High quality, affordable English language courses for people of all ages and nationalities to study English in the UK. We are accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English and a member of English UK.
Why study English at the Loxdale Centre?
Congratulations! You’ve arrived. If you are looking for high quality, affordable English lessons then look no further.
The Loxdale English Centre is the perfect location for your studies.
Gaining the maximum from your studies...
Our lively and interactive programmes are designed for students who wish to improve their ability to communicate in English in the company of like-minded people from around the world, whilst also enjoying the experience of learning in Brighton, one of the UK’s most vibrant and culturally diverse cities.
Loxdale isn’t like most other language schools when you study with us you will have access to the widest possible choice of courses, each of which is based on active student participation and designed to reinforce your learning experience and appreciation of the English language and culture.
If you want professional, stand-alone English lessons conducted in a warm and friendly atmosphere then our highly popular General English Course is the perfect answer to your needs.
If you prefer to study English with other subjects to make the most of your time in England, you have the option of studying on our English Plus Course. This is a combination of General English, ‘plus’ the opportunity to choose from a diverse range of exciting subjects, with something to suit all tastes. Courses include art, gardening, fashion, drama, history, screen-printing, photography, environmental studies, media, British culture and creative English.
An exciting social and cultural calendar
It’s not all work! We make sure you have every opportunity to socialise with your fellow students. You’ll also get to know the teaching staff outside of the classroom environment. The Loxdale social calendar lasts throughout the year. Our varied programme of activities includes cultural excursions salsa lessons, games evenings, films, barbecues, sports activities, quizzes, cooking and much more. So let your hair down and have fun!
The school also has a well-equipped common room and a computer room for students to use in their free time.
Value for money
Whilst always maintaining the highest academic standards, Loxdale courses are competitively priced and represent excellent value for money.Loxdale English Centre is also a Swedish Folk High School. This means that adult students from Sweden are eligible to have their course fees financed through a government grant, effectively making the course free.
High standards in teaching English
Since it was founded in 1968, the Loxdale English Centre has delivered over 7,000 educational programmes. Most of our language teachers have several years’ experience in the teaching of English as a foreign language. As a further guarantee of the quality, the school is accredited by the British Council for teaching English and a member of English UK.
Putting you first
It isn’t just our high academic standards that set us apart. When you arrive, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be there to support and guide you throughout your studies. We’re committed to providing a stimulating learning environment based on co-operation and active participation that will empower students of all ages and social backgrounds to reach their full potential.
We actively encourage critical study while nurturing tolerance and respect for all people, cultures and ideas. Students get many opportunities of influencing different components of the course – from social activities to the syllabus.
Join the majority of our students who live with our specially selected and monitored home stay families; alternatively you may choose to stay in a recommended hotel or guest house. The school also has a dining area and kitchen which provides fresh, wholesome food (including vegetarian) each day.
Housed in a beautiful Victorian mansion set in peaceful wooded grounds, the Loxdale English Centre is just three kilometres from the centre Brighton, one of Britain’s most exciting and culturally diverse cities. Visit the fantastical seaside palace, the Royal Pavilion, with its Indian domes and minarets and Chinese style interior; stroll the world-famous beachfront and boardwalk with its bohemian Artists’ Quarter and numerous clubs, bars and music venues, or simply spend your days visiting the city’s many galleries and museums. Whatever your tastes, Brighton is certain to keep you enthralled.
How Loxdale teach....
The Loxdale learning experience
With a maximum class size of 14 and minimum enrolment age of 17, we are passionate in our belief that you should gain the maximum educational and cultural benefit from your time us. For this reason, when you study at Loxdale you will always be encouraged to work to your full potential.
When you arrive you will be introduced to your personal tutor who will be there to offer friendly guidance and encouragement at all times. Lessons will help you develop your practical communication skills, reading, grammar and writing -with special emphasis on speaking, pronunciation and listening. Lessons are structured to allow maximum time for practice and to help you achieve a high level of fluency. There is also a self access centre and your tutor will show you how to use this so that you can do plenty of extra work if you wish. For details of our summer teaching schedule please see Summer Courses.
Study time is divided between lectures, classes and tutorials. Experience shows us that this three-strand approach allows students to learn efficiently and keeps motivation high.
We offer classes for pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced and advanced plus students, so you can always be confident that you will be placed in a class that is matched to your ability. If you are unsure of your English ability, don’t worry. Have a look at the Council of European Language Level Scale to find out. Alternatively, you can take a test before your enrol via our English test. We’ll test you on your first day to establish your level to place you in the correct level class.
What is the weekly study schedule?
Our General English Course gives 15 hours learning per week.
(Made up of: 20 lessons of 45 minutes during the mornings. You can also choose additional afternoon English tutorials to follow a more intensive English programme.)
Students on the English Plus Course total 26 lessons/20 hours per week
(Made up of: 18 lessons of 45 minutes during the mornings, 2 lessons of 'Britain Today', 2 lessons of 45 minutes English and self study, 4 lessons English Plus lessons and 1 thirty minute talk each Monday)
Beyond the classroom
As well as learning the English language you will learn about British culture. Our home stay scheme, where you live with a local family, as well as an active social and cultural calendar means you will have lots of opportunities to immerse yourself in the British way of life.
You will also have the opportunity to research an in-depth project on a relevant cultural or historical subject and present it to the school during Activity Week. You will be supported by your teacher with your preparations and subject choice, and you can choose to work alone or in a group. Recent project topics have included Irish dancing, Scottish history, Robin Hood, London bridges, Jack the Ripper, Shakespeare, and many others.
If desired, your research project provides a great opportunity for you to visit other parts of the UK during your stay. Alternatively, you can choose to remain in Brighton and research your project through day trips or on a locally based subject.
The Loxdale Lecture Series
As part of our commitment to make study time as stimulating and enlightening as possible, our students enjoy a weekly lecture or study visit which focuses on various aspects of British life. Popular past lectures have included Homelessness, Britain & the World, Things to do in London, 101 interesting things about British history, HIV and the Terence Higgins Trust, The English Court System, Photographic Portraiture, British Food, British Songs, Presentation Techniques and Employers’ Expectations of Employees.
Fancy your hand at learning something new? As part of the course you join in one of our interactive skills workshops. Subjects include: Singing in English, What’s to Read? Talking Activities, Lyrics, Shakespeare Shorts and Drama and Creative Writing. There are up to 16 places for each workshop, so as well as learning new skills you will be able to practise English with classmates who share your interests.
Find out more about how British society works. Our Britain Today course involves 2 lessons or lectures each week on different aspects of modern Britain, with subjects including the welfare, educational, political and judicial systems.
Afternoon Intensive Course Workshops (optional for those on the General English course)
Fluency and Vocabulary
Want to expand your vocabulary? We work with you to help you achieve greater fluency and listening capacity. You will also learn useful and commonly used colloquial expressions essential for everyday life.
Work with teachers and your fellow students to consolidate your grammatical base and increase your knowledge and use of grammar in these fun and interactive workshops.
Reading and Writing
Expand your knowledge and develop a deeper appreciation of literature and creative writing. Gain confidence in your writing abilities and learn how to avoid common mistakes. Your tutor will provide constructive feedback and help you be objective about your work.
Cambridge Exam Practice
You will have the valuable opportunity of taking practice exam papers for the Cambridge FCE and Cambridge CAE certificates before taking the actual exams.
Social Activities & Excursions
An exciting social and cultural calendar...It’s not all work!
We make sure you have every opportunity to socialise with your fellow students. You’ll also get to know the teaching staff outside of the classroom environment.
The Loxdale social calendar lasts throughout the year. Our varied programme of activities includes cultural excursions salsa lessons, games evenings, films, barbecues, sports activities, quizzes, cooking and much more. So let your hair down and have fun!
