Young Learners’ Courses at Melton College
Our Young Learners’ Course help children and teenagers communicate with confidence, at school, in exams, on holiday and in life.
Who are our Young Learners’ Courses for?
Young Learners’ Courses are for students aged from 11 (younger if travelling with parents and able to follow the course) to 17 (or older if still at school) Students who have just completed their final year at school are still eligible for Young Learners’ Courses.
Structure of our Young Learners' Courses
Young Learners’ Courses are divided by ability and by age. All classes follow a skills-based timetable with the teaching day being divided into lessons with a focus on:
Lessons Out are lessons which take place in the city as a project, in museums or in York Minster. They will include a variety of activity types but will always last as long as the equivalent classroom-based lessons.
Students in summer will usually have one Lesson Out each week, students on other Young Learners' Courses will usually have two.
At the end of the course all students will get a report and a certificate.
What you should bring to your English Classes
All materials are included in the tuition fee and students will be provided with paper. Students should bring:
Students will definitely benefit from having a smartphone for some activities or, even better, a tablet (iPad or equivalent). The College has fast, reliable WiFi in all rooms.
If staying in Homestay arranged by Melton College, Young Learners must select Homestay Extra. This includes: Airport Transfers from Leeds or Manchester, full-board, and a bus pass if placed in a homestay more that 2kms from the College.
Young Learners can stay in Bishop's hotel if accompanying their parents.
If staying in accommodation arranged privately, please let us know the address and contact information and, if not staying with parents, the name of the person looking after the student during their stay.
Lessons Out are a popular feature of our Young Learners' Courses. They give the students the chance to learn English while exploring some of the many attractions of York as a city.
Our lessons out make use of the Cathedral - York Minster - and some of our world-famous museums, for example the National Railway Museum, The Castle Museum and the groundbreaking Jorvik Viking Centre. Lessons Out also include project work and the chance to interact with visitors while completing surveys and questionnaires.
On Young Learners' Courses at Easter and in October we usually have two Lessons Out each week. In summer we usually have one Lesson Out each week, nearly always on Wednesday afternoon.
How we teach
We use a skill-based timetable for our Young Learners' Courses. This has a number of benefits.
First, it is probably important to remember who our young learner students are and why they are with us. Young learners need English because they will need English in their lives. They also need English for school exams. So, some of what we teach will help with schoolwork and all of what we teach will help our students with their English.
Writing. We will help students to practice and improve different types of writing task. We will focus on tasks which students will need in their school lives, for example essays, and tasks they will need when using English more generally now, and in later life. The benefits are that students will improve their skill in a variety of situations, formal and informal, short messages, letters and completing applications.
Speaking. Speaking can be something you do alone - giving speeches for example - but most of the time it is about communicating with someone else. We encourage students to communicate in a variety of settings, helping them to be more comfortable in conversations with others whether talking in pairs or collaborating in a group. The benefits are that students learn to talk with people as well as to talk to people, they are better able to take part in conversations and more confident in expressing opinions, turn-taking and being able to show that they are listening. We also help students with pronunciation and the other things which make speaking a challenge like stress and intonation.
Listening. Students are often surrounded by English! Although they need to be able to answer traditional comprehension questions for school, they are as likely to need to be able to listen for specific information, for example as part of an announcement, to be able to get a general idea of what is being said without understanding (or hearing) all the details or to be able to summarise what they have heard. The benefits are that students will become more confident in a range of listening situations that go beyond answering traditional questions. We use specially prepared materials as well as extracts from documentaries, films, TV programmes and songs.
Reading. Students read all the time but the reading that features in schools and exams is only a small part of reading. Reading also includes signs, menus, notices and instructions. Most reading is related to context and we will help students to work with the context to understand what they are reading.
Writing. We will help students to practice and improve different types of writing task. We will focus on tasks which students will need in their school lives, for example essays, and tasks they will need when using English more generally now, and in later life. The benefits are that students will improve their skill in a variety of situations, formal and informal, short messages, letters and completing applications
Grammar. Some students love grammar! Some students hate grammar but love it or hate it, grammar is a part of lots of school exams and so we include it in our timetable. We always teach grammar in context, so we teach how a grammatical form or feature is used in everyday English. Students benefit, not only by being more confident in schoolwork but also by understanding how the language they are learning works.
Vocabulary. English has a very large vocabulary, often with many words for the same thing! Taking an active, positive approach to learning using and recycling vocabulary helps students develop their ability to express themselves and be able to understand how they may be understood by another English speaker.
The activity programme is included in the tuition fee for Young Learners’ Courses.
The Activity Programme includes:
The timing of some activities can make them both an After-class Activity and an Evening Activity!
On Young Learners’ Courses in Winter, at Easter and in October, all activities are compulsory. On Young Learners’ Courses during the summer, activities are voluntary, except the excursion which is compulsory.
The exact programme for each course can be found by clicking the “Activity Programme” button on each course page. Please note, the activities may have to change at short notice due to weather, opening restrictions etc.
We also run some optional additional activities, mainly during the summer. These are available for an additional fee.
During theYoung Learners' Summer Course we offer additional evening activities on two evening each week:
There is an additional charge for these activities.
We also run some optional Sunday excursions to London and Edinburgh. There is an additional charge for these excursions and parents will need to confirm their permission before their child can take part.
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