Advanced English Language and Culture (1,2 or 3 weeks)

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All our summer courses this year will be run at London Metropolitan University Hollway Rd campus, just 10 minutes by tube into Central London.

This course is divided into modules and you can stay for 1, 2 or 3 weeks. The cost of two weeks is 795 euros and the cost of three weeks is 1145 euros.
In addition to course fees there is a 110 euro registration fee.

Course Outline
This English course is aimed at teachers and English language learners with a level of English of C1 or C2. It will give advanced learners of English the confidence and familiarity with British culture,particularly current issues, media representations, English stereotypes, cultural and political figures and recent events in Britain. The course may also provide some material and teaching ideas for English language teachers. All the course material will be available through our web platform padlet.
The material and tasks are more adult and appropriate for university-level students of English and we hope will instil joy in English language and culture! The course combines discussions, lectures, different media and visits within London on the connected themes. The course is conceived as 15 hours classroom-based activities and 6 hours of cultural visits (minimum 3). All these visits are included in the course fee (excluding transport)

There will also be a number of non-compulsory social activities such as a theatre trip and Saturday visit which will be open to everyone on our summer school and which may incur and additional cost.

Content
The topics below are divided into three distinct modules allowing you to follow one, two or three weeks or to do different modules in different years. We will also provide a questionnaire for participants before they arrive to express preferences within the topic on offer each week. You will also be able to make requests which we will try to incorporate into the course if possible and where there is agreement between participants. This means specific content will vary from course to course. Some topics we cover are:


Class
Housing, regeneration and gentrification
Common stereotypes in UK culture
Youth issues
UK economy and business trends
Hipster culture and influence
Drinking and drug culture
British Comedy and culture
Comedy and English language – catch phrases and types
Immigration
Multicultural Britain
Religion
Moments in recent history
Influential people in the UK
Health service and new English language
Sport and sporting clichés
Education and Language
English Language - new words, idioms and colloquialisms
Family trends and relationships in British culture
Gay culture and its influence on Britain and English language
Women in UK society
TV programmes and influence
UK Media and Music an English
Modern literature and stories

For details of individual modules see our website.

Outcomes
After this course participants will:
• be more comfortable in their knowledge of contemporary UK culture and English
• be better able to deal with cultural references in conversations in English
• be more able to understand English colloquial language
• be aware of a variety of internet resources and writers for study beyond the course
• go away with some material they can use in adult or university classes
• know London better

Check it’s the course for you:
I am a teacher with English of C1 or C2 level
I am primarily interested in learning more about UK culture and some related English language
I am happy with a balance of classroom activities that involves some lectures and reading and less spoken interaction.
I am happy to get some tips and materials for my class but that’s not my main goal
I want to be more comfortable with English colloquial language

If it’s not for you:
I am primarily interested in language and working on speaking and listening – try English Boost
My level is below C1 - try English Boost
I am more interested in material and teaching – try Teaching Lexically or Developing Materials

Course organiser
Lexical Lab
Location
London, United Kingdom


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Upcoming sessions

06.07.2020 > 11.07.2020 (ID: 106509, Confirmed))
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13.07.2020 > 18.07.2020 (ID: 106510, Confirmed))
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20.07.2020 > 25.07.2020 (ID: 106511, Confirmed))
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Attended 01.07.2019 - 20.07.2019

AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE I took the Advanced Language and Culture course this July at Lexical Lab and must admit it fully exceeded the expectations I had. I have been a teacher of English as a foreign language for many years now and done many different kinds of teacher training in my career so I merely expected to update what I already knew about British culture and customs and improve my English skills. However, on top of that, it´s turned out to be a truly enlightening immersion experience for different reasons. In class we were given loads of interesting information about different aspects of British current society in the shape of newspaper articles, videos, and PP presentations which we discussed and used as prompts for discussion and challenging lexical work. The kind of information we covered was always relevant, informative, up-to-date and thought-provoking, and with the level of complexity that was required- you definitely can tell there´s a lot of research behind it. Besides, both tutors -Hugh and Andrew- monitored and gave us assistance and very precise and contextualised feedback at all times. What´s more, one of the things I enjoyed the most during the classes is that they even illustrated some topics with some personal experiences and views, which gave us valuable insight in order to bridge some cultural gaps and created a very empathetic atmosphere As for the walks and the social programme, absolutely everything we did was related to the topics we covered or was culturally significant somehow. During the afternoon walks they took us to some sites in and around London that you would never know had any significance at all, had it not been for the information they shared with us. Also, The social programme was quite varied and I think there was plenty of choice for everyone, and the fact that the tutors were with us was definitely a plus because you have the chance to comment on what you have seen in class in a more relaxed environment with them and the other attendants, this way getting a lot of meaningful conversational practice which is something you don´t often get when you do a structured course. I really appreciated the tutors´ sense of humour and their helpful and caring attitude towards all of us in and outside the classroom - excellent professionals and really great people. All in all, it was worth every single minute. I never had the feeling, not even for one second ,that I was wasting my time. Highly recommended!

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Attended 01.07.2019 - 20.07.2019

This July I took the advanced language and culture course with Lexical Lab and it was absolutely-amazing-going-way-beyond-my-expectations. Here are a few why-s. 1. What I’ve learnt? Being an English teacher, apart from grammar and words with my students we do look at lots of cultural issues which are tricky to explain unless you know how it works not from books and the Net but from the real people who live this life. So, now I’ve got a much accurate picture of education, medical health service, family life, judicial system, youth issues, regions, how to act as a local in a pub (with practical lessons:))...the list could go on and on and that’s all packed in only 2 weeks! Apart from the information, you get lots of inspirational kicks. For example, after the session on British literature, I’m on the verge of opening 2(!) book clubs when I’m back at home! Or I’ve started thinking on the influence we have on our students’ personalities... it’s mind- opening. And I haven’t mentioned tremendous amount of new vocabulary I’ve learnt and I’m somewhere between C1-C2, have written numerous pages of new words and expressions. 2. Cultural visits. My parents, because of all the media influence, asked me not to visit areas full of immigrants. As it’s “dangerous”. I ended up doing right the opposite😂 (please, don’t tell my mom). You know what- we’ve survived! An eye- opening experience. I knew literally nothing of the things Andrew and Hugh told us. Combine it with their personal stories and you get something utterly unique. Have you ever been to the hearing in a criminal court? A bar on top of Gherkin by any chance? Seen Hogarth painting in the staircase hall in the oldest hospital in London? Quiet hidden communal gardens? All the things tourists don’t do you can do with Andrew and Hugh and broaden your horizons beyond the limits. 3. I’d like to say a few words about our teachers. Hugh was the main reason my colleagues and I attended the course as we’ve already attended his 2 other courses and he’s won our hearts with his charming personality! I think I could listen to him talk about anything as long as he does it in the same entertaining way. We’ve met Andrew for the first time and instantly got charmed! Both Andrew and Hugh have a wonderful sense of humour, I haven’t laughed SO much for a long time! Felt very comfortable in and out of the classroom with them. 4. A few other things I’d like to mention. First, I loved using padlet(never heard about it) and having all the materials as Hugh said, enough for reading for the next 43 years😂 Secondly, was great meeting new people, doing all the speaking exercises with them. Third, the place was very atmospheric, being a university student again and having amazing soups in the local canteen- loved it! Fourth, I love the stylish notebook and a practical eco-friendly coffee-cup! Finally, found lots of similarities between the things happening in my classroom and here at the course, felt very reassured. I’m a normal teacher and a normal person:) 5. If you’re still wondering- to attend or not to attend, the answer is obviously yes!

