A sad day as the students say goodbye to their teachers and finish their last lessons in England :-(
But....then it's time for an afternoon outside, with the chance to learn how to play Cricket. :-)
It's a perfect summer's day, and we'll be at the Salts, where the basics of the game will be passed on to students before they put the theory into practice. We might also have a game of football too, as we catch a bit of World Cup fever.
To finish off the week, we're heading to the pub, as we sit down to a meal at The Old Plough in Seaford. One last taste of Englishness before the students head back to Leoben tomorrow.
A big highlight of the week today as the students head back to London again, where they will begin with a stop-off at the Hard Rock cafe, before heading to Covent Garden. They'll have a few hours to look around and absorb the atmosphere, before heading to The Lyceum Theatre to watch The Lion King.
Before that though, it's school time. Lessons will continue in our attempts to enable students to improve their fluency. One of the topics today is the environment, as well as an activity using the theme of shopping to provide speaking practice and teach some idioms.
There's an indoor market at Hillcrest today, with the chance to browse the handmade products and engage in some conversation with the very friendly stallholders. A little piece of English life that we like to share with our students.
The school week continues, and the students should be feeling more confident in their speaking now, as they get used to lessons in the morning. They may also be looking out of the window from time to time, as the weather continues to be amazing. It's very enticing for them to get outside, and they'll soon have the chance to enjoy the warm fresh air as they are heading across to Beachy Head. These cliffs are a famous British beauty spot, and from the top there is a breathtaking view across the English Channel. The sea will look more like the Mediterranean today, and it's a great start to an afternoon.
From the top of the cliffs, the students will walk down to the outskirts of the town of Eastbourne. Here they will enjoy a walk along the long, flat promenade, before they end up at the pier. There'll be a little free time, which will enable them to relax and maybe put their feet in the water to cool off. A definite ice cream day. :-)
It's lovely and warm here, as we start the second day of school. There's blue sky and a real 'summer' feel in the air. In fact, it's the perfect weather to visit Brighton. There is no better place to be when it's sunny, than walking along the seafront, or taking in the atmosphere of the North Lanes, with its quirky shops and cafes. Then there is the history of the Royal Pavilion, which our students will experience first, as they tour around the Regency Palace. So much to see and do, and it'll be quite 'the place to be' this afternoon. :-)
As you can see from the picture on the right, the weather forecast is a very rare one for England: sun, sun and more sun!
What a beautiful sunny morning we have here in England, as we await the arrival of the students. They will start their school week with a placement test, before Dean, Karen and Eddie get them working hard on their English skills. It's the perfect chance for everybody to speak English in a 'natural' environment, and let's hope the students make great progress with their fluency.
The afternoon plan is a trip to Eastbourne, where the group will have free time to explore the town centre of this quaint seaside town. I believe the focus may be on the retail quarter, but on a day like today, the seafront will be a big attraction.
An early start for a Sunday, as the group head up to London. They have a lot of sightseeing to do, with Buckingham Palace and Big Ben a part of that, before they explore the centre of the city (maybe some recreational retail therapy?) and then top off the day with a visit to Madame Tussaud's. Donald Trump is now a full member of the waxworks museum. Let's see if his dummy is holding a phone and Tweeting. :-)
In what has become a regular event, we welcome back the staff and students from HLW Leoben. It's been at least twelve years now that the school have been visiting us, and all the groups have been lovely. We are eagerly anticipating their arrival. When they get off the coach in Seaford, they'll be met by sunshine as well as their host families, who will do their best to make the students feel 'at home' here in England. There will be a little time in the afternoon to explore the surroundings, before a first taste of English food for the students. :-)