Adult social programme this week: 20th – 25th July 2015

 

This week’s adult social programme is now available, and includes a Ghosts and Legends tour of Exeter, cycling on the Quay, as well as the Jurassic coast!

As usual, please see Cassy in the Adult lounge at 1pm Monday-Friday and let her know if you would like to participate.

Click below for the full programme:

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Adult social programme this week: 22nd – 27th June 2015

 

This week’s adult social programme is now available, and includes a tour of the 800 year-old Exeter Guildhall building, cycling on the Quay, as well as trips to Dartmoor and Cornwall!

As usual, please see Cassy in the Adult lounge at 1pm Monday-Friday and let her know if you would like to participate.

Click below for the full programme:

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Adult social programme this week: 15th – 20th June 2015

 

This week’s adult social programme is now available, and includes making traditional Devon cream tea, plenty of socialising with your fellow students, as well as fantastic trips around Devon!

As usual, please see Cassy in the Adult lounge at 1pm Monday-Friday and let her know if you would like to participate.

Click below for the full programme:

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Adult social programme this week: 8th – 13th June 2015

 

This week’s adult social programme is now available, and our students are in for a great mix of social evenings, sporting activities and trips to explore the local area. As usual, please see Cassy in the Adult lounge at 1pm Monday-Friday and let her know if you would like to participate!

Click below for the full programme:

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New Reception Manager at the Globe

Laura Parmisciano

 

The Globe English Centre is starting this week with the brilliant news of Laura Parmisciano being offered a permanent position as the Globe’s new Reception Manager. Laura is already a familiar face to our more recent and current students but if you have yet to pop in and have a chat with her – now is the time! 

To mark this wonderful news, we sat down with Laura for a quick chat about the job, her homeland (Italy) and the Beatles!

 

 

Q: You’re from Italy. What attracted you to the UK and Exeter in particular? Has the area fulfilled your expectations?

A: Since I was little I’ve lived and breathed Beatles songs and English books and always wanted to live abroad. After a holiday in the South West of England I just fell in love with Exeter and the Devon countryside for the friendliness of people and the relaxed pace of life and decided that this was going to be “my place”.

Q: How did you decide to apply to work at an English language school? Did your education and previous experiences have any influence on that? 

A: Foreign languages and cultural diversity have always been my passion and working with international students at the Globe offers a unique occasion to work in a multicultural environment, especially in a place like Devon which is not as diverse as the rest of the country. I’ve also specialised in cross-cultural communication and worked for 3 years as a teacher of Italian as a foreign language and I feel that my background has been helping me in my current role to understand foreign students’ needs better.

Q: What does your role at the Globe entail?

A: My main role is welcoming students and helping them with a wide range of issues connected with their welfare during their stay. I’m also responsible for organising work experience placements in local companies for individual students and groups. I really enjoy the variety of my role and the fact that I can interact with students on a daily basis and getting to know them.

If you have any questions while you are studying at the Globe or simply fancy a chat, please come and say hello to Laura at the Reception desk. See you soon!

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Special offers for the whole family!

 

We have started the spring season with some fantastic offers for our clients and partners!

We are offering a special price for young learners (aged 7-17) who follow a Discovery or Explorer programme with us during 16th March – 29th May 2015 – pay for 1 week’s tuition and receive 2nd week half price!

We are currently also running a similar half price offer for our adult clients, participating in our General English and Exam preparation programmes. This means that the whole family could benefit from a discount during 16th March – 29th May 2015! 

The offer applies to tuition fees only and excludes 06/04/2015 – 10/04/2015. Please contact us on Study@GlobeEnglish.co.uk if you have any questions and we look forward to welcoming you to the Globe English Centre this spring!

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Devon named the best place to live in the UK!

 

A new report by Country Life magazine was released this week, naming the beautiful county of Devon the best place to live in the UK.

Country Life magazine’s editor, Mark Hedges, said: “Few counties can match the variety that Devon manages to pack inside its borders. Devon has always had a special place in many people’s hearts as a favourite place for family holidays, to escape city life, and to retire. Our survey shows that Devon really does deliver the dream.”

