In May 2017, we welcomed a group of teachers from Jerez in Spain to Central School of English. They spent two weeks participating in a tailor-made academic and cultural programme. Whilst the priority of the group was to develop their English language skills they were also keen to experience British culture. Each of the teachers specialised in different technological fields and wanted the opportunity to see how these sectors operated in the UK. Coming from a high-school in Spain, the teachers were also keen to find out more about the educational system in the UK. Central School of English was able to create a programme to meet the academic requirements, professional development goals and interests of the group.
The teachers improved their fluency during the mornings on our 18 hour per week, Essential Programme. Over the two weeks, the teachers improved their fluency and level of expression in English. In the afternoons students were free to complete homework tasks, continue working on group projects and practise their English by exploring London.
Each session focused on the specialisms of the teachers as well as their English language learning requirements. Subjects included electronics, robotics, telecommunication and automation.
We arranged visits to local companies related to the specialisations of the teachers for them to gain first-hand experience of how their sector operates within the UK. The teachers found gaining an overview of the technology domain in the UK to be a highly valuable experience.
The Cultural Activity Programme
The group were particularly interested in history so we organised historical walks through the centre of London around Westminster and Kensington. All of the cultural activities were led by our own teachers who are local to London and were able to offer the group a wealth of insider knowledge about their city.
We also visited two colleges of further education in Sutton and Lambeth. This gave the group an opportunity to view the facilities and discuss teaching ideas and issues with the tutors.