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FAQ Adults

Most frequent questions and answers for- ADULTS

Please read below to help answer any questions you may have prior to coming to study at Loxdale English Centre. If you have any questions not listed below please do not hesitate to send your questions to office@loxdale.com 

When you become a student at Loxdale you will receive a student handbook that answers many more questions in detail. 

Accommodation Questions

Yes, if you both want to share.  Normally adults have single accommodation with a homestay host.  However, if you and your friend both want to share, you just ask this at the time of booking.  Some hosts have 2 rooms so you may be able to ask for two single rooms with the same host if you prefer that.

It is rare to want or need to change your host. Please see Jodie if you are not happy with your host or are not sure about something. It is an important part of your stay in the UK and we want you to feel comfortable. Most issues can be talked through and resolved, however, if you still want to move, you must give a minimum of one complete weeks’ notice (by the latest 4pm on the Friday before the final week’s stay) or pay one week’s accommodation.

page6image13712000Your host will do one laundry load a week for you free of charge. Please ask your host how and when your laundry will be done.

If you would like more done, you could offer to pay your host, or you could visit a laundrette. There is a laundrette in Southwick Square. As a guide an ordinary load costs about £4 for one load. 5 minutes in a tumble drier costs about £2 per load. It is open from 7am to 6pm.

Yes, please do request a host that has the building requirements you need in their home. 

If your host has asked you to leave their home, there is no notice period to pay. We will discuss the reasons why you have been asked to move and look at how this will not happen again. If it is due to unreasonable behaviour by you, you will need to be mindful of your actions so that you do not cause offence or inconvenience to your new host.

If it happens on more than twice, we cannot guarantee that we can find another host for you and you may have to find your own accommodation. You will be refunded any of your remaining homestay fee.

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You are responsible for any accidental damage you may cause in your homestay. You are expected to pay compensation to the host if any damage is caused. However, please always tell us if anything happens so we can help you.

Most hosts have Wi-Fi nowadays and this does not cost you anything. Please be aware that that as the host is responsible for the internet contract, you should not download any inappropriate or illegal material.

Given todays modern culture, housing costs and separated families it is becoming more rare to have families with two parents and two children.

It is important to remember that a homestay ‘family’ does not always consist of two parents with children. A couple, or widow(er) whose children have grown up and left home make excellent homestay hosts and often have much more time to chat with their students.

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Even though you are an adult, your host will worry about you. They don’t mind you coming home late/early (!) but they just want to know you are safe.

If you said you were coming home at 11pm but haven’t come home by 1145pm, they will be concerned. Just give them a quick text to let them know you’ll be home much later.

Always make sure you come in quietly so that you don’t wake them when you do return.

If you are staying a long time, you may want to have a holiday for a few days. During this period there is no refund in payments. If you go away for a week (normally Sunday to Sunday), and we know about it at least 4 weeks in advance, you can get a partial refund. A retainer of 50% is still paid to your host.

Please remember to tell your homestay in advance if you are going away for the night, weekend or on a longer holiday.

If you are under 18 years old, please speak to Jodie, the Accommodation and Welfare Officer before you travel as we need parental consent before you go away.

Living in homestay accommodation is not the same as living in a hotel. You become part of the family so are expected to tidy up after yourself if you make a meal, ask permission if you want to have a guest to stay or visit and to be considerate to each other. You will be given a key to the house, but you will not have a key to your bedroom as it is not usual to have locks on bedroom doors.

Yes, they are often shared given the shortage of space in modern family homes in England. 

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Most people in the UK have heating on between October and April.  All forms of heating are expensive in the UK, especially electricity.  Please do not leave heaters or lights on when not required.  

In the UK the heating is not left on all the time.  Usually we put on the heating on a timer to come on between 6 and 8.30am. Then it will turn off and come on again for the afternoon and evening, often between 5 and 10pm.

Please talk with your hosts about whether they allow you to have guests visit or even stay the night occasionally.
Each host will have their own house policy. Most hosts would find it unacceptable for you to bring home a different person regularly!

Yes, you can. You do not have to watch movies and generally be with your homestay in the evenings. It is up to you to tell us what you want so we can find a homestay that has mutual expectations. Some hosts like their own space and to keep family time private but please bear in mind that the more you communicate in English the better!

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Sometimes your host may have other students staying in their home. They will be a different nationality to you. You will always be the only student guest from your country.

