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FREE English Course Competition – Win 2 weeks English tuition!

We thought what better way to start the summer than to give someone the opportunity to win 2 FREE week’s tuition to learn English in the UK! If you’re coming to learn for fun or if learning English is important to your studies, enter our competition and see if YOU are our lucky winner!

To be in with a chance of winning our English Course Competition for 2 weeks English tuition at Southbourne School of English visit our Facebook page!

There you will find our competition post! Like, Tag and Share with friends to win lessons to learn English in the UK!

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Good luck!

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10 Reasons Why Learning English in the UK is Great!

The reasons behind people learning English can vary from person to person, however, doing it in the UK can be the best way to do it! Here are a list of reasons why learning English in the UK is fun and effective:

  1. You learn about the culture, not just the language! We pride ourselves on a totally English experience here in Southbourne, therefore excursions to traditional cities and nearby towns provide exactly that!
  2. We offer education to a huge age range! – from next year we’ll be offering our courses to 9 year old individuals and above (currently ages 9 and 10 have to be in a group). This means we offer a great variety of courses for all!
  3. Accents and regional words – when you’re in England you don’t just learn the national words, you also learn fun idioms and phrases from the region you’re studying that extends your knowledge of English even further!
  4. Knowledge is power – when you learn English you open up doors for yourself for further education and career paths that may need an English qualification!
  5. Quality assured – accreditations assure that you will receive the best education on offer in England. Here at Southbourne School of English, we are accredited by the highly credible likes of English UK, British Council, Quality English and many more!
  6. Meet new people from all over the world! – coming to England is a great opportunity to meet lifelong friends and create incredible memories to take home.
  7. Education = Holiday – not only is coming to England to study an effective way to learn the language, but it’s also a vacation too! You can sightsee in places like London, Bath and Oxford – as well as going on fun excursions to waterparks, rollercoaster parks and many more!
  8. Goldilocks courses! – we offer numerous different courses, this means that you can find the best course to suit you!
  9. Hear it, speak it, read it, learn it! – when you’re in England, it means everyone is speaking it, writing in it, reading, etc. and when you’re exposed to it regularly you will pick it up faster than you can say Southbourne School of English!
  10. It’s where the English language was born! – So where better to learn it?

If you’re looking for courses in the UK, then check the courses area of our website and come study at Southbourne School of English!

Celebrating the start of our summer programme!

With the long awaited summer finally here, we are celebrating the start of our summer programme for our Junior and Adult students, which began 13th June – we also welcome all of our enthusiastic and motivated activity staff that will be hosting our summer programme activities for the juniors!

With activities from Beach Volleyball to day trips to traditional towns and cities such as Christchurch and Oxford, we are looking forward to educating and creating unforgettable memories for our students who visit from various countries across the globe.

Bournemouth, Southbourne and the rest of the UK has plenty to offer this summer for our students – with national, regional and local events/excursions, this allows them to build an in depth understanding of the British culture and leave with a quality level of English they wish to achieve and often even further!

Euro 2016 is extremely popular in England and this gives our students a fun and competitive event to follow throughout June until July 10th – and for junior students who are arriving in July, they will have the opportunity to play and be trained by a FIFA Football Association Coach that is coming to our school. Wimbledon also begins on 27th June and to accompany this, we have available an LTA certified Tennis Coach to our junior students throughout the month of July.

Overall, this summer at Southbourne gives a great opportunity for any foreign language students to not only LEARN English but to LIVE English also!


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Things to do in Southbourne in the summer!

With summer around the corner we thought it would be great to tell you about the events that are happening here in Southbourne and in the surrounding areas!
Whilst soaking up the summer sun on Southbourne beach can be fun, there are even more things to do throughout the day and in the evenings too!

Summer Live: July 1st-August 14th

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The event features live acoustic music and art demonstrations throughout the day as well as an English Garden Summer Bar – for students at Southbourne, you can simply get the yellow 1b bus into Bournemouth Square, and voila, you are there!

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Quay for my Car – starting July 1st 18:00-21:00

Every week at Poole Quay from July 1st, there is a different theme of vehicle being showcased by any car owners that fit the theme of that week! For students, simply take the 1b or M1 bus to Poole and stroll down to the lovely Poole Harbour Quay!

The date of each theme are below:

1st July – Red open top sports cars and Red convertiblesminis
8th July – Minis
15th July – Italian Stallions
22nd July – Land Rovers featuring Defenders
29th July – Best of British – pre August 1983
5th August – VW Air-cooled
12th August – Lotus 7s & Caterhams
19th August – TVRs
26th August – American Dreams

Evening Nature Walk and Picnic on Brownsea Island – July 8th 18:00-21:00

At Poole Quay you can jump on a special Brownsea boat and make your way over to the island!
Here you will be taken on a walk around the island and you can discover more about the nocturnal wildlife!
Tickets are only £10.

Nightlife clubbing/bars! (18+) – Every evening

In the evening, Bournemouth comes alive! With arguably some of the best clubs and bars in the UK – such as Halo, Cameo, BarSo and Lost Paradise (Lost Gardens) to name just a few! You’ll definitely appreciate the nightlife in Bournemouth and have a great time partying with your newly found friends!

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Summer Breeze on the Quay with Fireworks – July 21st 19:00-22:00summer fireworks

Summer Breeze is a weekly event throughout the summer holidays every Thursday evening on Poole Quay!
With great live music, awe-inspiring street entertainment, special themed nights and a spectacular fireworks display at 10pm (22:00)!

Bournemouth Pier Zip Wire

Ever wanted to zip line or have done before and would love to try it again? Then the world’s first pier-to-shore zip line in Bournemouth will allow you to do just that, soaring over the sea and down to the beach!

£18 for a single ride! Or £32 for a dual ride with a friend! (April-September)

zip lining bournemouth pier

Southbourne and the surrounding areas in Dorset have so much for all ages! So why not come to study at Southbourne now and explore the finest events, beaches, excursions and more that the UK has to offer!

Famous Idioms and Phrases

The English language is filled with idioms that can be used to express what you may want to say in a more subtle, poetic and/or appropriate manner. These famous idioms and phrases also give an insight into the principles and values of different regions cultures/society.

The ball is in your court – it is for you to make the next decision/step.actions words

Bite off more than you can chew – taking on a task or tasks that are far too big.

Don’t judge a book by its cover – do not judge someone by what they look like.

Hit the nail on the head – doing or saying something that is exactly correct.

Once in a blue moon – something that happens when it’s a very rare occurrence.

Every cloud has a silver lining – be optimistic, when times are tough, there will be good times!

An arm and a leg – when something is very expensive.

Actions speak louder than words – people’s intentions can be judged better by what they do rather than what they say!

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