GENERAL ENGLISH FOR ADULTS
Adult English Course: General English for Adults
In 2017 this course runs from July 2 to August 26. People can enrol on any Sunday and stay for between 1 and 8 weeks.
On the course you will only hear English, and be able to speak in English, all day and every day. It is fully residential, in our lakeside cottage. The programme is always varied and rewarding and will include:
Small Group Classes
You will work in the mornings from Tuesday to Friday in a small class at your level. Lessons are from 9.20 – 1.00 with a half hour coffee break. The class size is 4 to 9. You will meet a variety of teachers each with their own teaching style. There will be a lot of discussion, a lot of new vocabulary, and a lot of grammar. The emphasis is always on communication. We use a wide range of techniques and materials. Resources available include dictionaries, grammar books, readers with CDs, intensive/extensive listening, pronunciation and vocabulary material, on-line material, newspapers and magazines, business English and exam material. Classes are motivating, student-centred, and fun.
Large Group/Whole Community Sessions
These sessions, from 9.15 to 1.00 every Monday are fundamental in establishing a safe and secure environment in which all our students feel encouraged to express themselves. Here we introduce trust and empathy work, voicework, guided visualisation, journeying, relaxation techniques, movement and bodywork, and fundamental ideas in NLP (neuro-linguistic programming).
Many adults can feel vulnerable speaking a language which isn’t their mother-tongue. This part of the course is designed to overcome this and to replace fear of speaking with excitement about speaking English. It can also encourage connection, with self and others, deepen the learning experience, and build clean, clear communication.
Small Group Activity Sessions
These run during afternoons or evenings and could be:
- Language workshops including listening skills, intensive speaking, vocabulary and pronunciation
- Creative workshops including art, singing, storytelling, dance, theatre and drumming
- Complementary health workshops including yoga, movement meditation, massage and yoga dance
- Skills-based workshops including giving effective presentations, negotiating and conflict resolution
Each student also has a weekly one-to-one tutorial with a teacher. This is a time to design a personal study plan, to set learning targets and for individual coaching. This session is also used for allocating resources for independent study and for monitoring individual progress.
Please note that courses end on Saturday.
PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION IN ENGLISH
Holiday English Course – Personal Transformation in English
The Personal Transformation in English course in 2017 will run from June 11 – 16 and is limited to 10 people in total.
The starting point for this course is a very human enquiry:
- What would I really like to achieve in my life?
- How can I build relationships which bring me more joy?
We often find that, in another language, people are already stepping into new territory and ready and willing to move forward.
If your English is at Intermediate level (B2) or above and you ever have such thoughts as:
- ‘I’d like to make a real difference in the world but I don’t know where to start’
- ‘I feel trapped ’, ‘I feel blocked’, ’I feel a sense of inertia’
- ‘I’d like to be more relaxed and less stressed’
- ‘I’d like to be more focussed and dynamic’
then this adult English course may be the one for you.
This English holiday course will be a combination of small group work, pair work and one to one and includes coaching and tools for transformation as well as bodywork, meditation and reflection.
There will also be space for dance, yoga, massage, meditation, and guided walks. It will be a very intensive week with classes and workshops looking at joyful self-expression, connecting from the heart, and doing whatever we choose to do as effectively as possible.
“The transformation course was very special for me – creating an energy of harmony and trust with a few people…first strangers to each other, then beoming companions and friends through a special week and a very intensive process. The tools Tim and Liz have chosen for doing this are diverse like working with body language, meditation and the game of transformation as a special instrument…always close to the needs of the moment and the group…so …again I have had an intensive and emotional time at Nab Cottage…thanks all of you…”
EXPERIENTIAL ENGLISH FOR TEACHERS
The course in 2017 will run from July 2 – 8. Early booking is advisable. The course includes all the exciting and ground-breaking elements of experiential learning: we will look at whole-person learning, ways of facilitating learning, and authentic communication.
