English plus Culture courses, popular with Japanese and more mature European students, generally place a greater emphasis on activities and less on academic learning but some students will still expect intensive English lessons. Students can choose how many hours they do and the balance of English lessons and activities. Each activity is counted as equal to 3 hours i.e. half-day activity. Activities do need to be planned and example plans are included in the Teacher’s Manual.
Typical activities include:
- visit to gardens
- countryside walks
- historical bulidings/architecture
- sports activities
- full-day city excursion e.g. Bath, Oxford, or London (at extra cost if outside your local area)
Quite often students will wait until they have arrived to discuss which activities are available. In these cases our advice to teachers is that they have a list of local activities (some free, others with a cost) they can present to the student as possibilities. Please see the Teacher’s Manual for information on fees, expenses and activity costs.
Many teachers planning their first culture course are keen to give their student a great experience of British life by including a whole host of activities. However you need to be realistic about what you can fit in, how much time each activity will take and you and your student’s budget.