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We believe people should learn more about the world. Making friends from other countries, understanding new cultures and learning English will give you many opportunities, enrich your life and ultimately make the world more peaceful and productive. 

Our qualified, experienced, expert English teachers can help you to speak better English. We guarantee that our Full Time English course will provide you with the confidence to communicate effortlessly whilst enjoying the London experience.

Au Pair English

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Course overview

Lexis Au Pair English courses are part time courses designed to help au pairs improve their English. You will have plenty of time to drop the children off at school in the mornings and complete any housework for your family. You will also have time to explore London in your free time and the possibility to visit other parts of the UK at the weekend.

Key facts

 

Age of students 16+
Language level Beginners to Advanced
Course times Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 12:45pm (mornings)
6 or 9 hours per week, 3 hours per day
Maximal class size

Average 10 students, Maximum 16 students.* You may share your class with other Part Time and Full Time students.

* In exceptional circumstances, there may occasionally be 17 students in a class for a maximum of two days.

Course Dates All year round (Subject to availability)
Course length 6, 12, 24, 36  week courses
School closures

The school is closed from Monday 21st December 2020 until Friday 1st January 2021 for Christmas.

The school is also closed on the following public holidays in 2021:

Friday 2nd April, Monday 5th April, Monday 3rd May, Monday 31st May, Monday 30th August

Holiday entitlement

You can take a maximum of two weeks’ holiday for every 12 consecutive weeks you are at the school and you must give 2 weeks' notice.

We advise you not to take holidays during an examination course

Full Time English students and Part Time English students are integrated into the same classes. 

Important: 16 and 17 year olds require parental/guardian permission.

Students aged under 18

At Lexis we put the safety and security of students aged under 18 first.

Students aged 16 and 17 are enrolled on our English language courses for adults and do not have any special supervision.  However, we do have additional and very important rules for them.  

These special rules are explained at the first day induction and are in our Code of Conduct for Under 18s that the student must sign, and also our Parental Consent Form that both the parents and student must sign. The students will also have a meeting every week with the welfare officer.

Below are some of the ways in which we safeguard 16 and 17 year olds:

Staff training

  • All our staff members have completed enhanced police checks before starting work with Under 18s at Lexis. This includes teachers, activity staff, group leaders, other school staff and homestay hosts.
  • All our staff members have received at least basic level safeguarding training.
  • Two members of the management team have received advanced and specialist safeguarding training.
  • Trained first aiders are present all the time on the school premises and staff leading off-site activities are also first aid trained.            

Staff-Student Ratios

  • We maintain a maximum staff/student ratio of 1:16 in the classroom and 1:15 on school trips.

Contact with other age groups

  • 16 – 17 year olds will come into regular contact with other students over the age of 18, in class and during the leisure programme

Before, during and after lessons

  • 16 – 17 year olds will be walking or taking public transport alone between the school and their accommodation. All students will be shown the route.
  • Students have to report to reception when they arrive at school in the morning. If a student has not arrived 10 minutes into the start of the lesson, the welfare officer will try to locate him/ her.
  • Students are allowed to leave the school building at break times and lunchtime, with no supervision. They are responsible for buying their own lunch during the week, unless arranged otherwise.
  • Students have to report to reception when they leave at the end of the day.

Social Activities

  • Students will not be supervised outside their classes, unless on organised social activities.
  • We have comprehensive measures in place to safeguard all students while on any trips and excursions, for example clear safety guidelines and risk assessments for each activity and trip.
  • There are certain British laws (e.g. related to smoking and drinking alcohol) that apply to people aged under 18. As a consequence, there may be some leisure activities which 16 and 17 year olds cannot take part in because of their age.
  • If 16 and 17 year old students take part in a day trip organised by a third party tour operator, they will be responsible for themselves and will be unsupervised for the duration of the trip. They will be responsible for arriving at the relevant meeting point on time and will have to return back home if they miss the coach.

Curfews

  • Students are allowed to have unsupervised free time in London after their classes. They must return for their evening meal to their homestay and if not, they must inform the homestay every time they are eating out. They must return to their homestay before 22.00 (Monday – Friday).
  • On Saturday and Sunday, students must return to their homestay before 22.00 (16 yr. olds) or 22.30 (17 yr. olds). If they are late, they must phone their homestay host to tell them where they are and when they will be home. They must follow the safety guidelines provided by Lexis School of English.

If they are more than 30 min late without contacting their homestay, the homestay will contact the school and the school will try to locate the student. The parents/legal guardians will be contacted immediately.

