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Summer 2019 - week 1!

Summer 2019 - week 1!

Friday 19th July 2019
Raphael Miller

Wow! Where did the last year go? It barely feels like 2 minutes since we were waving a teary goodbye to our lovely class of 2018 and here we are setting up our second summer school and meeting another awesome group of students to form our class of 2019! As well as a couple of familiar faces and even the little brother and sister of one of our 2018 students we welcomed new friends from Russia, Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland, Poland and the UK to our awesome Liverpool site and into the Your English Summer family 😊

Real immersion
This was one of the key aspects of our 2019 programme, so, as well as new international friends we wanted our students to be truly immersed in English and spend time with as many native speakers as possible. To make this possible we've been developing our partnership with the Liverpool youth group Positive Futures so that we could invite local teenagers to take part in our activity programme. This way, our students met locals of their own age and had even more opportunities to practice their English as well as learn more about life in Liverpool.

Activities, sports, crafts and more
After our students had a taste of their first English lessons and met their classmates, we began our activity programme alongside their new English friends. The non-stop afternoon was full of sports like dodgeball (a firm summer favourite), volleyball and frisbee, "getting-to-know-you" memory games devised by superstar teacher Gosia and even something about a snotty gorilla deep down in the jungle?! 😊 Things also got pretty crafty over the first couple of days with students making their own tie-dye t-shirts and egg parachutes we even adopted our very own campus cat...

Let's hit the beach!
As the weather began to heat up it seemed only right to make the most of one of Liverpool's best, but maybe lesser-known features, the beach! Even though Liverpool might have a reputation as an industrial city, it is home to one of the UK's most stunning coastlines, part of which is protected by the National Trust. So, we made for Crosby Beach, which features Anthony Gormley's awesome installation "Another Place" made up of bronze statues staring out to see. Our students had a great time exploring the sand dunes, sunbathing and playing beach games before we had a picnic lunch, packed up and took our first trip into the centre of Liverpool.

A tour of our Liverpool home...
Our walking tour of Liverpool started off at one of the city's 2 cathedrals, the Anglican. As the longest cathedral in the world and the 3rd tallest building in Liverpool, it's quite an incredible sight and offers unbelievable views over the city. Once we'd had a look around, we took our students on a tour leading us past Chinatown (the oldest in Europe), through Liverpool's bohemian and artistic Bold Street area, past the impressive St George's Hall and to the Museum of Liverpool to check out the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. After that we made our way through the city's most iconic area, the Cavern Quarter, which surrounds Mathew Street and is always full of Beatles fans, shops and memorabilia, before finishing our tour in the city's fantastic shopping hub Liverpool 1.

Zoo 2 U part 2
Later in the week we had another visit from our friends at Zoo 2 U so that our students could meet more of their super-duper animals and learn lots more about the natural world - you can read more about this in our dedicated blog entry here

Other highlights of our action-packed first week included a site scavenger hunt, team-building challenges, a summer quiz, baking delicious cupcakes, "balloon frenzy" and lots and lots of mafia (probably the 2nd summer favourite!). We also introduced our secret friend game to great success with students leaving mystery presents, notes and treats for each other around campus - after all who doesn't like a surprise present?!

What an amazing week! Check out our gallery here for more pictures of all the fun