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+General Information FAQs
Students on Standard Programme:
- A padlock (to keep personal belongings safe)
- Water bottles to carry with them when doing sports, activities and excursions(Please note that energy drinks, such as Red Bull, are strictly forbidden)
- Swimming costume/trunks (if appropriate)
- Appropriate sporting clothes: i.e. shorts, T-shirt, tracksuit, cap, sports socks, etc
- Non-marking trainers for indoor sports. Students cannot use their normal outdoor trainers in the sports halls
- Students must bring adequate sun cream for hot summer days. Students will be advised to protect their skin regularly but it is up to them to make sure they do so
- Personal toiletries, including toothpaste and toothbrush
- Flip-flops for wear in communal bathing areas
- As British weather can be unpredictable, students should pack enough summer clothes and warm clothes so they are prepared for all eventualities. Students may need a waterproof coat or umbrella on excursions if it rains
- We highly recommend that students have name labels on their clothes in order to facilitate an efficient laundry service. Please note that the cost of the delivery service will vary centre to centre.
- Travel adaptor for electrical items (UK has a 3-pin socket)
- How many suitcases and bags can students bring? Students can only bring a maximum of one mid-sized suitcase (68 X 59 X 24cm), weighing no more than 20kg and one small piece of hand luggage with them. If they do carry more than this allowance, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate the excess baggage and extra costs may be incurred should we need to book a larger vehicle for the transfer.
- All students staying in Residential Accommodation must pay a refundable damage deposit of £50 in cash upon arriving at the centre. This deposit will be refunded to the student, unless any necessary deductions are taken, on departure
- It is important that students treat the school and the centre with the greatest of care. Any damage resulting from their negligence, even if accidental, will be deducted from their damage deposit
- Where damage exceeds the amount of the deposit agents/parents will be held liable for the remainder
- Where an individuals guilt cannot be accurately assessed damages will be shared between the people involved
- It is advisable to limit the amount of spending money per student. Twin recommends £50-75 per week
- This should cover snacks, drinks, a few small presents for family, some basic souvenirs
- Twin discourages students from bringing valuables and takes no responsibility for the lost items.
- Students should bring a padlock for their suitcase.
- Twin is not responsible for any money that is not handed in to the Centre manager or for which there is no receipt
- Students will also receive a key to their room in residential centres but in Chichester some rooms will be shared between two students.
- There are also small safes in some centres so passports and airline tickets for individuals can be given to House Parent or Centre Manager for safekeeping (the form will need to be completed). Group Leaders will be responsible for holding their group’s passports and airline tickets.
- All passports and airline tickets for individuals will usually be collected upon arrival and held by the Centre Manager for safekeeping. Group Leaders will be responsible for holding their group’s passports and airline tickets
- Valuable items such as mobile phones can be handed in to the centre manager for safekeeping when not being used by the student. Twin is not responsible for any items handed in for which there is no receipt
- Students should be very careful with valuable items and money when visiting big cities, such as London, as pickpockets target foreign students. For example, do not leave valuables in the front pocket of a rucksack
- Twin is not responsible for changing foreign currency into Pounds Sterling, although staff will always help students who wish to change money
+English Lessons FAQs
Students are tested in their first class. Testing consists of a short grammar test and an informal interview. In creating classes, the Director of Studies considers the level of the students’ grammatical knowledge and the speaking ability of the students, as well as their age and nationality, and organises students to get the best nationality mix of similar ages and overall language abilities. Our teachers are trained to ensure that each individual within a class is challenged on a daily basis, whether they are the strongest or weakest in their particular group. If a student is not comfortable in his/her allocated class, for whatever reason, they should inform their Teacher, Group Leader, the Director of Studies.
There are twenty lessons of English classes per week on all programmes, apart from our Intensive English programme which includes an additional 2 afternoons per week of studying. Each lesson is 45 minutes.
There are a maximum of 15 students in a class.
- Lessons will be in the morning
- In London centres we operate a ‘zig-zag’ system, which means students will have classes in the morning and afternoon on alternate days.
