Junior Academic Courses
Our Etherton Education Junior Academic course is based at Dean Close School in Cheltenham and is for international students aged 10-12 years. It is designed for young students who want to have a great summer school experience, but also want something more than just an ordinary holiday course.
Students spend 9 hours a week in English classes, 3 hours each in Drama and Maths, and 90 minutes each in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Art, ICT and Life Skills. Students learn English for daily life scenarios – talking about health, asking for directions, and so on. The aim of this is to make them as comfortable as possible in adjusting to a new culture.
Teachers have the opportunity to focus on activity learning, and this is why we bring Life Skill lessons into the timetable. Life Skills, ranging from First Aid to basic cooking, are designed to help students prepare for their future education. Students receive at least 3 hours of homework a week. This will be supervised homework time led by our friendly Student Hosts in a more relaxed environment from a classroom where you can get study support.
The recommended minimum English Level is CEFR B1 / IELTS 4.0.
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All of our subjects are taught by subject specialists who focus on teaching the technical vocabulary needed to study each subject. Our science teachers understand the importance of laboratory work so you will spend a lot of time doing practical, hands-on experiments. Our maximum class size is 16, but the average number of students in recent years is around 12-13.
We believe Drama is an ideal way of helping to practise speaking in English. Participating in the Drama shows increases confidence and strength in performing in front of friends and teachers. Some of our scripts have been rewritten by our Drama teachers which gives a real flair to our shows. In the past, we have found all students really enjoy the performance and take real pride in all of their hard work when rehearsing.
Students on this course will also participate in sports most days for around an hour. This gives students the chance to have a taste of British sports football, netball, rugby, hockey, basketball, tennis and cricket. With the fantastic facilities that Dean Close School has, students have the chance to participate in many different sports! Students are taught by Coaches and Student Hosts which gives them the chance to learn new sports or improve on sports they already participate in at home.
As well as the academic timetable, there are many social activities. We have unique activities designed by Etherton Education so our students can relax and enjoy themselves after a full day of studying. We have two big social evenings a week with varying activities from a Fashion Show, a Business Game, Speed Chatting and many more! These evenings bring out creativity and give students a chance to develop their team spirit.
The social aspects of the summer are a really important time to boost English speaking skills. Students are put into new scenarios that require a willing attitude and eagerness to help their team complete the task ahead. We also hold Formal Dinner and Dances throughout the summer course. These events give students the chance to dress up smartly and practise how they would be expected to behave at events like this. There is a three course meal and prize giving presented by the Course Director.
On Sundays there will be opportunities for students to join many Sunday Clubs. In the past clubs have included boxercise, dog walking, circus acts, cooking and hand casting. Sunday is a great time to get involved in something new and it is fun way to learn outside of the classroom.
Every week there is one full-day trip and one half-day trip for our Junior Academic students to learn more about the culture of Britain. At Dean Close School the full-day trips are on a Thursday each week and the half-day trips are on a Tuesday.
The full-day trips may include: Bath (Roman Baths), Cheltenham Pump Rooms, Bristol (Science Museum and SS Great Britain), Sudeley Castle, Warwick Castle. The half day trips are different each year and may include: raft building, mountain biking and climbing. Whilst on these trips, students will get to visit many famous sites and attractions. There will also be smaller trips available on Sundays to the town for shopping. The trips students take depend on what course duration they attend and all trips are subject to change at short notice due to weather / travel / circumstances beyond our control.
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“My favourite part of the English experience is our student hosts. I think that it is genius to make student hosts part of studying here. You can talk about anything you want with them! If you’ve got a problem with your homework or something else, you can ask one of many student hosts for help.”