Live learn languages
Here is a compilation of suggestions and guidelines from our years of experience with the aim of making the course go as well as possible for everyone involved.
Teachers compile a timetable for each individual course based on the needs and requirements of each student. For every activity on the timetable the teacher includes a free option and a paid option to give students the possibility of not having to pay anything extra for their course. Once the student has chosen which of the two options they want to do, we can then calculate the price of all the extra activities. Families receive this timetable before the course starts to ensure that they know what activities the student will do.
The family can see the cost of all extra activities and travel expenses on the timetable, which ensures that the student arrives with enough money for the trips and outings, plus enough spending money for themselves. To avoid overspending we suggest that the first day of the course the student gives the total amount of money for all the trips to the teacher if the students is under 18. This will leave the student with their own spending money.
Meal times / food quantities
Depending on where the student comes from, meal times could be considerably different to British meal times: British lunch is normally a small quantity, sometimes only a sandwich and fruit between 12:30 and 13:00, whereas students from other countries could eat at different times and quantities. In Spain, for example, lunch is the largest meal of the day and is between 14:30 and 15:00. Whereas, British dinner time is between 18:00 and 19:00 and is normally the largest meal of the day, whereas Spanish dinner time is between 21:00 and 22:00 and is a much smaller meal. The students should get used to the new routine of eating earlier with a smaller lunch and larger dinner. In case students are hungry between meals, the teacher will be more than happy to offer them a snack.
Bed time and mobile phones
Generally, people from hot countries, such as Spain go to bed much later than the British, so their body clock is used to this. They tend to go even later during the holidays. We have found that they often go to bed at the same time as the host family, but then they stay awake on their mobile phone for hours, which obviously results in tired students. Students should be aware that they can use their mobiles at allocated times of the day, but they should know that the course follows a school/work timetable and once they go to bed they must only go on their mobiles for 20 to 30 minutes. Students are expected to get up for breakfast and start the first class or activity at a reasonable time on the morning. These times will have been previously agreed upon as the student will have seen the timetable before they come on the course, so they will know what to expect.
Keep us informed of everything
In case the student seems unhappy or unmotivated, please let us know as soon as possible. Do not contact the host family or the student’s family directly as this has previously led to misunderstandings. It is normal that the student feels homesick at the beginning of the course which could be due to a change in routine or even a different diet. Students who are shy may find it difficult to communicate their needs to the host family in English. It is extremely important for the host family and the student’s family, if the student is under 18, to inform us as soon as possible of anything out of the ordinary. We need to be told about any situation as soon as it happens, because if we are told about a problem at the end of the course or after the course has finished it is impossible for us to rectify the situation.The majority of students are in constant contact with their parents via messages or phone calls on their mobile and so parents sometimes have more information than the teacher or the Live Learn Languages personnel. We always contact the student 3 after they have arrived in the UK, but some students do not tell us about problems until it is too late.
Our courses focus on speaking English. As the classes have such a spoken focus it is easy for students to confuse them for a normal conversation, especially if the class isn’t taking place in the classroom. It can also happen that students may not realise that a specific outing is a cultural visit. Therefore, it is very important that the British family and the Student get to know the timetable before travelling and constantly check the timetable during the course.
Airport drop off
Teenagers are accompanied as far as security at the airport. The teacher stays with the student through check in and up to seeing them through security.
If flights are delayed, once students are through security, we do not expect teachers to wait for the plane to take off. In the case that the flight is cancelled, then we would treat each case separately and the teacher may have to go back to the airport to pick up the students.
Photos, videos, blog
Students and teachers take photos and videos on trips and activities of the student. Firstly, as a reminder of their experience and secondly, to be able to complete the blog, which lasts for one hour a day. It is a chance for the student to talk about everything that has happened in the day, choose and upload photos from the trips and activities and also write a short summary of the day and upload that to the blog.
Students and teachers are given instructions of how to upload the photos and writing onto the webpage blog space using WordPress. The student should make sure to be familiar with the system before travelling and ask any questions of Live Learn Language personnel to avoid any confusion before the course. Blogs from previous years can be found on the website.