Edinburgh College has hosted an English Language Summer School for more than 30 years, and this year is no different with around 100 students from 12 countries spending their time in the capital with our International team.
The 2018 Summer School is now approaching the end of its third week with students from Russia, Spain, Panama, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Cambodia and other countries from across the world, spending time in and out of the classroom improving their English skills and taking in the fantastic cultural experience Scotland has to offer.
College lecturers run varied and challenging English language courses for Summer School students, which cover general English language development over a 20-hour week, while students can opt to study an additional four hours per week to prepare for the IELTS (International English Language Teaching System) exam.
Away from the classroom, students have been revelling in the sunshine, taking part in the Summer School social programme. So far the group have visited the National Museum, the Gallery of Modern Art and Mary King’s Close, as well as attending a traditional Scottish ceilidh. At weekends, the students have gone further afield with trips to St Andrews, Falkland Palace, Stirling Castle and the Loch Lomond Highland Games.
International business manager Sarah Gore said: “This year’s Summer School has started with a bang with 51 students having joined us so far and more to come. The aim of the Summer School is not only to improve students’ English language skills but also to offer them a real insight into Scottish culture – and what better place to do that than Edinburgh?
“The enthusiasm shown by this year’s students has been wonderful and energising, and we’re really excited to continue seeing and hearing their English language skills develop as the weeks go on.”