From Russia with Love – Learn English
On June 1st two students arrived from Russia.
These were our very first students to come here from Russia to study English (although we have had teachers before)! They had made quite a journey from Samara to Moscow to London and finally on the train to Yorkshire!
I am very impressed by their determination to get here to stay and study with me.
As always on immersion courses at Fleetham Lodge we had organised a good mix of study, activities and trips out to local places.
We settled down every morning to our lessons making sure that there was a good mix of grammar, reading, listening, vocabulary and writing.
You are probably wondering why I haven’t mentioned speaking – as this is the most important thing for many students who come here to study in the UK. Yes, of course we practised speaking but on a total immersion course like this you are speaking English all day from the moment you arrive for breakfast until you say goodnight and go to bed!!
But at Fleetham Lodge it’s not “All work and no play!” We also made some great visits too.
One of the first trips we made was to Richmond – a local historic town. As well as looking at the town itself we visited the castle – you can see something of the size in this photo!
Richmond also has a very old theatre – The Georgian Theatre (built in 1788) and luckily still in almost its original form. We enjoyed a tour of the whole theatre including dressing rooms and behind the stage.
Our two students were particularly fond of our two dogs Maguire and Arty who really enjoyed the attention. We only allow the dogs around the house if students are comfortable with this otherwise they have their own area – so if you are allergic, or afraid of dogs or just don’t like to be around them that is not a problem.
Other visits were made to York, Bowes Museum ( a fascinating local museum with a great history) and Kiplin Hall and Newby Hall – local grand houses to tour with wonderful gardens to explore too. The UK has many such famous houses and gardens and here we have plenty to show you. Finally we had a visit to the cinema too – which is always a great experience as you will always be surprised how easily you can follow the film in English and without any subtitles.
We also had some great weather and played croquet on the lawn – a game our two students hadn’t played before but got really excited about!
Even the dogs joined in!
After two busy weeks we said goodbye and started preparations for the next course.
We know that our two students returned to Russia with many memories and great English language skills!! We look forward to seeing them again.