English Plus Course

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English Plus Course

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Monday start

Level: Pre-Intermediate to Advanced, depending on  course chosen

Class working hard

Course Description

 

This is the course for you to really personalise your learning in the UK depending on your interests and personal goals.  Getting you involved, this unique programme will give you an even broader understanding of the English language at a deeper, cultural level. The English ‘Plus’ Course combines our highly popular General English course with an exciting range of cultural and educational subjects that change every 4 weeks. During your General English lessons the focus is on your English language. During the English Plus lessons you learn about the subject you have chosen. You will learn some English too as each subject is taught in English but the focus is on the subject chosen. For example if you study photography, you will learn about angles, lighting, backgrounds instead of grammar.

You choose between 4 or 5 different subjects, which you want to study for each 4 week period.  Subjects include photography, gardening, drama, geography, digital media, creative English, singing and many more and this part of the course is on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  You will receive friendly support and encouragement from our specialist teachers every step of the way.

We feel it is important to individualise your learning as much as possible and our courses are designed to give you as much choice as possible.  Please see the course description for the level needed to study each subject.  Intensive English and English Plus courses are interchangeable so if you don’t have a high enough level of English for one subject, you can study intensive English for that period and then join the next 4-week English Plus cycle.

Syllabus

 

English Through

Loxdale has a specialised teaching programme that gives you the opportunity to personalise your learning.   At the start of your course you will choose from a list of subjects which skill you want to focus on.  These skills include grammar, speaking, exam preparation, creative writing, pronunciation & fluency and many more.   This part of the course changes every four weeks so, if you stay a long time, you will get to work on many different English skills as part of your personalised programme.  This part of the course is called English Through.  We devised this part of our course many years ago as we feel it is important that you have an input into your course and a chance to focus on your individual needs. If you have B2 level and above, you will have these classes along side students with C1 and C2 levels.  If you have B1+ level of English and below, you will have these classes with your normal class.

Loxdale Lecture Series

As part of our commitment to make study time as stimulating and enlightening as possible, our students enjoy a weekly lecture on a Friday morning which focuses on various aspects of British life. Popular past lectures have included Homelessness, Things to do in London, British History, HIV and the Terence Higgins Trust, Presentation Techniques, Brighton Music Scene, London Architecture, Street Art, Acupuncture and Nutrition.

Short Talk

Each Monday afternoon you will be able to enjoy a Short Talk. These lively and interesting talks explore topics such as Stonehenge, London Museums, Brighton Music Venues, St Georges Day, Guy Fawkes, Cambridge, The South Downs and Christmas in Victorian England.

Britain Today

Finally, though our “Britain Today” programme you will find out more about British society. You will have two lessons each week on different aspects of modern Britain, with subjects including the welfare, educational, political and legal systems.

Example Course Programme

*Course prices only 

1 week2 weeks3 weeks4 weeks5 weeks6 weeks7 weeks8 weeks9 weeks10 weeks
£220£440£660£880£1,075£1,290£1,505£1,720£1,890£2,100
11 weeks12 weeks13 weeks14 weeks15 weeks16 weeks17 weeks18 weeks19 weeks20 weeks
£2,100£2,280£2,470£2,660£2,850£3,040£3,230£3,420£3,610£3,800
21 weeks22 weeks23 weeks24 weeks25 weeks26 weeks27 weeks28 weeks29 weeks30 weeks
£3,990£3,990£4,140£4,320£4,500£4,680£4,860£5,040£5,220£5,400

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Additional weeks are £170 per week

*Half-Board Lunch, Half-Board Dinner and Full Board also include breakfast and dinner at weekends.
Please find more information about accommodation here.

We cater for vegetarians, low fat diets & allergies at no extra cost. 

-We also cater for gluten free, dairy free diets, halal & vegan at extra cost of £20 per week

EXTRAS

-Booking fee (£90)

-Course materials (£30 per 10 weeks)

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

One way airport transfer: Heathrow (£125), Gatwick (£90), Stansted (£170)

-Insurance (£5.79 per week)

-Cambridge or IELTS exam (between £142 and £170)

-LanguageCert exam £45 per paper (speaking or writing)

Please visit our School Policies page to find out more about our Terms and Conditions.

Accommodation Options: 

Accomodation OptionsBreakfast with hostsLunch at schoolDinner with hostsDinner at weekends
Bed and Breakfast £94 per weekyesnonono
Half board lunch £116 per weekyesyesnoyes
Half board dinner £116 per weekyesnoyesyes
Full board £145 per weekyesyesyesyes

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Example Social Programme

The School is open until 17:00. You can stay at school to use the garden, computer room, self-study room or classrooms to continue your studies or just to socialise with your friends.

