Rock It! Rock Academy and English

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Rock It! Rock Academy and English

Rock It! Rock Academy and English

General English language training in the morning followed by afternoons at our local music academy.

Learning a language is an interactive and social process, and music is a natural way to experience and explore the full richness of the English language in a fun and enjoyable way.

Heritage English and Coda Music Trust ( www.coda.org.uk)  have developed a creative music-making programme for English Language students, incorporating instrumental and vocal workshops and creating original compositions through songwriting sessions using classic and contemporary pop music. Additionally,  Coda can offer traditional one-to-one instrumental lessons (in piano, guitar, woodwind, and voice) to enable students learning music at home to continue their studies.

Besides providing enjoyment, music can play an important role in language and literacy development. Through music, memory skills can be improved, and aural discrimination increased; Music can focus the mind on the sounds being perceived and promote learning through an interactive process.

Music and songs help increase listening skills in a fun, relaxed manner. Music has always been a way to remember stories and learn about the world around us and by using music as a stimulus it can effect one’s emotions and make information easier to remember.

Music also creates an environment that is conducive to learning. It can reduce stress, increase engagement and set the stage for listening and learning. The similarities between literacy acquisition and musical development are many and academic research has demonstrated that a teaching model that combines music with language instruction can be most effective. For more information on Coda’s work please visit www.coda.org.uk

Rock It! combines creative music making with English language learning.  It incorporates instrumental and vocal workshops covering classic and contemporary pop music and original compositions through song writing. One –to-one tuition also available on guitar/woodwind/drums/piano along with English lessons in the afternoon.

Features

  • Rock It! Morning Sessions of Rock Academy
  • Small groups of 4-6
  • Afternoon English classes
  • Excursions
  • Showcase of progress at the end of the course
  • Students who do not play a musical instrument can also take part in our Rock It! courses – your voice is an instrument too!
  • Taster sessions of instruments are also available for students who do not play an instrument but who would like to try one.
  • Students who play an instrument are welcome to try  something new and have taster sessions in other instruments as well.

Lessons

  • On a Rock It! course students are taught in small groups  of 4-6 students.  This  means that  we can keep the standard of tuition high and the teacher is able to pay attention to all students’ needs. Morning sessions of Rock It! are taken at CODA music centre followed by a packed lunch at the centre.
  • Students are then collected and  taken to Heritage English’s study centre where they complete the afternoon English lessons.
  • Homework: 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.
  • Progress:   The teacher assesses the student on a daily basis and records progress made and areas to improve. At the end of the course, students will produce a short performance to showcase what they have learnt in Rock It both linguistically and musically!
  • End of Course Reports and Certificate:  At the end of the course , your son/daughter receives an End of Course Report which details their progress and give recommendations for further study and Daily Lesson Reports which records language covered and daily activities. We also provide an End of Course Certificate which shows the level achieved with a CEFR level. ( Common European Framework)
  • Your son/daughter takes an English assessment test and completes an Introductory report before arrival in the UK .
  • Students who do not play a musical instrument can also take part in our Rock It! courses –  your voice is an instrument too!
  • Taster sessions of instruments are also available for students who do not play an instrument but who would like to try one.
  • Students who  play an instrument are welcome to try  something new and have taster sessions in other instruments as well.

Accommodation

The welfare of our students in a 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 student 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.

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