Around themes like "The Thames" and "London Stage", our teen English language courses allow the students to explore London and learn English in real-life situations. Tracing the route of a tea clipper or preparing for a Whodunnit dinner party, our teen students use all of London as their classroom.
A short classroom-based activity before each excursion focuses the teens on the English language skills they will need for that day's activities. They then go off with their teacher to take part in workshops or work with each other on interactive projects. These activities are supported by teaching material that we have either developed ourselves or have tested extensively with our students.
Placed in a relaxed, natural environment, these teens reach a new level of comfort with the English language. They learn English not only from the teachers and workshop/tour leaders but also from their peers as they travel on the Tube and have lunch in Hyde Park.
London has always drawn people from around the world, and it is this diversity that makes the city so dynamic. Therefore, it is no wonder that our teaching team is as diverse as it is. Our teachers, teaching assistants and workshop leaders are from all corners of the English-speaking world, and quite a few are as well-travelled as our students.
An integral part of what makes the Hi-London experience so special is the sharing of stories and memories between the teaching team and the students. To allow a high level of interaction with the teachers and workshop leaders, we maintain a 1:8 teacher/teaching assistant to student ratio.
We also strive to adjust our lessons to the needs of each student group. Assessments are collected before the start of each weekly session, and individual post-programme reports are done for those students who are with us for two weeks or more.
With as many as 6-8 mother tongues represented within one classroom at times, our teen students have the opportunity to make friends from around the world. Nothing pleases us more than to hear of friendships begun at Hi-London and continued over time once back home through whatever social media vehicle happens to be "the thing" at the time.
In addition to the excursion-based group English language classes, we offer Semi-Private (maximum of 4 students) Tuition as an optional add-on in the mornings. During the Semi-Private sessions, our teen students focus on grammar as well as reading and writing skills.
Our Summer 2020 session will open on 22 June. We will be offering online courses only during the weeks of 22-26 June and 29 June-3 July. During these first two weeks, Tuesdays and Thursdays will be excursion days with the online lessons being held at a venue in London. From 6 July to 28 August, online students will be invited to join our on-the-ground students for 1.5 hours per day. The online students will have the option to upgrade to the offline courses anytime during the summer.
Given the cautious reopening plans recently announced by the government, we will start in July with excursions within walking distance from our centre in South Kensington and go further afield as the situation allows. We will also be limiting the class size to 8 each for the on-the-ground courses and the online courses to keep everyone safe while maintaining the high level of interactions among the students themselves and our teachers.