Eighty-five students, their accompanying teachers, and their NILE trainers gathered for a cream tea in the cloisters of Norwich Cathedral to round off their two-week course at NILE this month. The students, from Duca degli Abruzzi school in Treviso, Italy had come with funding from the European Community Commission and the Veneto Region, and focused on the areas of Business English, English for Science and English for Human Sciences. Their course combined language development, trips to local industries and educational institutions, project-based field work, and social and cultural excursions including visits to London and Cambridge. In the words of the students:
"This course has been so useful." "The sessions were very well-organised, always clear, enjoyable and lovely." "I give it a 5 out of 5 because of the fantastic and interesting lessons and the super-organised staff." "It was a beautiful experience."
The course organiser from Duca degli Abruzzi school, Elena Zampieri, was delighted with the course and told us, " The two weeks at your school had a great impact on our students and teachers. Families have been hearing wonders from the kids the whole time they were there and when we met them at the airport there was no stopping their thanks and compliments. I had a hard time to find my way back home because they would not let me go!"
All the NILE trainers enjoyed teaching the courses, and were able to share their methodology and activities with the accompanying teachers from Treviso, for whom the course added to their own professional development. The NILE trainers spoke very highly of the enthusiasm, participation and competence of the students, and their desire to get the most out of the classes, their homestay families, and the city as a whole.
We were very pleased to have been able to run such a successful course, and look forward to organising both teachers' courses and further students' courses for the Duca degli Abruzzi team next year.