Devon’s stunning countryside scenery, Jurassic Coast and cultural heritage are just a few reasons why the Globe students love our location in Exeter. Pairing these with first-class language tuition means that our students are in for a fantastic experience every time they visit us.

 

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Teaching teachers in Switzerland

 

Chrissi Florides, Director of Studies for the Globe English Centre, spent two days (24th-25th January) in the wonderful city of Bern, Switzerland, where she took part in the annual ETAS (English Teachers Association Switzerland) conference.

The conference was attended by more than 200 teachers from Switzerland and other countries – Poland, Lichtenstein, Austria and Italy to name a few. It was a valuable learning experience for the teachers, as there was a range of educational workshops on offer; Chrissi hosted two of these: 

  • “Exploring context / deepening understanding”

    Very often students learn a word or a structure, are able to recognize it in an exercise and give
    the correct answer, but often cannot use it in a real situation. The aim of this workshop
    was to present ideas that encourage students to explore language more deeply. The activities focus
    on challenging students to develop their understanding and use of language to help them to
    become more confident and proficient users.

  • “Warmers, games and fillers”

    Have you ever run out of ideas 10 minutes before the end of your class? Or needed something
    fun to start or fill a lesson? This was a practical workshop aiming to give teachers easy-to-use activities that can slot into any part of the lesson.

The feedback Chrissi received was overwhelmingly positive, with many delegates enjoying the new ideas and being able to use them in their classrooms the day after!

Chrissi runs a teacher training blog which features a vast selection of training and methodology materials and ideas, as well as lesson examples.  Read more here: www.globeenglishtraining.wordpress.com 

 

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Happy New Year!

 

 keep-calm-and-happy-2015On Monday 5th January, after 2 weeks of Christmas holidays, the Globe opened its doors to new (and existing) students again.

The Globe team are delighted to start 2015 with a great level of excitement and commitment to providing a fantastic educational experience to our students. We hope to see you in Exeter sometime this year!

 

 

 

 

Here are just some of the new plans we have in store for our clients:

  • A new, one-week intensive Business English course for adults. We are currently working on the details which will be announced soon – check back here on the News section as well as the Globe Facebook page!
  • A new, one-week intensive Teacher Training course for adults. This is an intensive methodology-only course (with a choice of Primary or Secondary/Adult), without the General English lessons offered in our 2 week Teacher Training programme. Please click here to view a sample programme. We will run the new course for the first time in the week before Easter: 30th March – 3rd April. Please contact us for more information if you would like to take part!
  • We will be working closer with local primary and secondary schools to provide integration opportunities for their pupils, as well as ours, by allowing them to practice English, French and  Spanish with pupils from other countries.
  • We are making new connections with local activity providers in order to make the learning even more fun! Director of Studies Chrissi and Activities Coordinator Justa accompanied our students to Stover Country Park this week to find out more. 

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 As the first week of the new year is drawing to a close, the Globe team would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your support in 2014 and if you are visiting us this year – see you soon!

 

 

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Halloween at the Globe

 

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and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween…

 The pumpkins have been carved, costumes put together and fake spiders are at the ready: it’s the scariest night of the year again! The Globe students gathered in the Junior school for a Halloween celebration last night – there were carved pumpkins, cobwebs, spiders and hair-raising costumes, as well as sweets and trick-or-treating! 

Last day of October sees the celebration of Halloween, St Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve every year, and this ancient pagan festival can be traced to over 2,000 years ago when it was celebrated by Celtic people.

 

 ATT_1414752104198_20141030_205723Halloween has always been associated with the world of the dead and spirits – the ancient belief tells us that during this time, those who have passed away can contact the living and vice versa. For this reason, some of the Celts wore ghoulish costumes so that wandering spirits would mistake them for one of their own and leave them alone.Others offered sweets to the spirits to appease them.

 We think that our students did a great job with the costumes and had a fantastic time in the process!
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