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EXPLORE YOUR ENGLISH A BIG ‘HELLO’ AND WELCOME TO STAFFORD HOUSE! We’d like to invite you on a learning adventure, one that will empower you to explore your English with confidence. Our schools are located in 8 fantastic American and British cities that each offer a unique way to improve your language. From the day you walk into Stafford House, you’ll become a member of our global community building long standing friendships made in the classroom and on action packed activities across the city. You can count on our experienced teachers to empower and guide you through your journey in English, they go the extra mile to immerse you in their language and culture. Our staff are knowledgeable and passionate about their cities and keen to share with you their experience about the city you have chosen. By the end of your stay, we’ll make sure you’re equipped and empowered to explore the opportunities that come your way and realise your true potential. THE EXPERIENCE Locations...................................... 2 Your Stafford House.................... 4 Course Portfolio........................... 6 Progression route........................ 7 Testimonials................................. 8 Social Programme...................... 10 Accommodation......................... 12 OUR LOCATIONS USA Destinations..................... 14 Boston........................................ 16 Chicago....................................... 18 San Diego................................... 20 San Francisco............................. 22 UK Destinations....................... 24 Brighton...................................... 26 Cambridge.................................. 28 Canterbury ................................ 30 London....................................... 32 OUR COURSES General English.......................... 34 Module Customisation............... 35 Exam Preparation....................... 36 Business English........................ 38 Professional Certificates............ 39 Additional Options..................... 40 Junior Groups............................. 41 HELLO FUTURE! 1 EXPLORE YOUR 8 LOCATIONS ACROSS THE UK & THE USA ENGLISH BOSTON Whether it’s a tradition al English ex perience or that all American Adventure, wh atever your preference you’ll find a Stafford House loc ation to suit your needs and tas tes. Paul Revere Mall-Fountain BRIGHTON CAMBRIDGE Boston H arbou r CHICAGO The Brighton Wheel Roam Cambridge by bike SAN FRANCISCO LONDON tal pi Explore the UK Ca CANTERBURY ity Historic C 2 Centre Canterbury Cathedral SAN DIEGO The beautiful San Diego coastline Museum of Man San Diego 3 YOUR STAFFORD HOUSE PERSONAL SERVICE From the moment you arrive, until the day you leave us, our enthusiastic and genuine staff will guide you through your stay and learning adventures. A BIG ‘HELLO’ On your first day, it will take you no time at all to get involved. We have a full induction programme and a specially designed handbook that will inspire you to make the most of your learning adventure with us; • A tour of the school and introduction to the Stafford . House community • A walking tour to start the discovery of your local area • Guidance on how to register with the police and a doctor, and how to open a bank account • Guidance on how to find your nearest religious or cultural organisations HERE TO HELP You can rely on us to guide you through the ins and outs of your foreign experience; • Visa application and renewal • Airport transfers • Expert education advice for . your future • Monthly meetings with academic staff to discuss your personal development PREMIUM FACILITIES STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY Our teaching technology equips both you and your teachers . to make the most of lessons, with interactive whiteboards . in every classroom. FRESH BRIGHT CLASSROOMS All of our schools have been recently renovated ensuring you study in bright, light and airy classrooms. FREE HIGH SPEED WI-FI Our free, fast Wi-Fi Is available throughout our schools and in our IT suites, to use at ease in your spare time. STUDENT LOUNGES AND CAFÉS For a place to chill, take a break from your studies or catch up with friends in our vibrant student lounges and cafés. LIBRARY FACILITIES If you want to dive in deeper to your studies, there are extra study resources to reinforce your classroom learning. SELF-STUDY AREAS Designed specifically for you to get your head down and concentrate away from the buzz of the rest of the school. OUTSIDE COURTYARD Some of our schools benefit . from outside seating areas to relax or study. 4 EXCELLENT TEACHING Everyone needs inspiring teachers who are passionate about bringing the English language to life. EXTRA-MILE SUPPORT Your highly trained and experienced teachers are there to encourage your development and give you feedback throughout. You also have the opportunity to meet monthly with one of our senior mentors for additional one-to-one support. EMPOWERING LESSONS We believe in lessons that are engaging, relevant, and fun, and build real confidence in your abilities. You’ll be energised and inspired to reach your academic goals and achieve your full potential. EXPERT STAFF Fully qualified Stafford House teachers have genuine life experiences that makes education more than just academic. YOUR TEAM The average class size is 10, small enough that you get the attention you require in a relaxed environment, and build the genuine friendships that will help your confidence grow. FLEXIBLE LEARNING At Stafford House we’re flexible; we understand how important your study plan and choice of school are so we’ll guide you through any changes you might want to make. Adaptable study programmes, numerous locations and a