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Attended 01.07.2019 - 20.07.2019

This summer in July 2019 I did the Advanced English and Culture course with Teaching Lexically by H.Dellar and A. Wakley in London ( Metropolitan University). It was a two-week course that turned up as a complete breakthrough to my career and personality. There were about 15 students from different countries like Russia, Poland, Spain in the group. Every day of the course consisted of a combination of the class session and the local walks. There were also certain social activities provided for the weekends to hang out and get together with new students. It was extremely interesting and exciting to learn about specific cultural issues in class like UK Stereotypes or about Regions and Cities in England. The tutors covered really complicated spheres like Education, Windrush and Immigration, Health and Health Service. It was challenging but it made the course worth studying. We were exposed to the variety of language use, how the language has been influenced by different political, cultural, historical approaches. One more reason that made this course worth doing for me was this lexical thing. Every class session ended up with lists of new vocabulary, phrases and idioms which are essential and to the point. This was that I took from the course as a teacher of English and I’d definitely share with my students. The topic that came as an inspiration for me was UK Literature. I learnt a lot about modern writers and current trends, new genres . It was great to share our personal impressions of the books we’ve read so far. We also investigated what social issues were hidden between the lines which was cool and really inspiring. Finally, what made the course for me were the tutors Hugh and Andrew, their outstanding personalities, professionalism and welcoming atmosphere they created in the groups to enjoy and learn from each other which was great! The highlight of this course was the cultural programme and the trips we were taken to. The trips and walks were organized to help us penetrate the real atmosphere of London ( the city of contrasts), so we had a unique opportunity to see the parts that are not so popular among other tourists (are a bit off the beaten track) but rich in history, diverse population and which really have a peculiar image to Londoners, I believe. That’s Soho, Brixton, Bricklane and Shoreditch, Hampstead in the north of London (the place where we absolutely enjoyed the picnic and the view of central London on the last day of the course). A visit to the Old Bailey (the central criminal court of England) came as a bit of an unusual experience. We were given a chance to witness investigating a real criminal case. You could feel a bit awkward at times but it was a good experience as well! So to make a conclusion I’d like to say thank you to Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley for such profound and fantastic course and great impressions. So if you are looking for a good company to have a wonderful time in London and a good language practice, this course is for you! I’d definitely recommend it to my friends and colleagues. And I am also interested in more courses with Lexical Lab in future!

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 14.07.2017

A couple of weeks ago I came back from London being hugely inspired by doing the Teaching Lexically course run by Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley. It was a great experience to get a deeper insight into the principles of teaching lexically. The course is definitely worth doing because it is full of extremely useful information concerning teaching different aspects of language. Every day we had a session where we received lots of input as well as saw how certain ideas and ways of working with materials can be implemented in the lessons. Hugh and Andrew were really helpful, supportive and encouraging. Whenever questions arose, they were always ready to clarify all the points and share their experience with us. I really admire how professional and knowledgeable they are. All in all, I should say the course exceeded all my expectations as it turned out to be inspiring, practical and certainly valuable for my further teaching. As for cultural programme, it was magnificent, as thanks to Hugh and Andrew we had a chance to soak up fabulous vibes of London and get an immense pleasure from it! We were really lucky to see London 'through local eyes' which made the trip unforgettable. I would like to say a huge thank you to both Hugh and Andrew for doing a super great job and running fabulous courses!

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 14.07.2017

I attended the course Advanced Language and Culture in 2018. It was well organised and it exceeded my expectations. Hugh and Andrew are very professional. The course allowed me to understand British Culture and current issues a bit better. I was also impressed by the visits within London based on the themes of our sessions. I recommend this course to all teacher who are interested in contemporary UK culture, colloquial language and are open minded.

