Vacation Language Courses at Clifton College
These courses combine on-campus sports activities (eg, football, tennis, basketball), multi-activity sessions (eg, swimming, rounders, dodgeball, touch rugby, cricket), artistic activities (dance, drama, film-making, arts & crafts) with educational “Discover Bristol” walks and visits. Students are supervised at all times by Clifton College Summer Language School staff.
Vacation Courses at Clifton College offer English Language tuition (15 hours per week), for international students aged 13–17, who are visiting the UK for a short period of 2, 3 or 4 weeks.
Timetable of courses
Students have morning English classes from 0900 – 1240 and afternoon activities from 1345 – 1700.
Students will join with Kids (8 – 12 years) for evening activities between 1930 – 2130.
English Classes (provided by Bristol Language Centre)
All students are tested on their first full day, and subsequently placed in classes of no more than 16 students at an appropriate level for their ability. The lessons are topic-based, and are designed to help students develop communication skills, natural English and a range of vocabulary. Materials have been specifically developed for the courses and include authentic resources.
Student activities are a combination of language practice, culture, arts and crafts, sports, and lots of fun! They include walking tours of Clifton and Bristol, as well as organised team games. Activities are also very varied with a full range of campus sports (football, tennis, volleyball, swimming), arts & crafts activities (cooking classes, dance classes, drumming workshops, hula-hooping workshops), specialist events (falconry displays, ghost walks, scavenger hunts) and cultural visits (monuments, museums, art galleries). For a supplement, students may also choose from a wide-range of off-site activities we provide, including the cinema, bowling, and adventure golf.
Every evening students can enjoy a variety of different activities. Some are for the whole College (disco, film night, talent show, sports tournaments) and some are for smaller groups (quiz night, dance classes, cooking classes, ghost walk). At least once per week, activities are organised within the boarding houses or between two boarding houses to give students an opportunity to get to know their house-mates or neighbours and to practise their English while socialising and having fun.
Students will visit Bath and Stonehenge on their half-day excursions (1345 – 1930) and London and Oxford for a full-day (0930 – 2200). All students will have a “Discover Bristol” day which includes an open-top bus sightseeing tour.
*Additional destinations are offered to students staying for 3 or 4 weeks. Optional visits and excursions can be arranged for groups and these can be booked in advance or on arrival at the College .
What is included in your course fees?
- The 2-week course fees include:
- Student travel and medical insurance
- Return airport transfer from LHR and BRS
- Residential accommodation (Teens in 1-4 bedded rooms)
- 3 meals per day with an evening snack
- English language tuition (Kids = 24 hours; Teens = 30 hours)
- Afternoon courses for Teens as booked
- Evening activity programme for all students
- 2 full-day excursions: London, Oxford (*Portsmouth)
- 2 half-day excursions: Bath, Stonehenge (*Gloucester)
- 24-hour supervision and welfare
Course Dates & Prices
Summer 2017 Courses – 2, 3 or 4 week courses for individuals aged 13 – 17 years
Course Types & Fees (courses can be combined e.g. 1 wk VAC + 2 wks AEC):
VAC-Vacation Course for 13-17 yrs (1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks) = £950 per week
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