50+ Courses

We’re delighted to launch our 50+ programme this coming August. Although we frequently welcome older students to BEET, we also know that sometimes students prefer to be in classes with people of a similar age. Fortunately both options are still possible – it’s up to students to decide! All 50+ participants will have activities organised 3 afternoons a week, as well as a Saturday excursion and a night out included in the package! We are very much looking forward to welcoming our first group to BEET!

Purpose

Our 50+ courses are designed to:

  • Improve your English in a relaxed atmosphere
  • Offer an interesting programme of visits and experiences
  • Meet and make new friends from around the world

Lessons

Lessons are informal and taught at a pace that feels comfortable for those who may not have been in a classroom for some years.

  • Levels are elementary to upper intermediate
  • Maximum class size is 10 students
  • Minimum age is 50, with no upper age limit

If you are at a different level, you can join regular lessons at the main school. Lessons will be with students of all ages from 17 upwards.

After lessons, you will join the 50+ participants for the rest of the day.

Free Extra Lessons

If you want to have some free extra lessons, you can join a teaching practice class in the afternoon. These classes are taught by our trainee teachers, who are studying for a Cambridge University qualification. You will need to register your name each day in Reception for these classes, but you have priority over other students. Available only when training courses are operating. Max class size: 15

More Options

Many of our students at the main school are over fifty, saying they prefer to be with younger people. If you wish to do this, at any time of the year (except Christmas and New Year holiday), please see our published courses. So far, our oldest student was 84 years old!

Sample Timetable

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thrusday Friday Saturday
0900-1030 Welcome an level test

School tour
Techniques of discussion Simple vs continuous tenses Past vs perfect tenses Vocabulary extension
1100-1230 Getting to know the other course participants

Introduction to Bournemouth
The New forest, past and present Comparisons Grammar Review Themed discussion Full-day excursion to Salisbury &
1400+ Tour of Bournemouth Trip through the New Forest Free afternoon Experience travel by bus: meed at the Rusell-Coates Free afternoon
1945+ Fish & Chips at Harry Ramsden's Optional cinema or theatre(extra cost)

Social Programme

After morning lessons, there are regular afternoon trips to places of interest and also to experience the customs of England. There are days free to arrange your own visits for shopping, sightseeing or just to take it easy. You are given a free bus pass for your stay.

Saturday excursions

are organised for 50+ and adult executives only. Or, if you are happy to go with the younger adult students at the main school, there is a separate excursion programme available.

Evening Options

We arrange one evening per course at a famous Fish & Chip restaurant. There are also optional film/theatre nights at extra cost, accompanied by a member of staff.

For the more adventurous, the main school has a full evening programme of lectures on British culture, films, quizzes etc. Everyone is welcome to join, whatever your age.

Air Festival

Every year in August Bournemouth has an Air Festival. This 4-day event takes place over the bay. It runs Thursday to Sunday. It is free and one of the largest events of its kind in Europe.

It is also during the first of our post-summer 50+ courses.

Dates Number of Weeks Price per Course
20 to 31 August 2018* 2 £840
3 to 14 September 2018 2 £840
17 to 28 September 2018 2 £840
1 to 12 October 2018 2 £840
29 April to 10 May 2019 2 TBA
13 to 31 May 2019 2 TBA
3 to 14 June 2019 2 TBA
17 to 28 June 2019 2 TBA

Location

Courses are run at ITTC (International Teaching & Training Centre), where we also hold courses for adult executives and teacher training.

Accommodation

You can choose to stay in regular or executive homestay near the centre (see published prices). There is also a wide range of hotels in Bournemouth, and special rates are available at some, including the two Hilton hotels and the Ramada. Accommodation is also available in guest houses (bed and breakfast) near the centre.

*Note: the Bournemouth Air Festival takes place during this course.