straight forward pricing structure, allows you to be in control of your learning destiny. A VARIETY OF CITIES Eight fantastic locations spread across the UK and USA, and all great places to explore, each distinctly different to suit your style. Our flexible programmes mean you can easily transfer between schools within each country. A CHOICE OF COURSES Our eight courses follow the same simple pricing structure within each country. If you arrive and decide you are on the wrong programme, it’s simple to switch. As long as you continue with the same number of hours per week, it’s often free too. 5 WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU REACH YOUR GOALS! YOUR PROGRESSION ROUTE Whether you want to learn English for everyday life, your career or to progress into academic studies, we look forward to welcoming you to an exciting range of courses for all levels! Studying English at Stafford House will provide you with all the support necessary to reach your English language goals. Use our Progression Guide below, to map your potential journey to English language fluency. The table below is for guidance purposes only. Students’ progression is dependent on motivation, a commitment to self-study and the use of English outside the classroom. 20 lessons You can use a range of language close to that of your own language. You have no problem understanding or communicating. You now wish to extend your vocabulary and explore the nuances of idiomatic English. 12-16 weeks 11-15 weeks 10-12 weeks You can express yourself clearly and effectively. You have a sound grasp of major tenses and grammatical structures. You read widely and can follow the majority of what is heard on TV, radio and film. 12-16 weeks 11-15 weeks 10-12 weeks You can communicate effectively in most situations, discussing and expressing opinions on a wide range of topics. You will continue to broaden your vocabulary to become more fluent and accurate. 12-22 weeks 12-20 weeks 12-18 weeks You are a confident speaker and understand much of what you read and hear. You have a reasonable vocabulary and can survive well in most situations. You now need to become more fluent and accurate, use more complex structures and sophisticated vocabulary. 12-22 weeks 12-20 weeks 12-18 weeks You can communicate well in everyday social and travel situations and understand some of what is said. You are familiar with basic grammar but need to develop this further. You need to build your vocabulary and listening skills. 10-12 weeks 9-10 weeks 8 weeks 9 weeks 7-8 weeks 6 weeks Equivalent to: Cambridge KET, IELTS 3 You have a small, basic vocabulary and can communicate on a simple level. You can survive in everyday situations such as shopping, greeting and travelling. You make a lot of mistakes but people can understand you. 1 You only know a few words of English. 6 weeks 5 weeks 4 weeks 7 ADVANCED PROFICIENCY Equivalent to: Cambridge CPE, IELTS 7.5–9.0, TOEFL iBT 106–120 6 ADVANCED ACADEMIC General English Business English Standard (20 lessons) Career Preparation Activity IELTS Preparation Intensive (25 lessons) Professional Certificates Cambridge Examinations Super Intensive (30 lessons) Marketing & Advertising Equivalent to: Cambridge CAE, IELTS 6.5–7.5, TOEFL iBT 86–105 5 TOEFL Preparation UPPER INTERMEDIATE INTERMEDIATE PROFESSIONAL Equivalent to: Cambridge FCE, IELTS 5.5-6.0, TOEFL iBT 66–85 4 INTERMEDIATE Equivalent to: Cambridge PET, IELTS 4.5–5.0, TOEFL iBT 35–45 University Pathways Business Management 3 Project Management PRE-INTERMEDIATE ELEMENTARY Equivalent to: IELTS 4 We also offer One-to-One English and Group courses that can be completely tailor made according to your needs and objectives. 6 30 lessons per week EVERYDAY ENGLISH 25 lessons 2 ELEMENTARY BEGINNER per week per week 7 TESTIMONIALS LONDON “ I love every thing about the school, . I love how the teachers teach, they explain every thing and if I don’t understand they will explain it until I understand, all the people are friendly. I love this school so much. I will take TOEFL when I’m finished studying here, I will go to Vir ginia to study in university. The course has helped me with my fut ure goals; you can’t go to unive rsity and not speak English! Sofya, Russia “ I was in Stafford House for 3 months my life! and it was the best time of from Here you can find students ers ch all over the world and tea d great who have great interests an u under knowledge. They all take yo a part their wings and they become part is of your life! And the worst hind… I you have to leave them be single enjoyed every thing – every break s, moment of my lessons, my s so . my teachers and my friend ! I hope to come back again BOSTON ” CAMBRIDGE Y R U B R E T N CA “ gre Stafford House is a at sch oo “ Sistafvef ryin hethelpfsch ul, l I’ve just changed accommodation and now live in a student house with a lot of international students which is great friends. because I’ve made a lot of in the There are a lot of ac tivities are we afternoon every day and having a great time here! ” ool! I’m doing very well, my English is progressing very fast. Teachers here are amazing and lessons are fun – we are pla ying games and doing exercises but at the same time learning Engli sh and grammar! I’ve made a lot of friends here from dif ferent nationa lities. We hang out a lot to practise ou r English more.. Ali, Qatar ” Nataly, Switzerland ” Tuana, Turkey O C S I C N A R F SA N “ I really enjoyed being exposed to challenging materials and participating in in-class ac tivities that pushed me outside of my comfort zone. ” Shoko, Japan SAN DIEGO ing in San “ SDtuiedy go has been an amazing and nce in my life. important experie ly motivated and Teachers are high obody has to well educated. N something . hesitate to ask, if was unclear. Cagla, Turkey ” BRIGHTON CHICAGO ying with a host Sta family was the best experience for me. Living wi th a family helped speed up my learning process, because we talked a lot during dinners. Daniel, Brazil “ ” Stafford Hous “ Itealikche ers are very e, nice, my host family is great and I get to spend a lot of time with my international e. friends at social programm e rop Eu It’s my first time in and it’s been an amazing experience so far – I would recommend it to my friends! Hee-Young, South Korea ” 8 9 SOCIAL PROGRAMME Beach Barbecue The unique Stafford House social programme is designed directly in response to students’ wishes and requests. Wherever the students want to go or whatever they want to do, we do our best to make it happen. All of our activity leaders are chosen because they live locally and are passionate about showing off their city and all it has to offer. This allows students to gain a deeper insight and understanding of the city they live in. Ancient pubs tucked away deep in the city, quirky markets nestled in the midst of local communities or festivals, museums and events that could be left off the student to-do list; we try to put the Stafford House student in touch with the city they hope to discover. Day T rips ur Walking To s Volleyball Games Days Movie Nights Activity Days We design a lot of activities that aim to encourage our students on trips to extend their knowledge of English beyond the classroom. This could take the form of a local culture and history quiz, language that can be used in an art gallery or an activity looking at architecture vocabulary. In short, our social programme aims to bridge the gap between the classroom and the world outside. Our students can enjoy a wide choice of activities, knowledgeable activity leaders and. a team that encourages you to use. your English at all levels in all of our incredible cities. 10 Concerts Gallery Visits Museum Visits Beach Sports Photog raphy City B reak s 11 HOMESTAY* One of our most popular accommodation options, homestay allows you to integrate into family life and practise your English language outside the classroom, over dinner and throughout the weekend with your welcoming hosts. This is a unique way to live and study at your chosen destination. SUPERIOR HOMESTAY (UK ONLY) This option offers you all the benefits of homestay, but with the comfort and convenience of a personal bathroom and a higher standard . of accommodation. YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME Where you live is key to your happiness and academic success. Whether you prefer the independence . of a student residence or the familiarity of homestay, our accommodation options are chosen to offer you the flexibility of choice. and quality you deserve. RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION Offering you more space to yourself, our hand-picked student residences provide the chance to live more independently with like-minded people from all over the world. Residences are modern and often include 24 hour reception, laundry facilities, bike storage, common room, and Wi-Fi internet access, conveniently located for easy access to school. STUDENT HOUSES Similar to a residence but offering more independence, you will live with other students but on a smaller scale than in a residence, allowing you to build lasting friendships with your house mates. Fully furnished and equipped for self-catering. PRIVATE OPTIONS As all of our schools are in popular student cities, there is a wealth of private accommodation to rent, to suit all requirements and budgets. Our staff will be happy to help in. any way. *London homestay accommodation is provided by third party agencies. Brighton Student House 12 San Francisco Student Residence London Student Residence Boston Homestay 13 USA From the historic cobblestone streets of Boston to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the USA offers unique destinations from coast to coast. BOSTON CHICAGO SAN DIEGO Boston is one of the most historic, wealthy and influential cities in the USA. A unique waterfront city that you’ll fall in love with the very first time you visit. Filled with historical sights, a plethora of museums, sports fan-fare and lively marketplaces, your inner culture vulture is waiting to be unleashed in Boston. Famous for its many museums, exciting nightlife and friendly culture, Chicago is an. All-American city. With festivals every weekend, live music every night, and beautiful parks and beaches beckoning every day—Chicago buzzes with energy and excitement all year long. Listen to free jazz concerts in Grant Park and modern music concerts in Millennium Park. Visit the Willis (Sears) Tower, the Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago is also famous for its world class architecture, food and shopping. Students say our San Diego school is like a big family. San Diego is famous for its active outdoor lifestyle, including boating, surfing, parks and professional sports. It’s also home to Sea World and the largest zoo in the world. If you like warm beaches, a relaxed atmosphere and a smaller city feel, San Diego is the right place for you. Known as America’s college town, it is home to over 50 colleges and universities and has a strong tradition of learning. With world-ranked universities such as MIT, Harvard and Boston College, it is considered by many to be the education capital of America. The city is a popular destination for students from all over the world who are met with a warm welcome to this beautiful and friendly city. BALBOA PARK SAN FRANCISCO Known for its international culture, many high-tech companies, free music festivals, and delicious California food, the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the top travel and business destinations in the world. San Francisco is the City by the Bay, home to beautiful landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and Fisherman’s Wharf. SH FENWAY PARK ALCATRAZ ISLAND GASLAMP QUARTER NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM SH BEAUTIFUL COASTLINES GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE FISHERMANS WHARF THE CLOUD GATE SH LINCOLN PARK ZOO BOSTON COMMON SH GOLDEN GATE PARK CABLE CAR MUSEUM All English courses in the USA accredited by THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO 14 NAVY PIER 15 BOSTON Over 250,000 students from all over the world help give Boston this title and with Harvard and MIT close by it’s easy to see why. Our central downtown school is just moments from the green space of Boston Common, historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace and even Macy’s which is over the road. Our ultra-modern school includes all the facilities you need for that all American adventure. GREAT PLACES TO VISIT! • The Freedom Trail • Fenway Park (home of. the Boston Red Sox) • Harvard University • Boston Common • Whale watching SCHOOL KEY FACTS CAPACITY 240 CLASSROOMS 15 STUDENT COMPUTERS 15 LESSONS 45 mins long STUDENTS IN CLASS “I really like Stafford House! There are many activities and our activity leaders are very cool... I’m always socialising and traveling around - my teachers are all very different but I like all of them.” Average 11 (max 15) BOSTON AMENITIES Student lounge IT lounge Free Wi-Fi Library Interactive whiteboards ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS • Homestay. • Student House. • Student Residence. • Summer Residence Victoria, Spain STUDY IN THE EDUCATION CAPITAL OF THE USA... Italian. • Chinese staff or 16 staff or staffordhouse.com/boston H R SCHOOL OU V ago hic Colombian. • ston bo • ouse.com/ dh Brazilian. ouse.com/c dh Saudi Arabian. • EO ID • WA TC TOP 5 NATIONALITIES 17 17 CHICAGO • The Cloud Gate (bean sculpture) • Art Institute of Chicago. • Navy Pier. • Millennium Park. • Lincoln Park Zoo KEY FACTS CAPACITY 270 CLASSROOMS 20 STUDENT COMPUTERS 40 LESSONS 45 mins long STUDENTS IN CLASS Average 10 (max 15) CHICAGO AMENITIES Student lounge IT lounge Free Wi-Fi Student kitchen Self Study area Multimedia classroom Yuichi, Japan SEEK OUT AN ALL-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS • Homestay. • Student Residence Thai. • Brazilian. • Korean. • Taiwanese H R SCHOOL OU V staff or ouse.com/ dh 18 staff or ston bo staffordhouse.com/chicago H R SCHOOL OU V EO ID Saudi Arabian. • EO ID • WA TC TOP 5 NATIONALITIES ago WATC hic GREAT PLACES TO VISIT! SCHOOL ouse.com/c dh Our Chicago center is located on Michigan Avenue with views of the lake and the Art Institute of Chicago. The center provides great and modern facilities with easy access to public transportation, local services and shopping. Chicago students love visiting the nearby museums, attending sporting events and eating at famous restaurants. Every month the activities schedule includes trips to top landmarks, game nights and tours of the unique neighborhoods throughout the city. “Chicago is a diverse city, so I had many chances to communicate with people who have different backgrounds. The knowledges that I got there helps me to be more active in classes at University now. ” 19 SAN DIEGO The San Diego Center is located near vibrant downtown. The school has a comfortable student lounge with sofas, a foosball table, and a student kitchen with vending machines. Students in San Diego soak up the California sun year-round at outdoor activities including the world famous San Diego Zoo, baseball games and playing soccer at Balboa Park. One of our most popular activities are the beach bonfires where students can watch the sunset and socialize in beautiful Ocean Beach. GREAT PLACES TO VISIT! • • • • • San Diego Zoo. Balboa Park. The Gaslamp Quarter. Beautiful beaches. Seaport Village “When I came to the USA to take some classes I couldn’t imagine how it would change my life. When I went back to Brazil I got the job I wanted because my English was better.” SCHOOL KEY FACTS CAPACITY 170 CLASSROOMS 16 STU DENT COMPUTERS 23 LESSONS Cindi, Brazil 45 mins long STUDENTS IN CLASS Average 10 (max 15) SAN DIEGO AMENITIES IT lounge Free Wi-Fi Student Kitchen Self Study area Multimedia Classroom STUDY IN ‘AMERICA’S FINEST CITY’! ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS • Homestay. • Student Residence Brazilian. • Japanese. • Turkish. • Korean staffordhouse.com/sandiego H R SCHOOL OU V staffo rd 20 H R SCHOOL OU V EO ID Saudi Arabian. • EO ID • WA TC TOP 5 NATIONALITIES go WAT die C n a Student lounge use.com/s ho 21 21 SAN FRANCISCO The Stafford House San Francisco center is located in the Financial District, close to all public transportation including the world famous cable cars and Union Square shopping. The school has study lounges, a student kitchen, and a Global Learning Center. Students in San Francisco never miss an opportunity to visit the Golden Gate Bridge, tour Fisherman’s Wharf, or explore San Francisco’s many diverse neighborhoods. GREAT PLACES TO VISIT! • • • • • Golden Gate Bridge. Cable Cars. Alcatraz Island. Fisherman’s Wharf. Lombard Street “I loved the people I met in San Francisco, everyone, including students and staff. My teachers were incredible, I’ve learned a lot with them.” SCHOOL KEY FACTS CAPACITY 300 CLASSROOMS 21 STUDENT COMPUTERS Carolina, Brazil 14 LESSONS 45 mins long STUDENTS IN CLASS Artist’s impression Average 10 (max 15) SAN FRANCISCO AMENITIES Student lounge IT lounge Free Wi-Fi Student Kitchen Self Study area Interactive Whiteboards GLC Global Learning Center LEARN FROM ‘THE CITY THAT KNOWS HOW’! ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS • Homestay. • Student Residence • Japanese. • Thai. • Saudi Arabian staffordhouse.com/sanfrancisco H R SCHOOL OU V H sco WAT nci C ra Korean. R SCHOOL OU V se.com/san f ou 22 staffo rd EO h ID Brazilian. • EO ID • WA TC TOP 5 NATIONALITIES Artist’s impression 23 UK BRIGHTON CAMBRIDGE Breathe in the south coast’s coolest seaside town. The city often called London On Sea is a mix of the cosmopolitan and quirky. World class University City, Cambridge has the edge when it comes to beauty, history and culture. This elegant yet compact city boasts spectacular architecture in the shape of colleges, chapels, churches and courtyards combined with green parks, wide open spaces and the River Cam, which winds through its heart. ge Sites, to its From its beautiful landscapes, countr yside, and historic World Herita n, sports events vibrant and cosmopolitan cities with the latest trends in music, fashio four schools are and food, England is truly one of the world’s greatest countries. Our strategically located to introduce you to the best it has to offer. CANTERBURY Canterbury Cathedral, cream teas and river punting - if you are looking for that traditional English experience then look no further than Stafford House Canterbury. ROMAN MUSEUM LONDON London doesn’t need introductions - it is one of the world’s greatest, most exciting cities - a truly multicultural melting pot combining centuries of tradition with being the centre of new global thinking and trends. CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL THE ROUND CHURCH JESUS GREEN SH KING’S COLLEGE THE LANES SH QUEENS PARK CANTERBURY CASTLE THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM PARKERS PIECE DANE JOHN GARDENS THE BRITISH MUSEUM BUCKINGHAM PALACE THE SHARD SH SH TOWER BRIDGE BIG BEN THE LONDON EYE BRIGHTON PIER BRIGHTON WHEEL BRIGHTON AQUARIUM 24 All English Courses in the UK accredited by 25 BRIGHTON SCHOOL KEY FACTS CAPACITY 224 • • • • • CLASSROOMS Brighton Pier. Brighton Pavilion . The Lanes. Brighton Wheel. Brighton Marina 16 STUDENT COMPUTERS 14 LESSONS 50 mins long STUDENTS IN CLASS Average 10 (max 14) BRIGHTON AMENITIES Free Wi-F Library Interactive whiteboards Outside courtyard Self study room ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS • Homestay. • Student House. • Student Residence. • Summer Residence Giuseppe, Italy ston o b IT lounge ouse.com/ dh STUDY IN THE UK’S COOLEST SEASIDE TOWN TOP 5 NATIONALITIES • Thai. • Swiss. • Chinese staffordhouse.com/brighton 26 hton WATC g i r Turkish. R SCHOOL OU V use.com/b ho • H staffo rd Saudi Arabian. EO ID • staff or Student lounge staff or ago hic GREAT PLACES TO VISIT! ouse.com/c dh With the beach in one direction and town the other, the school is located in the heart of the action. Situated in a beautiful Regency building, for which Brighton is famous, our light, bright classrooms and bespoke student zones offer the perfect combination of study, fun and socialising space! “The school is great – I enjoy the classes and we have a nice student lounge where we can spend time with our friends, have lunch, play football table! I enjoy exploring the city and find interesting hidden galleries, shops and pubs ” 27 27 CAMBRIDGE Stafford House Cambridge is located in the heart of the storied city. The school’s modern classrooms, canteen and student access centre in the old city are just steps away from the most famous colleges in the world. Students in Cambridge love taking advantage of the unique activities that make this corner of the UK famous: punting on the river Cam, tours of St John’s College, Evensong at King’s College Chapel, and exploring the theatres and boutiques in the city centre. GREAT PLACES TO VISIT! • • • • • Punting. Kings College Chapel. Trinity Great Court. The Round Church. Fitzwilliam Museum SCHOOL KEY FACTS CAPACITY 150+ CLASSROOMS 9 LESSONS 50 mins long STUDENTS IN CLASS New School (max 14) CAMBRIDGE AMENITIES Student lounge IT lounge Free Wi-Fi Library Café Canteen Interactive whiteboards Self study room “Teachers here are very experienced and they are very supportive! They listen to everyone and organise lessons in a way that it is useful to all. My vocabulary is growing and that’s very important for my future studies. I am very confident in my progress.” Victoria, Spain ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS • Homestay. • Student House. • Summer Residence staffordhouse.com/cambridge 28 EXPLORE THE BEAUTY, HISTORY AND CULTURE OF CAMBRIDGE 29 29 CANTERBURY • • • • • Canterbury Cathedral. Trips on the river Leeds castle. Dover Castle. Paris by Eurostar CAPACITY 180 CLASSROOMS 15 STUDENT COMPUTERS 14 LESSONS 50 mins long STUDENTS IN CLASS Average 10 (max 14) Hosam, Saudi Arabia CANTERBURY AMENITIES Student lounge IT lounge Free Wi-Fi Library Café Outside courtyard Interactive whiteboards DISCOVER THE TRADITIONAL ENGLISH EXPERIENCE Self study room ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS • Homestay. • Student House. • Summer Residence Thai. • Korean. • Kuwaiti. • Chinese staffordhouse.com/canterbury 30 R SCHOOL OU V H R SCHOOL OU V staffo rd • H EO ID Saudi Arabian. EO ID • WA TC TOP 5 NATIONALITIES WA TC GREAT PLACES TO VISIT! KEY FACTS ry rbu te Our light, bright school is just moments from the centre of this medieval city, awash with history yet vibrant with student life from the three popular universities that also reside here. SCHOOL com/c use. an ho Canterbury is in the heart of the Kent countryside, which is known as ‘The Garden of England’. This corner of England is rich in history because it is so close to mainland Europe – you will find castles everywhere you go! Paris and Brussels are just a short journey away. “I think I’m ready to start my university studies and that means I’ve achieved my goal. I’ve passed the exams to start my pre-sessional course so Stafford House helped me to get into university that I wanted.” 