Starting a language course and moving to a new country can make even the most adventurous person a little nervous… So here’s what to expect when you join classes at TEG English Bristol.
On your first day
The school is located on a typical English street, in between a small park and Cabot Circus shopping area. Just ring the doorbell next to the dark green door with the number 2 on it and one of our friendly receptionists will answer! Every new student is first welcomed at the reception. After a conversation and completing your level test, you will find out your class, the name of your teacher and your classroom number.
One of the staff will also give you a tour of the school. The reception area and the teachers’ room are on the ground floor, six comfy classrooms with desks and whiteboards are on higher floors, and downstairs there is a study room where you can do your homework, common area to relax in between classes, and a kitchen where we all have our coffee or lunch together (microwaves, kettles and fridges are provided, as is tea and coffee). There’s also a small library and computers for students to use.
During the first day of classes you’ll meet your classmates and teachers. New students can join every week, and the teachers make sure that they quickly become part of the group. Morning lessons begin at 9:30 am, evening classes at 6 pm – don’t be late, please!
After a week in Bristol
You feel comfortable in your class and speak English with more confidence. It helps that we have an English only rule – students and staff are not supposed to speak other languages in the school at any time! Apart from speaking, you practise reading, listening, writing, grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary. You get homework every day and complete a short test in your class once a week.
Having fun is important too, so hopefully you’ve taken part in some social events. There’s a lot to choose from: coffee and chat every Tuesday afternoon, pub night on Fridays, a trip most Saturdays, and on other days dinner, cinema, bowling, laser tag, indoor climbing, or karaoke… Oh, and have you taken a selfie with the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge yet?
You’ve probably seen most of the students and teachers by now – in classes, at social events, or in the school kitchen. The more international friends you make, the more you can practise English!
After a month in Bristol
You speak English better than your native language now… Or at least you speak English much better than a month ago! You have completed at least a third of a level (a term in our school lasts twelve weeks). You know Bristol like the back of your hand (for example Castle Park, where you hang out on sunny days, or Park Street, full of bars and cafes), you’ve tried its cuisine (including Jamaican and Indian dishes), and you’ve talked to locals in shops or on the bus.
You probably know the names of most staff (quick – how many can you name?) and you’ve met students from South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Perhaps you’ve appeared in a photo on the Our Instagram account.
You’re now thinking about extending your course, so you can stay in Bristol a bit longer… or visiting again very soon! You’re a part of the TEG family forever.