Course

  • Enjoy living and learning with a friendly English family by the sea.
  • English tuition for 15 hours per week within a language-rich programme.
  • Stays of 2 weeks: spring, summer, autumn and winter.
  • Small groups of students, aged from 13 to 19 years.
  • Groups of students aged between 9 years and 13 years - please enquire for details.
  • Groups of mature learners - please enquire for details.
  • Family or friendship groups - please enquire for details.
  • One to one tuition (15 hours +) is available for all ages during non-holiday times (October to March).
  • Courses are tailored to students' requirements.
  • Students are assessed on arrival and receive a certificate of achievement at the end of the course.
  • Every afternoon and evening students enjoy trips, sports or activities.
  • An option to spend an afternoon in a British school.
  • Opportunities to learn about British culture and heritage.
  • Full board with delicious traditional British food.

Host Tutor

  • Host Tutor Anita Branton
  • Fully qualified English Language Teacher (TESOL).
  • Experienced Speech and Language Therapist (BSc).
  • Nine years working in secondary schools focusing on language teaching, memory and thinking skills.
  • Expertise in teaching linguistics, phonetics and literacy.
  • Fifteen years experience hosting students from around the world.

House

  • Detached Victorian town house built in 1839 with historic features.
  • Three storey building with four twin bedrooms available.
  • Bathroom dedicated to students (all bedrooms have basins).
  • Comfortable guest accommodation, with access to communal living areas.

Location

  • Situated just over an hour away from London on the South Coast.
  • Close to historic sites: Sandwich, Walmer, Dover and Chatham, etc.
  • 20 minute drive to the most visited city outside London - Canterbury.
  • 30 minute coastal walk to the beautiful seaside town of Broadstairs.
  • 2 minute walk to the picturesque beach and harbour in Ramsgate.

Trips and visits

  • Opportunities to meet English people.
  • Experience enjoyable trips, sports and activities.
  • Spend a day in London visiting the most famous sights and attractions.
  • Take part in trips around the county of Kent visiting castles and museums, etc.

A typical week

Weekday Programme

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 12:30 Tuition (Four lessons)
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch (Light meal + fruit)
  • 14:00 - 18:00 Trips, sports, activities*
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Evening meal (Homemade & locally sourced where possible)
  • 19:00 - 22:00 Trips, sports, activities*

Saturday Programme

  • 08:00 - Evening Educational trip to London

Sunday Programme

  • Afternoon - Educational trip to a place of interest

Options for trips, sports and activities

Trips

  • Walmer Castle; Dover Castle, tunnels and museum; Leeds Castle; Canterbury Cathedral, museum and city centre; St Augustine’s Abbey; Richborough Roman Fort; Broadstairs ice-cream parlour, Charles Dickens House; Turner Contemporary Art Gallery; Garden of England walks to see orchards and vineyards; coastal cliffs; sandy beaches.

Sports

  • Tennis, badminton, croquet, table tennis, pool, swimming, golf, volley ball, football, rounders and cricket.

Activities

  • Watch popular British films e.g. ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’ by Oscar Wilde from our large selection of films; learn about British history and annual events in the British social calendar; learn to cook a well known British recipe; visit the cinema; do pottery painting; go fruit picking; see a working deep-sea fishing boat; visit a British law court.

The Branton family

  • Mr Ian Branton is a Primary School Teacher and visiting students have contact with our four children, who are respectively working in: Occupational Therapy (Fine Art); Economics (fluent Mandarin speaker); Nutrition and Dietetics; and Graphic Design in Canterbury and London. We are very experienced in working with young people, and students have a great time as well as making significant progress with their language and communication skills.

Testimonials

  • “...I have learned so much and my English is much better. I will never forget you and the friendly relationship these two weeks.”
    Anna – Netherlands
  • “... I have learned more in an hour with you than a week in any language school. I’m very happy that I could stay in your beautiful house.”
    Zarina – Slovakia
  • “...I enjoyed spending time with you. Ramsgate is a beautiful town. I learned a lot with you.  Anita, you cook very well.”
    Laura – France
  • “...you are the most lovely and friendly family that I could meet.”
    Stefania – Italy

Price and payment 2016

  • The price is £1360 for a two week course.
  • Two week courses (maximum of 6 students in a group).
  • Tuition (15 hours per week), trips, sports and activities are included in the price, as are all meals and accommodation.
  • A deposit of £200 will secure a place on the course (non-refundable), and the remaining balance is due 4 weeks prior to arrival.
  • Additional one to one tuition can be offered at £40 per hour.
  • One to one tuition (15 hours a week) is available during non-holiday times. All ages are welcome.
  • Transfers to and from the airports are not included in the price: travel options can be sent on request.
  • Students must take out their own travel insurance for health, safety and liability.

Travel

  • Travel to and from the London airports: Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, and Luton etc. can be arranged by train or taxi.
  • Students arriving by train will be met at Ramsgate railway station.
  • If you would like more information - please contact us at any time, we would be happy to talk to you.
  • Contact us by email:  info@kingsdownhouse.co.uk

2017 - Spring - Summer - Autumn - Winter

 

  • Sunday 09.10.2016 - Saturday 22.10.2016 (2wks)

 

  • Sunday 19.02.2017 - Saturday 04.03.2017 (2wks)
  • Sunday 05.03.2017 - Saturday 18.03.2017 (2wks)
  • Sunday 19.03.2017 - Saturday 01.04.2017 (2wks)
  • Sunday 02.04.2017 - Saturday 15.04.2017 (2wks)
  • Sunday 09.04.2017 - Saturday 22.04.2017 (2wks)
  • Sunday 23.04.2017 - Saturday 06.05.2017 (2wks)
  • Sunday 07.05.2017 - Saturday 20.05.2017 (2wks)
  • Sunday 21.05.2017 - Saturday 03.06.2017 (2wks)
  • Sunday 04.06.2017 - Saturday 17.06.2017 (2wks)
  • Sunday 18.06.2017 - Saturday 01.07.2017 (2wks)
  • Sunday 02.07.2017 - Saturday 15.07.2017 (2wks)
  • Sunday 16.07.2017 - Saturday 29.07.2017 (2wks)
  • Sunday 30.07.2017 - Saturday 12.08.2017 (2wks)
  • Sunday 13.08.2017 - Saturday 26.08.2017 (2wks)
  • Sunday 27.08.2017 - Saturday 09.09.2017 (2wks) 
  • Sunday 10.09.2017 - Saturday 23.09.2017 (2wks) 
  • Sunday 24.09.2017 - Saturday 07.10.2017 (2wks)
  • Sunday 08.10.2017 - Saturday 21.10.2017 (2wks) 
  • Sunday 22.10.2017 - Saturday 04.11.2017 (2wks)
  • Sunday 05.11.2017 - Saturday 18.11.2017 (2wks) 

Contact Details

Host Tutors: Mrs Anita Branton and Miss Julia Branton

Address: Kingsdown House, 17 Albion Road, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8DJ, England

Tel: +44 (0)1843 586650

Email: info@kingsdownhouse.co.uk

Website: www.kingsdownhouse.co.uk

Member of the English Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, London

Member of the Thanet, East Kent and Dover Chamber of Commerce

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