summer courses for children

Fun and interactive summer English courses. Where imaginations go wild 

Our summer courses will let your child’s creativity and curiosity roam free, so they can express themselves with confidence that goes beyond their English language skills. Young learners will work on an exciting range of practical and challenging tasks that encourage them to explore new ideas and experiences that are different from the year-round courses and school.

Different modules to mix and match

This summer we offer a number of one-week modules. Each of them is an independent unit of study, so you can register your child for just one or for any combination of modules that suits your plans and budget.

Choose the centre closest to you: Lisbon, Parede, Miraflores, Ramada/Odivelas, Coimbra or Porto (Foz do Douro)

Our Summer English courses

Early Years (4-5)

Join us in the holidays for a play-filled English language experience! Each one-week course is based around a different storybook which will appeal to your child’s imagination and provide a fun learning adventure. We explore the story topics and characters through songs, games, drama and arts and crafts. Through the daily routines and engaging activities, we will help your child build confidence in an English speaking environment. Our specially trained teachers will help your child feel safe and secure and help build their creativity, communication and thinking skills. Our young learner assistants provide additional support to making your child feel comfortable throughout the day.   

For children who are 4 or 5 by December 2024

Offered in:
Lisbon (Principe Real) and Porto (Foz do Douro)

Course information: Story-based course in the morning; afternoon activities may include movement, arts and crafts, gardening, cookery and more – all through English. Some of the story-based content will be based on Twinkl story originals.

  • Time: 25 hours per week, 5 hours per day
  • Class: 10.00-13.00
  • Afternoon activities: 14.00-16.00
  • Drop off between 09.00-10.00, pick up between 16.00-17.00

Lower Primary (6-7)

Join us in the summer for a fun and interactive English language experience! Each one-week course is based around a different storybook which will appeal to your child’s imagination and provide rich learning opportunities. We explore the story topics and characters through a wide variety of activities including songs, language games, drama and arts and crafts. Our specially trained teachers will help your child feel safe and secure and help build their creativity, communication and thinking skills. Through the daily routines and engaging activities, we will help your child build confidence in understanding and responding in English.

For children who are 6 or 7 by December 2024

Offered in:
Lisbon (Principe Real), Porto (Foz do Douro), Coimbra, Miraflores and Parede.

Course information: Story-based course in the morning; afternoon activities may include movement, arts and crafts, gardening, cookery and more – all through English. Some of the story-based content will be based on Twinkl story originals.

  • Time: 25 hours per week, 5 hours per day
  • Class: 10.00-13.00
  • Afternoon activities: 14.00-16.00
  • Drop off between 09.00-10.00, pick up between 16.00-17.00

Upper Primary (8-9)

Join us in the summer for a fun and interactive English language experience! Each one week course is based around a different storybook which will appeal to your child’s imagination and provide rich learning opportunities. We explore the story topics and characters through songs, games, drama and arts and crafts. Our specially trained teachers will help your child feel safe and secure and help build their creativity, communication and thinking skills. Through the daily routines and engaging activities, we will help your child build confidence in understanding and responding in English.

For children who are 8 or 9 by December 2024

Offered in:
Lisbon (Principe Real), Porto (Foz do Douro), Coimbra, Miraflores, Parede and Odivelas/Ramada.

Course information: Story based course in the morning; afternoon activities may include movement, arts and crafts, gardening, cookery and more – all through English. Some of the story based content will be based on Twinkl story originals. 

  • Time: 25 hours per week, 5 hours per day
  • Class: 10.00-13.00
  • Afternoon activities: 14.00-16.00
  • Drop off between 09.00-10.00, pick up between 16.00-17.00

Lower Secondary (10-12)

Happy learners make confident speakers! There are many reasons your child will love our classes: 

  • lots of time to practise speaking English, having fun learning with classmates of the same age 
  • varied and interesting age-appropriate topics and activities to keep your child interested throughout  

Your child will also be encouraged to develop creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills in a relaxed environment where they can be themselves. They will: 

  • work in groups or pairs to practise speaking, problem-solving and collaborating on projects with a focus on familiar and real-world topics 
  • build resilience and get used to communicating and collaborating online with others in preparation for life in a global, digital world

For children who are 10, 11 or 12 by December 2024

Offered in:
Lisbon (Principe Real), Porto (Foz do Douro), Coimbra, Miraflores, Parede and Odivelas/Ramada.

Course information: Lessons in the morning will help learners extend their skills and confidence in understanding and using English, with a strong emphasis on speaking. Each week’s lessons are based around a motivating topic, with lots of hands-on fun projects and tasks. In the afternoon there will be a variety of activities and topics, including for example, quizzes, games, experiments and story reading.  

