Help Yourself Learn

Help Yourself Learn

You will learn more quickly if you do extra work as well as your lessons.  These are some of the ways you can help yourself learn.


You will be given homework to do every day.  This is a very important part of your course and you will progress much faster if you complete it regularly.  Your teachers will give you various types of homework such as –

  • written work eg letters, postcards, stories. etc
  • vocabulary
  • project work
  • grammar exercises
  • reading including reading authentic materials such as newspaper articles.

Excel English Online

You can use Excel English Online to do extra study in school or in your accommodation.  The Excel English Online learning platform includes materials at many different levels.  All adult students enrolling for a minimum of 2 weeks can log in to Excel English Online before they arrive in the school.  You can use the learning platform all the time you are in school and for 3 months after you leave.  There is no extra charge for this service.

Self Access Centre

The Excel English Self Access Centre is is open from 8.30 to 17.00 Monday to Friday.  You can –

  • work through the specially developed worksheets
  • read graded readers
  • do extra listening
  • borrow English DVDs
  • practise pronunciation
  • do examination preparation

There are computers with internet access in the Self Access Centre. These computers can be used to contact your friends and family by email.  You can also use the Internet to –

  • access Excel English Online
  • practise your reading
  • look up information for projects
  • research your homework
  • access English language learning sites

Student Room & Garden

We ask you to speak only English in the student room and garden so you increase the amount of time you are using English.  You can also –

  • read English newspapers and magazines
  • read about places to visit in the UK
  • use the wireless Internet connection
  • listen to music

Outside the school

You will be living in London and the language around you will be English.  Take the opportunity to use it as much as possible.

  • join in our specially organised social activities
  • talk to your homestay hosts or the other students in the residence
  • talk to shop assistants, people selling tickets
  • read the labels on anything you buy & check words you don’t know
  • join clubs or gyms to meet English speaking people
  • watch TV, listen to the radio, go to the cinema