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Our English Language School

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The Background to our English Language Hub

Essentially, the conversation went something like this: 

“English learning holidays for creatives that feel like a creative residency AND coach English skills.”

“High-quality English language lessons for adults that treat professional adult language learners with deference to the sacrifice of time and money they are investing”.

 

“It’s got to be packed full of good information and experiences”.

 

“We can provide our language guests with an amazing holiday experience while improving their English by placing them in professionally relevant contexts.”


“We need a cool space where you would like to hang out – with music and coffee and people to chat to.  And a culturally-interesting programme of immersion English activities that are a mix of great holiday experiences and professional situations.”

“Why is no one already providing this? “

English Language School Scotland activities menu visit Cultybraggan POW camp Scotland
tractour ploughing field near Crieff
English class at Blue Noun
Can Do Crieff Co Working Space and Friends of Blue Noun Language School
Host accommodation English language school

Living ‘Classrooms’:

Our Unique Language School Methodology

English conversation classes around art and design themes – targeting the language skills professional creatives need to collaborate and present their practice.

Ruth, who taught English within traditional and non-traditional language schools for 10 years, had a clear idea for a new kind of learning experience.

She wanted to make English language lessons for adults that treated adults like adults.

By fusing the positive attributes of four different, well-established language learning methods they could create a new learning experience that would suit professional learners.

Plus, she gets to talk about art with artists all day and experience the best our region has to offer! 

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We ‘cherry pick’ the best elements of traditional language school teaching…

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THE TRADITIONAL LANGUAGE SCHOOL CLASS

Successful because of its structure and discipline

– Often not adapted to professional learners, adult learners or creative professionals – or tailored to individual needs.

Limited talk time for each language learner. 

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The Language Café

Successful because it is an agreeable, relaxing experience that actually people want to be in.

–  No professional error correction, no one coach managing the time and directing the conversation.

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The Homestay with a Host Family

Being hosted by a family can be a friendly & useful cultural exchange, forging friendships for a lifetime.

– Can be overwhelming living in the same space as your teacher(s) – on both sides! 

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The Immersion Programme

Placing learners within a large number of new English speaking contexts created by exploring and participating in the local environment. A great way to see top sights and learn about a particular region.

– Rarely tailored to learning professional English. Often a way of discovering a new town/city – but quite often in large groups with little individual attention or targeted language practice.

English Language School Scotland activities menu visit Cultybraggan POW camp Scotland
tractour ploughing field near Crieff
English class at Blue Noun
Can Do Crieff Co Working Space and Friends of Blue Noun Language School

Professional Experience  English immersions for adults from creative industries

The best of the attributes of each of these four language learning methods were moulded into a new kind of English language course – that is fun, hands-on, interesting and informative – and very much designed to develop professional English skills in actual professional English speaking contexts.

“It’s really not English language lessons for adults if it looks like or feels like a classroom. Get out into the community and talk English!”

“It’s really not English language lessons for adults if it looks like or feels like a classroom. Get out into the community and talk English!”

English Language School Scotland activities menu visit Cultybraggan POW camp Scotland
tractour ploughing field near Crieff

Perthshire: The Perfect English Language Hub location

Ruth, a trained Artist and ESL Language Teacher and Kenny a Pharmacist both fell in love with the Strathearn Region.

They recognised the friendly Highland town of Crieff  (which attracts tourists from all over the world for its landscape) as a hotbed for artists, micro-industries and pioneering eco-agriculture – all of which could become a living classroom for international learners wishing to learn professional English skills in interesting professional contexts.

English Language School Scotland activities menu visit Cultybraggan POW camp Scotland
tractour ploughing field near Crieff
tractour ploughing field near Crieff
tractour ploughing field near Crieff

They then found a gorgeously renovated 19th-century church – now renovated into a homely cafe-style space.

Our premises is our ‘hub’. In the Blue Noun building, our clients are with us for traditional language coaching, meals and social events.

We also travel with our clients around our local area (Strathearn) and even further afield if there is a cultural activity (concert, castle visit) of particular interest to our clients.

The Blue Noun building is an ideal space for language learners to share a coffee, eat together, relax with a newspaper or complete a bit of remote work on a laptop while enjoying a glass of wine/music in the evening.  

Our language learners come to us, from all over the world (potentially), so far mostly from Northern Europe (it’s close and inexpensive to travel from),  we’d love to host more learners from Japan, China and other Asian countries.

“Very simply, we own a large, generous space where our clients can feel both welcomed by hosts and free to spend social time – and even alone time – as they wish”.

Kenneth Graham, 2019