Your homestay cannot be responsible for your money. We recommend locking it in your suitcase or handing it in to school where we can lock it in the safe for you. We recommend you have a minimum of £70 per week.

Please keep your valuables (money, credit cards, mobiles, cameras, tablets, jewellery etc) safe. Neither your host, nor Loxdale is liable for any loss or theft.

If you would like to keep anything in the school safes, please just ask.

We suggest approx £70 but of course this is based on individual spending.

All host families are within a 26 minute walk of the school, unless you are doing a Summer Intensive English course which can be further into Brighton. 

The cost of utilities (gas, electricity and water) is expensive in the UK. It is expected that you will be allowed one bath or one 10-minute shower each day. Please ask your host about the best time for you to have a bath or shower. Always leave baths, showers and toilets clean after use.

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In the UK all toilet paper should be put in the toilet. All female sanitary products should be put in the bin.

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You should be given clean towels and bed linen every week. Normally your host will do this. If you prefer to do it yourself, just ask your host.

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You will be given a key to the house but not for your bedroom. Most bedrooms in the UK do not have a lock on them

Questions about boarding and meals

If you chose bed and breakfast, you will only have breakfast with your homestay. 

If you chose half board lunch, you will have cooked lunch at school. A varied meal is provided each day.

Students then cook their own meal at home or go out for dinner in the evenings. Please make sure you wash up and clean the kitchen straight after you have used it.

If you chose half board dinner, you will have dinner with your hosts and organise your own lunch. If you want to buy lunch at school, please book your meal before 1100 each day so that it can be ready on time. Or, you can bring your own lunch. You can heat up your own lunch in the student microwave.

The evening meal is your opportunity to practise English. Hosts are expected to sit with you during the evening meal on average 4 to 5 evenings per week. Remember to tell your hosts in advance if you will not be in for dinner. 
If we have day trips and you have lunch provided by the school, a packed lunch will be provided for you.

All half board and full board students have dinner with their hosts at the weekends. If you will not be home for dinner, we suggest you mention this to your host early in the week and ask them to provide you with a packed dinner or lunch instead of having to return home for dinner.

 

Yes absolutely please tell us about any dietary requirements before you arrive but please be aware that it may take longer to match you with an experienced host. 

If you chose full board, you have lunch at school and dinner with your hosts.
If we have day trips and you have lunch provided by the school, a packed lunch will be provided for you.

All half board and full board students have dinner with their hosts at the weekends. If you will not be home for dinner, we suggest you mention this to your host early in the week and ask them to provide you with a packed dinner or lunch instead of having to return home for dinner.

Adult students are expected to wash up after themselves. 

The most traditional British meals are fish & chips, sausages and mash potato, pies and mash potato, shepherds pie and our Sunday roasts (chicken, pork, beef or lamb).  Traditionally British people have a large roast dinner on Sundays but that is becoming more rare with less families able to all get together each week.  However, Britain, and Brighton in particular is very cosmopolitan so we have many different influences on our food.   Many hosts will cook a variation of some of the food you eat at home e.g. pasta but the food at your host will depend on what they enjoy eating.

 

Brighton has a wide range of wonderful places to eat – pubs, restaurants, cafes and street trucks and you can eat food from around the world. 

Questions about
Arrivals, Departures, Immigration & Insurance

Most frequent questions and answers
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When you arrive in England you will have to show:

  • ➢  Your passport and visa (if needed). If you wish to get a Short Term Study Visa on arrival, you must tell the Immigration Officer on arrival that you plan to study in the UK and show them the papers from the school.

  • ➢  The Loxdale English Centre Booking Confirmation letter and the invoice.

  • ➢  Proof that you have enough money to support yourself while you are in the UK, and that you have paid full fees or have enough money to pay full fees. Keep these papers together in your hand-luggage so you can get to them easily. 

If you come from a country needing a visa from the UK, please arrange this in good time. Loxdale English Centre is accredited by Accreditation UK, which is a UK Border Agency approved accreditation body under the Immigration Rules for visitors. Once you have booked our course and paid the deposit, we will e-mail you the paperwork needed for a Short Term Study Visa for up to 11 months.

ALL students applying for visas need a letter of Confirmation Letter from Loxdale English Centre, evidence of your financial situation, to show that you have a reason for wanting to learn English and have the intention of returning home after the course.