The school Pavilion is open from 17:30 to 21:00, Mondays and Thursdays, for our adult students. Amongst other things, here you can listen to music, watch a film, play pool, table tennis, board games or computer games, do your homework, play piano, use the wi-fi or just relax and chat to your friends in ENGLISH!

Below you will find a list of English Plus subjects we usually have on offer:

 

PLEASE NOTE: As the main learning focus of the English Plus subjects are NOT English, these are NOT accredited by the British Council. 

 

Our list of English Plus Subjects to choose from:

Photography does not necessarily represent reality and is a media which can be used to manipulate the viewer with more intensity and conviction than other media. The class is based mostly on the work done by the students as well as slide shows introducing the week’s project. Students are given weekly photographic assignments, including ‘self portraiture’, ‘landscape’ and ‘creating a story’ through a series. There is a lot of discussion during the class and students are expected to participate frequently in response to the work. This allows the students to develop a better understanding of how to express their ideas visually and how to read media in different contexts. There is a final exhibition of students’ work at the end of each term. A minimum of intermediate level of English is necessary for this course.

After having had advice on lighting, backgrounds, composition, camera angles and expression, you will be asked to photograph someone you know with the aim of showing his/her personality. You will also be asked to photo someone in black and white. Afterwards you will discuss the results with your teacher. A demonstration of studio portraiture using electronic flash and different lighting will end the module. Students must be prepared to pay for their own film development and photo paper. Students must bring their own camera but it does not have to be a specialised one. A minimum of intermediate level of English is necessary for this course.

This is a fun messy course where you get to start printing straight away. After trying some simple experiments with different techniques, students create prints using silk screens, and begin to translate their own unique colourful designs into stencils to print onto T-shirts, bags or other textiles.

Students need to buy T-shirts/bags to print on, all other materials provided. 

What are Sketchbooks for? Drawing, recording, observing, & experimenting are just a few of the many things we can do in sketchbooks in an informal and relaxed way. Using lots of different found materials and mediums to experiment with, sessions will include drawing, painting, collage, mark making and print. 

Sketchbooks will be provided. 

This course is a mixture of academic and practical work and is designed to help you experience different forms of art & understand them in more depth….the meaning behind the art as well as styles and techniques, Each week we will have a slide presentation looking at a different Form of Art and then a practical session making some art of your own in response.  We will focus on forms of art in Fine Art, Commercial Design & Craft. 

A series of lessons which gives a brief overview of some of the key moments in British history before exploring particular topics in depth. Topics include; the Norman Invasion of 1066, chivalric culture in medieval England, disease and medicine in the middle ages, the Tudor Queens, Victorian England and World War One. The course focuses on developing English language skills through reading, listening and discussion but also essential skills for the study of History including primary source analysis. A minimum of upper Intermediate level of English is necessary for this course.

A study of the current environmental problems affecting Great Britain. The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the main environmental issues involved, together with the measures, so far introduced, to help improve the situation. Some local study trips are envisaged and there will also be opportunities for some individual investigations. Students must be prepared to pay for transport to certain study visits. A minimum of upper Intermediate level of English is necessary for this course.

British culture: Classic

This course looks at British culture from a historic perspective looking at some aspects of life in the UK. The course will begin with an introduction to the school building, which allows us to explore over a hundred years of English social history, and a historic walking tour of the town of Portslade where people have lived since at least 1066. The course will then consider some English art, music and literature with a lot of discussion, some creative writing and delivering a short presentation. A minimum of intermediate is required for this course.

Contemporary Culture

This course looks at some aspects of contemporary British culture, including British identity, art, music, humour and literature. The course will provide the opportunity to develop English language skills through the study of culture; with reading, writing, watching video clips and spoken discussion. A minimum of intermediate level of English is necessary for this course.

This is a very practical course which gives students the opportunity to develop both their writing and reading skills.  We will look at different styles of writing and try some of them!  Students will be encouraged to flex their creative writing muscles, participating in a wide variety of creative writing exercises.  We will discuss the work of some writers and students will be encouraged to dip into ‘new’ authors. 

The aims of this course include developing self confidence, imagination, individual expression and creativity. Students study drama through a variety of different means including exercises, improvisation, scripts and role play. They look at various characterisations and different types of script (contemporary and traditional). Most terms the students work towards putting on a short performance to fellow students. A minimum of intermediate level of English is necessary for this course.

The aims of this course include developing self confidence, imagination, individual expression and creativity. Students study drama through a variety of different means including exercises, improvisation, scripts and role play. They look at various characterisations and different types of script (contemporary and traditional). Most terms the students work towards putting on a short performance to fellow students. A minimum of intermediate level of English is necessary for this course.

