The Background to our English Language Hub
Essentially, the conversation went something like this:
“What we need are 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.
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? “
Our Unique Language School Methodology
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.
The Traditional Language School Class
+ Successful because of its structure and discipline.
– Often not adapted to professional learners – or tailored to individual needs. Limited talk time for each language learner.
The Language Café
+ Successful because it is an agreeable, relaxing experience that actually people want to be in.
– No professional error correction.
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). Will you feel like a professional or will you feel like an extra child?
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.
Professional Experience | English language lessons 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!”
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.
The Perfect English Language Hub for English language lessons for adults
“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”.