FAQS - Winchester School of English
See below a list of frequently asked questions. If you have any queries not listed below please get in touch with us by clicking here and we'll be happy to help you.
When you do your test, we check grammar, vocabulary and speaking, listening and writing skills.
Our check for accuracy and skills will help us place you in a class with other students of similar comprehension and production ability. At ATC we follow the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework for Language Learning. Each level has a syllabus with can-do statements.
Take our online placement test here to determine your English level.
ATC Language & Travel employs teachers who have a university degree and a recognised qualification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Teachers receive regular training in-house and enjoy visits from publishers and exam bodies to update their knowledge. External training is arranged in the form of workshops, seminars and conferences which are available to all our teachers.
ATC Language & Travel is an established member of IATEFL, the largest international organisation of teachers of English, and we receive journals and publications for teachers monthly.
*National & School Holidays
School Commences -Tuesday 7th January 2019
Saint Patrick's Day- Monday 18th March 2019
Easter Monday- Monday 22nd April 2019
Public Holidays- (Mondays) - 6th May, 3rd June, 5th August & 28th October 2019
Christmas Holidays- Saturday 21st December 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020 Inclusive
School Commences 2018 - Monday 6th January 2020
*There is no refund for time missed on public holidays.
Of course, everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, so we expect students in an international group class to interact and support each other.
Remember that over 80% of the world’s English is spoken amongst non-native speakers.
Resources and Materials
We use coursebooks during the first lesson of the day, to focus on functions and skills. Various communicative techniques are used, to allow for a variety of learning styles amongst students. In the second class we use a variety of published materials to aid such activities as vocabulary building, and authentic materials such as newspapers, videos, radio, magazines etc.
Teachers balance pair group and individual work in class and encourage students to discuss any issues they may have.
When you feel ready you may like to move up a level. To move class, discuss the issues with your teacher first. Teachers will discuss your progress and suggest a next step. Teachers liaise with the Director of Studies who will arrange any moves to be made.
Cambridge Exams: FCE, CAE, CPE
When booking your course you can book an airport transfer to take you directly to your accommodation, or you can travel by public transport. If it is your first visit to the UK we strongly recommend that you book a transfer. As Winchester is in the South of England, it is close to London and easy to get to from many airports, including Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted and Southampton. It is also close to several Ports (Portsmouth, Southampton and Dover) if you would prefer to travel to England by Ferry. You can travel to Winchester by train, coach or taxi. If travelling by coach you are advised to book www.nationalexpress.com