Improve your English

Our philosophy places language development at the heart of what we do and offer. We focus on developing language skills through building confidence and real-life practice.

English is one of the most popular languages for young people to learn and improve. When looking at booking a summer language camp, it is important to feel assured that you (and your parents) will see an improvement in your English skills by the time you return home – the benefit of an Xplore camp is that you will PLUS you will also have an amazing memory of your summer abroad and have made new friends for life.

We aim for you to improve your English proficiency and skills through a combination of structured English language lessons and through our exciting, challenging activity provision or special interest courses.

Why go to England to improve your English?

Would you go to a pool to practice your swimming? Of course, because no matter how much you learn on the land, it is not the same as actually doing it! It is the same with English, or any language! You can learn words and grammar at home or in school, but it is not the same as actually putting into practice, with real English speakers.

BUT, don’t worry, we don’t leave you to jump off at the deep end!

All our English Summer Camps come with English language lessons built in – although these are not ordinary lessons! These lessons simply help to underpin the basics of learning or developing English, and we cater for all skill levels from beginner to advanced!

We of course do not spend all of our time in a classroom, the most impactful way to develop language skills is to be using them. So with 20+ nationalities attending our camps, the common language is English and our leaders are native English-speaking. Add in challenging, sociable, fun and daring activities, we build your self-confidence, your self-awareness and your independence, that most of the time, you won’t even realise your English has improved too!

Our English Lessons

At each of our camps, we offer mixed ability English classes taught by native-speaking teachers using our syllabus and at the end of your 2 weeks, you can sit an Ofqual approved ESL exam through Anglia Examinations.

What does ESL mean?

ESL stands for learning English as a Second Language – this is usually when it is taught in an English speaking country. EFL is similar, meaning learning English as a Foreign Language, but usually refers to learning in a non-English speaking country.
After an initial placement test, our time in the classroom is focused on pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure through a range of projects, games, debates, role play and individual tasks to cater for all learning styles. Each English class has a maximum of 16 students to ensure that everybody has all the help and guidance they could need.
After an initial placement test, our time in the classroom is focused on pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure through a range of projects, games, debates, role play and individual tasks to cater for all learning styles. Each English class has a maximum of 16 students to ensure that everybody has all the help and guidance they could need.

Tailored Teaching

8 to 12 year olds
8 to 12 year olds

We have the same excellent standard of language learning across all of our camps, therefore we can guarantee that no matter which camp you choose, you can be assured of our high standards.

Our Teachers

Across all our destinations, our English teachers are vibrant, engaging and experienced.
We have gone to great lengths to ensure that as well as their own TEFL qualification, all of our teachers have received the same training in our TEFL methods, our philosophy and our ethos.
Every Xplore teacher is supported by an Academic Manager and our Diploma qualified Director of Studies.

Our teaching method is one of natural acquisition, sure to support every student, easing you into a natural and normal way of communicating in English.

Anglia Examinations and Qualifications

Anglia Examinations operate worldwide, are internationally recognised and comparable against other ESL examination bodies such as Cambridge, TOEFL and IELTS. Through their partnership with AIMs, Anglia will award an Ofqual approved certificate to all those achieving a pass grade or higher for B1, B2, C1 and C2 levels.

Our ESL syllabus is based on the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) and we work at those levels in the classroom. In this way we can ensure that each student can understand the tasks and contexts, but by the same token be stretched. Each of our teachers are trained on the CEFR, ensuring that all of the students are constantly monitored and can be rearranged in level or class, if that should be deemed necessary.

I DON'T WANT TO DO ENGLISH LESSONS

Ok, no problem!
We offer our camps without lessons, but we really only recommend this to fluent, confident speakers or if you already sit at a C2 level on the CEFR. If you are not at this level, we really do recommend keeping your lessons as part of your programme as they offer additional support to developing your language skills and you never know, you might just learn something new!

If you are absolutely sure you do not want to include English lessons, then your lessons will be replaced by activities.

Our Activities (and how they help with English)

Learning through being active is a proven method to gain key skills and confidence – by using and practicing English, of course your skills will grow. What is key, is we provide a relaxed, fun, non-judgemental and unpressured environment which in turn develops your resilience, confidence and self-belief when using English.

“Being outside is a brilliant way to get some fresh air, have lots of laughs and exercise the brain.”

Throughout our camps, we encourage only English to be used to communicate with others. During our activities we encourage you to use your language skills to work together as a team and listen to the instructors who will be communicating in English.

Our Activity provision is varied, and each of our camps offer not only our core activities but also a range of specific activities depending on the facilities it has. Additionally, we programme team sports and games, and in the evening, activities include anything from discos to navigation tasks, movie nights to talent shows.

Special Interest Camps

Our Special Interest camps allow you to participate in a course dedicated to developing a sport or skill alongside your English language lessons.

All the course content is delivered in English, so by combining lessons with your special interest can really help support your learning and development no matter the subject or focus.