David Franks with a student
More à la carte than tourist menu

The content of the course varies from student to student and so will depend on your level and needs. We discuss this before the course and again at the first lesson. In fact, monitoring the content, the relevance and the student’s satisfaction is a continuing process.

Our courses are limited to a maximum of ten days and to people with at least an Intermediate level (CEF B1 or B2 for those who know this EU system). We feel this is generally long enough and we also believe students need to have a certain level of English to gain the full benefit from this type of course. At a lower level, it is very unlikely to be cost-effective because there is so much to absorb.

The schedule

A normal week’s programme, with 25 hours of teaching, might look like this:


Monday to Friday
09:00-11:00 Lesson
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-13:00 Lesson
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Lesson
15:30-19:45 Free time / Self-study
19:45-21:00 Dinner
21:00- Free time at home or evening out

Explore Cambridge, London or other attractions


But it is your course. The timetable is planned to suit both student and teacher. There can be more teaching (or less), spread throughout the day or only in the morning. Stays can be from three to ten days in length - and if you think that's not long enough, you can always come back. Many of our students do.

The content

Most students are looking for General English or Business English - or a combination of the two - but we try to cater for your needs. Within those general categories, you might want to concentrate on specific areas and your course will be planned accordingly.

For example, you might need general help with speaking, listening, grammar correction and pronunciation and - for your work - to improve emailing skills, telephone English and meeting language. A typical day’s lesson schedule could be:

Discussion of news topic
Review general conversation since last lesson
Review of homework
Introduction of grammar concept
Vocabulary work

Introduction to the language of meetings
Case study
Listening and comprehension practice

Use of a monolingual dictionary
Analysis and discussion of an article from 'The Economist'
Set homework (review of day's work, grammar rule and exercises, article to read)

Something different

You may be looking for something entirely different. You may not want to sit down and have lessons at all. You may prefer to do things, visit places, meet customers or attend a trade show - or just talk. Whatever you have in mind, we are sure it can be turned into a constructive, practical and enjoyable learning experience.

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