Small Group Classes
You will work in the mornings from Tuesday to Friday in a small class at your level. Lessons are from 9.20 – 1.00 with a half hour coffee break. The class size is 4 to 9. You will meet a variety of teachers each with their own teaching style. There will be a lot of discussion, a lot of new vocabulary, and a lot of grammar. The emphasis is always on communication. We use a wide range of techniques and materials. Resources available include dictionaries, grammar books, readers with CDs, intensive/extensive listening, pronunciation and vocabulary material, on-line material, newspapers and magazines, business English and exam material. Classes are motivating, student-centred, and fun.
These sessions, from 9.15 to 1.00 every Monday are fundamental in establishing a safe and secure environment in which all our students feel encouraged to express themselves. Here we introduce trust and empathy work, voicework, guided visualisation, journeying, relaxation techniques, movement and bodywork, and fundamental ideas in NLP (neuro-linguistic programming).
Many adults can feel vulnerable speaking a language which isn’t their mother-tongue. This part of the course is designed to overcome this and to replace fear of speaking with excitement about speaking English. It can also encourage connection, with self and others, deepen the learning experience, and build clean, clear communication.
These run during afternoons or evenings and could be:
Each student also has a weekly one-to-one tutorial with a teacher. This is a time to design a personal study plan, to set learning targets and for individual coaching. This session is also used for allocating resources for independent study and for monitoring individual progress.
Please note that courses end on Saturday.
The starting point for this course is a very human enquiry:
We often find that, in another language, people are already stepping into new territory and ready and willing to move forward.
If your English is at Intermediate level (B2) or above and you ever have such thoughts as:
then this course may be the one for you.
It will be a combination of small group work, pair work and one to one and includes coaching and tools for transformation as well as bodywork, meditation and reflection.
There will also be space for dance, yoga, massage, meditation, and guided walks. It will be a very intensive week with classes and workshops looking at joyful self-expression, connecting from the heart, and doing whatever we choose to do as effectively as possible.
“The transformation course was very special for me – creating an energy of harmony and trust with a few people…first strangers to each other, then beoming companions and friends through a special week and a very intensive process. The tools Tim and Liz have chosen for doing this are diverse like working with body language, meditation and the game of transformation as a special instrument…always close to the needs of the moment and the group…so …again I have had an intensive and emotional time at Nab Cottage…thanks all of you…”
It is open to any teachers, at all levels and disciplines, and people interested in a fresh approach to learning. A high intermediate level of English is required. The course involves:
Course participants will learn:
Each week is made up of 18 taught hours and 15 hours of learning activities
Click the following link for more information about our Experiential English for Teachers Course.
Erasmus+ funding is available for teachers applying for this course.
Liz and Tim have loved, worked, fought, played and journeyed together for over 30 years. They bring their experience facilitating groups, exploring spiritual growth and teaching English, to weave this odyssey of personal exploration.
The day begins with optional early morning T’ai Chi in our lovely terraced garden overlooking the lake. This is followed by breakfast and small group peer discussions. We then move into the airy studio looking up to the mountains for the morning sessions. There is always a lot of laughter as together we move through uncertainty into a playful and cohesive group. During these mornings we begin to know ourselves and each other a little more, we begin to make steps towards accepting who we are and what we bring. The activities are fun, gentle and insightful. We always encourage a lot of discussion, guided relaxation and time for integration.
The whole day becomes a fusion of body, mind and spirit. There’ll be delight as we begin to still the mind a little, and joy as we experience personal breakthroughs. The yoga we introduce will support each person’s process; we will also bring in breathing exercises in the garden, different kinds of meditation and yoga nidra by candlelight at the end of the day. And the whole experience is in English, the learning happening almost unconsciously as we stretch out into each day.
Mindfulness, like English, is a core feature of the course. We particularly like Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition of mindfulness ‘’Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgementally’’
A minimum A2 level of English (Low Intermediate) is important to join the course though no previous yoga experience is needed.
‘’As I completely stepped out of my time at home very intense experiences were possible. An amazing week I will always remember’
‘’ A jump into the ocean. A flight to the moon. A walk in the cave without fear. A sense of belonging’’
‘’Making the unconscious become conscious and then accepting myself and find my way’’
‘’This has been like a holiday. It has been easy to be here’’
‘’A journey deep into your soul’’
‘’I will save a moment of this week in my heart so I can remember some of the good feelings I got here’’
‘’Dynamic, intense, touching, useful’’
‘’I could release burdens that I’ve been carrying for years’’
‘’I could discover my patience, my tenderness and a lot of emotions I could recognize and then let out’’
They run on demand anytime up to mid-June and from October. The programme is designed for closed groups of 2-8 trainees. It is fully residential and gives maximum contact with Liz and Tim and our team of facilitators.
Each course involves:
Each programme involves:
Outcomes you can expect: