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Lessons are lively! Children learn through involvement and there is plenty of pupil participation during classes. Small teaching groups of no more than 12 students mean that everyone can be given generous individual attention.

Our study programme is carefully designed to include all learning styles. Tutorials are designed to help students feel at ease, join in and make friends. All lessons are interactive, engaging and fun with a significant focus on:

  • communication skills – speaking and listening
  • pronunciation and fluency
  • grammar
  • study skills
  • presentation skills to increase confidence
  • reading and writing
  • every day use of English
  • weekly project work including aspects of English and British culture

All levels are catered for, from the absolute beginner to fluent speakers.

Our teachers are creative and innovative and lessons are never dull. The right balance between the oral and the written word is found according to the level of the group.

Responsibility for the overall conduct and co-ordination of the language classes lies with the Director of Studies who ensures that the teaching programme runs smoothly and effectively.

Students on the Summer Course always say how much they enjoy their classes and how much they learn during their stay. The secret of this success lies in the fact that while lessons are a most important part of the course (classes being held every morning except Sundays) students are immersed in English around the clock while they are here. The learning process does not end in the classroom. All four language skills are consistently exploited throughout the day.

Naturally, the achievement of children varies according to their age, ability and length of stay. Upon arrival students are assessed and allocated to a teaching group suited to their grasp of English. During the course they are re-assessed and when progress is made students are moved to more advanced teaching groups. Over the years the school has found that even those who come as absolute beginners (with virtually no knowledge of the language) leave with the ability to speak and write basic English.

Those who have already studied English at school in their own countries develop a finer grasp of the English language as it is used by native speakers. Everyone develops in confidence and learns above all how to understand and use everyday English in everyday situations.



The children LISTEN to English on the radio and TV, in the street and at the cinema. They SPEAK it in shops, on outings and in the dining room. They READ it in newspapers, magazines and books which are all freely available in the school library and they WRITE it perhaps in a letter to you.

In order to enhance spontaneous learning we include a daily project lesson in which the students use video cameras, photo cameras, instruments, etc. They produce short films, plays, photo diaries, songs and magazines. Our teachers are creative and innovative; they use exciting drama techniques to ensure that all children are actively involved in the lessons.


“Hurtwood House not only improved my English massively, 
it was simply the most valuable experience of my young life. 
See you next year!”

Adriana Mancilla, Spain


Meetings are held daily with teaching staff so that the progress and needs of every student may be discussed.

Students have two different teachers, who will assess their progress throughout the week and at the end of every week the students’ teachers write up a report to inform them about their satisfaction and advise them on the areas of improvement. These reports are included in the students’ class books. Upon departure these books are handed over to the students to take home. This gives parents the opportunity to have a look at what their children have done in class during their stay.