Applies only to 16 and 17 year old students on Summer English for Adults

  • When students leave the school after lunch for their afternoon Real English activities, their activity leader and/ or group leader will sign them out of the school building.
  • At the end of the afternoon Real English activities, students will be allowed to return home independently providing a parent/ guardian has agreed when completing our Parental Consent Form.
  • Students are allowed unsupervised free time in London after the end of the afternoon programme and to return before 22.00. (Monday – Friday). They must inform the homestay every time they are eating out.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, students must return to their homestay before 22.00 (16 yr. olds) or 22.30 (17 yr. olds). If they are late, they must phone their homestay host to tell them where they are and when they will be home. They must follow the safety guidelines provided by Lexis School of English.

How to Make Contact

  • Students can arrange to speak to the Welfare Officer during normal school hours (9:00am – 5:00pm) to discuss any problems.
  • We provide a 24 hour emergency contact number for students to ring if they have any serious problems outside normal school hours.

Other

  • For more details please see the following links to our policies:

https://www.lexislondon.com/policies-procedures/child-protection-policy-statement

https://www.lexislondon.com/policies-procedures/safeguarding-policy

https://www.lexislondon.com/policies-procedures/code-of-conduct-for-students-under-18-years

  • More information will be shared with you upon registration, e.g. handbooks and safety guidelines etc.

Types of course

Option 1: Part Time Morning English Classes

  • Monday to Friday 9.30 – 12.45pm
  • September to August
  • Free trial + level assessment
  • Flexible start dates
  • Course books £25-£35 per term

Option 2: Evening Classes

  • Tuesday & Thursday 7.00pm – 8.30pm (3 hrs/ week)
  • September to July
  • Fixed term dates
  • Course materials £15 per term
  • No classes during Barnet half-term

Option 3: Saturday Classes

  • Saturdays 10am – 1pm (3 hrs/ week)
  • September to July
  • Fixed term dates
  • Course materials £15 per term
  • No classes during Barnet half-term

Course objectives

The perfect course for:

  • Busy au pairs wishing to improve their English while working in North London
  • Au pairs planning to pass the Cambridge FCE (First Certificate in English), CAE (Cambridge Advanced English) or IELTS exam
  • Au pairs planning to study at an English-speaking university or college

Course content

The Au Pair English course covers

Reading

Reading for gist i.e to understand the general meaning of a text

Reading for specific detail

Understanding different kinds of text e.g. emails, letters, text messages, articles, reports, reviews, instructions

Writing

Writing different kinds of text e.g. emails, letters, text messages, articles, reports, reviews, instructions

Using the appropriate style / register i.e. formal vs informal language

Organising your text so it is easy to read

Expressing your ideas so that the reader can understand what you want to say

Listening

Listening for gist i.e. to understand the general meaning

Listening for specific detail

Understanding different accents

Understanding meaning according to general intonation and sentence stress

Speaking

Everyday conversation

Talking about various topics e.g. family, interests, work, home, travel and study

Giving presentations

Asking and answering questions

Vocabulary & Phrases

Vocabulary for talking about yourself, your family, home, job, studies etc.

Idiomatic expressions & slang

Formal vs informal vocabulary

Understanding and using phrasal verbs

Grammar

The English tense system

Countable and uncountable nouns

Understanding and using prepositions correctly

Modality in formal and informal context

Conditionals

Pronunciation

Understanding British English pronunciation

Word stress and Word linking

Silent letters – British English is full of them 

Sounds and spelling

Intonation in different types of sentences and questions

Intonation for different purposes e.g. to express different emotions

Introduction to other types of English pronunciation

Exam Preparation

Cambridge First Certificate

Cambridge Advanced English

IELTS

 

 

Course fees

Option 1: Part Time Morning English Classes - 20 % Discount!

Hours 6 weeks 12 weeks 24 weeks 36 weeks
2 mornings per week (6 hours) £250 £200 £470 £376 £825 £660 £1120 £880
3 mornings per week (9 hours) £385 £308 £690 £552 £1240 £992 £1620 £1296
4 mornings per week (12 hours) £510 £408 £915 £732 £1635 £1308 £2180 £1744


Option 2: Evening Classes 

Per Term (10 weeks)
Course fees £300
Course materials £15


Option 3: Saturday Classes 

Per term (10 weeks)
Course fees £300
Course materials £15


Course fees include: 

  • 2, 3 or 4 mornings of English classes per week
  • 3 hours in the evenings or 3 hours on Saturdays of English classes per week
  • Time for private study at Lexis or free time to explore London in the afternoons
  • Reviews, tutorials & tests every 3 weeks
  • Individual & group needs analysis
  • Regular progress tests
  • Advice & help to register for Cambridge English, IELTS exams & UK university entrance

Please note: Exam fees are not included in the course fees. 

Please note: Some social activities are free or included in your course fees. For other social activities, there are additional fees that you will have to pay for. Please click here to view the approximate cost of leisure activities in London. https://www.lexislondon.com/what-we-offer/before-you-arrive

Registration fee

Registration fee: £20

The registration fee includes:

  • Registration
  • Help to choose the right course
  • Advice on exam registration
  • Free trial & level assessment
  • End of course certificate

Cambridge Exams and IELTS

Cambridge Exams

You can book to take the following Cambridge exams when registering or after creating an online Lexis account:
B1 Preliminary, formerly known as Cambridge English Preliminary (PET)
B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English First (FCE)
C1 Advanced, formerly known as Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
We advise you on dates and procedures and register you by the given deadlines.
Exam Fees from £150

You will be given the opportunity to practise your exam skills during our regular mock exams.

