Summer English courses 2021: Online and Face-to-Face

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.

Explore. Experiment. Get creative. 

Children and teens build their confidence and skills while they have fun learning English through activities that engage their natural interests and enable them to learn new things.

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.

You can choose either Online or face-to-face courses

This summer we are offering a bigger choice. You can choose to take a course at one of our centres: Lisbon, Parede, Miraflores, Coimbra or Porto (Foz do Douro), or, as an alternative, you can choose one of our completely online courses. Choose which is better for you, or, if you are spending a week or two out of town, choose a combination! Whichever you choose we can ensure a safe and genuine learning experience.

Free online level tests

If your child is 9 years old or older by 31st December, they will need to take a short English level test with one of our teachers, to help us choose the right course for them.

Please note: your child does not need to do a level test if:

  • they are below 9 years of age on 31 December 
  • they have done a placement test within the past six months
  • your child is attending one of our academic year courses.

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Summer courses for Early years and Lower Primary students (4-7)

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 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 4, 5, 6 or 7 by December 2022

Face-to-Face courses

Offered in: Lisbon 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

Summer courses for Upper Primary students (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 2022

1: Face-to-Face courses

Offered in: Coimbra, Lisbon, Parede 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

2: Online courses

Delivery method: Zoom

Course information: Two one-hour sessions based around a storybook, followed by 30 min activity session (for example yoga, arts and crafts, sing along, and so on). Some of the story-based content will be based on Twinkl story originals. 

  • Classes: 10.00-11.00 and 11.15-12.15;
  • Activities: 12.30-13.15  

Summer courses for Lower Secondary students (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 2022

1: Face-to-Face courses

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

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 per day
  • Classes: 10.00-1300 
  • Afternoon activities: 14.00-16.00

2: Online courses

Delivery method: Zoom and British Council learning hub

Course information: Classes are based around a different cross curricular topic each week, and include tasks such as roleplay, reading fiction and non-fiction, problem solving tasks, presentations and much more. Activities are different each day and may include science experiments, quizzes, coding, story reading and more. Students also have access to guided learning through the learning hub. 

  • Classes: 10.00-11.00 and 11.15-12.15
  • Activities: 12.30 -13.15

Summer courses for Secondary students (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 2022

1: Face-to-Face courses

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

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

2: Online courses 

Delivery method: Zoom and British Council learning hub

Course information: Classes 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 and help learners extend their skills and confidence in using English, with a strong emphasis on speaking. 2 x 60 mins based on magazine each day. Activities include activities such as debates, quizzes, talks and demonstrations and problem-solving tasks. Students also have access to guided learning through the learning hub. 

  • Classes: 10.00-11.00 and 11.15-12.15 
  • Activities: 12.30-13.15

Summer exam preparation courses for Secondary students (13-17) – Online only

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. 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: 27 June – 08 July; or 29 August – 9 September 

Note:
Students need to register and pay separately for the exam. See our Exams pages for more information.

 

NEW: Secondary Summer Online International – Online only

Our new Summer Online International English course is designed for Secondary learners and allows them to develop language and core skills in an international classroom with learners from across Europe.  Our online courses consist of virtual lessons with our experienced Secondary teachers, guided learning activities and webinars. The course is based around our Secondary Plus materials and your child will have access to the course content and virtual lessons through our digital platform British Council learning hub.

  • Levels: B1, B2 and C1 only
  • Dates: Module 1:  04-15 July; Module 2: 18-29 July 
  • Time: 09.00 – 11.10 Monday-Friday 

Register for one or two modules. Places are limited.

Course schedules and prices

Early Years, Lower Primary and Upper Primary students (5-9 years old)

Module
.
Calendar
week
Price:
Face-to-face
Price:
Online*
Week 2 04/07-08/07 EUR 220.00 EUR 195.00
Week 3 11/07-15/07 EUR 220.00 EUR 195.00
Week 4 18/07-22/07 EUR 220.00 EUR 195.00
Week 5 25/07-29/07 EUR 220.00 EUR 195.00

*Note: There are no online classes for Early Years and Lower Primary (4-7 years old)

Lower Secondary and Secondary students (8-17 years old)

Module
.
Calendar
week
Price:
Face-to-face
Price:
Online
Week 1** 27/06-01/07 EUR 220.00 EUR 195.00
Week 2 04/07-08/07 EUR 220.00 EUR 195.00
Week 3 11/07-15/07 EUR 220.00 EUR 195.00
Week 4 18/07-22/07 EUR 220.00 EUR 195.00
Week 5 25/07-29/07 EUR 220.00 EUR 195.00

**Note: There are no face-to-face classes in Porto (Foz do Douro) in Week 1.

Exam preparation courses for Secondary students (13-17 years old) 

Module Course dates Price:
Online***
Two weeks:
B2 First and C1 Advanced
 27 June to 08 July 2022 EUR 490.00
Two weeks:
B2 First and C1 Advanced
29 August to 09 September 2022 EUR 490.00

Summer Online International for Secondary students (13-17 years old) 

Module Course dates Price:
Online***
Two weeks 04 to 15 July 2022 EUR 345.00
Two weeks 18 to 29 July 2022 EUR 345.00

***For Exam Preparation courses and for the Summer Online International course there are no face-to-face classes.

Registration dates

We encourage you to register your child up to Friday before the course starts, as later registrations may have to start the course later.

Discounts

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

  • Discounts – Online: EUR 25 per module for each extra module
  • Discounts – Face-to-face: EUR 25 per module for each extra module

For summer courses there are no further discounts

About online classes

We know that working on a screen can be more challenging and intense than in a classroom. To ensure students get the most out of their online learning we make certain that:

  • Live online classes are interactive and fun.
  • We use a wide variety of age appropriate and engaging activities to maximise participation and build confidence in using English to communicate.
  • We offer two live online classes each day, and an activity session to ensure plenty of variety.
  • There are breaks between each of the classes and activity sessions.
  • Lower Secondary and Secondary students have access to online learning resources to complement and extend their learning in the live online classes.