Think Global! for 13-17 year olds

This course drives language development by encouraging its learners to adopt “the values, attitudes and behaviours that support responsible global citizenship” (Unesco)

Think Global! is designed not only to maximise a student’s language development but to do this through using UNESCO’s ‘Four pillars of learning’: learning to know; learning to do; learning to be and learning to live together.

Our learning

22 hours per week
Minimum English level: A2+

By investigating and discussion global themes using various methods, students improve all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), their critical thinking skills and indeed both their independent and collaborative learning.

The global themes will excite and extend all abilities, from climate change to the rights of child refugees, from the role of an influencer to healthy lifestyles, from discussing the impact of celebrities to the potential impact of the plant-based diet to name but a few topics.

Earlscliffe's Think Global! programme is truly 'global' in all senses of the word. 


Extra intensive English

Students at Earlscliffe may take advantage of our extra learning options – 4 hours per week or one to one – see Booking Form.

Our activities

In addition to the academic enrichment events on all courses, Earlscliffe offers a balance of sports, cultural events, arts and crafts, fun games, walks and competitions, so there is something for everyone on the programme. Our staff organise and supervise all these activities after the day’s lessons have finished.


Students play volleyball, basketball, badminton, billiards and table tennis on-site. Our supervised afternoon and evening activities include karaoke nights; football; softball; ‘Earlscliffe’s Got Talent’; swimming; themed disco nights; tennis; rounders; ‘Jeux sans Frontières’ and quiz nights, to name just a few. 


Regular daytime and evening beach trips are a popular part of the week’s activities.


We are fortunate to be close to Folkestone’s town centre and its shops, the artistic Creative Quarter and the beach, all of which offer our students moments of discovery and relaxation. 


We use the excellent facilities provided at the Three Hills and Folkestone sports centres, not to mention the new multi-storey skate park!

Cultural visits

An Earlscliffe highlight is our weekly trip to London (Capital Wednesday™) when over the course of the summer we visit the following famous London landmarks: the Tate Modern; Chelsea Football Club; the London Eye; St Paul’s Cathedral; the British Museum and Buckingham Palace. On Capital Wednesdays™ we use the high speed train link from nearby Folkestone central station which has a journey time of 55 minutes. Our Mini-MBA students also visit the Bank of England Museum and The Shard, Europe’s tallest building.

On Sundays we may visit the world-famous cathedral city of Canterbury including a river boat tour; Leeds Castle and Bluewater shopping centre; Hever Castle and Royal Tunbridge Wells; Thorpe Park theme park and the nearby Dover Castle. Our day trips are supervised. On some visits there will be free time given i.e. Folkestone, Ashford, Covent Garden.

The rooms and meals

Most rooms are spacious twin or triple rooms with en-suite WC and shower. All rooms are Wi-Fi connected. The high standard of accommodation is attractive to today’s students, and all the more so given the beautiful Victorian façade of the buildings in which it sits.

Meals are taken in the college dining room and prepared by our own chef and team. Meals are varied and often international, such as Chinese, Mexican or Indian, but not forgetting the occasional British fish and chips!

Formal dinners, every two weeks, give our students a chance to dress up and enjoy a three course meal by candlelight.

Any student’s special dietary needs can be catered for at special request, i.e. vegetarian, gluten-free etc. Students are given packed meals on day trips.

Extra optional activities

NEW! Skateboarding
F51: The world's first multi-storey skatepark, based only 10 minutes’ walk from Earlscliffe, will allow beginners through to competition level skateboarders the opportunity to hone their skills.

NEW! Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Join us for this 8-hour Stand Up Paddle Boarding Sports Trust Award. Learn the basic skills needed to be competent at balancing, paddling, turning and stopping as well as touring the Folkestone Harbour area and the bay of Sunny Sands. A certificate will be handed out upon completion of the course.

Paintball
Have fun in the forest dodging your opponents and trying to plant the flag for your team (all safety equipment is provided and must be worn at all times).

Musical Trip - Disney's 'The Lion King' in London's West End
Most children will have seen the movie and be familiar with Elton John's music which makes the experience all the more fulfilling and easy to understand.

Warner Bros Harry Potter Tour
For Harry Potter fans, why not enjoy a day out at this popular attraction to Warner Bros Studios. You will be able to see many of the sets, props and costumes from the most successful film series of all the time: the Great Hall; Dumbledore's office; the shops in Diagon Alley; see Harry's Nimbus 2000 and Hagrid's motorcycle; the Gryffindor common room, Hagrid's hut and Professor Umbridge's office at the Ministry of Magic. Have a refreshing Butterbeer in the studio café to finish your magical afternoon!

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