Welcoming a group of students from Colombia to Kings London through the British Council
In December, Kings London welcomed a group of students from Colombia via the British Council in Bogota. The 22 students enjoyed a busy schedule combining English classes with exciting activities and visits in and around London.
In the mornings, students had general English lessons, where they focused on improving their reading, writing, speaking, and listening, and learning new grammar and vocabulary. In the afternoons, they chose from a number of different Special Interest Group options. Speaking and Listening was the most popular choice, but some students also chose the Business and Finance or Law classes. Lessons were integrated with other international students from all around the world, providing a great opportunity to make new friends and learn about other cultures.
Student, Ingrid Rodriguez, said:
“In the classes I learned more vocabulary, better accent, grammar and topics when the teacher helped me to pronounce the words better, using songs, watching videos and more examples. This time was really enriching.”
After class and at the weekends, the students enjoyed many trips and activities in and around London, organised by our Kings London Activity Manager, Rob, who said, “The group have been absolutely lovely and I’ve really enjoyed chatting to them all and showing them London’s sights. We’ve tailored the trips so that they can see as much as possible and they seemed to really enjoy everything.”
In the first week, in the afternoons after class, students went on a West End Christmas lights tour, visited South Bank and the Tate Modern, and also the British Museum. At the weekend, they visited Greenwich, where they learnt about Greenwich meantime, visited museums and took in the impressive views of London’s skyline.
In week 2, visits to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, the Sky Garden and Camden Town were on the agenda. At the weekend, students visited Brighton. At the end of this week, part of the group departed and headed home to Colombia.
In the final week, the remaining students visited Madame Tussauds and went ice-skating at the beautiful ice rink at Somerset House, close to the River Thames.
Rob summed up their experience: “They took selfies at Tower Bridge, The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. They saw history in Greenwich and several museums. They experienced culture in the Tate Modern and the West End. They shopped at Oxford Street, Camden Market, Harrod’s and Westfield. They saw panoramic views of London from the Cable Car and Sky Garden. They also enjoyed festivities at Winter Wonderland and the Kings Christmas Market, saw ten foot waves at Brighton beach and even learned to ice skate… All in all, a kaleidoscope of memories from their time at Kings London!”
Student, Camila Bustos, said, “My experience in Kings was so good. I really enjoy learning English and also knowing new people, especially new culture. Also I learnt and English accent for the first time and the difference between American and English from the UK."
"On this trip I have enjoyed London. I love it and I want to come again in summer to continue improving my English. I think it is going to be such fun."
Thank you to all the wonderful students from Colombia for their enthusiasm and hard work, and for making such a big impact on the school community whilst they were here.
We hope to see some of you back at Kings London again one day!