At Churchill House we offer English language courses that have been designed especially for groups of students – adults or juniors – visiting the UK to study together.
Our group mini-stay language courses are available throughout the year at our main school in Ramsgate and we can build a course to suit your needs; whether that’s delivering a special English course to help with work/education back home or just providing activities and excursions to further explore the group’s interests and help them discover more about the places, people and culture of England.
As with all our courses, we provide a high-quality English language course, friendly homestay accommodation, excellent facilities and our helpful staff will work hard to make your stay with us special!
Group Course Options
There are 3 lesson options – 15, 20 or 25 hours per week – with courses starting every week and you can stay for 2 to 9 weeks. Intensive courses (20 or 25 hours) combine general English lessons with one or more elective subjects.
To maximise your classroom time, all our groups have the option of taking an online placement test before they come to the school, so that we can put your groups straight into class as soon as they arrive.
We understand that finding a good balance between work and leisure time is vital for an enjoyable experience. There is a whole range of sights and attractions available in Ramsgate and its surrounding areas. Our Social Club provides a very full evening activity programme and a range of half day and full day excursions so there is something different to enjoy every day of the week. Activities and trips can be booked on a ‘pay as you go’ basis. There is also an Excursion Programme with one half day and full day trip per week.
Accommodation is provided by our experienced homestay families although other options are local guest houses, hotels and self-catering flats. Our host families are within twenty minutes walk or a short bus ride from the school and provide bed, breakfast and evening meal from Monday to Friday and all meals at weekends. Lunch is available in our Clubroom or in The Churchill Tavern or many other venues in the town.
Summer Vacation courses at Churchill House are excellent value for money and provide a perfect balance of study and leisure.
Special Interest Courses
At Churchill House we are more than happy to help design unique courses for any special interest groups. We have welcomed junior groups from many different countries, each with their own specific programme requirements. In the past we have organised courses based on leisure, tourism, music, football and many other subjects. Whatever the group and whatever the goals, Churchill House can create a learning and activity programme for you.
Exam Preparation Courses
A short, intensive course in the UK can make a big difference to student’s fluency and general level of English in a short space of time. We can help your group prepare for school/college lessons back home or we can arrange for your group to take the Trinity spoken exams here in Ramsgate, which would give your students an internationally-recognised qualification at the end of their stay.
Cultural and Historical
Ramsgate is a great place to use as a base to explore Britain’s rich history and we can arrange excursions to of Britain’s most popular historic sites, including Canterbury, with its impressive Norman cathedral and crucial part in the birth of English literature; and Dover Castle, with its key role in the defence of Britain for a thousand years.
London, our exciting capital city, is one of our most popular excursion destinations and we can arrange visits to a wide range of its attractions as part of your stay with us.
We offer crash courses if you would like to learn at a faster pace or have limited time. With a maximum of 5 students per class and 30 hours of lessons per week, our 2 week crash courses are a cost effective solution for groups of students who need to learn a lot of English within a short period of time.
Teacher Development Courses
For groups of teachers we can provide a course that includes English top-up lessons along with teaching ideas seminars, delivered by our highly-trained academic team.
We can provide a homestay mini-stay English course at any time of year. Our mini-stay packages are extremely popular for school or college groups as a great way to boost students’ overall level of English, work towards school exam success or just provide students with a short burst of English to help motivate them in their studies.
Our mini-stay courses are extremely cost-effective and we can work with the group to design classes and activities to suit any interests or goals. In the past we have organised programmes that focus on a wide range of themes including music, English literature, the media, British culture, sports, tourism, and science. We work hard to ensure that students make the most out of their time at Churchill House!
Groups coming to study outside of the summer (September through to the end of June) are based at our Churchill House Main School in Ramsgate. Please select any of the options below for some examples of the all-year-round group courses we offer.
Non-summer courses have closed classes from 1 to 12 weeks as standard. Courses run from September to June each year. The minimum age is 12. Courses can include a programme of sports and leisure activities plus full and half day trips according to your wishes.
Example mini-stay Programme:
|Morning||Arrive in Ramsgate and placement in homestay||Classes||Classes||Classes||Classes||Classes||Excursion - London|
|Afternoon||Local Tour||Group Activities or Optional - Bowling||Excursion - Canterbury Cathedral||Group Activities or Optional - Shopping trip||Group Activities or Optional - Ramsgate Tunnels|
|Evening||Welcome Party||Karaoke||Games Night||Neon Party||Farewell Party|
Churchill House Ramsgate runs Homestay Summer Vacation courses from mid-June to the end of the August.
Our courses are perfect for students of all ages and abilities wishing to enjoy their summer holiday whilst improving their English. Ramsgate is a perfect place for a holiday with its long sandy beach, attractive marina and 18th century harbour. One of the sunniest places in Britain it is the ideal place for a Summer Vacation course. Ramsgate is in the county of Kent, known as the ‘Garden of England’ with some of the UK’s most beautiful rolling countryside and lovely beaches. Ramsgate is only 76 minutes from London and close to the historic towns of Canterbury, Dover and Sandwich.
Junior Residential Courses
Churchill House Summer Centres offers 7 residential centres around the UK so it is easy to find the perfect location for your group. Each of our summer camps has their own weekly programme of classes, activities and excursions. There are also exciting teaching and activity supplements on offer at selected centres, ranging from our premier league football experience through to our Trinity Exam preparation courses. To find out more, click here to visit our dedicated Summer Centres section. Summer group courses have mixed classes as standard.