Children and Young Learner
The most important aspect of our Young Learner and Young Adult course is for students to really enjoy their learning experience. The lessons are carefully designed so that the content matches the interests of the student… You can choose when you want to come (at any time of the year), how long you would like to stay, and the number of hours of formal tuition per week –15 or 20 hours or lessons followed by afternoon activities in the local area.
Students have a social programme designed for their interests. Afternoon activities are fully supervised by the tutor so language is assessed throughout the day. We offer cultural and educational activities, such as visits to a variety of museums, a wide range of sporting activities, visits to castles and historic country houses and days out to local places of interest. All costs for excursions are included in the course fees, he only money needed is a small amount of personal spending money for souvenirs!
Our Heritage Host families are all acquaintances of the Heritage team and we carefully choose the right family for each student. It is of utmost importance that students are happy with their host family environment and we make regular checks with both host family and student during the course.
On a Young Learner Program lessons are one-to-one, one teacher and one student. Your son or daughter is taught exclusively by their teacher. This ensures that they have the full attention of the teacher at all times.
Your son/daughter takes an assessment test and completes an Introductory Report before arrival in the UK. Their level can then be assessed and lessons can start from day one on arrival in England.
All lesson material is designed for each individual student after careful inspection of the test and report. The teacher designs lessons which are interesting and motivating for each student. Lessons start between 9am and 9,30am and finish at midday.
In the afternoon students are accompanied on an activity where the teacher carefully guides the student in their functional English and monitors language carefully. Students are asked to complete homework based on any new language they have learnt or to complete project work which they have started in the class time.
The welfare of our students is our main priority. The most important aspect of their stay is that they are happy and comfortable with their host family. We make sure that students receive the best possible care while they are in the UK. Our host families are all carefully chosen and inspected by us.
We live in a small area so our hosts are all known by members of the Heritage English team before we recruit them to look after our students. All families are DAB checked (Disclosure and Barring Service) and we make regular checks by talking to students on a daily basis and by visiting the host family whilst the student is here. We ask the students to inform one of the Heritage English team of any worries that they have so that we can deal with this immediately before a worry becomes a problem.
We assess each student BEFORE they come on a summer vacation course to find out what their pre-course English level is.
On an immersion course students make RAPID progress in all skills but especially in speaking and listening as they are “living” English 24 hours a day for seven days a week – 24:7 as we say! The teacher assesses the student on a daily basis and records progress made, areas to improve, language covered, achievements and afternoon activities.
We ask you to complete a detailed medical document to ensure that we know about any health or dietary condition that your son/daughter may have. Your child will be taken to an NHS doctor or hospital in the case of illness or emergency. For non EU members there is sometimes a charge for this.
On confirmation of a course we request full payment 6 weeks prior to course start date. We will then send you some paperwork to complete including travel documents, host family agreement & profile, medical information and enrolment declaration.
Included in the course fees are;
- Enrolment Fee
- Information, advice and help in personal matters
- Regular check- ups with teachers and host families on student progress and welfare
- All tuition
- All teaching materials
- Certificate of Studies
- English language lessons on the program
- Sports and leisure activities within the program
- All excursions which are on the program
- All meals and beverages
- Breakfast and a cooked dinner
- A packed lunch is provided
- Internet wi-fi access & a single room ( no other students unless requested)
A member of our staff will be at the airport to welcome your son or daughter. Students are escorted to their homestay accommodation and we will inform you that they are safe in their host family home. Travel details must be provided 2 weeks before the course start date. Arrival is generally on Sunday with Saturday departures. Please let us know if you cannot book flights for these days so we can make amendments to the program. We have an arrangement with a trusted local car transfer company who operate to and from our local airports of Southampton and Bournemouth as well as London Heathrow and Gatwick. To guarantee this service we must have the details of flights 2 weeks in advance. If more than one student is sharing a car, they must arrive at the same airport. – Please ask us for more information on this service.
Please do not worry if you do not hear from your son /daughter at their flight arrival time. There are many reasons why they may be delayed in calling you including, flight delayed in landing, late release of luggage, Uk Border Control is busy…any number of things! We aim to get your son/daughter to their host family as quickly as we can! We will let you know as soon as they are safely here in the UK. If your son/daughter’s flight is delayed or there is any other problem with arrival time, please make sure we are informed immediately. We will give you staff telephone numbers, host family telephone numbers and an emergency number to call in case of any problems.
National Express Coaches run a reliable and efficient service from London Heathrow /Gatwick to Ringwood which is our collection point in the New Forest. We can help you book your tickets for this service. Please check with the airline what the luggage allowance is for your child’s flight. You must also make sure that your son/daughter is aware that their luggage allowance is the same when they go back home! Heritage English cannot pay for any additional charges for excess luggage incurred. If your son/daughter is under 16 years of age, we advise that you check with your airline company for rules and regulations regarding this. You will be responsible for any unaccompanied minor charges. We provide the necessary documents that the airline may ask for. We ask you to complete a detailed medical document to ensure that we know about any health or dietary condition that your son/daughter may have. Your child will be taken to an NHS doctor or hospital in the case of illness or emergency. For non EU members there is sometimes a charge for this.
We ask your son/daughter to complete an introductory report to send back to us so we can find out some more about them. We also ask the m to complete an online test so that we can assess their level prior to arrival in the UK. On confirmation of a course we request full payment 6 weeks prior to course start date. We will then send you some paperwork to complete including travel documents, host family agreement & profile, medical information and enrolment declaration.
We cannot accept responsibility for any delay in scheduled services or if any services cannot be provided as specified by the airline/ transfer company. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or injury to students or their property during travel. We strongly advise that you take out personal insurance to cover your son/daughter against these risks. ( student often travel with iphones/ipads/ netbooks/smart phones which must be covered for insurance purposes).