:00 – 08:45 Breakfast with David and me.
09:00 – 11:00 Lessons
11:00 – 11:20 Coffee Break
11:20 – 13:00 Lessons
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch with us
14:00 – 16:00 Lessons (for those of you on the 25 or 30 hour programme).
The rest of the day is free for you to do homework, work, visit London, and so on.
20:00 Dinner with us.
What are the fees?
My fees start from £814 per week. Please contact me here for full details of the course fees.
When are the fees payable?
A 20% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking to secure the dates and course. 40% is then due 4 weeks before the start of the course with the remaining 40% due on the first day of the course.
How do I pay?
You can pay via PayPal or International Bank Transfer details of which will be in the invoice I send you.
If you think my full immersion courses could be for you, please drop me a line here. I’d be delighted to hear from you.