Wild English summer school
"Wild English" is Linguetic's summer school, where we teach English using the natural environment and "citizen science" projects.
Most language schools use a lot of unreal lessons. "Write a formal email using specific vocabulary; role play a work interview or a business meeting; make a class newspaper; do a PowerPoint presentation of an imaginary product; edit the report in Chapter 7; write a 3-minute theatre play and perform it; discuss your priorities for a dam construction project."
They're great lessons, and I use them when I teach business English or general English, but they are unreal. Who will want to read the class newspaper, listen to the presentation or watch the play? And not everybody likes to stand up and talk in front of the whole school.
The Wild English summer school is different
Real tasks like these are more motivating, and that quickly gives you more confidence.
Most adults have at least 6 years of English grammar and vocabulary. What they don't have is confidence. With real communication, confidence comes quickly. Not "I have two brothers and a cat" and "What I did last weekend" but intensive work, in English, on real tasks and projects.
"English is about communication. There must be something the student really wants to say, and something they really want to know."
Linguetic's teachers are expert at lessons on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, but the central lesson at the Summer School is that you can communicate in English. If you use the wrong tense, but everybody understands you, it isn't a problem. The wrong preposition? No problem. The wrong word order? No problem.
At Summer School, everybody likes nature and the beach. We do "citizen science" projects in a superb natural environment. You don't have time to worry about your English - you have to communicate! By Day 4 we have relaxed, happy students. By Day 7, everybody is confident they can communicate. By Day 10, you'll enjoy using English.
You'll learn practical skills, and then share them with others; and you'll produce real environmental data for scientists and for the local community. You'll make new contacts, leave with great memories, and probably come back next year.
Examples of practical skills to learn, and then teach
- Make bread and smoke a fresh fish - on the beach.
- Listen to whales and dolphins with a hydrophone.
- Make a Scottish speciality (cranachan, Cullen skink, rollmops, shortbread...)
- Use a rescue throwline.
- Try kite fishing.
- Talk like Sean Connery - you too can be James Bond!
"For students of English, motivation + communication = confidence + competence."
- Environmental baseline survey (EBS) of beach transect.
- Headland survey of cetaceans.
- Square-metre survey of intertidal crustaceans and gastropods (that's barnacles and limpets to you!)
- Plot the extent of zostera seagrass (eelgrass) beds.
- Make an Ocean Literacy web page about a local species.
- Visit a local nature reserve and collect data.
- And current projects of the Marine Biological Association, the Marine Conservation Society, Natural Scotland and Capturing Our Coast.
If you like the idea of a language course that's:
- Good for the environment
- Great for your English
...come and join us!
Find out more
Go to FAQ (Questions) for answers to frequently-asked questions.
Or go to Book a Course to find out about prices and dates.