50+ CoursesLanguage Holidays for the Over Fifties

Chester is a perfect base for mature students on our 50+ Courses. It is a heritage city with a unique charm that our 50+ students really enjoy. The buildings, history, traditions and position on the River Dee make Chester a leading tourist centre attracting many international visitors.

The 50+ Course enables you to practise your English, explore the region, meet new people and make new friends. The course includes language development and an inclusive social programme.

Language Development (15 hours per week)

The lessons enable you to:

  • improve your understanding of spoken English
  • mprove your accuracy in the use of language
  • increase your confidence in speaking English naturally
  • acquire a variety of formal and informal vocabulary in a range of contexts

The Inclusive Social Programme

The social programme is planned by our experienced staff who accompany you on all the trips. Each course includes two afternoon events and one half-day excursion each week with a full-day excursion on mid-course weekends. There is an optional weekly evening event at extra cost. We:

  • introduce you to the beautiful city of Chester and the surrounding area
  • enable you to visit many major tourist attractions
  • take you to outstandingly beautiful National Parks e.g. North Wales, The Lake District or The Peak District and to towns and famous cities like Liverpool and Manchester
  • include a "Meet the British" component

Dates, Fees & Online Booking

Start & Finish DatesWeeksTotal Tuition
(including Social Programme)
Book
17 Apr - 28 Apr 2017 2 £720.00
1 May - 19 May 2017 3 £1,080.00
22 May - 2 Jun 2017 2 £720.00
5 Jun - 16 Jun 2017 2 £720.00
19 Jun - 30 Jun 2017 2 £720.00
21 Aug - 1 Sep 2017 2 £720.00
4 Sep - 22 Sep 2017 3 £1,080.00

There is a registration fee of £55.00 for all bookings. For information on deposits, payment of fees and our refund policy including cancellations please see our terms and conditions.

Sample Timetable (Intermediate)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
09.30 - 11.00: Language Development 10.00 - 18.00: Full day excursion to Liverpool
A vibrant city associated with the Beatles. Attractions include two cathedrals, museums and galleries, the famous waterfront and the Albert Dock.
Welcome, online testing and school orientation Conversation skills: What do we have in common? Direct and Indirect Questions Past and Perfect Tense Review Comparatives and Superlatives
Coffee Break
11.30 - 13.00: Skills Development
Study Skills / British Life Quiz Family Trees Food and Shopping The Media in Britain Describing a journey / Beatles' song
Lunch Break
14.15 - 15.45: An introductory tour of Chester
See the historic walls, the famous clock, the cathedral, the town hall and the unique Rows.
14.30 - 15.45: Social Programme Overview
An outline of our social programme and possibilities for independent visits in the region.
13.30 - 18.00: Port Sunlight
A unique village with beautiful architecture, a fascinating history and a wonderful art gallery.
Free afternoonwith optional evening activity (e.g. theatre visit £30 additional cost) 14.30 - 15.45: Meet the British Afternoon Tea
Enjoy a delicious cream tea at a local tearoom and learn about the history of this English tradition.
50+ Courses
Lessons / hours per week
20 lessons / 15 hours plus inclusive social programme
Start dates
Set start dates for 2 and 3-week courses. Students who cannot take the full 3-week course will be accepted on the first 2 weeks of the course subject to availability.
Ages
Minimum: 50
Average: 60
Maximum class size
10
Levels
  • Elementary / Pre-Intermediate (A1/A2)
  • Intermediate+ (B1/B2)
  • Advanced (B2+/C1)
Students may be offered the opportunity to join a morning General English group if this is more appropriate to their level of English and/or interests.

Bank Holidays

1 May, 29 May and 28 August 2017 are public holidays when there will be an orientation programme for students on the 50+ Course instead of lessons for that day.

Student numbers (2015/2016)

  • Switzerland24%
  • Italy14%
  • Germany12%
  • Japan12%
  • Finland7%
  • Spain7%
  • Other24%
Bodnant GardensBodnant Gardens
Students in Llandudno, North WalesStudents in Llandudno, North Wales
Students in a Lavender GardenStudents in a Lavender Garden