Cardiff Metropolitan University
Residential accommodation | Course dates: 3rd July – 31st July 2018
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- City location the capital of Wales
- Historic location with superb shopping
- Excellent location for a wide range of visits
- Multi-National Programme
- Modern sports centre with indoor pool
Cardiff and Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is a place of contrasts. Modern innovative architecture sits alongside historic buildings, reflecting the city’s changing status from an important trading centre in Victorian times, to its current status as a world famous and popular city. Whether you are interested in historic castles or sport, culture and entertainment, Cardiff has it all.
As well as being home to the Millennium Centre – one of Europe's iconic arts and cultural centres, Cardiff has a wide range of shops, both old and modern, in the city centre and by the waterside. There are also a wealth of theatres, galleries, cinemas and museums. As a gateway to exploring other areas of Wales, you'll be assured of a warm welcome from this proud nation.
Our courses take place at the Cyncoed campus of Cardiff Metropolitan University. This is a specialist sports college on an attractive campus just to the north of the city centre, and within easy reach of the centre by bus.
On-site we have use of excellent well-equipped modern classroom. The campus also has extensive grounds and sports facilities, including a swimming pool, as well as a cafeteria and snack bar.
Accommodation & Catering
The accommodation is in good quality single study bedrooms in university flats for 6 – 10 students sharing a common kitchen area. Each accommodation block has its own security access code. Some of the accommodation is en-suite, while some have basins in the room and shared shower/toilet facilities. All accommodation is very close to the teaching areas and sports facilities.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are taken in the university refectory, a light and airy modern dining area located in the main building. The excellent menus include vegetarian options as well as a selection of hot and cold dishes together with a salad bar. A full English breakfast is served once a week with continental breakfast on other days.
- Course fees (per week): £775.00
- Accommodation: Residential
- Course dates: 3rd July – 31st July 2018
- Student ages: 11-17 years
- Student nationalities: Italian, Spanish, French, Russian, Japanese
Airport transfer time:
Big Pit Half-day
Cardiff Castle Half-day
Cardiff Bay and the City (3-week students)
- English lessons: 15 hours per week
- Laundry facilities: Yes
- Wifi on campus: Yes
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Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Key Academic Features
- 15 hours of English lessons each week
- Balance of appropriate language and skills development
- Links to activities and visits in the UK
- An opportunity to work individually and in multi-national groups
- Integrated skills syllabus linked to the ALTE framework
- An opportunity to take the Trinity Spoken English examination
- An opportunity to study with at least two Elac teachers
At Cardiff Metropolitan University our students receive 3 hours 20 minutes of English tuition divided over 3 lessons in the morning or afternoon, four or five days a week; a total of 15 hours per week. There is a balance between language and skills development in mixed nationality classes, with a maximum of 15 students to a class. Students use an Elac workbook which also acts as a record of the student’s stay.
There is an option for students to be prepared and entered for the Trinity Examination while on an Elac course at Nottingham University. Preparation for the exam takes place in three additional sessions organised in the afternoons or evenings immediately prior to the exam.
There is an additional charge for entering the exam. Please refer to the “Dates and Prices” page for more details.
Key Activity Features
- A wide variety of sports and activities
- Multi-national activities and the “activity carousel”
Our sports and activity programme during the day and in the evening gives students’ opportunities to enjoy a variety of sports and activities and practise their English in mixed nationality groups. Our activity leaders are experienced in encouraging students to get involved and have fun.
The “activity carousel” organises students into small multi-national groups who do some activities together during the course. The carousel helps students gain confidence and fluency with their English as well as encouraging them to interact with more students of different nationalities.
Sports and Physical Activities
The Cyncoed campus has wonderful sports facilities including indoor and outdoor tennis courts, an all-weather astroturf and two indoor gyms. In addition there is an indoor swimming pool.
We run inter-group competitions as well as individual competitions. Trophies and prizes are awarded at the end of the course for the winners.
We also offer aerobics and dance activities where possible.
Students can also participate in the following:
- Designing T-shirts and bags
- Making key rings, book marks, painting and colouring projects
- Music and drama workshops
These take place every evening. Activities include:
- Treasure and photo hunts
- Quiz nights and murder mystery events
- Talent shows and casino nights
- Discos and Karaoke
- Movie nights
Key Excursion Features
- Cardiff city centre and Cardiff Castle
- Coach excursion to Swansea, including the National Maritime Museum
- A visit to the Big Pit coal mine
- Coach excursion to Bath, including the Roman Baths (3 week course)
On a two week programme students go to Cardiff, Cardiff Castle, Swansea and the Big Pit. On a three week programme students also go to Bristol and visit the SS Great Britain and on a half-day excursion to Bath to visit the Roman Baths.
Students will also have the opportunity to visit Cardiff during supervised free time, to explore it further and do some shopping.
Cardiff and Cardiff Castle (Half-day)
This excursion includes an orientation walking tour around the centre of Cardiff followed by free time for shopping and exploring the city centre. The tour will include Cardiff Castle, one of Wales' leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. During its 2000 years of history, the Castle has been a Roman Garrison, a Norman stronghold and in Victorian times was transformed into a gothic fairytale fantasy.
This attractive city, rich in art and culture, is situated at the gateway to the Gower peninsular, an area of outstandingly beautiful coastline. Our visit includes a tour of the National Maritime Museum and the Dylan Thomas Centre. Dylan Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953) was a Welsh poet and writer who wrote short stories and scripts for film and radio in English, which he often performed himself.
After lunch, there is the option to look around Swansea and do some shopping, or visit the beach and have a walk and an ice-cream.
Big Pit (Half-day)
Big Pit is a real colliery. It was the place of work for hundreds of men, women and children for over 200 years This visit gives you a fascinating opportunity to explore what their life was like. The guided tours, conducted by experienced colliery personnel, last just under an hour. A further 20 minutes or so is taken in 'kitting up' with helmet and cap lamp, collecting contraband (cigarettes, matches, mobile phones, battery-operated equipment etc.) and riding through the shaft. The tour begins with a 300ft (90m) descent down the mineshaft by pit cage. You can also visit the original Big Pit colliery buildings around the site, including the Fan House, Blacksmith's Forge, Stables and Winding Engine House.
Bath Spa & Roman Baths (3 week course)
Bath is a fascinating city and there are many places to explore. Our visit includes a tour of the famous Roman Baths, with an audio guide available in different languages. There is then a walking tour taking in the main sites, like Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, and the Royal Crescent. There is also time to sample some of the many shops on offer.
Bristol & SS Great Britain (3 week course)
Our visit to Bristol begins with a chance to view and walk across the Clifton Suspension Bridge, built by the renowned engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Following this we will visit another of Brunel’s achievements, the SS Great Britain, the first iron hulled ship to cross the Atlantic. There will be free time to visit the large recently constructed indoor shopping centre, Cabot Circus, or else to follow the ‘Banksie trail’ and see some of the street art in the city, or to visit the city museum.