- To help students develop all skills, focusing particularly on speaking and listening
- To help students build confidence in using and understanding English
- To help students expand their knowledge of useful and up-to-date vocabulary
- To help students improve their pronunciation
- To promote understanding of effective learning strategies to enable students to continue their learning after the course
- To ensure students develop their language skills outside the classroom and benefit linguistically from their stay in the UK
The Twin summer academic programme has been designed to provide a structured learning experience based on practical and meaningful interaction in an English-rich environment.
Our course is specifically designed for teenagers and young learners. The programme ranges from Beginner to Advanced level with an age- suitable version for under 12s. Our aims match the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR). The teachers are trained to be flexible and change the framework to meet their learners' needs.
The classes are delivered in a fun and communicative way, providing learners with new materials and opportunities to practise language. Our teachers use different methods with a focus on developing speaking and listening skills by using pair-work and group-work, discussions and project work.
All students take part in at least one project during their stay. Teachers encourage students to take responsibility for projects by discussing them and deciding together which form they will take, e.g. students will have to work on a poster, song lyrics or creating a game. Topics are linked to the excursions.
Each week students will take part in a learner training lesson which will help them to become more responsible for their own learning by thinking about their own learning styles and personal learning goals.
Rather than a formal exit test, students reflect on their learning at the end of each week by taking part in review activities that may include a short test or quiz. However, in keeping with the style of the course these are light-hearted, fun and promote cooperation.
+Activities and Excursions FAQs
The Twin programme is a variety of daytime sports and other activities, cultural visits to local places of interest, excursions to famous cities and a full programme of evening fun activities, like discos and talent nights.
Students should mix with other students and participate in all parts of the programme, and are encouraged to do so by the Twin Activity Leaders. This is a good opportunity for students to improve their English skills and have fun. The more students put in, the more they get out!
Sometimes it is impossible to do an activity on the programme; for example, if the programme has ‘Outdoor Sports’ and it rains, it is much better to change the activity. We will do our best to keep changes to a minimum. Twin reserves the right to make programme changes due to circumstances beyond its control or to improve or preserve the quality of the programme and without notice.
The students will have one full day excursion per week, usually to a city or large town, and one half day excursion per week to a place of interest near to the centre.
Each centre's students visit different locations. Please see the sample programme for the centre the student is going to.
The sample programmes show the typical optional excursions from each centre.
Twin will arrange extra optional excursions if there are enough people wishing to go. For this reason, any optional excursion available will be advertised in the centre and individual students (and groups) can book when in the centre. Groups may request a quote in advance to organise an optional excursion prior to arrival.
Residential students will be able to take part in evening activities
Please check each individual centre for details. The social programme consists of evening entertainment for residential students, daytime activities and excursions. Some activities may include arts & crafts, sports and walking tours.
Special dietary requirements are catered for where available, but advance notice must be given in order to notify catering staff. Please note that dietary-specific catering may not be available in every centre. Please contact us for further information.
The food may be different from the food they normally eat, but it is important students keep an open mind. This is a great chance for students to experience food from another culture.
If students are allergic to something, vegetarian, or only eat Halal meat, Twin needs to be informed in advance. Unfortunately, not every centre can cater to special requirements. Students should remind the Centre Manager or their homestay host (if applicable) of their dietary requirements upon arrival.
The students will have breakfast and dinner with the homestay provider and a packed lunch during the day.
+Student Health, Care and Supervision FAQs
Telephones are at each of our schools so that students can contact parents/carers at home in case of an emergency.
On excursions it is very important that students do exactly as instructed by twin staff. If a student is late to the meeting point this can cause costly delays. If we cannot contact a student and we are forced to call the police that student may have to pay a fine for wasting police time.
The parents of students are always welcome at our centres. Please contact the centre office in advance to ensure that the student will be available. Parents must not remove their child from the centre without notifying the Centre Manager or person in charge. The Centre Manager will require photographic proof of identification. Students will not be permitted to leave the centre with friends or relatives, other than the father or mother, without written permission from the student’s parents.
- Feedback is very important to us at Twin. We welcome all feedback, positive or negative, especially if it is constructive feedback. We use the feedback to make changes and improvements
- In the first week of the course the students will be asked for feedback on all aspects of the course. This way we can find out if they have any problems, like feeling homesick, and can act quickly
- Students (and leaders) will also be given a detailed feedback form to complete at the end of their stay. Students (and leaders) are encouraged to fill this in as honestly as possible to help us to continue to improve the service we provide