Mock exam dates are released monthly for the month ahead.

 

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

As a Cambridge exam preparation centre Lexis prepares you for the IELTS exam, however we are unable to register you for it. 
Advice on how to register is given. Please ask in reception
Exam Fees from £175

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Students aged under 18

At Lexis we put the safety and security of students aged under 18 first.

Students aged 16 and 17 are enrolled on our English language courses for adults and do not have any special supervision.  However, we do have additional and very important rules for them.  

These special rules are explained at the first day induction and are in our Code of Conduct for Under 18s that the student must sign, and also our Parental Consent Form that both the parents and student must sign. The students will also have a meeting every week with the welfare officer.

Below are some of the ways in which we safeguard 16 and 17 year olds:

Staff training

  • All our staff members have completed enhanced police checks before starting work with Under 18s at Lexis. This includes teachers, activity staff, group leaders, other school staff and homestay hosts.
  • All our staff members have received at least basic level safeguarding training.
  • Two members of the management team have received advanced and specialist safeguarding training.
  • Trained first aiders are present all the time on the school premises and staff leading off-site activities are also first aid trained.            

Staff-Student Ratios

  • We maintain a maximum staff/student ratio of 1:16 in the classroom and 1:15 on school trips.

Contact with other age groups

  • 16 – 17 year olds will come into regular contact with other students over the age of 18, in class and during the leisure programme

Before, during and after lessons

  • 16 – 17 year olds will be walking or taking public transport alone between the school and their accommodation. All students will be shown the route.
  • Students have to report to reception when they arrive at school in the morning. If a student has not arrived 10 minutes into the start of the lesson, the welfare officer will try to locate him/ her.
  • Students are allowed to leave the school building at break times and lunchtime, with no supervision. They are responsible for buying their own lunch during the week, unless arranged otherwise.
  • Students have to report to reception when they leave at the end of the day.

Social Activities

  • Students will not be supervised outside their classes, unless on organised social activities.
  • We have comprehensive measures in place to safeguard all students while on any trips and excursions, for example clear safety guidelines and risk assessments for each activity and trip.
  • There are certain British laws (e.g. related to smoking and drinking alcohol) that apply to people aged under 18. As a consequence, there may be some leisure activities which 16 and 17 year olds cannot take part in because of their age.
  • If 16 and 17 year old students take part in a day trip organised by a third party tour operator, they will be responsible for themselves and will be unsupervised for the duration of the trip. They will be responsible for arriving to the relevant meeting point on time and will have to return back home if they miss the coach.

Curfews

  • Students are allowed to have unsupervised free time in London after their classes. They must return for their evening meal to their homestay and if not, they must inform the homestay every time they are eating out. They must return to their homestay before 22.00 (Monday – Friday).
  • On Saturday and Sunday, students must return to their homestay before 22.00 (16 yr. olds) or 22.30 (17 yr. olds). If they are late, they must phone their homestay host to tell them where they are and when they will be home. They must follow the safety guidelines provided by Lexis School of English.

If they are more than 30 min late without contacting their homestay, the homestay will contact the school and the school will try to locate the student. The parents/legal guardians will be contacted immediately.

Applies only to 16 and 17 year old students on Summer English for Adults

  • When students leave the school after lunch for their afternoon Real English activities, their activity leader and/ or group leader will sign them out of the school building.
  • At the end of the afternoon Real English activities, students will be allowed to return home independently providing a parent/ guardian has agreed when completing our Parental Consent Form.
  • Students are allowed unsupervised free time in London after the end of the afternoon programme and to return before 22.00. (Monday – Friday). They must inform the homestay every time they are eating out.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, students must return to their homestay before 22.00 (16 yr. olds) or 22.30 (17 yr. olds). If they are late, they must phone their homestay host to tell them where they are and when they will be home. They must follow the safety guidelines provided by Lexis School of English.

How to Make Contact

  • Students can arrange to speak to the Welfare Officer during normal school hours (9:00am – 5:00pm) to discuss any problems.
  • We provide a 24 hour emergency contact number for students to ring if they have any serious problems outside normal school hours.

Other

  • For more details please see the following links to our policies:

https://www.lexislondon.com/policies-procedures/child-protection-policy-statement

https://www.lexislondon.com/policies-procedures/safeguarding-policy

https://www.lexislondon.com/policies-procedures/code-of-conduct-for-students-under-18-years

  • More information will be shared with you upon registration, e.g. handbooks and safety guidelines etc.

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