Listening Script Vocabulary
(Section 2: You will hear a school representative giving a talk to a group of parents about summer schools. First, you will have some time to look at questions 11 to 20 [20 seconds]. Listen carefully and answer questions 11 to 20.)
Thank you, everyone, for coming along to this information session about The English Academy. I hope you’ll find it helpful. If you are interested in booking a summer school place for your child with us to help them improve their English, please feel free to ask me any questions at the end and I’ll be happy to help you. I’ll begin with a little bit of background about The English Academy so that you have an idea of what we offer our customers.
Well, The English Academy was founded 5 years ago with just 1 language school located on Regent Street in London. Then, 2 years ago we added 3 new schools in various cities around the UK, and that’s when we started running summer schools. We grew quite rapidly after that and we’ve been running 23 language schools for the past year and a half.
If you book summer school in Liverpool, you can choose from 5 different centres in various parts of the city. In Manchester, we now have over 8 schools where we run classes for teenagers and children. London is where we have the majority of our centres, and there you’ll have a choice of 10 schools in 6 different boroughs. We are currently looking into expanding into Scotland. We have a number of potential properties there, which we are looking into converting into schools.
Now, all of our schools cater for children and teenagers who are hoping to practise their English, and are in very child friendly locations with lots of activities for the youngsters to enjoy. Our schools offer a wide range of activities every afternoon after class, which are led by specialist sport and arts teachers. The aim of these activities is to encourage the children to mix and make friends, while practising their English speaking and listening skills. Rest assured that the staff are fully certified and have plenty of experience with young people. The usual routine is to start every afternoon with an energetic football match, followed by quieter art or creative session. We have a library in every school with books for all ages available to borrow, and the creative activities range from clay modelling to drama and dance, depending on the ages and interests of the children in attendance. Twice a week, there’s a half-day excursion to a local attraction or place of interest. The schools are completely child friendly in terms of location and safety features. Of course, the aim is for your child to practise their English and so we implement an ‘English only’ policy to encourage them to practise. We ask them to speak English only in class time from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm. Lunch is from 12:30 to 1:30 and while we would like them to speak English then too, we don’t enforce it, and they are free to speak whichever language they like from 1:30 onwards during the afternoon activities.
Now, travel insurance. While it’s unlikely that you’ll need to use it, it’s always best to be covered by insurance, just in case. You can organise your own if you prefer, but if you don’t you’ll have to take out our policy. You are required to do this when you book your child’s summer school place.
We do offer a loyalty scheme for our students and there are added advantages if you have more than one child and make a booking for siblings. All parents will receive email updates about special offers, and siblings will receive a discount on their booking – the first sibling gets 5% off, and any additional siblings will receive 10% off. There are also opportunities to take advantage of seasonal discounts off up to 15% during quieter periods so do keep an eye on our website for offers and promotions.
As for the accommodation, all classrooms are equipped to the highest standard. As I mentioned before, all schools have a library and each classroom has a small supply of English language books that can be borrowed. In every classroom there’s a box of dictionaries, and stationary for students to use. All classrooms are fully equipped with audio equipment and CDs, but if students would like to borrow anything extra for personal use, like headphones or voice recorders, they can ask for them, and if we have them available they can borrow them. There are fantastic leisure facilities in all the schools, including swimming pools ad sports pitches, but we also encourage students to explore the local area and so on arrival a travel card valid for the entire holiday is distributed to each child. Maps of the city are available in the welcome pack that is given out on the first day of summer school. All of the schools have good canteens with a wide variety of options available so the children will always find something they like to eat.