Edinburgh City Centre
• Central Edinburgh
• 15 hours English per week
• 5 city-based or local visits & 1 weekend excursion
• Minimum 1-week programme
• Full-board homestay accommodation
Our Edinburgh school is located within beautiful Georgian buildings in the centre of Scotland's capital city. Surrounded by Edinburgh's elegant New Town, the school is less than 10 minutes' walk from the city's famous attractions and shopping streets. You will stay in homestay accommodation, living with one of our carefully selected local hosts within easy travelling distance of the centre.
Centre type: City centre school or local high school (15-minute walk from Princes St)
Course structure: 15 hours of English, 5 city-based visits, 2 evening activities and 1 weekend excursion per week
2017 course start dates: 2 July, 9 July, 16 July, 23 July, 30 July, 6 August. Also available for groups year-round.
Course length: Minimum 1 week
Accommodation: Full-board homestay. Breakfast & dinner with host; lunches provided by school on weekdays and excursion days
Class size: Maximum 15
Age range*: 12-17
Arrival day: Sunday
Excursion examples: Loch Lomond Cruise, Glasgow, Stirling and Castle, St Andrews and Falkland Palace
- 15 hours tuition per week
- Learning materials
- First-day placement test
- End-of-course certificate
- 1 full day excursion per week
- 5 city-based or local visits per week
- 2 evening activities per week
- Bus passes are provided to get to the school
- Taxis home are arranged after evening activities if booked on the full package
- to build effective communicative competence
- to improve speaking and listening skills
- to provide a natural platform for practising the English language through immersive activities and projects, encouraging students to use language in real-time
- to provide opportunities for collaborative and team-based learning
- to improve learner independence and confidence in the English language
Well-being and safety:
The well-being and safety of our students is our number one priority, and you can be assured that your child will be well looked after by our professional staff.
We are a member of the special interest group Young Learners English UK, working to raise the standards of all junior vacation courses in the UK.
*Individual students must be aged 14-17. Over 18s may be present in closed groups and adult students may also be present in the school. Courses may be held at Drummond Community High School or Edinburgh Language Centre on George Street.
A typical day learning English in Edinburgh
On the junior programme in Edinburgh you will experience English in a variety of contexts, from classroom learning to interactive social activities and excursions.
In the morning you will join fellow English language students** in a class that is adapted to your level of English. You will improve your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills through a variety of interactive classroom activities, covering exciting topics like British culture, entertainment, clothes and fashion, or music.
You will get a break half way through your lessons.
After lunch, you will be taken on afternoon excursions in and around Edinburgh**, giving you the opportunity to practise your English language skills in real-life contexts in Scotland’s capital city. Excursions vary per week and you will get to see a range of iconic Edinburgh locations such as Calton Hill, Edinburgh Castle, the Botanic Gardens, Arthur’s Seat and more!
For 2 nights every week you will get to socialise with your friends in an evening activity. Led by our fun and enthusiastic Activity Leaders, the evening activities vary from Scottish ceilidh dances and evening city tours to scavenger hunts, discos and film nights.
When you are not on an evening activity you will be looked after by your homestay host, offering a fantastic opportunity to practise your English and learn about British culture.
Edinburgh Language Centre
- Large common room
- Modern classrooms with interactive whiteboards
- Wi-Fi available in specific areas
- Prayer room available on request
Drummond High School (used at peak times)
All facilities above as well as:
- Basketball court
- Outdoor recreational space
*Please note start and end times may vary to what is published.
**Our Edinburgh young learner centre operates on a zig-zag format, so depending on the week you join, you will start with either morning or afternoon classes. For example, if you have morning classes in your first week, you will have afternoon classes in your second week, and so on.
Live with one of our carefully selected local hosts and immerse yourself in Edinburgh culture.
Immerse yourself in Edinburgh life with one of our carefully selected homestay hosts, providing more contact with English speakers and a real insight into life in Edinburgh. Our hosts treat each student as a member of the family, eating together and sharing common living areas. No more than four students will be accommodated in homestay accommodation at any one time.*
Location: Up to 45 minutes from the school by bus
Room type: Single or twin
Bathroom: Shared bathroom
Meals: Full-board included (daily breakfast and dinner, and all Sunday meals with your host; hot lunch on campus Monday-Friday; packed lunches provided on Saturdays)
Laundry: facilities provided by your host
Other: Bus passes are provided to get to the school, as well as taxis home after evening activities
Please note, Wi-Fi/Internet connection available in some homestay accommodation.
*Our Edinburgh homestay provision is managed by an external company on our behalf. Please note, images are representative of the types of homestay accommodation you will stay in; we cannot guarantee that you will be staying in the same house as shown in the photo.
Choose between our brand new immersive programme for 2016, Edinburgh Live, or the traditional Young Learners Culture programme!
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Young Learners Culture
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*Please note, this is an example of what you can expect, activities and times are subject to change. For full details of activity programmes, please contact us. Lessons operate on a zig-zag programme and may take place in the morning or in the afternoon.