If you are not sure whether you need a visa, it might be useful to look at the following website:

www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

The best airport to use is Gatwick as it is only about 45 minutes from Loxdale.

Getting to your accommodation. If you have booked a taxi, the driver will be waiting for you as you come out from Customs with your luggage. He/She will be holding a Loxdale English Centre sign with your name on it.

We recommend booking an airport transfer with us so that we meet you at the airport and take you directly to your accommodation.

 We will tell you the name of your driver and his phone number.

Please contact your homestay and Loxdale to let them know your approximate time of arrival as soon as possible. If you don’t, they may not be home to welcome you. You should plan to arrive at your homestay by 2200 at the latest.

We recommend that you have some UK money (£) in cash. Sometimes taxis or local buses may not accept credit cards.

If you have not booked a taxi transfer, the easiest and cheapest ways to get to your host are:
➢ Gatwick Airport: Train (direct to Portslade or Hove, 35 mins) or coach to Brighton (50 mins) ➢ Heathrow Airport: Coach to Brighton (direct, 2 hours)
➢ Stansted Airport: Coach to Brighton (direct, 4 hours) or train (changes, 3.5 hours)
➢ Luton Airport: Coach to Brighton (direct, 4 hours) or train (direct 2 hours)

For times and prices we recommend looking at: Coaches www.nationalexpress.com Trains www.nationalrail.co.uk

From arrival at the train or coach station (Portslade, Hove or Brighton) you will need to get a taxi to your accommodation. This will cost between £8 and £20 depending on your address.

Remember to leave at least 2 hours for check-in (3 hours for out of Europe flights).

If travelling by public transport, make sure you allow for traffic jams or problems. There can be train disruptions from Brighton and train times on Sundays can be slower than normal due to rail works.

No but we can arrange for a taxi transfer to be waiting in arrivals for you when you land but please book in advance. 

Yes, absolutely. 

If you would like a taxi transfer, please see Rebecca in the office and she will book one for you.

FAQ 16 & 17 year olds

Most frequent questions and answers

Monday to Fridays you need to be home for dinner by 6pm. You must follow the evening curfew that has been agreed at all times.

You will be in classes with adults aged 18 years +

It is illegal for people aged 17 and under to buy alcohol, alcohol is not legal for you. 

 Of course! We have three emergency numbers, you will find all this information in the student handbook given to you when you become a student at Loxdale. 

If you want to go away for a night, or to stay with friends/family, we must have written permission from your parents at least 3 days in advance. We also need the name, address and phone number of where you will be staying.

Yes, 16 & 17 year olds are unaccompanied to and from school.

No! all adult residents must be DBS checked if they are taking young learners into their home. 

We do not provide 24 hour supervision for 16 & 17 year old students.

We are ultimately responsible for your safety and welfare whilst you study with us in the UK. If we feel that an activity, trip or situation is unsafe or unsuitable for you, we reserve the right to refuse to let you take part.

As well as meeting you informally every day, Mondays to Fridays, you will meet us on a formal basis once a week to go through progress and check how you are getting on.

We are available to talk to at any time, just come to one of the offices if you need help.

 

You must be home for dinner by 6pm, Mondays to Fridays

Your parents will need to sign the Student Welfare Form to allow us to give you medicine as necessary and any dental or medical and surgical treatment, as considered necessary by the medical authorities. This form also allows your parents to set your curfew. We will let your homestay family know what has been agreed.

General FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

These are the dates that Loxdale will be closed on in 2020:

Friday 10 April Week of 12 April- Easter Holiday

Monday 4 May -Bank Holiday 

Monday 25 May - Good Friday Bank Holiday 

Monday 31 August- Bank Holiday 

Monday 9 November - Holiday 

 Monday 21 to 31 December - Christmas Holiday 

On your first day please bring: 1. Your passport 2. Notebook 3. Pen/pencil

First Day, First Week

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Most students are a little nervous on their first day, but you will receive a warm welcome here and all the staff want you to feel happy and relaxed.

Please be at school at 0850 on your first day. Normally you start with a listening test. After this you have a placement test which looks at your grammar and vocabulary knowledge. Then you will also have a welcome interview with one of the teachers so we can evaluate your speaking and listening skills. This is just for us to be able to place you in the correct level class so please don’t worry about the test. We have range of different level classes.

