There are 3 basic elements to all Bucksmore summer programmes…
Overview : Our Academic programme has been designed to provide for students of all levels. With a separate syllabus for every level of English from Elementary to Proficiency, all Bucksmore students will have every opportunity to improve their English ability. The Bucksmore syllabus covers essential language skills as well as vocabulary and grammar, which students will be able to practise with all their new friends during meals and activities.
Some Bucksmore programmes have their own, subject-specific lessons: Bucksmore Young Leaders, Bucksmore Arts Choice, World University Preparation (UK) and Bucky Kids. These lessons are all designed by our experienced Academic Manager.
Bucksmore provides pens and exercise books for the students as well as a full Academic Report and Bucksmore certificate at the end of the programme.
The maximum class size on any Bucksmore programme is 11 .
Testing : Students are given a written and oral test on the first morning as well as an introduction to the syllabus. Our teachers and Directors of Studies are very experienced at selecting the right level for all children, but if someone thinks they are in the wrong level they should speak to the Director of Studies.
Students shouldn’t worry about the test! We want to make sure everyone is in the right class to really learn as much as possible. There is no ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ mark!
Weekly structure : Classes typically take place in the morning with one “lazy morning” allowing students a lie in should they wish. As well as these morning classes there will also be afternoon project sessions. The aims of the project sessions are to encourage collaboration and communication through the completion of real-world tasks that use English with an authentic purpose.
Before every full-day excursion, there will also be a brief link lesson preparing students for what exciting things they’re going to see and how to make the most of their visit.
Bucksmore End of Course Assessment : Our academic team have researched and developed a brand new examination for 2016. This will assess a learner’s skills in reading writing, speaking and listening, it provides a more rounded evaluation of a student’s English ability.
Taken at the end of the course the Bucksmore Assessment is designed to complement the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and to provide learners with a realistic determination of their English ability. It can be applied against other international English exams such as Cambridge ESOL & IELTS. Students will leave the course with a certificate of recommended English level measured against the CEFR scale.
This assessment is not available on Bucky Kids, Young Leaders, WUP, or the Advanced Studies courses.
When students are not in lessons or on excursions every one of our courses has a full afternoon and evening activities programme.
We have a huge variety of activities at Bucksmore designed to keep all of our students happy. They also give everyone a great chance to speak English outside the classroom. A weekly activities timetable can include sports, discos, talent shows, games, competitions, films, pretty much anything you can think of! Our centre Activity Managers are very experienced and always work hard to provide the best possible activities for students.
Our city centre programmes (all Oxford and Cambridge University colleges) also have ‘Freestyle Afternoons’. The students are all 14-17 so we allow them to have semi-supervised free time when they can relax with their friends in the middle of Oxford and Cambridge. We accompany them to the centre and make sure they know where our staff can be found, plus of course we always make sure mobile numbers are exchanged. This is a great way for our older students to enjoy a bit of freedom and explore these famous locations.
Some Bucksmore activities have proved so popular that they have now become much-loved summer traditions, including: Trash Fashion, The Cube, Banzai and Zombie Run!
Please note that during Freestyle Periods in Cambridge & Oxford Activity Managers will sometimes provide extra activities for students beyond the published timetable. These are entirely optional and students will sign up for them at the centre. These activities might include theatre productions, visits to the cinema, entrances to galleries / museums not included in the standard timetables published on our website. Students will be expected to pay for these and they are not included in our weekly price.
Excursions are often the highlight of the week for some Bucksmore students and we work really hard to make sure students have a great time as well as being fully informed about what they are going to see.
Most students will have 2 full day excursions per week and 1 half day trips, depending on the chosen course. They allow students to explore some of the most famous places in the UK, including Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton, Stratford, Warwick Castle, Bath, the English seaside and of course, London. Most Bucksmore weeks will include one London visit because there is so much to see. London excursions will cover a famous landmark in the morning before giving the students a choice between an exciting attraction or simply a bit of free time to explore and maybe visit Oxford Street for some relaxing shopping!
Half day trips will involve visits to closer locations and will often involve activities such as swimming, bowling or ice skating. These vary according to the location and what each Activity Manager thinks the students as a group will most enjoy.
Please note that no student aged under 12 will be allowed free time on excursions. These students will remain with a Bucksmore Counsellor at all times and our staff member will accompany them while shopping.