All The Latest From Your English Summer
Summer 2018 in Liverpool - week 2!
Wednesday 19th September 2018
Summer School week 2
We started week 2 with a full-day excursion to Alton Towers which meant an awesome, adrenaline-fuelled day out for all our thrill-seeking students and staff on some of the fastest, biggest and most hair-raising rollercoasters the UK has to offer! As Alton Towers is the UK's biggest theme park we had a slightly earlier start and breakfast to make sure everyone had as much time as possible to enjoy the rides. Then, after what was a busy and exciting day, we had a relaxed evening of games, a mini table tennis competition and a movie in one of our TV rooms with plenty of popcorn of course!
On Tuesday, our English classes were even more interactive than usual when our students had a surprise visit from some new friends at Zoo2U and a bunch of lovely animals to meet and greet. There was a lively (and not at all smelly!) skunk called Woodstock, a couple of tortoises, two (blond!) hedgehogs and an owl. Our students learnt all about the animals' habitats, surprising characteristics and abilities as well as some fun facts all of which linked in with the rest of their English lessons... For instance, did you know that hedgehog spikes (or quills) are actually made of hair... and no they can't fire them out at you they're really friendly!
In the afternoon, we were still enjoying more amazing English summer weather so students burned off some energy out on the football pitch as well as in the sports hall. That evening we ran our very own casino night and students tried their luck at games of chance to win even more house points for the next big prize - which was announced that evening (congratulations to Green, Green!)
After a morning of fun-filled classes, we were treated to another hot summer's afternoon so it was time for more outdoor activities and games. Today was an afternoon with a difference though as our students had the chance to make even more local friends as we welcomed the Liverpool youth group Positive Futures to our school to take part in our afternoon activity programme and meet our students. Positive Futures works with young people from all over the north of Liverpool which meant our students were able to meet and spend time with locals of their own age and practice even more English with real native speakers!
This extra dimension is something that is not available at many other summer schools and we're really excited to integrate even more local kids to our programme next year so that our students have another really authentic way to improve their language skills 😊
Today we saw the results of a lot of our students' hard work with the completion of some of the projects they'd been working on for several days. At Your English Summer we see projects as a really useful and important part of our syllabus as, no matter what the level of English, they enable students to work together, express their creativity and shape their own learning. For instance, our B2 class completed a set of fantastic posters focusing on Liverpool's local culture its international links as they presented the relationships with 2 of its twin cities, Cologne and Shanghai.
In the afternoon, as well as badminton and volleyball in the sports hall, the creative theme continued out on the lawn and students tried out tie-dye t-shirt making with almost psychedelic results! As all of our students took part in the activity they all created another great souvenir to take home.
As the week approached its close we were getting ready to say goodbye to our first departing student ☹ but before any farewell tears it was time for our final full day excursion which included an amazing trip to the home of Liverpool Football Club, Anfield stadium, Liverpool's Royal Albert Dock and our final visit to the city centre.
We started the day at Anfield and went on the awesome stadium tour, where not only did we see the pitch and the incredible new stand, with it's stunning views across Liverpool, but were also able to go behind the scenes and see the players' changing rooms, VIP lounge and the press conference area! The tour also includes a visit to the club museum where you can see just some of the many, many trophies won by (the UK's most successful!) football club and learn all about its history.
After lunch and a visit to the club store for some souvenirs it was onwards to Liverpool's world-famous Royal Albert Dock where students had the chance to visit the Maritime Museum, shops and soak up the lively atmosphere of Liverpool's waterfront where preparations were well underway to welcome the Clipper Round The World sailing race back into Liverpool, its finishing destination.
Great Summer Bake Off!
Today students completed the last of their awesome class projects which included some very creative board games and absolutely fantastic presentations. As well as our projects, students also took part in class debates, photography challenges and competed against each other in online games. This wide variety of activities is one of the key characteristics of classes at Your English Summer and as we saw over the summer our students stayed highly motivated in the classroom and really enjoyed their lessons. This all meant that they made impressive progress and gained much greater confidence, which is one of our main objectives!
This afternoon we also introduced a new creative activity, baking! Our students teamed up and produced a delicious selection of cupcakes which they also decorated themselves and shared with their friends. After that, it was time to get ready for our evening DISCO 😊 our very own student DJ Gabo helped collect the evening's playlist and our students danced well into the night before we all sat down together to watch a video of some of the summer's most memorable moments.
Our last full day on site brought a couple more goodbyes as after the last morning classes we had to say farewell to two more of our German students ☹ However, thanks to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, nobody is ever far away and with t-shirts signed and contact details exchanged they were gone but by no means forgotten!
The rest of our lovely students then turned their attention to preparations for the evening's talent show which included everything from the powers of telepathy, to piano and guitar performances, wonderful singing (not forgetting the clicking from some of the boys!), dance, Classical name that tune, a mind-blowing solo presentation on Chinese history and even rapping!! It's safe to say that after so much fun in our activity programme we really finished on a high.
Day 15 - departures!
Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and today we had to say goodbye to the rest of our individual students from China and Spain, starting with the first departure at 5 am! There were more tears but lots of great memories and friendships made that we hope will continue next summer 😊
Luckily, however, not all of our students left today, and we had one more day to spend with our friends from Bari and Poland, so there was time for more sports and even one more trip to the park before the all-important packing of suitcases!
See you next year
Then all of a sudden it was time to wish the last of our students an emotional farewell, but with so many summer highlights, new friends, amazing experiences and all in the perfect city under glorious summer weather it was a case of not being sad that it was over, but happy that it happened!
We really couldn't have hoped for the first year of Your English Summer to go any better and can't wait to do it all again next year! See you then 😊