London has always drawn people from around the world, and it is this diversity that makes the city so dynamic. Therefore, it is no wonder that our teaching team is as diverse as it is. Our teachers, teaching assistants and workshop leaders are from all corners of the English-speaking world, and quite a few are as well travelled as our students.
An integral part of what makes the Hi-London experience so special is the sharing of stories and memories between the teaching team and the students. To allow a high level of interaction with the teachers and workshop leaders, we maintain a 1:8 teacher/teaching assistant to student ratio.
We also strive to adjust our lessons to the needs of each student group. Assessments are collected before the start of each weekly session, and individual post-programme reports are done for those students who are with us for two weeks or more.
Optional Add-Ons for a Flexible Timetable
In addition to the excursion-based group English language classes, we offer Supervised Library Time and Semi-Private (maximum of 4 students) Tuition as optional add-ons in the mornings. During Supervised Library Time, our teen students play board games or watch a movie from our library. The Semi-Private sessions often include creative writing and multi-media projects.
With Londoners as Teachers
Using London as a Classroom
Around themes like "The Thames" and "London Stage", our teen courses allow the students to explore London and learn English in real-life situations. Tracing the route of a tea clipper or searching for Whodunnit dinner party costumes at a market, our teen students use all of London as a classroom, practicing and adding onto what they have already learned at home.
A short classroom-based activity before each excursion focuses the teens on the English language skills they will need for that day's activities. They then go off with their teacher to put into action what they reviewed in the classroom, taking part in workshops or working with each other on interactive projects. The teen activities are supported by teaching material that we have either developed ourselves or have tested through time for each venue.
Placed in a relaxed, natural environment, these teens reach a new level of comfort with the English language. As they take the Tube or have lunch in Hyde Park, they learn English not only from the teachers and workshop/tour leaders but also from their peers.
Building Friendships Across Borders
With as many as 6-8 languages represented within one classroom at times, our teen students have the opportunity to make friends from around the world. Nothing pleases us more than to hear of friendships begun at Hi-London continued over time once back home.
"We are both very pleased with our daughter's improvement in both writing and speaking...She's now happily and enthusiastically following a 4 hours per week course...she was placed with advanced students! I really think those two weeks with Hi-London made a big difference.