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The Salisbury
School of English


Address 36 Fowlers Road, Salisbury
Wilts SP1 2QU, England
Telephone +44 (0) 1722 331011
Fax +44 (0) 1722 328324
E-mail address
Courses General English
Academic English Programme
University Access Business Foundation Course
Type of course Courses for adults – General Intensive Courses. A full time course of 28 lessons of 45 minutes each week.
Length of courses Minimum length of course: 2 weeks
Maximum length of course: 1 year
Level of courses All levels from Elementary to Advanced.
Beginners accepted in June, July and August.
Examinations offered Pitmans
ARELS Short English Course Test
Date of commencement Start any Monday, apart from public holidays.
Class size Maximum 12 participants.
Student accommodation Selected homestay accommodation on a half board basis available (discounted rates for courses longer than 4 weeks)
  • £184 per week - June/July/August
  • £178 per week - September to May
  • £ 88 per week, £92 per week in summer Homestay, half board accommodation
  • Admission requirements No specific requirement.
    Student profile Minimum age 17 years, average age in classes 24 years. Most students are studying for professional reasons or in order to facilitate Higher Education.
    Course director Julian Lewis, BA, RSA Dip. TEFL
    Name of contact
    person for application
    Mike Thatcher


    About the Courses

    General English

    The Salisbury School of English offers a structured range of year round courses focusing on General English learning for adult students who want to study in small, multinational classes.

    The course follows a balanced and integrated approach to the four main skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The long term course objectives are in line with the requirements of the British Council International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS). The morning classes follow a syllabus based on course books selected for their suitability in terms of integrating the four language skills in a way which permits a communicative approach to learning. The afternoon sessions are aimed at further development and practice of the language studied in the morning, with the emphasis on fluency.

    Photocopies from a course book are provided by the teacher and the course book is available to buy. All adult students are given free access to the Multimedia Self Access Learning Centre and the School Library during lesson break times and after school. A social and excursion programme is available year round.

    Academic English Programme

    This course is specifically designed for students who are going to stay at a British University or College for Further Education. The course consists of four, 12 week modules which begin in September, January, April and the end of June. The minimum course is 1 module, but student choose the length of the course according to their language needs in relation to the requirements of their university or college.

    The course comprises six lessons of 45 minutes per day. It has been designed to improve both general language skills and specialised academic English skills. The specialised skills include lecture listening, not taking, summary and easy writing, examination skills and preparation for the IELTS examination.

    University Access Business Foundation Course

    The Foundation Course has been designed in consultation with five British Universities to prepare participants for business related university studies.

    The course which begins in September and January each year comprises thirty-six weeks tuition. The curriculum contains an equal content of academic and general English, and business Studies. The business study element of the course is taught by qualified lecturers from Colleges of Further Education.

    About the School

    The Salisbury School of English is a family owned company and courses are run in a building which many years ago was a family home. We do all we can to provide a happy, friendly atmosphere in the School. We want students to feel relaxed and among friends.

    The staff employed by the organisation are all trained in the teaching of English as a Foreign Language and most of them have many years experience of teaching English both in Britain and abroad.

    It is important that each course has an objective. These objectives are defined by the Director of Studies. The academic staff meet regularly to appraise the aims of courses and the way in which these aims are being met. Once every two weeks students are asked to complete an interim course evaluation so that they and the teachers can analyse the effectiveness of the teaching and the level of satisfaction for students.

    In addition, during the period from September to May, all students on General Intensive courses have a private tutorial with their teacher every two weeks, to discuss their progress and how well they feel that they are achieving their learning aims.

    This continuous monitoring, permits assessments of the effectiveness of teaching methods and materials and an ongoing development of our teaching. Course materials are included in the course fee.

    Teachers at the school have at their disposal a wide range of written, visual and recorded materials. The school has developed a number of teaching aids and methods to increase the lasting effects of the courses. These include video and sound recordings and the use of computer assisted language learning.

    At the back of the school there is a large garden with a table tennis table and sun terrace which, despite the unreliability of English weather, is used not only in the summer, but frequently at other times of the year for leisure activities.

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