Summer Courses for Teenagers (age 13-16)An International Experience with Inclusive Social Programme

This summer course, run on the University of Chester campus, is only for individual teenagers and "mini" groups (maximum 15 students per group). We create opportunities for students to increase their confidence in English at the same time as they learn about the culture and customs of other nations. The afternoon activities and excursions encourage the students to work together in English, activating their language in a natural and communicative manner.

English in Chester has been running Summer Courses for Teenagers for many years. We aim to offer our young learners a fun, enjoyable and challenging course that will make them more confident about their English. The special features of our courses are:

  • No large groups, so every student is known and treated as an individual
  • A high staff to student ratio (1:10) – for extra care at all times
  • A maximum of 120 students, allowing us to give a lot of attention to every student
  • An excellent nationality mix - giving more opportunity for students to speak English
  • A varied, high quality social programme
  • Very good homestay accommodation with welcoming and caring families

Watch the video introduction to our Summer Courses for Teenagers

Tuition Fees

Week starting Tuition plus social programme per week Accommodation per week Total package price per week
28 Jun, 5 Jul, 12 Jul, 19 Jul, 26 Jul 2021 £425.00 £178.00 £603.00
2 Aug, 9 Aug 2021 £370.00 £178.00 £548.00

Online Booking

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  • Package price includes - tuition and social programme, homestay accommodation (shared or single), breakfast, dinner and a packed lunch.
  • Package price excludes - £90.00 registration fee, two-way local airport transfers (£130.00) or Meet & Greet service (£160.00).
  • Social programme includes (per week) - 2 project based afternoon, 1 half-day excursion, 2 half-day activities, 2 evening events, 1 full-day weekend excursion on all mid-course weekends.

For information on deposits, payment of fees and our refund policy including cancellations please see our terms and conditions.

The Programme

Morning lessons (09.30 - 13.00) focus on actively improving communication in spoken English. There is a language focus, enabling you to use language structures with confidence, and a skills focus to improve your spoken and written English using newspapers, magazines, radio programmes, poems and songs.

The afternoon excursion/activity programme is one of the outstanding features of the course. It is an integral part of the whole language learning experience and is designed to be enjoyable and stimulating. It is also an opportunity to develop language, social and sporting skills.

Sample Social Programme

Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 PM Introductory Tour (for new arrivals only) Options* Beatles Project Options* 14.00 - 18.00:
Premiership Football Stadium
09.00 - 18.00:
Eve Bowling Alternative Fashion Show
2 PM Introductory Tour / Photo Shoot Options* Karaoke Teamwork Options* 14.00 - 18.00:
Manley Mere
09.00 - 18.00:
Alton Towers
Eve Riverboat Disco Karaoke Cavern
3 PM Introductory Tour / Treasure Hunt Options* Talent Night Project Options* 14.00 - 18.00:
Ice Skating
09.00 - 18.00:
North Wales
Eve Great British Games Night Talent Night
4 PM Introductory Tour / Film Chester Options* Film Chester Options* 14.00 - 18.00:
Chester Zoo
09.00 - 18.00:
Eve Scottish Ceilidh English in Chester Oscars
5 PM Introductory Tour / Chester Fairy Tale Options* Beatles Project Options* 14.00 - 18.00:
Premiership Football Stadium
09.00 - 18.00:
Eve Bowling Alternative Fashion Show
6 PM Introductory Tour / Roman Soldier Tour Options* Karaoke Teamwork Options* 14.00 - 18.00:
Manley Mere
09.00 - 18.00:
Alton Towers
Eve Riverboat Disco Karaoke Cavern
7 PM International Evening Project Options* Treasure Hunt Options* 14.00 - 18.00:
Ice Skating
Eve International Evening Final Surprise

*The following choices feature on the Options programme: Football, Tennis, Volleyball, Drawing, Camera Club, Drama, Dance, Singing, Exam preparation workshop.

The programme is provisional and may change. Saturday excursions are only for students staying the following week.

Our Summer Course for Teenagers Team


If you are an Educational Tour Operator or a teacher and would like to send a mini group (max 15 students and 1 leader) please email Jenny Rush at [email protected] with your requirements and we will get back to you with a quotation.

We also take larger closed groups out of season. Click here for more information about our Courses for Groups.

Summer Courses for Teenagers
Lessons / hours per week
20 lessons / 15 hours plus inclusive social programme
Start dates
Any Monday from 28 June to 2 August 2021 for 2, 3 or 4 weeks
Minimum: 13*
Average: 15
Maximum: 16*
*In exceptional circumstances there may be a few 12 and 17 year olds on the course when they form part of a group booking.
Please read the section "Students under the age of 18" in our Terms & Conditions.
Maximum class size
Elementary to Advanced (A1 to C1)
Special weekly features
  • 2 project based afternoons
  • 1 half-day excursion
  • 2 half-day activities
  • 2 evening events
  • 1 full-day weekend excursion on all mid-course weekends (not the final Saturday)

Student numbers (2018/19)

  • Italy37%
  • Russia10%
  • Spain10%
  • Argentina9%
  • Oman5%
  • Switzerland3%
  • Poland3%
  • Germany3%
  • Czech Republic3%
  • Taiwan2%
  • Other15%
Students by the River DeeStudents by the River Dee
River Boat CruiseRiver Boat Cruise
Computer RoomComputer Room
Excursion to Conwy CastleExcursion to Conwy Castle