General English (Weeks 1-6)
This option is suitable for all abilities with students participating in English classes with trained teachers. On arrival students take a placement test (spoken and written) to assess their level of English, based on CEFR levels. Students are then placed in multinational classes with those of a similar age and English level. There are 3 hours of lessons in the mornings - 2 hours with 1 teacher and 1 hour with another, so classes get to experience different teaching styles and accents during their course.
Teachers involve students when planning their lessons in order to meet the interests and language learning needs of their class. Each week there is a choice of 3 broad topics enabling teachers to plan an interesting and engaging lesson programme following ideas from one or more of the topics. All lessons include communicative activities and functional language which can be used in real-life situations.
Global Young Leaders (Weeks 1-6)
For students aged 14-17 with a minimum level of English of CEFR B2 and above.
This option has been designed as an alternative to General English and is suitable for students with a minimum level of English of CEFR B2 and above or are native speakers. Effective communication is fundamental to the programme with a belief that it is not enough to be able to speak excellent English; one also has to have something valuable to say.
The course encourages students to learn about themselves and about their place in the world. It will challenge some perceptions and make students think about life in the 21st century. The course aims to look at what being a leader really means and will examine this through weekly topics looking at some of the most important issues the world currently faces, helping students to be a leader of the future.
The course is structured to allow students to participate for one week or up to 6 weeks and to examine and develop their own ideas. They have the chance to discuss, explore and challenge sometimes unfamiliar viewpoints and are encouraged to examine and review ideas when negotiating with people from other backgrounds who may hold conflicting views.
The students are involved in the choice and design of the topics discussed; a different focus is taken each week reflecting issues that students commonly mention as challenges which affect their own lives. On previous courses these topics have included the environment,
equality, poverty, press and media, war and technology.
Guest speakers are invited to offer personal insights into the issues being examined. Students will also take their studies beyond the classroom with visits to places within the local community.
Please note that there is one topic per week and the focus will change daily. Students will need to submit a written task prior to arrival. We reserve the right to move students to General English if we believe their English level is not B2 or above.
Cambridge Assessment English - Exam Included* (Weeks 1-3 or 2-4 dependant on level)
Available in weeks 1-3 for B1 and B2, and weeks 2-4 for C1
An exam preparation course for students who wish to improve their current level through the internationally recognised Cambridge Assessment English examinations. Students choosing this option will benefit from a 12-week pre-arrival self-access online course with weekly tutor support. At Millfield, lessons will focus on exam technique with full mock tests with lessons tailored to their personal needs. For further information on exams, please refer to the Cambridge Assessment English website.
The exams that students will be able to sit at the end of their course are Cambridge B1 Preliminary for Schools, Cambridge B2 First for Schools and Cambridge C1 Advanced. All exams for B1 and B2 along with speaking for C1 take place during week 3. C1 written exams are held during week 4.
Photographic ID is required at the time of registration in the form of a scanned ID document, and all students must ensure they have photographic ID on them when they sit the exam. Please note that the ID used at registration must be identical to the ID used during the exam.
*This option will incur a supplementary charge of 350 GBP which includes the cost of the exam and the pre-arrival course.