General English Course
Learn English at one of England’s longest established English language schools.
Manor Courses are based in the beautiful county of Sussex and situated close to the seaside city of Brighton and only approximately 20 minutes from Gatwick Airport.
Our English Courses run during the summer months of July and August, accommodating all levels of ability and vary in length from 1 to 5 weeks.
Our Residential English Language Course
Our English courses for young students take place on the self-contained campus of Hurstpierpoint College, also known as Hurst College, which is situated in the heart of the beautiful South Downs.
Advance your English communication quickly and easily
- Improve your English grammar knowledge.
- Develop your English communication confidence.
- Discover culture and places in UK, and in other students’ countries.
- Share and report your summer experiences.
- Demonstrate your progress and recycle the language you have learnt.
What does the English course include?
Our General English course is delivered by qualified English teachers and is designed to help our students communicate more effectively and confidently in everyday situations.
We believe in small class size learning (maximum 15 students per class) as the best route to success in learning English. As one of the longest established language schools in England, we attract students from a wide range of nationalities. Our students benefit from this rich cultural mix and we encourage multilingual classes where we aim to mix 4 or more nationalities per class. This creates a dynamic learning environment for our students and broadens their learning opportunities.
General English Course Structure
We try to split our students into 2 age groups. So classes are comprised of either 8-14 or 12-17 year olds. All students receive a General English course of 18 hours per week:
- 5 Language lessons – (90 minutes each)
- 5 Communication lessons – (90 minutes each)
- 3 Excursion, Activity & Review lessons (60 minutes each).
During English language lessons we focus on accuracy, developing grammar knowledge and usage. Learning English in these lessons typically includes the use of Cambridge University Press course books such as: Your Space, English in Mind and Interactive.
All content is reviewed in weekly Review Lessons and Progress Tests.
Our English Communication lessons are fun and engaging and focus on conversational skills and fluency. Giving students useful strategies to help improve their overall verbal communication. Learning is dynamic and students are given practical opportunities to learn about their other students’ lives, contemporary topics, current issues, etc.
Explore and Activity Lessons
Learning through real life experiences is an essential component of the General English course. Lessons give students the opportunity to learn more about the United Kingdom by focusing on UK culture and history, in addition to other students’ countries. These lessons give students opportunities to exchange information, and report and share their experiences at the Summer School and their participation in the Activity Programme.
Learning English happens across the entire programme at Manor Courses. All taught content is engaging, interactive, fun, challenging and informative. Our teachers rely on a wide range of materials and learning opportunities to provide a truly teacher-created yet student-centred course of learning that allows our students to learn English at a deeper level regardless of their stage, learning style or ability.
English learning tailored to ability
Appropriate levels for every child. We provide classes for all levels of ability, but we assume students have already had some exposure to English (either formal education or informal experience).
We provide 3 classes for each of 6 levels: beginners to advanced (or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels A1 to C1).
Accurate level placement test at the start: We use a ‘Quick Placement Test’ (it tests grammar, vocabulary and reading) and an interview to assess oral ability. Students are placed into classes according to their language ability, nationality and age.
Review lessons and monitored learning. At the end of each we review each students’ progress and at the end of their stay we provide each student with a Manor Courses certificate of attendance and progress report.
English Course Timetable
Each morning students have 2 teachers and 2 different kinds of lessons – this gives students a variety of teaching styles, accents, ages, nationality, gender etc. After break students change classrooms and teachers.
Lessons 1 & 2 – from 9:30-11:00am and 11:30am-1:00pm (5 times per week). These are 90 minute ‘Language’ or ‘Communication’ lessons.
Breaks – students leave class for a 30 minute refreshment break, 11:00-11:30am.
Lesson 3 – from 2:00-3:00pm (three times a week). These are 60 minute ‘Excursion’, ‘Activity’ or ‘Review’ lessons. After lunch students return to the same room as lesson 1.
Variations: Once a week 2 classes may be combined for a joint lesson with one teacher. Students may only receive a full complement of 18hrs per week tuition only if they depart after lesson 2 on their day of departure.
The Manor Courses English Course has clear goals, clear content and 5 clear lesson types.
Manor Courses English Summer School
"We spent two wonderful weeks in Hurst and everything went really well with the experienced academic staff in terms of language education. MC was well organised in creating extensive and fun activities every day and able to make my students' days more colourful with the energetic and friendly activity leaders."
Günes – Group Leader from Turkey, 2015
"Our daughter had spent 14 days in your summer school. She was so happy there and she liked it very very much. She was even sad to come home, because she missed her new friends and the school…and everything. I want to thank you so much for what you do for all these young people. It’s such a good organisation, you have my great respect and my congratulations."
Odile and Robert – parents of Caroline, student, 2015
"My school has sent our students almost every year since 1989. I like MC because they take good care of us. All the students who took part in MC say that they had a wonderful experience there. The staff always care about the students’ safety. I think it is a warm and comfortable atmosphere to experience summer courses."
Noriko – Group Leader from Japan, 2015
"I wanted to say thank you to everyone that I met at the school, because I had a great time this two weeks and I have never met so many nice people at the same time."
Eduardo – student, 2015