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 14.07.2017

I have just returned from the brilliant course BETTER TESTING AND ASSESSMENT which I’ve done with LEXICAL LAB in London. The course was run by leading experts in this field and real professionals Zeynep Ürkün & Richard Spiby. The course made me change the perspective on the assessment in my context. After it I have a clear view what I need to do in the near future with longer-term goals in mind. While doing the course I got answers to my burning questions. The course exceeded my expectations! It was informative and exciting, the opinion of the experts being really valuable! The important part of the course was the social programme done by Andrew Walkley and Hugh Dellar. That part was amazing as well! We’ve done tours about London, had an insight into the city from the point of view of Londoners, went to a musical, visited Oxford and many other things! The guys were very responsive to our wishes and changed the programme according to our desires. The communication with them was pure pleasure. It’s a great opportunity to ask and learn any question you are interested in, whether that’s a problem with teaching/learning, interest in culture and trends or language peculiarities. I can’t recommend it highly enough! It’s was fascinating!

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 14.07.2017

Just came back from two amazing weeks in London where I attended the course Advanced Language and Culture at Lexical Lab! I can't thank Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley enough for this enriching experience. Since my first e-mail asking for some more information I could feel all the dedication they were putting through to run the course successfully. And the result couldn't have been any better. As teachers from different countries, we had the opportunity to go deeper into topics that we sometimes get in touch with, but are not quite sure we understand 100%. Housing in the UK, Family, Youth, Women's Issues, Literature and Brexit are just some of the topics we discussed. Moreover, we had the chance to improve our knowledge on the language by learning new vocabulary, collocations and idioms with lots of speaking and exchanging of ideas. Everything was harmonically intertwined - language, culture, our own experiences. Finally, I can't forget to mention our outings with the teachers, which were related to the topics discussed in class. Excellent opportunity to get to know London beyond Big Ben and go to places we don't normally go when on holidays. To sum up, highly recommended course with great teachers! Definitely adds to broaden our horizons.

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 14.07.2017

After attending Advanced Language and Culture with Lexical Lab in London I’m 100% sure it was the right decision to choose a course run by this pariticular institution. Andrew and Hugh know their job and provide learners with the highest quality of teaching. During the course we all had a chance to share and compare our own experiences with people from other corners of the world. The course enabled us to broaden our horizons by touching upon up-to -date topics such as Family in the UK, Immigration, Brexit, Education and Youth, Class Division and many, many others. We were provided with a huge array of contemporary phrases as well as a handful of ideas on how to revise vocabulary in our own classrooms. We also had a unique opportunity to discover London from another angle by visiting places such as Hampstead Heath, Brixton, Shoreditch, which are not to be found in a typical guidebook. During our unforgettable field trips Andrew and Hugh revealed a lot of details and peculiarities concerning the spots we were sightseeing and encouraged us to try cuisines from many different parts of the world, e.g. Jamaican patties or Turkish Gozleme . Andrew and Hugh’s friendly and tolerant attitude towards the group created a special atmosphere which fostered learning and encouraged everyone to express their opinions freely. What was truly unique was that our tutors gave us a sense of influence on the course content thanks to the pre-course questionnaire we’d filled in. Frequent and varied revisions as well as additional materials and sources provided on a padlet have made the whole experience more memorable. Thank you, Andrew and Hugh, for creating such a brilliant course!

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 14.07.2017

A couple of days ago I returned from London where I took the course “Teaching Lexically” by Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley – the authors of really great coursebook “Outcomes”. It was really unforgettable experience for me – two weeks of useful and helpful information which I’m sure will help me to become a better teacher, amazing leacturers – Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley - who told us a lot of interesting things and always patiently answered all our endless questions, communication with colleagues and sharing our experience. Another really magnificent thing was visiting lots of places in London. If you think they were the most famous Tower, Buckingham Palace or Westminster Abbey, you are mistaken. Hugh and Andrew showed us lots of places which I would never see myself just because I would probably never think about visiting them – just real life of the great city, not only its beauty and glory. The only disappointment is that I’m not able to visit all the courses at once. I would definitely like to visit “English Boost”, “Better Testing and Assessment” and “Advanced Language and Culture”, so I still have a lot to do in London. Do not hesitate, these courses are really worth visiting.

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