31 31 LONDON CLASSROOMS 20 STUDENT COMPUTERS 14 LESSONS 50 mins long STUDENTS IN CLASS Average 11 (max 14) LONDON AMENITIES Student lounge IT lounge Free Wi-Fi Library Café Canteen Interactive whiteboards Self study room ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS • Homestay. • Student House. • Student Residence. • Summer Residence Turkish. • Swiss. • Brazilian. • Italian staffordhouse.com/london staff or Korean. • H R SCHOOL OU V staff or 32 • DISCOVER AND LEARN IN THE UK CAPITAL EO ID TOP 5 NATIONALITIES Daniel, France ston bo The London Eye. Buckingham Palace. Big Ben. Tower of London. British Museum 350 WA TC • • • • • CAPACITY don on GREAT PLACES TO VISIT! KEY FACTS ouse.com/l dh Situated in between some of the world’s top universities, you’ll also find all the academic . inspiration you need around you. SCHOOL ouse.com/ dh The school is located in the heart of upmarket Bloomsbury, central London, with all the transport . links to the rest of the capital you could ever need at your feet. Our historic buildings are full of character, light-filled and packed with the latest technology. “I’m really happy here, all the teachers that I have are very good and now that I’ve passed more time in the school and from the marks on different tests I can see that I’m progressing.” 33 33 CHOOSE YOUR COURSE FLEXIBILITY TESTING ON ARRIVAL From Standard to Intensive or Super Intensive, our range of English language courses offers you a choice on how intensively you want to study whether that’s 20 lessons a week on a Standard course or 30 lessons a week on our Super Intensive. Plus with our range of modules you get to personalise your course totally to fit your needs. On your first day you will take a language assessment, to assess your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and how well you . are able to understand and speak English. . This helps us to understand the class you’ll . be happiest and most successful in. HOW YOU LEARN We believe that you will learn faster and more effectively if your lessons are engaging, fun and relevant, that’s why our teachers use a range of techniques and develop classes that are motivating and build your confidence. This will allow time to focus on any areas of weakness. Any weekly programme is influenced not only by the course book syllabus but also by the learning goals and interests of the students in any one group. MODULES All students on our Intensive and Super Intensive courses can personalise their learning through the addition of specific modules. These modules allow students to study topics that best fit with their learning goals. Below are just a few for you to think about: MONTHLY TUTORIALS EXPERIENCE AMERICA Every month you’ll have a one-to-one tutorial with a senior member of the academic team to make sure you are on track to achieve your goals and fulfil your potential. It’s a great opportunity to review your course choices and learning methods and to really make sure you achieve what you want to achieve. Practice English with Americans!. Take weekly field trips to cultural places, volunteer organizations and neighborhoods. CAREER PREPARATION Write a professional American-style résumé (CV) and cover letter. Learn interview skills and U.S. business practices. QUALITY ASSURANCE CURRENT EVENTS AND DEBATE Our Directors of Studies are based in all of our schools to ensure our programmes are of the highest possible quality, our class sizes are small and that our students leave having . gained the maximum from their time. with us. Learn to speak your opinion confidently. Debate current world news and business topics. POPULAR ENGLISH Study popular slang and idioms from TV shows, movies and songs. Develop vocabulary to help you communicate in all situations. SOCIAL MEDIA AT WORK GENERAL ENGLISH We offer an exciting range of General English courses . for all levels, from beginner to proficiency, and to suit different budgets. We also offer timetables that give you the flexibility to choose a course that best suits your needs from 1-36+ weeks. STANDARD (20 lessons) INTENSIVE (25 lessons) STANDARD FLEX (20 lessons) SUPER INTENSIVE (30 lessons) QUICK FACTS LOCATION: Standard, Intensive, Super Intensive: All centres . . Standard flex: Cambridge. London START DATES Every Monday Improve your social media skills to market yourself and build your network. Study. how Americans use social media in their professional lives. NEWS AND NEWSPAPERS Explore different types of printed media and discuss the raised issues of current affairs incorporating useful language and vocabulary at Upper-Intermediate - Advanced level. Students learn and develop reading and critical thinking skills to help them become informed and involved in the future. HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE A study in register, form, and audience. This module is a business inspired look at communication. As necessary, it will address the business English needs around networking, correspondence, socializing, meetings, etc.. It is also very much for non-Business English students ready to examine the effect their language has on their interlocutor. PRE-IELTS: GRAMMAR A scintillating taste of grammar in the context of the IELTS exam. This could entail any part of the exam and will focus on the variety of grammatical knowledge necessary to achieve top marks. GLOBAL ISSUES A mid-level offering for students to improve their speaking skills particularly when it comes to expressing opinion, agreeing & disagreeing, exercising diplomacy and politeness, and being able to talk about subjects that are important . to