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When you arrive, we’ll meet you at the airport or train station, and take you straight to your host family accommodation. There you will meet your host family and settle into your new home. All of our host families give students a really warm welcome, good food and a wonderful opportunity to practise their English and experience life in the UK.

Really the course starts as soon as we meet you at the airport or train station, because from then on you will be speaking English, right until the time when you get back on the train or plane to go home again. If you’re a beginner, don’t worry – we’ll give you as much help and support as you need. The formal training normally starts the next day, though. When you first arrive, we will give you all the information you need, including details of how to get to Lancaster Languages, and the host family will of course be able to answer any questions you may have.

The morning lessons are normally from 09.00 to 12.00, with a short break in the middle. Then there’s a two-hour lunch break, when you can explore the city, buy lunch, and do a practical language exercise. The afternoon lessons are from approximately 2 o’clock to 4.30, again with a short break, and at the end of the day, you return to your accommodation with your host family, spend the evening with them, and continue practising your English, but in a more informal environment.

When you book a course, we send you a Needs Analysis form, and this form contains questions about how well you already speak, listen, read and write in English and what your objectives are. We then use all this information to design a personalised course programme that focuses on your individual training needs. Next, we’ll send you a timetable and check that you are happy with it, or see if there is anything you want to change; and then when you actually arrive, we will set some goals together, for you to aim to achieve by the end of the training. This is what we mean when we say that we will deliver a tailor-made course.

If you would like to combine your English studies with a programme of cultural visits, that’s absolutely fine. They are great fun and even though you’re not actually in the classroom, you’ll still be using and learning more of the language! You can do as many cultural visits as you want. They can be half-day or full-day trips, depending on where you would like to go. We will discuss all the possibilities with you so you can then select your preferred options. Typical choices locally include a visit to Lancaster Castle or a museum, or further afield, a trip to the Lake District, or Manchester or Liverpool. So if you think you might be interested in finding out more or booking a course, please contact us via the website, and we’ll look forward to meeting you.

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