What to expect during your lessons

“Improve your fluency and conversational skills and build your confidence with English”

Lesson timings vary per package, but all motivate learning through fun and dynamic materials.

Every student receives an end of course certificate and guidance on continuing learning after leaving Mountlands.

We’ve added some information about our classes to the tables and tabs below. If your question isn’t answered here, please get in touch.

Standard general English 1 week course for young learners
Course dates All dates apart from:
July + August (up until 17th)

Christmas break = 17/12/18 – 6/1/19

Class times Mon – Fri (this may vary depending on arrival date)

Mornings: L1 09:00 – 10:00, L2 10:15-11:15, L3 11:30 – 12:30

Afternoons: L1 13:15 – 14:15, L2: 14:30 – 15:30, L3: 15:45 – 16:45 

Private study periods
Taught hours per week 15 hours
Non teaching days Where possible, we avoid lessons on Sundays
Minimum enrolment age 11 (9 years+  is possible in a closed group)
Maximum enrolment age 17 (18-20 years is possible in a closed group and subject to junior rules)
Maximum class size 15
Standard 2 week Summer School course for young learners
Course dates 2nd July – 17th August
Class times Mornings: L1 09:00 – 10:00, L2 10:15-11:15, L3 11:30 – 12:30

Afternoons: L1 13:15 – 14:15, L2: 14:30 – 15:30, L3: 15:45 – 16:45

Private study periods
Taught hours per week 15
Non teaching days Saturdays + Sundays (Excursions/ English host day)
Minimum enrolment age 11
Maximum enrolment age 17
Maximum class size 15

Class levels

Students are placed by age and ability to a maximum of 15 in each class.

Levels are determined by an online test which is sent to students prior to arrival.

In low season, when we do not have a full class, you may be in a mixed ability group – however, please be assured that our teachers are qualified and aim to ensure all students can learn and progress.

Ages

Generally, we accept students aged 11-17 (unless in a closed group). We aim to place students in classes based around both their age and test score, to make sure lesson content is suitable for both their age and level.

Please note: mixed ability classes may be running but teachers always aim to ensure everyone receives content/tasks to their level.

Syllabus Overview

Mountlandsprogrammes for juniors are designed to challenge and motivate students to develop their English language skills.

The Mountlands’ programmes are topic based and adopt an integrated skills approach. Students will generally follow a different topic each lesson at an appropriate level and for the right age range/genders of the class. This ensures that whether a student is at Mountlands for 1, 2 or 3 or weeks, they will follow new material.

Classroom activities focus on developing practical speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as boosting each learner’s range of vocabulary. Appropriate English language teaching materials will be selected for each skill using materials from the teachers’ resources centre. However, the programme is very student-centred and a great deal of the language is student-generated.

Lesson examples

Lessons aim to include a range of activities to create a dynamic classroom with lots of chance to practice English!

For example, with the topic of food, tasks will include:

  • ways of describing food (flavours, textures & food types)
  • analysing English menus (reading skills)
  • discussions around fast foods (speaking skills)
  • restaurant role play – ordering food/making complaints (speaking practice)

Key features of the Mountlands School Programme:

  • Lessons based on teenage topics of interest

  • Integrated skills-based syllabus

  • Many activity based tasks + project work to engage students throughout their course

  • Vocabulary boosting activities such as role plays

  • Functional, practical language tasks

  • Pronunciation activities integrated into the lessons

  • ‘Grammar under the radar’ – you won’t learn long lists of grammar rules (and exceptions!); instead the grammar will form a natural part of the learning process.