  • Time: 25 h per week, 5 hours per day
  • Classes: 10.00-1300 
  • Afternoon activities: 14.00-16.00
  • Drop off between 09.00-10.00, pick up between 16.00-17.00

Secondary (13-17)

Join our summer course and your teenage child will enjoy dynamic lessons on real-life topics that prepare them for a global world. 

With our expert teachers, they will:

  • gain confidence in speaking English with their teacher and fellow classmates 
  • develop their communication skills by working on projects in pairs and small teams 
  • focus on real-world contemporary topics  

For children who are 13 or over by December 2024

Offered in:
Lisbon (Principe Real), Porto (Foz do Douro), Miraflores and Parede.

Course information: Lessons in the morning will help learners extend their skills and confidence in using English, with a strong emphasis on speaking. Each week’s lessons are based around a different topic, with clear task outcomes. Activities will include quizzes, talks, demonstrations and much more.

  • Time: 25 hours per week, 5 hours per day
  • Classes: 10.00-13.00
  • Afternoon activities: 14.00-16.00
  • Drop off between 09.00-10.00, pick up between 16.00-17.00

Online exam preparation courses (13-17)

Is your child planning to take a Cambridge First B2 or Advanced C1 exam? An internationally recognised qualification provides evidence of their level of English and enhances their future study and work prospects. Join our First or Advanced exam preparation course to help your child prepare to do their very best in the exam.

To register in our Online Exam preparation course, your child will need to take a short English level test and have a consultation with one of our teachers. Book a free consultation here.

 

The course includes:

  • familiarisation with the exam
  • practice on all the papers and question types
  • exam strategies and techniques
  • time management
  • tips and advice
  • personalised feedback in the areas you need
  • mini practice tests to help you to develop your level of language and your exam technique.

Online course only

Delivery method: Zoom

  • Time: 30 hours, Monday-Friday for two weeks: 
  • Classes: 10.00- 13.00 
  • Dates: 26 August – 6 September
  • Price: EUR 570

Note: Students need to register and pay separately for the exam. Please check the list of exam centres here.

Dates and prices

Module Calendar week Price
Week 1* 01/07 - 05/07 EUR 245
Week 2* 08/07 - 12/07 EUR 245
Week 3 15/07 - 19/07 EUR 245
Week 4 22/07 - 26/07 EUR 245
Week 5* 29/07 - 02/08 EUR 245
Week 6* 26/08 - 30/08 EUR 245
Week 7* 02/09 - 06/09 EUR 245

*Week1: There are no summer courses in Porto (Foz do Douro) in Week 1. 
*Week 1: Due to the municipal holiday (4th of July), Week 1 in Coimbra will take place on the 3rd and from the 5th to the 7th, and its cost will be EUR 196.
*Week 2: There are no Primary classes in Porto (Foz do Douro) in Week 1.
*Week 5:
 There are no summer courses in Parede and Miraflores in Week 5.
*Week 6 and 7: There will be summer courses only in Lisbon Principe Real and Coimbra
*Courses in Odivelas/Ramada at Instituto de Ciências Educativas (ICE): Week 2 for Lower Secondary (10-12 years old), week 3 and week 4 for Upper Primary (8-9 years old)

Discounts

Discounts are only available for students who sign up for more than one module.

Price for each extra module EUR 220* (EUR 25 discount)

*Due to the municipal holiday (4th of July), if the extra module is in Week 1 in Coimbra, the cost will be EUR 176 (EUR 20 discount).

For summer courses there are no further discounts.

Online Exam preparation Cambridge First/Advanced

To register in our Online Exam preparation course, your child will need to take a short English level test and have a consultation with one of our teachers. Book a free consultation here.

26/08 - 06/09 Monday to Friday
2 weeks | 10:00-13:00
EUR 570


Information for parents for face-to-face courses

Children can arrive at the British Council from 09.00. Children will be looked after by a Young Learner assistant until the class begins at 10.00. 

Afternoon activities finish at 16.00 but your child can stay until 17.00 if necessary, once again in the care of a Young Learner Assistant. 

Children who are 11 years old or younger are not permitted to leave our premises alone and must be picked up by a named guardian each day by 17.00 at the very latest.

Children should bring with them a healthy morning snack and their lunch, with cutlery. Younger children are helped at snack and lunchtimes and all children are supervised. A microwave is available for Young Learner Assistants to heat the children’s food if necessary.