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Residential schools

Residential schools are an integral part of the languages level 2 modules and are academically essential for practicing and developing your speaking and listening skills, to enable you to get the most out of your languages learning. Although student activity at residential school is not graded, participation is mandatory. The tuition costs of the schools are included in the module fee.

The residential schools normally take place in February / March each year in Vernon (France), Jena (Germany) and Alicante (Spain). However, for 20/21 we have taken the difficult decision not to hold face to face residential schools in these locations due to the risks associated with coronavirus and the likely impact on international travel. Instead all students will participate in an immersive Alternative Learning Experience (ALE), designed to provide the same high quality learning as the face to face schools.

The overall aim of the Residential Schools is to offer you the opportunity to communicate in French / German / Spanish as much as possible, and so develop your interactive skills, in particular those of listening and speaking. The activities you take part in will also develop your intercultural awareness. The programme builds on the content of the modules and will provide a variety of situations in which you will be able to put your language and culture skills into practice - you will benefit from discussions with others in your group and with tutors, in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.

The varied activities will involve you in individual, pair, and group work. There will also be discussions, talks and multimedia resources. All teaching and communication from teaching staff will be in the language you’re learning and you will be encouraged to use that language all the time. As you can see from the clips below, residential schools are enormously popular with our students and we hope you will have an enjoyable and valuable experience trying out what you have learned with your tutors and fellow students, in an engaging online environment. We hope to have the face to face schools running again in 21/22 subject to any conditions at the time around gatherings of people and international travel.

Student feedback:

Naturally some students are quite anxious about attending their first residential school. However, by the end of the week most enthuse about the experience they've had:

"I didn't want to go at first but being a full-time student for a week was a totally exhilarating experience."

I didn't want to go at first but being a full-time student for a week was a totally exhilarating experience.

Residential School student feedback

The residential school was absolutely fantastic, the pace and variety of work being interesting and fun, a good mix of group classroom work and going out into the community.

French Residential School student

If you are able, I would highly recommend attending the residential school in Spain. The whole experience was first class. The tutors could not do enough to help. Fellow students and the academic and social experience was far better than I had hoped for. Fantastic.

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