A Typical Day

The day begins around 8:30am with us having breakfast together. Some people think this is a late time to start, but it gives you time to do any of your other business such as contacting your company and sending e-mails, before we start the lessons. Breakfast can be anything you like. I usually eat high fibre bran, fruit and yogurt, but I will also cook a full English breakfast at least once a week. During breakfast we can watch the BBC TV news, as well as chat about what we did the evening before.

The lessons usually start at 9am, but your programme can be flexible especially during the summer months. I divide a lesson into different tasks each task lasting between 10 to 25 minutes. I have included four different lessons from the past year or so to give an example of what you might expect to learn. The principle of a al the lessons is that you always have to use different language skills, rather than focus on just one thing at a time.

We'll take a 15 minute break between each lesson for a cup of tea. I try to have a theme for each day so one lesson can progress to the next as you gradually build on your knowledge.

The formal lessons end around 12:30, when we can either watch a business programme on TV and discuss the topical issues that you (your business) may relate to, or I'll might ask you to write an essay, while I prepare lunch.

Lunch and the afternoon
We'll chat during lunch of course and discuss what you want to do during the afternoon. I'll also give you some homework such as reading an article, practicing grammar and working on your project. However, all work and no play wouldn't be fun, so I encourage people to go out in the afternoons or I can take you on a local trip.

After lessons on the first Monday I'll send you on a "treasure hunt" around Dunstable so you can find your way around. There's a sports and leisure centre within 15 minutes walk of my house, and some students have enjoyed swimming there during their stay.

Many students have visited Bletchley Park, which is within 25 minutes drive and was the secret code breaking site used by the British during World War 2. The German "Enigma" code machine is kept there and you can join a walking tour that includes the National Museum of Computing.

Other local places of interest include Woburn Abbey and Safari Park and Whipsnade Zoo, the Mossman museum in Luton and Milton Keynes shopping and Xscape entertainment centre.

Dinner and the evening
For dinner, I'll either cook a healthy meal or we'll go out to one of the local pubs, where you may also like to try some British beer. The evening programme is very flexible and it depends on what you want to do. In the past I've taken students to the local theatre, the cinema in Luton, University lectures and my slimming club, so you can get a taste of real life in England.

You can use the weekend or mid-week to go sightseeing, and I'll help you plan what you want to see.

Example lesson plans