Course Dates 2021 :   4 to 18 January
1 to 15 February
8 to 22nd March 
6 to 19 April 
10 to 17 May


Autumn 2021 Dates:
16 & 30 August
13 & 27 September
18 & 25 October

Max classroom size : 14 Mornings & 16 Afternoons

Difficulty : Pre-Intermediate (B1+) is the lowest level for most courses

English Lessons -21 lessons = 15.75 hours per week

English Plus subjects: 4 lessons, 3 hours per week

Adults age 16+, all nationalities

FREE teacher led self-study sessions

End of the course certificate

Homework included: YES

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Great experience!!! Life memories... I believe one of my english teacher, Gill O'Connor still teaches there. I had fun while learning...

School Holidays 2021

These are the dates when the school will be closed

Friday 29th March Easter holiday

Week of 5th April Easter Monday 

Monday 3rd May Bank holiday 

Monday 31st May Bank holiday 

Monday 30th August Bank holiday 

Monday 8th November  Holiday 

Monday 20th to 31st December Christmas 

Students prepare for exams such as FCE (Cambridge First Certificate), CAE (Cambridge Advanced Exam), CPE (Cambridge Proficiency exam) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Students will also have the opportunity of trying practice papers.

This course is available for students with any level of English. It is an extension of your morning lessons.

This is a practical course looking at learning different sewing techniques, the use of different types of fabric, basic fashion, design work and pattern making. Students must be prepared to provide all relevant materials. A minimum of intermediate level of English is necessary for this course.

The course is designed to follow on from Fashion 1 and consists of experimental projects in fashion textiles and fashion design, garment construction, visual research and drawing. The conclusion of the course will be a fashion show by the participants. Students must be prepared to provide all relevant materials A minimum of intermediate level of English is necessary for this course.

This is a practical course for those students interested in learning more about the British Garden. A look at growing vegetables and flowers. Students will learn about gardening for enjoyment in all four seasons with ideas about the use of plants, design and planting in different size gardens for different effects. Participants must be prepared to do some physical work as some of the course is work experience. A minimum of intermediate level of English is necessary for this course.

This course introduces students to some of the great ‘influencers’ in literature.  We will look at their lives and works and also the legacy they have left to the literary world.  Students will have the opportunity to choose their own literary figure and share their choice with the rest of the group.

Explore the fundamentals of nutrition and learn how to nourish yourself fully. The Level 1 course brings the science of health and nutrition to life, and steers you through the mixed messages that surround nutrition. You'll learn what to eat, how to improve your digestion and absorption of nutrients, as well as the underlying essentials for good health and a strong immune system.

You don’t need to have done Nutrition 1 to take the second course but if you have you will be able to take your newfound knowledge further. Each week focuses on a specific health topic that you can explore more deeply. Learn how nutrition plays an important role in preventing disease and keeping you strong.

International Relations:

The International Relations English Plus course considers how countries, cultures and continents are interconnected in the world today. Students will explore different ways to categorise and analyse the world and then put this into practice by researching and presenting information about an individual country. Students will then explore the topics of; Human Rights, Education, Women’s Rights and Conflict and Migration, from an international perspective. The course will develop English language skills as well as some of the basic skills and knowledge necessary for studying International Relations. A minimum of upper-intermediate level of English is necessary for this course.

This is a very practical course which gives students the opportunity to develop both their writing and reading skills. We will look at different styles and process of practical writing including blog writing, newspapers, adverts, websites, CVs and try some of them! Students will also research a topic and present their project to the class.

The students will look at various aspects, benefits and difficulties of modern media including facebook, podcasting, twitter and Tumblr. There will be both theoretical and practical aspects of the course. The students will work on their own project as part of the course.

Students will be taken through various aspects of vocal techniques including warming up, producing a quality sound, tone production, exercises, extending range and diaphragmatic support. Tone, arrangement and song structure will all be broken down and analysed. Also a focus on dealing with nerves and anxiety on stage. Students must be prepared to take part in evening practices and to perform at the end of term. A minimum of intermediate level of English is necessary for this course.

This course contains both practical and theoretical elements of Yoga and Yoga philosophy.  Students will have the opportunity to learn a range of physical postures, ‘Asanas’ and their health benefits.

They will learn about Pranayama (breath work practices) and relaxation techniques as well as different aspects of Yoga philosophy theories from ancient to modern day, including Mindfullness Meditation techniques.

Students will also discuss the relevance of yoga in the modern world and how it may apply to them.  By the end of the course it is hoped that they will be equipped with relaxation techniques that they can use outside of the school environment.

These are the dates when the school will be closed

Friday 29th April Good Friday 

Week of 5th April Easter holiday 

Monday 3rd May Bank holiday 

Monday 31st May Bank holiday 

Monday 30th August Bank holiday 

Monday 8th November  Holiday 

Monday 20 to 31 December Christmas 

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