Which Course to Choose

For pupils who need a boost in their English language skills the English as a Foreign Language course is the simple choice to make. Suitable for novice, beginners, intermediate and advanced or A1 to B2 levels.

For pupils with excellent English skills, who wish to polish their conversational skills, then the sailing and adventure option works very well.  They will spend their time with UK pupils on these courses improving their English with native speakers, and have a huge amount of fun whilst doing so.

For pupils who are looking to study English at University or intend to study in the UK then we recommend the Creative Writing course to really push them.

For budding programmers who also wish to improve their English in the technical language of IT then the Computer Programming course is the option to choose.

Sailing & Adventure

For pupils who do not wish to undertake formal English tuition there is still an option to attend the Summer School! Pupils can choose to sail in the mornings and then do adventure in the afternoons, or they can sail all day if they wish. Pupils are placed in morning and afternoon groups with UK pupils, making this a popular and fully immersive programme. There are two sailing courses available. One is a Royal Yachting Association sailing development course or more experienced sailors can enrol onto the race sailing course. Race sailing is run by the school’s Race Sailing coach and teaches specialised race techniques, including maximizing boat speed, handling, starts and race tactics and strategy. Windermere School’s race team members assist on the course for pupils wishing to race against experts! In the afternoons pupils can join the adventure programme which includes rock climbing, caving, canoeing and kayaking, ghyll scrambling, abseiling, and mountain days.

Computer Programming

The course is designed to teach programming, in English, so that pupils can design and build websites and create apps. Pupils work through set tasks and create computer programmes for a variety of uses and the level is set at the aptitude of pupils so is available for all pupils, from those just starting out on their programming journey through to others working at more advanced levels.

The course is taught in English and is a fantastic way to help pupils grow their subject specific vocabulary knowledge and as well as conversing casually with friends on the course.

English as a Foreign Language

Lessons are taught by professional EFL teachers, some with over 20 years of experience teaching English as a foreign language for Windermere and other local schools. Pupils sit a placement test upon arrival to gauge their English capability. They are then placed in classes with pupils of a similar ability, with a maximum class size of ten.

The classes are designed to improve levels of written, verbal and comprehension skills through a variety of classroom-based lessons and external trips. At the end of the course a report is produced grading pupils’ progress in speaking, listening, pronunciation and intonation, grammar, behaviour, participation, and overall progress. Pupils receive three hours of tuition a day from Monday to Friday. The courses are designed to complement the adventure and sailing programme, where pupils are taught in English alongside UK pupils, so they have the confidence to speak and make new friends easily.

Literature & Creative Writing

Are you a budding writer who wants the opportunity to use the environment of the Lake District to inspire your own writing? Do you want to better understand the way in which writer’s use literary techniques to make their writing more appealing? Then this might be the course for you! Based on a weekly theme, the creative writing course uses the beautiful area around Windermere School to explore texts and then gives pupils the opportunity and freedom to try their own hand at writing. Previous themes have included investigating the ghost stories of the Lake District, using the local woods as a backdrop for writing a murder mystery, and the ways in which fairy tales can be used to satirise the modern world. The course aims to increase writing fluency and develop confidence, as well as exposing pupils to a broad range of texts, literary devices and writing styles.

If you are interested in attending our International Summer School, please email summer@windermereschool.co.uk or click the button below.

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