Adult English Course for Teachers
It is open to any teachers, at all levels and disciplines, and people interested in a fresh approach to learning. A high intermediate level of English is required. The course involves:
- Training skills in group dynamics
- Language modules giving you the opportunity to acquire new vocabulary and to work on fluency and specific language skills
- Personal development modules looking at awareness-training, interaction and non-verbal communication
- Workshops in voice work and pronunciation, drama, intensive discussion, and being creative with grammar
- Massage workshop, yoga session, relaxation session
- Guided walks
- Time for reflection, diary writing, integrating
- Social programme including theatre, pubs, local market towns, barbecue, party
Course participants will learn:
- The fundamental principles of Experiential Language Learning
- Some essential techniques for creating a safe and supportive environment
- Techniques for establishing and maintaining a positive group dynamic
- Ways of working with mixed levels
- How to create motivating and rewarding classroom sessions
- How to inspire students to further independent study
- Basic relaxation techniques
- How Neuro-Linguistic Programming can deepen the learning experience
- How different students learn in different ways and techniques for managing this successfully
- Ways to incorporate music and movement into language classes
Each week is made up of 18 taught hours and 15 hours of learning activities
Click the following link for more information about our Experiential English for Teachers Course.
Erasmus+ funding is available for teachers applying for this course.
ENGLISH, YOGA & MINDFULNESS
Holiday English Course with Yoga and Mindfulness
This holiday English course is for people who want to use and improve their English in a creative, inspiring and authentic way. In 2017 it runs from August 27 – September 9 and you can join it for just one or for both weeks.
Liz and Tim have loved, worked, fought, played and journeyed together for over 30 years. They bring their experience facilitating groups, exploring spiritual growth and teaching adult English courses, to weave this odyssey of personal exploration.
The day begins with optional early morning T’ai Chi in our lovely terraced garden overlooking the lake. This is followed by breakfast and small group peer discussions. We then move into the airy studio looking up to the mountains for the morning sessions. There is always a lot of laughter as together we move through uncertainty into a playful and cohesive group. During these mornings we begin to know ourselves and each other a little more, we begin to make steps towards accepting who we are and what we bring. The activities are fun, gentle and insightful. We always encourage a lot of discussion, guided relaxation and time for integration.
The whole day becomes a fusion of body, mind and spirit. There’ll be delight as we begin to still the mind a little, and joy as we experience personal breakthroughs. The yoga we introduce will support each person’s process; we will also bring in breathing exercises in the garden, different kinds of meditation and yoga nidra by candlelight at the end of the day. And the whole experience is in English, the learning happening almost unconsciously as we stretch out into each day.
Mindfulness, like English, is a core feature of the course. We particularly like Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition of mindfulness ‘’Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgementally’’
A minimum A2 level of English (Low Intermediate) is important to join the holiday English course though no previous yoga experience is needed.
‘’As I completely stepped out of my time at home very intense experiences were possible. An amazing week I will always remember’
‘’ A jump into the ocean. A flight to the moon. A walk in the cave without fear. A sense of belonging’’
‘’Making the unconscious become conscious and then accepting myself and find my way’’
‘’This has been like a holiday. It has been easy to be here’’
‘’A journey deep into your soul’’
‘’I will save a moment of this week in my heart so I can remember some of the good feelings I got here’’
‘’Dynamic, intense, touching, useful’’
‘’I could release burdens that I’ve been carrying for years’’
‘’I could discover my patience, my tenderness and a lot of emotions I could recognize and then let out’’
These courses are for companies or groups looking for a combination of language improvement and personal and professional development in English.
They run on demand anytime up to mid-June and from October. The programme is designed for closed groups of 2-8 trainees. It is fully residential and gives maximum contact with Liz and Tim and our team of facilitators.
Each course involves:
- Coaching and goal setting
- Intensive communication skills
- Awareness training
- Private study
- Writing and reflection
Each programme involves:
- analysis and use of clear and effective language
- voice work, pronunciation, rhythm and intonation
- relaxation and stress management
- task based learning modules
- evenings at selected shows, pubs and restaurants
Outcomes you can expect:
- greater confidence
- increased fluency with your English
- greater focus and effectiveness in you work and personal life
- ways of changing limiting patterns of behaviour
- greater inner calm and strategies for dealing with stress
- greater self-knowledge