Ministays Harrogate

The elegant city of Harrogate is located in the centre of an area full of beautiful houses and manor parks in Yorkshire. The city was in the past a popular destination for its thermal waters and today, thanks to its dynamic and versatile character, it is still a very popular destination, especially among young people.

Harrogate is immersed in the fascinating moors and relaxing pastures of the Nidderdale which make it the ideal place to study the language in a typically English context; it also offers numerous parks and green areas for walking and relaxing.

Elected by ‘Best Move’ as the best place to live in the UK every year since 2013, and it is easy to understand why, among wonderful restaurants and bars, fantastic old shops, it has so much to offer.

English Language course Mini-stays for high schools in Harrogate

Features

About the School of English

The school offers English language courses in the pretty old town of Harrogate, within walking distance of numerous cafes and restaurants, including the world-renowned Betty's Tea Room. In a few steps, you can reach the famous Royal Pump House Museum, the commercial district and the train and bus stations. A team of young and dynamic teachers and collaborators ensures that during your language mini-stay school trip in Harrogate you can learn the language in a pleasant environment. The school also stands out for its wide range of English courses, which also include preparations for the popular Cambridge exams.

Accreditation

British Council, English UK, Cambridge English,  TOEIC, Trinity London, IELTS.

Mini-stays Courses

General English

Our General English course has been developed to expand the English language skills which will help the students in the future to advance their knowledge in professional and academic English. During the course the students will focus on the four main elements: speaking, listening, writing and reading. Our classes are made up at all levels from elementary to advanced and students can choose to study 15, 20 and 25 academic hours. The course aims to let the students feel more confident in speaking English what will boost their self-confidence in interacting with other English speakers. We do also offer, for your ministays, language activities outside the classroom to make the course more interesting and stimulating.

Project Work

Project Work is a didactic methodology that is inspired by the general principle of learning by doing. Our activities have been developed to a such extent that the students will create, in collaboration with our teachers, a project related to a real context and objective. The aim of the project work is to let the student work independently by analysing the overall contexts and aims and find possible solutions that will present to the pupils during the actualisation of the project. During this course, the student will also develop their language skills and vocabulary.

Cambridge Exam Preparation

If your students are already preparing themselves for the Cambridge Exam, this will be a good option to study it during your ministay. We can only take closed groups for this course and all the students need to be studying towards the same exam. For example, if your school group is of 30 students we may split the group into 2 smaller groups and offer them a course accordingly to their exam level. It will be possible to prepare for four different levels of Cambridge exam: Preliminary English Test (PET), First Certificate of English (FCE), Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Our course will help your students to acquire the skills necessary to pass the exam and understand the exam structure and marks. If it is required we may simulate a typical exam day during their stay so that they will get the feeling of what will be expected during the exam.

Academic English

If you think that for your ministays your students may be interested in attending a course other then General English, we can offer the option to attend an academic English course instead. The aim of the course is to prepare the learners for advanced language skills needed to attend high education Institutions such as Universities. During the course, the pupils will discuss a wide variety of topics in order to improve their accuracy and fluency. They will also read an academic text, for example, a journal article that will develop their understanding skills. The focus will be also on academic writing such as taking notes and on the academic way of writing sentences structures. This course is for school groups that have at least a B2 level.

Sample Programme - Harrogate Ministays

This a mini-stay sample programme based on Sunday arrival and departure on the following Saturday / 6-night programme

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
BreakfastBreakfastBreakfastBreakfastBreakfast
Lessons 9:00-12:00Lessons 9:00-12:00Lessons 9:00-12:00Lessons 9:00-12:00Lessons 9:00-12:00
LunchLunchLunchLunchLunch
City TourRoyal Pump Room MuseumMercer Art GalleryRipley CastleValley Gardens Harrogate
DinnerDinnerDinnerDinnerDinner
Family Night
BowlingFamily NightCinemaNight Event

*Please note that this is a sample programme only, and it is for illustrative purposes only, the programme will be designed upon your requests. English course am or pm subject to availability.

 
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Accommodation

Host Families

The homestay is perhaps the most complete immersion method, ideal for students who want to take English courses, allowing them to make the most of the experience. Students will be sharing a room with one or two classmates and will be hosted by a local experienced host family, this will be a full-immersion cultural experience as they will see how locals live, what they eat and more. For some students, this may be a life-experience challenge as for most of them this will be their first experience outside their parents’ home but worth to try as we think this will let the students grow not only culturally but also personally. For most of the students, instead, this will be a home away from home and enjoy the experience with the locals. All host families are checked and inspected regularly and need to abide by a certain pre-set standard requirement.

Residential Accommodation

We have the availability of residential accommodation all year round, our type of accommodation varies depending on your budget and requirements. We can offer students residence accommodation with students staying in two or three per room with shared or private facilities, hotel or B&B accommodation with students staying in triple or family rooms with private facilities. If you would like to choose this option for your students but your budget is very limited, we will be able to offer hostel accommodation. Most of our hostels are 4 stars with students staying in multiple rooms of 4,6 and sometimes 8 students in a room with private facilities, but we have also budget hostels where students will be staying in larger rooms with or without an en-suite room. We will organise for you, breakfast and dinner if this is required. Most of our residential accommodation is situated in the city centre or not far from it, but please bear in mind that availability may be limited, therefore, for this option, we may require an advance booking.

Travel Guide

Location

Harrogate

Our hours

09:00 AM – 5.00 PM
Monday – Friday

Contact us

Head office: + 44 (0) 20 3519 1247