Juniors

Juniors

Junior Programme

Junior Programme: Aims and Times available

Express English College is delighted to offer programmes for international junior students from the age of 11 through to the age of 17; we very much look forward to welcoming juniors to the college.

We offer an exciting and ambitious English Language programme designed especially for juniors, including fully interactive, engaging General English lessons in the morning, and themed English + activity ‘fields’ in the afternoon.

The purpose of the junior programme is to motivate, educate, entertain, and broaden the horizons of young learners of English who will benefit from a study abroad package with significant activity and travel experience as well as fun and captivating lessons with passionate teachers.

As well as adding value to juniors’ educational and social development, our junior programmes offer the chance for students to gain valuable life experience through travel and an engagement with another culture to their own. These experiences are both important, since they can support later applications to university, work experience, or employment.

The junior programme runs:

From Mid-January to Mid/late-March (a 10-week window)

From Mid-April to the end of August (an 18-week window).

Please enquire if you are a group leader who wishes to organise a junior group visit outside these times.

About the weekday mornings:

We offer General English at all levels. Juniors will study speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation for 3 hours a day each morning from Monday to Friday. 

That’s 20 lessons a week; 15 hours of guided learning. 

About the weekday afternoons:

The afternoon activity themes are: Football (English with Football Course)

Film Making and Social Media Broadcasting (English with Film and Social Media Making)

Visual, spoken, and written journalism skills (English with Journalism and Photojournalism).

Why study English in Manchester – whilst developing fun skills in these fields?

Manchester, the home of the college, is the perfect location for all these professional fields: 

Football:

Manchester is home to two of the most famous football teams in the world – City, and United

Football matches make up some of Manchester’s most exciting, atmospheric events. 

The football industry is ambitious and lively – and originates in Manchester. 

Manchester is the heart of football; football is the heart of Manchester!

Media/Social Media/Journalism:

Manchester is also a world-famous city for the visual arts and journalistic writing. Many films, dramas, news programmes and documentaries have been produced in Manchester. 

The world-famous BBC now prefers to work from Salford (just a few minutes from Manchester City Centre). London is not the most famous media centre anymore … its Manchester!

Other TV, Film Production, and digital media companies develop and use digital technologies in and around their Manchester production suites, such as ITV, Channel 4, and Children’s TV. 

Manchester is home to the important UK newspaper, The Guardian.

The School

Luxurious surroundings – classrooms equipped with up-to-date digital technologies for effective teaching and learning, and a beautiful lounge, computer, and café area.

Teachers with industry standard qualifications and expertise in specific fields of English studies, who are passionate about teaching!

An extremely safe, comfortable, and healthy premise, well-maintained and secure from main roads, yet only ten minutes away from the ‘new London’: Manchester City Centre. 

Programme Options: 

One week duration (minimum) to four-week duration (usual maximum). 

General English – 4 lessons (3 hours) each weekday morning (Monday to Friday) = 

20 lessons/15 hours tuition. 

Afternoon ‘themed activity skills’ – choose from: 

Football (2 x 2-hour sessions a week)

Film/Social Media (2 x 2-hour sessions a week)

Journalism (2 x 2-hour sessions a week)

During the other afternoons, a range of supervised activities will be available as options for all students (regardless of which programme chosen): for example, climbing wall; laser quest; film club; conversation club; team building games; additional sports; local area trips and visits. 

Weekends can involve longer trips (e g Blackpool (seaside); Edinburgh (Scottish Capital City); London (England Capital City). There will also be some rest/free time/opportunities for juniors to talk in English with host families, etc. 

Which programme is best for me? 

Further information about the programme options:

English with Football Course

This is for juniors passionate about all things football!

Morning: You’ll learn vocabulary and grammar relevant to the world of football – playing it, watching it, managing it, and the industry as a whole. 

You’ll listen to, talk, read, and even write about football. 

You’ll also have fun and engaging, motivational sessions about other aspects of English, like speaking, pronunciation, tenses and finding information in videos and other texts. There will be games, quizzes, free speaking opportunities, online interaction, technology, and even competitions!

Afternoon: During your football sessions, you’ll apply the vocabulary and grammar you’ve learned to real life situations, such as playing football, getting some exciting training, or touring stadiums. 

English with Film and Social Media Making Course

If you are obsessed with film, media and technology, this option is for you!

Morning: You’ll learn vocabulary and grammar about films and social media developments. You’ll do some listening and reading of film reviews, scripts, and extracts. You’ll practice different types of language we find on social media. You’ll discuss films, TV, and other media. You can even do some acting!

You’ll also have fun and engaging, motivational sessions about other aspects of English, like speaking, pronunciation, tenses and finding information in different kinds of texts. There will be games, quizzes, free speaking opportunities, online interaction, technology, and even competitions!

Afternoon: During your film making/social media making sessions, you’ll receive guidance from film makers/social media experts, and you’ll make something of your own, usually in teams. We go out to Manchester centre to film, or even further away, like Blackpool or Liverpool! You will learn how to plan, shoot, and edit, a short film production. 

English with Journalism and Photojournalism Course

Maybe you are interested in what it’s like to be a journalist, or are thinking of becoming one! Get some experience, or enjoy creating something new AND with this option. 

Morning: You’ll learn vocabulary and grammar connected to journalism in writing, speaking, and photography. You’ll do some journalistic listening and reading. You’ll discuss and debate news, photos, documentaries, and blogs. You can practice interviewing each other!

You’ll also have fun and engaging, motivational sessions about other aspects of English, like speaking, pronunciation, tenses and finding information in different kinds of texts. There will be games, quizzes, free speaking opportunities, online interaction, technology, and even competitions!

Afternoon: During your journalism sessions, you’ll go around the city to learn how to report on a story. You’ll take pictures, interview people, and do on-the-spot research. It will be fun, challenging, and exciting! You’ll also edit your ideas into a news article, social media blog post, or TV feature.

Accommodation 

You can choose residential accommodation or to be placed with a homestay host. We offer a course-only option, for students who have their own accommodation arrangements.

Homestay students benefit from practicing your English with people from the UK, enjoying a half or full board food option, having a laundry service (for machine-washable clothes only), and feeling like ‘part of the family’. Residential accommodation is very comfortable and convenient, allowing you time alone as well as with your class friends. 

Book your junior course today!