Institute Saint Joseph Returns!
We were very happy to welcome another group of young ESOL learners from Le Havre on their annual English language residential immersion in The New Forest last week.
What a fantastic week we had!
We are lucky to have an exceptional facility where we can run our residential courses, Foxlease, in The New Forest.https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/ This year the group stayed in The Coach House at Foxlease, some of them were in dormitory style rooms and others in single or triple rooms. The children quickly made themselves comfortable on arrival and after their trip by ferry and coach, of course , were hungry. They made their way to dining room and devoured a beautifully prepared meal by the chef and kitchen staff who did a grand job during the week of keeping them well feed with excellent food!
Helping young learners improve their English in a relatively short time has to be motivational, meaningful and above all fun! A time to make friends and memories. This year we decided to base our program on learning all about The New Forest – as that is where we are located! After a lot of research and collection of authentic material the students presented their final projects to us at the end of the week. We were delighted with the end results and how much they had found out on the animals that live in the forest, the commoners and their work on the forest as well as the affect that visitors to the forest have on the ecosystem!
Of course it is not all about the project work! It is very important that students use their knowledge of English in a productive way…..which is why our afternoon activities are so important . Students have to listen carefully to and follow instructions in English when taking part in outside activities such as bush craft, archery, horsemanship and one of the favourite all time activities……raft building!
Evenings are also a time for soaking up the English language! This year we had another sing song around a camp fire and toasted marshmallows….followed by a game of hide and seek …..this group were very good at the “hiding” part! Film night was a time to relax and enjoy watching a film in English whilst munching on pop corn – Mary Poppins was a hit …as was the popcorn. On their final night we presented the students with Certificates of Outstanding Achievement for things such as ” having the most unusual footwear” ” being a human dictionary” ,and my favourite, ” believing in unicorns”! Then the dancing and singing began as the disco started …… I had asked the group to make a playlist through the week which our fabulous activity leader managed to work her way through for the next couple of hours! A fabulous evening to end another successful English Language Residential Immersion Course with us!
We are already planning their trip for next year and also look forward to welcoming new groups soon.