The school is located near the beach in a traditional building in central Bournemouth – an area packed with a variety of restaurants, shops and cafes to suit all tastes. The library is very close to the school. The school itself has all the necessary facilities to offer high quality in teaching and accommodating students, organising recreational and cultural activities.
Our teachers use the latest course books and promote an enjoyable and rewarding learning experience. Students are taught self-study techniques so learning can continue outside the classroom.
Adults aged 16+ with a range of English language abilities. Where possible, students will be placed alongside students of other nationalities. The level of international integration, however, may vary.
Lessons will be based on the communicative approach, which has proved its worth in mixed-ability classrooms. The language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening will be taught on the course. Prior knowledge will be reviewed and vocabulary and use of grammar will be further developed. All course include English language level assessment and diagnostic screening to identify strengths and areas for further improvement. Lessons will be focused on the Trinity exams ISE II and ISE III. Teaching materials and end-of-course certificate are provided. There will be no more than 16 students per group. Generally, the students will represent a variety of native languages and will be of similar age. All our teachers are qualified, with either a TEFL or a teaching qualification (PGCE Primary/PGCE Secondary in Modern Languages).
Location and Facilities
- Located in Bournemouth Town Centre
- 12 spacious classrooms on 2 floors
- 10 minutes’ walk to the beach or town centre with banks, post office and supermarkets
- Fully-equipped computer room with WiFi
- Garden with seating area to enjoy a sunny day in Bournemouth
Accommodation plays a very important part in our students' language and cultural experience in the UK. Being comfortable and in a friendly atmosphere is a must for our students' well-being, and we would go the extra mile to make their stay a memorable one. To this end, we provide a choice of living arrangements tailored to everyone's needs.
Host Family Accommodation
Staying with a family is the BEST way to practise English and to learn more about the British way of life. Bournemouth is a city of many cultures and this is reflected in the homestays we use. Families are carefully selected for their friendliness, cleanliness and access to and from the school. Host family homes are regularly inspected. Most of our families are located within 20-45 minutes away from the school by public transport.
The family will provide all the necessary assistance. Services included:
- Single or shared room for students of the same sex
- Shared bathroom
- Full or half board
- Laundry, sheets and towels provided by the family
- Adults Westcliffe Student House
- Adults Springbourne Student House
- Adults Westbourne Student House
- Adults Hurn House
The school organises an extensive programme of sports, cultural and leisure activities, as well as excursions such as:
- Visits to museums, Russell Cotes Museum;
- Shopping, movies, karaoke, international sports;
- Kayaking, sailing, body boarding, surfing, etc.;
- Cooking workshops;
- Football tournaments.
London, Oxford, Bath, Hever Castle (JOUSTING show), Portsmouth (HMS Victory) and Windsor (including a tour of the Harry Potter Studio).
Poole Harbour and Sandbanks, Christchurch Priory and Highcliffe Castle, Jurassic Coast (Corfe Castle, Swanage, Durdle Door, Old Harry Rock), Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge.
If students need a transfer from the airport, one of our representatives will be waiting for them on arrival to take them to their chosen accommodation.
- Bournemouth International Airport
- Southampton International Airport
- London Heathrow International Airport
- London Gatwick International Airport
- London Luton International Airport
- London Stansted International Airport
An excellent foundation for students wishing to continue to university or for those studying English to further their career.
Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE)
Who are the Graded Exams in Spoken English (GESE) for?
The GESE exams are intended for candidates who have learnt English as a foreign, second or additional language.
There are 12 GESE grades. These are grouped into four stages: Initial, Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. The number of tasks in the exam depends on the stage. At each stage there is a new task, which increases the linguistic and cognitive demands for the candidate.
Candidates must be at least 5 years old at the time of the examination. There is no upper age limit.
The language requirements for each of the 12 grades are shown clearly in the GESE guide. There is a GESE grade to suit every candidate. Please read the GESE Syllabus carefully to decide which grade is most suitable for your language level and abilities.
Integrated Skills in English (ISE)
Trinity’s Integrated Skills in English (ISE) is a contemporary four skills qualification intended for young people and adults – typically at school, college or university. It is also suitable for teachers and other adults who require a recognised English language qualification.
ISE assesses students’ ability to interact in English in an authentic and meaningful way through the use of integrated reading and writing tasks and integrated speaking and listening tasks. Preparing for ISE builds real-life English skills and transferable skills required for academic study and employability.
Spoken English for Work (SEW)
Preparing learners for the real world of work
The Spoken English for Work (SEW) exam is a unique assessment of spoken English communication in a work context. Through a series of interactive tasks, SEW tests assess a full range of practical speaking and listening skills that are required in the world of work on a day-to-day basis.
SEW prepares candidates for real-life working situations by providing valuable practice and assessment in telephone conversations, formal and informal presentations - along with the opportunity to discuss real work issues in an English-speaking context.
SEW provides a measure of linguistic competence from intermediate to advanced levels - from B1 to C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (2001).
SEW is offered at four levels:
- SEW B1
- SEW B2
- SEW B2+
- SEW C1
At each level the exam contains 3 types of tasks:
- telephone tasks
- a topic presentation
- a discussion
This SEW factsheet provides a brief overview. Full details are contained in the SEW Specifications document.To find out what the exams are like, watch example videos of SEW exams at levels B1, B2, B2+ and C1.