■ 17.5 hours of classroom tuition
■ 6 hours of teacher tuition on two afternoon off-campus excursions
■ 23.5 hours of teacher contact time per week
■ Maximum of 14 students per class, average class size of 12 students
■ Levels: A1 to C1 (we cannot accept complete beginners or C2 level)
■ Task Based teaching methodology
■ All learning materials provided
Language is for life
Who is it for?
Our intensive summer academic programme for Young Learners is designed for students aged 10 to 13 while our Young Student programme is for those aged 14 to 17. All students are taught in the Spens building, our purpose-built educational centre at the heart of the Fettes College campus with its 25 state-of-the-art classrooms.
Online Placement Test
Prior to arrival, students take an Oxford Online Placement Test to establish their level of English. This allows us to place students in classes in advance, thereby allowing teachers to prepare more effectively as well as ensuring a smooth start to the academic programme, which takes place every morning, Monday to Friday.
Teachers follow a student-centred approach to teaching and learning English. Within the lessons all of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) are covered as well as the three language systems of vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar. The students practise their communicative skills using a task-based language teaching methodology within a variety of contexts. Throughout the week, the students are also prepared for the cultural programme’s off-campus excursions. Our teachers, from a variety of nationalities, are all qualified to teach English as a foreign language, have undergone a police background check and have been trained FCLC’s teaching methodologies.
Our lessons are held in our new flagship learning centre, the Spens Building, which offers the most amazing modern facilities yet sits perfectly at the heart of the Fettes campus in the shadow of the main Bryce building. Teachers take advantage of the technology in each classroom and use the interactive whiteboards as much as possible, which is a perfect tool to engage students individually or as a group. The classrooms are bright and spacious, creating a perfect ambiance for lessons. Feedback from our students has been overwhelming regarding the facilities in the Spens Building and we are delighted to once again offer this as part of the programme’s facilities.
There is a campus theme for each week which the academic, cultural and activity programmes are centered around. For example, one week it will be Magic & Mystery with activities such as a Fettes College Ghost Tour and a visit to Greyfriars Cemetary.
Homework is great!
Homework is an important additional element allowing students to use the language they have worked with in class and for teachers to give constructive feedback. Students also keep a diary of their time in Scotland as a reminder of their stay.
We give you everything you need for classes
All necessary materials including pens, folders and pedagogical resources are provided for use throughout the course and students build up a portfolio of work in their folders to take away with them at the end of their course. All our classrooms have interactive whiteboards and there is free WiFi access throughout the campus.
Well done you’ve passed
On successful completion of their language course, students receive a certificate and end-of-course report individually prepared by their teacher. These are presented at the graduation ceremony which takes place in the spectacular surroundings of the Fettes College Chapel within the main school building.