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

TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThrusdayFridaySaturday
0900-1030Welcome an level test

School tour
Techniques of discussionSimple vs continuous tensesPast vs perfect tensesVocabulary extension
1100-1230Getting to know the other course participants

Introduction to Bournemouth
The New forest, past and presentComparisonsGrammar ReviewThemed discussionFull-day excursion to Salisbury &
1400+Tour of BournemouthTrip through the New ForestFree afternoonExperience travel by bus: meed at the Rusell-CoatesFree afternoon
1945+Fish & Chips at Harry Ramsden'sOptional 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.

Bournemouth Air Festival

This 4-day event takes place from August 29 to September 1st. There will be displays in the air, on the ground and at night. From 10am to 10pm daily,  there is something for everyone! This is one of the largest FREE events of its kind in Europe and attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators from all over the world.

It is also during the last of our post-summer 50+ courses. The perfect end to your stay in Bournemouth!

DatesNumber of WeeksPrice per Course
5 August 20192£840
12 August 20192£840
19 August 2019*2£840

*Note: the unmissable Bournemouth Air Festival takes place at the end of this course! If you would like an extra night’s accommodation to fully benefit from this fantastic event, please contact us.

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.