Around 1030 you will have a tour around the school and grounds and be introduced to everybody by Anna (Principal), Rebecca (Office Admin) or Zach (Social Manager). They will also give you more information about the school and go through the information in this Handbook.

Please just ask if you have any questions or any worries, we are here to help.

If there are more than 5 new students for testing, then this will take all morning and you will start your lessons on Tuesday.

If there are less than 5 students for testing, you will start your lessons at 1100 on Monday.

The School is not be liable for loss, damage or injury to persons or property while attending school. The student is solely responsible for the safety of any personal property they bring to School.

Students must pay for any damage caused by them to Loxdale property or any hosts. Loxdale strongly recommends that students take out personal insurance cover before travelling to Britain.

Before you travel, you need to take out insurance against cancellation or curtailment of your course for any reason, for medical expenses or for loss or damage to your property. You can buy Medical and Travel insurance through Loxdale English Centre’s provider. This is £5.79 per week or part of a week. For the full policy please ask Loxdale to e-mail it to you.

Not all health insurance covers dentists, so we highly recommend that you check that yours does.

Whoever your insurer is, normally there is an ‘excess’ fee – you have to pay the first £40 (or similar) before the insurance company will pay the rest e.g. if you have a £200 bill, you pay £40 and they pay £160.

We recommend that whenever you spend money on medical issues, always keep your receipts in case they add up to more by the time you go home.

Questions about lessons

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Each lesson is 45 minutes long and normally you have 2 lessons before a break (90 minutes). 

 

There is a maximum of 14 students in your English class. The average is about 11 depending on the time of year.

We want you to have the opportunity to individualise your learning through having choices and influence on your studies.

At Loxdale we want all our students to experience different learning techniques and to learn about British culture as well as having traditional English lessons. As part of your course you will have English lessons, Britain Today lessons, tutorials, a weekly talk and English Through classes and, for students who are B2 level (upper-intermediate), also lectures.

Those students who have chosen the English Plus course will also study different subjects that they have an interest in such as Photography, Drama, British history, Art, Literature, British culture, Nutrition, Singing, Gardening, Creative English, Screen printing, Digital Media and International Relations etc.

General English students: 20 lessons, (15 hours), each week

Intensive English students: 25 lessons, (18 hours, 45 minutes), 

English Plus students: English:

each week 21 lessons (15 hours, 45 minutes), each week

Plus subjects: 4 lessons (3 hours), each week

Teachers plan their lessons a week in advance. They have the aims for each lesson and then also the aims for the week (Weekly Plan). They will also know what their overall plan is for the month as they have a curriculum for each class to advance to the next level.

However, there are many ways that you can influence what you are taught in class. See page 22.
One possible way is through the Weekly Plan. There is a copy of this on the notice board in your classroom and it shows what the teachers are planning to teach you that week. Your teacher will introduce and explain this at the start of the week. There is also a section where you can write suggestions for future lessons. It is an opportunity for you to help choose the lesson content in relation to your language needs.

Lessons start at 0900, 1100 or 1330 so please make sure you are on time.

If you are more than 5 minutes late, you will have to wait until after break to enter the classroom. This is marked as an absence of 2 lessons e.g. 0900 to 1030 or 1100 to 1230.

Lateness and absences are shown on your Attendance Certificate that you receive at the end of the course. You need 85% attendance to pass the course and receive a certificate.

If you are regularly late or you regularly don’t come to class, we will discuss whether you want to stay at Loxdale. It is disruptive to other students, upsets lesson plans and, potentially upsets your host if you are home instead of coming to school.

This will be dealt with as a disciplinary matter and you may be expelled. Please see more details in your handbook (given when you become a student at Loxdale) 

  1. Please be on time. If you are more than 5 minutes late, you will be unable to enter the class and will be marked absent. You must have an 85% attendance record to pass the course and receive a certificate.

  2. Please speak English in these buildings.

  3. You are expected to actively participate, join in with discussions or activities.

  4. You are expected to do your homework outside class each day. If you don’t, you may not pass the course and it slows down the course for the other students.

  5. If you have any difficulties or suggestions, please talk to your teacher.

  6. Turn your telephone off in class, unless using it for vocabulary and research.

  7. We do not allow laptops or ipads/tablets to be used in class. If you need one because of learning difficulties, please discuss this with your teacher so we can discuss options.

