The afternoon activities provide an excellent opportunity to integrate with teenage Marlborough College Summer School students, 80% of whom are native English speakers. The academic and extra-curricular aspects of the course are fully integrated to encourage the student to develop and grow as a whole person and to provide a rich and authentic language learning environment.
Both courses are built on curiosity and creativity,as we believe that these concepts are fundamental to the learning process.
The Open Minds Course is aimed at high or native level English speakers. It involves no formal language acquisition but rather a modular programme of study material covering a diverse range of subjects including cosmology, anthropology, sociology, ethics and morality, film-making for social change and leadership. All modules are project based and assessed by coursework completed during the module. The course is focused on the process of learning and encourages the student to take an active, collaborative and self-motivated approach to their learning. The course will develop academic skills such as critical thinking, analysis of sources, research and public speaking. The course is aimed at students who want to discover or develop a love of learning but would be of particular interest to those wanting to enter the British private school system, go to a British university and those who are currently studying in an international school abroad.
Students will participate in one activity per week of the course. Each activity runs every afternoon from 13.45pm - 16.15pm and the list of available activities includes: