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Frequently Asked Questions

About our English Language Holidays

FAQs

What is ‘Language Immersion’ and does it work?

This is answered in detail here.

Language immersion is a theory of learning that says that when the target language is inescapably surrounding you, you learn and absorb it.

The term is broadly used nowadays to describe any language holiday in which you spend time talking and exploring in your target language. 

What language level is most benefited by a language immersion holiday?

Intermediate, Upper-intermediate and Advanced benefit most from this style of learning.

If you don’t know which level you are, you can find a test here.

And our free PDF helps you set your learning goals.

We don’t recommend immersion learning for beginners unless the course is designed for this level.

Our language school has a Beginner English holiday every April.

What are my accommodation options for my English holiday course?

Choose when you book between a Hotel, a private B&B and staying with one of our Homestay Hosts.

Our Homestay Hosts are selected with care and make a very good choice – even for professionals.

Plus, remember that you are welcome in our building from 7 am to 10 pm. You are welcome to relax, eat breakfast lunch and dinner at Blue Noun.

Meet our  Homestay Hosts.

Host accommodation English language school

Should I book English Immersion Holiday or the Professional Coaching Holiday

Most people will book the Immersion English Holiday.
We keep class size low so that in every class we have lots of time to work on each person’s specific learning needs.

The Professional Coaching Holiday is based on learning professional English skills for a specific purpose – such as a presentation.

 

Further Advice

You should book The Professional Coaching Holiday only if you need to work on a certain specific skill* which needs one-to-one time with a teacher, or have your own text/publication to work on.
 *such as Public Speaking, Presenting a Poster (Science and Industry), telephone English, or Chairing a Meeting.

What about COVID?

Certain social elements of our course may have to change at the last minute due to Covid, but the essential courses are the same.

We work with authorities to have best hygiene practices and safe distances between our English language learners where possible. 

We advise that everyone takes their own personal travel insurance to protect their holiday from disruption. 

 

Curry Night at Blue Noun English Language School

What about food?

Find out what food and drink is included – and what’s not, English Language Holiday Food and Drink. 

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I have a food allergy or diet requirement?

We can cater to most food allergies or diets – just let us know when you book.

We are more than happy to serve vegetarian or vegan food.

Our own philosophy is to only buy and serve animal-based produce if we know the animal welfare behind the product has been outstanding.
 Crieff Highland Gathering on immersion English Holiday Course

Can I bring my partner?

Yes.

Although they won’t be included in the immersion English holiday course teaching.

If you want to book accommodation for both of you, you will still have opportunities to spend time together over the week. In addition, we’ll be happy to welcome them for lunch and for socialising. 

Really, we’d love to make them welcome here too. 

* Is your partner a strong speaker? Check this blog post before booking to assess if their presence will inhibit or help you.  

When should I visit Scotland?

Scotland is a great place to visit at any time of year. The most popular tourist season July and August, but in fact, March and April can have wonderful weather – and offer the advantage of no midgets!

September and October are often great outdoor months too.

Throughout April – September, there are local events for tourists and locals alike to enjoy Scottish culture.

We integrate these into our holiday schedule. 

Claire Teaching Jana at Blue Noun English Language School
Perthshire landscape immersion English Holiday Course

Are your language holidays fun?

Check out this blog post How Fun Are Conversation Holidays?

We’ll do everything reasonable to make your learning experience relaxing and enjoyable.

How can I find out about HOW you teach?

You can read our Philosophy of Teaching. 

What’s a Typical Day on Your Language Holiday

Our holidays are built around your interests, so there are no typical days.

However, this blog post describes one day in detail.

How do I book?

Book a Zoom Call to meet us and ask any questions. 

How do I get to Crieff?

What does it cost?

What is included in the price?

You need to pay for your  English course package and accommodation (only £25 per night with our homestay hosts). 

There are no hidden costs. We don’t charge for transport to activities, or tickets. They’re included in your package. 

You may wish to pay for some evening meals in cafes/restaurants – but there is no obligation to do so, as we have great cooking facilities here at the language school hub. 

What English language skills are covered in your course?

This varies depending on each person’s needs. Our ultimate goal is that you find enjoyment in speaking English AND develop the professional language skills you need. 

Throughout your immersion English holiday, you will practice across a range of simulated and professional contexts.

When should I arrive?

We can welcome you from 5 pm Friday – and your course will end Friday 4 pm the following week.

People often want to arrange an extra couple of nights with their homestay hosts.

Just let us know this when you book! 

 

Do we get a certificate?

We’re not really into certificates in the traditional sense (anyone can print one).

You will get a keepsake to take away with you.

In 2024, we are teaming up with Perthshire artist Ceri White to give each of our guests a ‘pots of English’ pot.

Why take an English langage holiday in Scotland?

Why not?

Of course, there are many beautiful places to travel to and learn English on an immersion English holiday course.

If you are craving city nightlife, this course is not for you.

By coming to a quiet part of Scotland you can benefit from beautiful scenery and historic sights without crowds and really get to know the town and its people through genuine cultural exchanges. 

We go into detail on this in a couple of blogs:

7 Reasons to Choose a Language Holiday in Crieff

Our 10 Tips for Choosing a Language School

Why Choose Perthshire for a Language Holiday?

Perthshire’s landscape and culture make it a great base for no-classroom English language holidays, here’s why

However, do your research, decide if you would like an Urban or Rural Language Holiday and a Corporate or Non-corporate Language School.

The right answers are different for everyone!

Stirling castle immersion English Holiday Course

What about the Scottish accent?

I get asked this a lot, so I’ll answer in detail.

No, you can’t catch a Scottish accent (unless you want to move in with us for several years, our accent will not corrupt your hard-earned English).

Yes, you will understand me. I’m a trained, experienced ESL coach. I can pitch my spoken language to your level.

Learn more about learning English and the Scottish accent.

How will I find You

If we have an arrangement to meet at the airport or train station, I’ll send you a photo of what I am wearing to keep it easy to find each other.

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Why is your language school not accredited by the British Council/other?

Most accreditation programmes require a school to be trading for a year and a half before they are eligible for assessment, with hundreds of language hours taught.

Although we opened in 2019, the global pandemic has prevented us from gaining our accreditations. 

Our prices do reflect this.

cakes at Perthshire market on immersion English Holiday Course

Do You Teach Professional English Skills

Yes, but in non-traditional ways. 

What Does Professional English Training Look Like?

What age group are your holidays for

Our language holidays in Scotland are for adults over 21, with our average age is around 40

If you are over 60, you may want to request a private language holiday – see why.

Likewise, if you are in your 20’s, bring a friend and we’ll block that week just for you.