  8. No food or drink (apart from water) is allowed in the classrooms, library, computer room or self-study room.

You will be given homework each day. This is to be done outside class in time for the next lesson.

If you wish to change your class, you will have a meeting with your teacher and James, the Director of Studies. You will talk about the reasons. If everyone agrees, you will move to a different class.

If you are staying for 4 weeks or more, we can organise for you to take an exam. You can choose between:
Cambridge FCE (First Certificate)
Cambridge CAE (Advanced) -These are taken at a Brighton Exam centre
Cambridge CPE (Proficiency)- The cost of taking these exams is approximately £146

IELTS exam-  This exam is taken at a Brighton exam centre and costs approximately £160

LanguageCert exam- This exam is taken at Loxdale. You can choose from the Speaking exam or the Writing/Reading exam. Each section costs £45.

If you want to take an exam, we recommend taking the English Through and/or English Plus exam preparation option. We also recommend that you join the teacher-guided Self-Study sessions on Monday and Tuesday afternoons to do more exam preparation.

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If you continue your English lessons between 15 June and 14 August, you will have your lessons organised by our partner school, The English Language Centre (ELC). During this period…..

-  if you study General English, your lessons will still be at Loxdale, but you will probably have a different teacher.

-  If you study Intensive English, your lessons will be held at ELC’s main school, 15 minutes by bus from Loxdale. The address is 33 Palmeira Mansions, Palmeira Square, Hove, BN3 2GB.

The year round Loxdale staff are still here to help and support you.

Each lesson is 45 minutes long and normally you have 2 lessons before a break (90 minutes)..

There is a maximum of 12 students in your English class.

You will study general English working on listening, speaking, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing.

General English students: 20 lessons, (15 hours), each week
Intensive English students: 25 lessons, (18 hours, 45 minutes), each week

Teachers plan their lessons a week in advance. They have the aims for each lesson and then also the aims for the week (Weekly Plan). They will also know what their overall plan is for the month as they have a curriculum for each class to advance to the next level.

If you have specific needs, it is best to contact the school in advance to see whether we can help during the summer. Most teachers are happy to incorporate certain topics or vocabulary/grammar points into their classes but it many not always be possible.

Lessons start at 0900, 1100 or 1330 so please make sure you are on time.

You are marked absent for any missed sessions. If you are regularly late, you may be excluded from class and may be asked whether you want to continue with your studies.

Lateness and absences are shown on your Attendance Certificate that you receive at the end of the course.

If you are regularly late or you regularly don’t come to class, we will discuss whether you want to stay at Loxdale. It is disruptive to other students, upsets lesson plans and, potentially upsets your host if you are home instead of coming to school.

This will be dealt with as a disciplinary matter and you may be expelled. See your student handbook when you have enroled for more information.

In order to make your course with us more beneficial, we expect certain things from you. These are shown below:

  1. Please be on time. If you are more than 5 minutes late, you will be unable to enter the class and will be marked absent. You must have an 85% attendance record to pass the course and receive a certificate.

  2. Please speak English in these buildings.

  3. You are expected to actively participate, join in with discussions or activities.

  4. You are expected to do your homework each week.

  5. If you have any difficulties or suggestions, please talk to your teacher.

  6. Turn your telephone off in class.

  7. We do not allow laptops or ipads/tablets to be used in class. If you need one because of

    learning difficulties, please discuss this with your teacher so we can discuss options.

  8. No food or drink (apart from water) is allowed in the classrooms, library, computer room or self-

    study room.

You will be given homework each day.

Yes, it is possible if neccessary but please see your student handbook for more information about the process. 

Finding the right match between homestay and student

Please think about and answer these questions when arranging a homestay accommodation with us. You can email your name and answers to info@loxdale.com

  • Do you like to spend time in your room on your own? yes or no?
  • Do you want to be independent and spend a lot of time out socialising?
  • Do you like or dislike animals?
  • Do you have a special diet (gluten free, lactose free, halal, kosher, vegan etc) or do you have allergies?
  • Are nuts an issue for you?
  • Is smoking an issue for you?
  • Would you like a sporty family that invite you to go on hikes etc?
  • Do you have mental health concerns that may need support from your host?
  • Would you like a family who are LGBT?
  • Do you have any other specific preferences that we need to know about?