For anyone who’s just arrived in the beautiful and quiet city of Cambridge, it might come as a surprise to know that during July and August the city is buzzing with visitors from all over the world, many attending Summer Schools to improve their English. Here at ABC alone we had students from 41 different countries studying at our Summer School, and students aged from five to seventy!
To be honest, we need a calm and quiet time after the busy summer to prepare for the very different demands of our Academic Year students. We’ve already been joined by the au pairs, studying part-time while they help busy Cambridge families organise their lives, and are now welcoming students attached to both of our Universities, as well as workers coming back to Cambridge after their summer holidays. Most of these students are taking long courses, so we get to know them very well, which makes for a really friendly and supportive atmosphere. Of course, we don’t only have long-stay students, people also come to us for short courses, for all sorts of reasons: sent by their company, combining a course with a holiday, because they’re relocating …….. many go on to become regular visitors, maybe because of our superb location and great teaching, or possibly because of cakes on Friday mornings!
We’ve already had the first influx of our high-school students for the autumn, starting the new school year with a ‘holiday’ to Cambridge (at least, that’s what they think it is!), so the whole team has been working hard looking after them: arranging accommodation, going to the airport, booking social activities…. Oh, and providing a first-class English course!
Next job will be to help the students decide which exams, if any, to aim for this term – though at the moment, with a blue sky and a temperature of 20 degrees, December seems a very long way off!