The school also has a well-equipped common room and a computer room for students to use in their free time.
The school pavilion and sports hall (both on the school site) are open are open for students to use Mondays to Thursdays in the evenings. Here you can play board games, sports, watch TV or a DVD or just relax and chat to friends in a comfortable common room environment. This facility is not available for adults during the summer.
A number of our students also join local sports teams, clubs, societies or choirs. This gives students an excellent opportunity to meet more local people and to practise their English in a natural setting.
Loxdale accommodation – homestay families
While some of our students choose to stay in hotels or guesthouses, the majority prefer to live with our specially selected and monitored homestay families.
We recognise that one of the most important keys to a successful and rewarding stay is that students have a relaxed and welcoming family to live with. Your comfort, happiness and welfare are vitally important to us, and we are committed to making your time in the UK as enjoyable as possible. Many of our students stay for a long period and we spend a lot of time selecting the right family for them. Staying with a family is the best way to get to know a country and its language and is the cheapest option for living in the UK.
On your booking form you have the opportunity to put any special requests such as dietary requirements, allergies to pets, special needs and interests, etc. This information then helps our accommodation and welfare officer choose a family suitable for you.
Your accommodation is arranged from Sunday to Saturday. You will have your own room with sufficient storage areas, and you will be the only student from your own country living with that family.
The school has a dining area and kitchen which provides fresh wholesome food (including vegetarian) each day. A snack bar and a la carte menu is available Mondays to Fridays. With advance notice we can also provide for special diets such as gluten-free, vegan, lactose-intolerant or allergies. For some extreme diets or those with gluten allergies an extra charge may be made. See the price list for details.
Students can choose one of the following options when living with their homestay family:
Bed & Breakfast. The student only has their breakfast provided by their host family. In this instance students can supply their own lunch to eat at school or can buy lunch from the school dining room. Students can make their own light dinner on a self catering basis at their host family.
Half Board Lunch. The student has breakfast with their host family and a full hot lunch at school. Students can make their own light dinner on a self catering basis at their host family.
Half Board Dinner. The student has breakfast and dinner with their host family. Students then provide their own lunch or can buy lunch from the school dining room.
Full Board. The student has breakfast and dinner with their host family and a full hot lunch at school.
At weekends, accommodation is on a Half Board Dinner basis with your homestay family.
Other Loxdale Accommodation & Welfare
Bed & breakfast / hotel accommodation
Some short stay students choose to live in a Bed & Breakfast or hotel. Our Accommodation and Welfare Officer is very happy to help make a reservation for you.
The nearest recommended hotel is the Adastral Hotel in Hove. This is a Victorian building with easy bus links to both the centre of Brighton and the school for those who do not want to walk. The hotel is family run with comfortable rooms and good facilities.
It has a bar and is situated close to the seafront.
Renting your own accommodation
Occasionally students choose to rent their own accommodation. We do not recommend this as it does tend to stop students from speaking as much English as they would if they lived with a host family. However, if a student wishes we are happy to advise about where they might look for their own flat or house. Students should be prepared to have the names and details of at least two people who have known them for a couple of years who can act as referees for prospective landlords. At least one of these should be a past employer or landlord.
Various clubs and societies are setup and run by the students themselves and by the Social Organiser.
Each week there are at least two evening activities organised in conjunction with the school staff. These may include salsa lessons, games evenings, barbecues, sports activities, quizzes, cooking or baking sessions, wine and cheese evenings, cream tea evenings and many more.
The majority of these activities are free. Otherwise they cost between £1 and £10.
Please e-mail us if you would like to see a copy of the Spring, Summer or Autumn Term Social Programme.
UK Excursions with Loxdale Brighton
The main Loxdale Brighton school provider of tours is www.ukstudytours.com a specialist company that offers day trips and weekend excursions around the UK and Europe ,students can buy their tickets online or through our school social organiser.
There are trips to:
For more information about Ukstudy tours please visit www.ukstudytours.com
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