Back again and this week we have been visiting with Bell international. Firstly I have to take the time to thank Silvina for showing us the school and answering questions on facilities
This school belongs to a a larger group of schools with Locations in Brighton, Oxford and Bournemouth. They offer courses for Adult Learners (from 16 on) and Young Learners (from 8 to 16).
This week I met with Santi who works as marketing manager in the school he has kindly taklen the time to show me around and I will try and give you a full run down of what I learned.
British Study Group has a long history, they started in the 50s as a family business. In the beginning they did correspondence courses and wer probably the biggest group in England futher along they founded the schools. London was the first destination at West London College however this school doesn’t offer English courses.
It was in 1996 when the English School were founded. The first school was in Oxford with the second opening in Brighton in 2002. Following that the school in London opened and finally the last one in Bournemouth in 2009.
Can you tell us a bit of the Bell’s History?
Yes, of course. Bell was founded in 1955 by Frank Bell, now you know why the name of the school. Frank Bell was a teacher of Spanish and French, he was a war prisoner in the Second World War. It was with his partner in prison when he founded a clandestine university. After the war he founded what today is Bell school which before was called Bell Language School.
How is one lesson in Bell? What about teacher’s methods? do the students need a book?
Well, it depends on the course you are. We have programmes for young learners from 7 to 17. This group doesn’t need a book. It is the teacher who plan the lesson through excursion, activities, etc. All students enrolled on adult courses need a book however this is free we also use interactive blackboards so lessons are more dynamic.
How many students do you have per classroom?
The classrooms can have a maximum of 14 students but the average is between 7 and 8.
Do you have exam preparation courses for IELTS, Cambridge, TOEFL, TOEIC, etc?
Yes, we prepare IELTS and all the exams for Cambridge, being specialist in BULATS on of the Business exam for Cambridge. Unfortunately we don’t prepare TOEFL or TOEIC as a course, but people can prepare it by one-to-one (individual lessons)
Do you have a social programme or extra activities for students?
Yes in both programmes. In the adult programme the have one which is included with their programme, this is 2 excursions : one is all day, the other one it is only half of the day, but they have these both excursions every 2 weeks. However every day we suggest an activityand on the weekend they can have an excursion during a whole day to Cambridge, Oxford, or Bath…
And the last one, why do should choose Bell as study destination?
As you can see apart from the zone, which is central London, Bell is high quality in teaching with a very personal treatment for the students. We are special because our treat with the students.
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