Learn English, Experience England

DLE’s language and culture courses are one of the fastest ways to improve English language skills. By following a structured programme of lessons and talking every day in English, students quickly develop greater fluency and confidence.

But our programmes offer much more than that. Individually designed to meet our students’ needs, our flexible courses are filled with opportunities – to make new friends, learn about and experience English culture, and have fun. Whether our students prefer playing games, cultural visits or trips to the beach, we’re dedicated to offering them a memorable and exciting visit.

Students in a classroom Union Jack bunting

Who DLE is for

DLE programmes are available for young people aged 15+ and adults.

Our programmes for young people take place during European school holidays, allowing them to take part without disrupting their education. Students stay with a carefully selected host family.

Programmes for adult students run throughout the year. You have the option of staying with a host family – which will greatly benefit your progress with English – or making your own accommodation arrangements. Please call us for details.

Students will enjoy their visit more if they already have some basic English. This will help them to speak with their host family.

Why DLE?

Language programmes can be expensive, so it’s important to choose the right provider. DLE’s mission is for every student to get the most out of their trip, improving their English quickly and having fun. We know that the secret to that is a lot of preparation!

That’s why, before we design a student’s programme, we take time to get to know them. For example, before their visit, we set up online groups so that we can talk to our students, discover their likes and dislikes, and make suggestions about possible activities. Joining in with group chats allows students to connect with each other before they arrive – as well as ask questions and share any concerns.

In addition, DLE’s experienced staff understand that being away from home can be stressful, and supporting our students is a priority.

Lastly, DLE ensure that our language programmes are provided by experienced, qualified, passionate teachers. For further information, please contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions.

The Locations

DLE offer two location options. Our single-centre programmes are based in Brighton, one of England’s most exciting, diverse and fashionable towns. We also offer a two-centre experience, combining stays in Brighton and York. York is a UNESCO World Heritage city set in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. The two-centre programme allows students to experience two very different parts of England - with two different English accents!

York Minster Visit one of the world’s best-loved cathedrals
Brighton Text description for Brighton

The Learning

DLE programmes are designed to help you improve in modern English as quickly as possible. Students take a short test on their first day, so that lessons match their level. All of our English courses are carried out within language schools, teaching general, elementary and advanced English. Their qualified language teachers provide a selection of educational and fun activities to match students’ learning needs, including dyslexia. We are proud to offer an inclusive programme. All learners are welcome. Please contact us to discuss further.

Safety and Wellbeing

In everything we do, the safeguarding, safety and wellbeing of our students comes first. We have designated staff who are trained in line with current policies. All of our host families have enhanced DBS checks and have been personally selected by us. Younger children are supervised throughout their visit by responsible adults. With parental consent, older students may have unsupervised periods, but have 24/7 access to help. We don’t underestimate feelings of homesickness and do everything we can to support students.

The Experience

The DLE experience really starts off with listening – we listen to our students and their families, then provide a programme to match their individual needs. All students have the option of staying with a host family, one of the best ways to make rapid progress in English. In the mornings, students take English language lessons. In the afternoon and evening, there are plenty of optional activities such as sports, cultural visits, evening entertainment and trips to the beach. They return home with new friends, lots of photos and even more memories!

FAQs

Join DLE for a fantastic educational, cultural and social experience!

Courses

What is covered in an English language course?

We are able to provide course content to match all budgets and needs. An example is our General English Course - DLE/001106

Courses cover elementary to advanced level English.

Lessons will also help students learn about the diversity of British culture, as well as other cultures around the globe.

How do students learn?

The classroom learning uses the latest language learning methods, including full use of modern technology. Learning involves a broad range of resources, such as videos, news articles and audio clips.

Students typically work in pairs and small groups. Learning exercises include reading, writing, speaking, listening and pronunciation.

The maximum number of students in one class is 15. We believe that language learning takes place best within a small group.

Where are courses held?

Courses are held in the centre of Brighton, a few minutes’ walk from the station. The venue is a 30 minute bus ride from host family accommodation. Free wifi and refreshments are included at the site.

Staff

Who are DLE’s teachers?

All of DLE’s teachers are experienced, educated to degree level and have English language teaching qualifications. We select the best teaching staff: teachers who are warm, friendly, confident and who can provide fun and exciting lessons.

DLE hold regular staff meetings and training sessions discussing new innovations to ensure all practices are up to date.

Who supports students?

As DLE is a small company, we like to see ourselves as a family. That also extends to our students. We have staff trained in student wellbeing who are able to deal with any problems that occur during a student’s stay, such as homesickness.

Students

Students must be 15 years or older for independent course bookings.

Most of the students who attend our courses are from Europe. However, depending on the time of the year we also have students from Asia and the Middle East.

We offer courses for groups and schools. Please email us for further information.

Dates & Timings

When do the courses start?

Our courses start every Monday. The high season runs from 15th July to September. To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you book your course as early as possible.

What start dates are available?

Courses are currently available starting on the following dates:

  • 15th July 2019
  • 22nd July 2019
  • 29th July 2019
  • 5th August 2019
  • 12th August 2019
For course availability from September to December 2019, please contact us.

How long can I study for?

Our courses last a minimum of one week and a maximum of one year.

How is a typical week’s course structured?

From Monday to Friday, a typical week is organised like this:

  • 9:00 Registration
  • 9:10 – 12:15 Lessons (15-minute break)
  • Afternoon: optionalactivities
  • Evening: optional activities

Prices

How much do courses cost?

Please note that because we offer bespoke courses prices may vary from below.

  • Cost for General English course (1 week): £310.00
  • Cost for one-to-one English tuition: £40.00 per hour

Host families

  • Seven nights full board provided (one person ensuite bedroom): £285.00
  • Seven nights breakfast and dinner provided (one person ensuite bedroom): £245.00
  • Host family search price £70.00

For transfer costs please email us

What is included in the course price?

The course price includes:

  • Course writing materials/textbooks
  • Free wi-fi at course centre
  • Access to additional learning resources
  • Free refreshment during the lessons
  • Allocated teacher for tutorial
  • Learning support in and outside lessons as required
  • Additional exercises to extend learning
  • End of course report
  • Course certificate*, DLE achievement and attendance profile
  • Written report on progress
*Your attendance must be 90% to qualify.

Can I add one-to-one tuition?

To improve your learning even more, one-to-one sessions are available from Monday to Friday. These take place at 12.30 pm. Once again, our bespoke service allows the teacher and student have the freedom to plan lesson content together. A written report of one-to-one progress will be provided at the end of the last session.

One-to-one sessions must be booked in advance.

What other options can be added?

DLE runs bespoke courses that are customised to your needs. We offer a range of additional options including:

  • Accommodation with host family (optional for adult students)
  • Seven nights full board (breakfast/packed lunch dinner)
  • Seven nights breakfast and dinner only
  • A full range of activities (some are free, in other cases charges apply).
Please contact us to discuss what options you require.

Host Families

How are host families selected?

DLE goes through a methodical selection process to ensure that the family and home are suitable for hosting students.

Why stay with a host family?

We believe that a stay with a host family is one of the best ways of learning English and about English culture.

It’s also an opportunity to make lifelong friends. One of our team took part on a language exchange with an Italian family when she was 16 – now, many years later, she is still very close friends with the family. So come to the UK for your own new, lifelong experiences!

Where are the host families?

The host family homes are in the attractive Westdene suburb of Brighton. This is an affluent area, with most host families offering students bedrooms with ensuite facilities. Homes are selected so that they are no more than 30 minutes to the course centre by public transport.

Host families are not used in York, but DLE provides alternative accommodation for students who choose this option.

Who will your host family be?

We spend a lot of time matching students to host families so that everyone has a fantastic, memorable experience. Our families are all welcoming and love to meet students from different cultures. We carry out careful checks to make sure families have all the facilities students could need - for example, all host families must offer free wi-fi during your stay. All of our host families all have enhanced DBS checks.

For further information on host families, please get in touch.

Where do larger groups stay?

Large group bookings have the option of staying at local hostels (with private bathrooms) or schools/university halls (when not in residence).

Activities

What activities do you offer?

Example activities on your visit might include sports, arts, culture, and visiting local attractions. We are happy to match activities to your requests, if we are able to book in advance as per our terms and conditions.

The outline programme below is just one example of what we can offer for younger students.

Example of activity programme

Day Morning Afternoon Evening
Sunday Changeover day. Students arrive.
Monday Lessons Sightseeing in Brighton e.g. seafront, 360, shopping Social activities
Tuesday Lessons Sports activity or cultural attraction e.g. Brighton Pavilion Quiz night
Wednesday Lessons Depart for York followed by social activities
or
Cinema in Brighton
Thursday Lessons Cultural attraction Group dinner
Friday Lessons Depart to Brighton
or
Social activities in Brighton
Saturday Day trip to London Free/With host family
Sunday Changeover day – students depart

What activities are available for adult students?

For adult students, we offer a broad range of activities relating to National Trust and historical sites. Alternatively, why not improve your English while learning new skills in a fun, hands-on activity – such as cookery lessons at a five star hotel-restaurant?

Please contact us for examples of itineraries for adult students.

Find Out More

To find out about DLE’s unique English language experiences, please get in touch today.