them. PRONUNCIATION CLINIC Isolated sounds, intonation, stressed syllables, sentence stress. Speaking and listening activities to help the students identify the differences between students’ first language and English and offer opportunities to practice. MINIMUM LEVEL. Beginners AGE. 16+ 34 35 EXAM PREPARATION All our exam preparation courses cover the areas of your chosen exam in detail ensuring you learn the skills and English language through the use of past papers and exam technique to achieve exam success. . Preparation courses available for Cambridge Exams, IELTS, and TOEFL. OBJECTIVES •Goal-oriented and highly focussed preparation programme •Develop the skills needed to succeed in the exam •Develop strategies to maximise your score in. the exam HOW YOU WILL LEARN IELTS PREPARATION These courses will develop your English skills and improve your exam technique in preparation for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam – ideal for students who require a specific level of IELTS for university entrance or a specific level by a certain date. • Full-time, Intensive and Super Intensive • Start dates: any Monday, 1-36+ weeks • Minimum Level: Intermediate • Lessons per week: 25 lessons (21 hours). 30 lessons (25 hours) • Age: 16+ • Location: UK Centres •Skim reading for meaning, scanning for detail, paraphrasing, making inferences, and more •The skills needed to speak confidently and succeed in a one-to-one interview •With sample papers and continuous practice of specific tasks, you will become familiar with the exam you are taking and learn how to answer the questions as effectively as possible Cambridge English exams are recognised by schools, universities and employers worldwide, they do not expire and there are three to choose from: First Certificate in English (FCE), Advanced (CAE) and Proficiency (CPE). LOCATION: UK: All Centres USA: San Diego. San Francisco LEVEL: FCE FCE proves you have reached B2 (Upper Intermediate) level of English and can use every day written and spoken English for work or study purposes. The programme will develop every aspect of your English through engaging lessons and activities, from studying idioms and modal verbs to debating ideas and writing essays at a high language level. Upper Intermediate to Proficiency AGE: 16+ CAE. CAE demonstrates that you are at C1 (Advanced) level of English needed for academic and professional success. As you prepare for the exam, you’ll study complex grammar and advanced-level vocabulary and learn how to write proposals, conduct research and communicate effectively in an international workplace. •Methods and strategies for successful integrated and independent writing •Listening strategies such as listening for gist and. for detail CAMBRIDGE EXAM PREPARATION QUICK FACTS CPE. TOEFL PREPARATION Taken by over 25 million English language learners, the TOEFL test is a widely respected English language test. It measures your ability to use English at university level and is recognised by over 8,000 institutions in more than 130 countries, including the majority of North American universities. • Start dates: Every Monday • Minimum Level: Upper Intermediate • Location: USA Centres CPE (UK only) demonstrates that you have the advanced skills necessary to function effectively in almost every English speaking context. As you prepare for the exam, you’ll need to be ready to think intensively about the English language in a variety of professional and academic contexts, transposing your thoughts into different registers of language, looking for the most suitable phrasing for each situation. “The school is perfectly located and has a great timetable! The teachers here are very good! I’m confident in my progress and hope to get a higher IELTS score than what I actually need for University.” Ghusun, Saudi Arabia 36 37 BUSINESS ENGLISH PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES This course will develop your English skills and confidence for a variety of business contexts such as presentations, meetings and negotiations. The syllabus combines practical skills with business and industry specific language tailored to your needs so you make the right impact with your future clients and colleagues. Learn business concepts and apply your advanced English skills to team projects and business case studies. This English program is for students who want to explore and develop their careers. QUICK FACTS LOCATION: USA: All Centres . HOW YOU LEARN UK: Your English language fluency will improve as you study business vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation relating to a range of topics that include sales, marketing and advertising, human resources, administration, finance and management. START DATES Your language and practical skills will grow through various activities such as reading correspondence and reports, writing letters and emails, negotiating, preparing and delivering presentations and socialising and networking. Intermediate KEY FEATURES London only Every Monday MINIMUM LEVEL. AGE. 18+ • Full-time, Intensive or Super Intensive course with specialist modules introducing functional business vocabulary for applied use in the workplace • Talk with professionals from successful companies • Learn from visits to U.S. companies • Work on team projects and complete business case studies PROJECT MANAGEMENT MARKETING & ADVERTISING* BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Minimum Level: Upper Intermediate Minimum Level: Upper Intermediate Minimum Level: Upper Intermediate Start dates: . Jan 4, Apr 4, Jul 5, Oct 3 Start dates: . Feb 29, May 31, Aug 29, Nov 28 Start dates: . Feb 1, May 2, Aug 1, Oct 31 • Managing schedules, budgets . and risks • Team Project: Create and present . a marketing plan • The role of management and leadership within an organization • How to build a business case • Product development, lifecycle and planning • How to develop your own . leadership skills • How to develop sales, promotion and. advertising strategies • How to develop professional relationships • How to analyze new projects • How to track and communicate progress • Develops the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills needed in the commercial world • Improves grammar and extends business vocabulary CAREER PREPARATION ACTIVITY Practice English and experience American business . culture by spending time at a U.S. company. The Career Preparation Activity places you with a host company. • Become more confident speaking English in a work setting • Learn industry-specific vocabulary and the casual English used in an American workplace • Apply your skills to projects in the host company • Develop interview skills and build confidence The Career Preparation Activity is an unpaid host company placement in a U.S. company. Students must maintain full-time study at Stafford House during their time with the host company. Host company placement is up to 15 hours per week and can last from 8-48 weeks. QUICK FACTS PLACEMENT FIELDS: • Social Services. • Business Administration. • Marketing. • Hospitality. • Sales REQUIREMENTS: F1 visa. 12 week minimum enrolment AGE: 18+ MINIMUM LEVEL: Upper Intermediate “I am taking Professional Certificates as regular classes along with CPA elective. I think it will help me when I look for a job because I wish to work for an international company in the future and it is good to know what American workplace is as well as how a global company works.” Riku, Japan Must be enrolled in at least a Standard Schedule during host company placement 38 *Marketing & Advertising is a 5 week certificate (others are 4 weeks). 39 ADDITIONAL OPTIONS ONE-TO-ONE ENGLISH Our One-to-One English courses can be completely tailor made according to your needs and objectives.. This course is particularly useful for students who have a very particular need or for students who wish to learn. very intensively. QUICK FACTS START DATES: Every Monday MINIMUM LEVEL: MINIMUM BOOKING: Course content tailored to your needs - highly personalised tuition to help you succeed in your goals. Working with your own personal teacher, you will identify the specific language areas and skills that you wish to improve and together create your own special programme of learning. AGE: Our teachers will provide suitable materials for the focus you have chosen. USA Lessons are 45 minutes • Can be added to ANY course, or as a stand-alone programme • Develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills • Improves grammar and extends vocabulary • Greater flexibility to pursue preferred interests and focus ADULT GROUPS Our schools are open for a minimum of 50 weeks of the year. Stafford House is a specialist in providing bespoke group services. We offer a complete package that can be adapted to your needs. Ideal for groups of students who wish to improve their language skills in a particular field of interest. In the past, we have run courses for a wide range of students, including teachers, tourism industry professionals, soldiers, agriculture students and groups of students seeking a course of cultural interest. High school groups and groups of students preparing for exams can also request a programme focussed on preparation or revision of particular areas. of interest. The content of the classes and visits can be discussed in advance to make a programme that is just right for you. For adult groups of students who wish to follow the courses detailed earlier in this brochure, we can organise to integrate a group of students for some of, or their entire, programme. Stafford House Study Holidays provides high quality English and activity courses for young learners. We enjoy a reputation for providing effective language lessons and running well-organised activities and excursions, in safe and friendly environments through the UK and USA. We give equal importance to both the academic and leisure parts of the programme and encourage students to use the English language rather than to ‘learn about it’. For more information on our centres, as well as further information on the courses available, please explore www.studyholidays.com Beginner It is ideal for students who wish to take the premium route to English success through personalised one-to-one tuition. KEY FEATURES 40 JUNIOR GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS 5 lessons 16+ UK Lessons are 50 minutes. CLASSIC COURSE AVAILABLE INCLUDE: This summer programme is one of a number of courses we run throughout the UK andUSA. It offers a lively combination of English language lessons, activities and excursions. GENERAL ENGLISH COURSES AVAILABLE IN Centres across the UK and USA • Intensive English • London Explorer SPECIALIST COURSES • Art & Design START DATES Weekly between June - September LEVEL Elementary to Advanced • Drama • Arsenal Soccer School • Parent & Child • Leadership Program SPECIALIST SPORTS SUPPLEMENTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN CERTAIN CENTRES LESSONS PER WEEK 20 (15 hours) MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE 16 students • Tennis COURSE LENGTH 1 - 4 weeks • Football AGE. 9 - 18 years (depending on centre) • Golf • Rugby • Horse Riding • Art • Basketball These centres offer a range of academic, creative and language programmes. which are allaccredited by the respective bodies and associations.. Email [email protected] 41 www.staffordhouse.com UK: BRIGHTON • CANTERBURY • CAMBRIDGE • LONDON USA: BOSTON • CHICAGO • SAN DIEGO • SAN FRANCISCO Part of Cambridge Education Group.