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English Courses for Seniors in the US

We offer English courses for seniors (over 50 years old) in the following cities in the US: Berkeley (San Francisco), Boston, New York and San Diego.

Please note that, as an alternative to a course in a language school, you could consider to Study and Live at the Teacher's Home, which is completely different from any other language experience. You live and study in your teacher’s house so there is no travelling to and from school every day. Your teacher is concerned only with your individual requirements and not those of other students because you will be the only student. And you can combine the English course with organised activities (e.g. sport, culture etc.).

 

English Courses for Seniors in Berkeley, Boston, New York or San Diego

We welcome mature students of all ages, who are “young at heart” on all courses throughout the year. In addition, the school can organise social activities which suit the more mature student’s interests.

    * 20 lessons (50 minutes each) + afternoon activities
    * Course length: 2 weeks
    * Minimum age: 50
    * Elementary to Intermediate levels

Please note that the English lessons in the mornings are the school’s regular English Course, so you might be in class with students of any age (the minimum age of the school is 16 years old). If you absolutely don’t want to be with much younger students, the school offers one-to-one courses.

 

Sample Activities in Berkeley:

- Week 1: “Getting To Know You” (Tuesday, 1 pm – 4 pm). Take a short walk around downtown Berkeley and move on to the Gourmet Ghetto in North Berkeley. North Berkeley is home of the famous Chez Panisse Restaurant and many other specialty stores. The relaxed atmosphere provides an opportunity to chat with local contemporaries. We’ll stop along the way to have a light lunch or snacks. (Lunch/snacks extra)

- Week 1: Muir Woods and Stinson Beach (Wednesday, 1 pm – 4 pm). Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods where we pass through groves of giant Sequoia trees and walk around the small town of Stinson Beach. (Lunch extra)

- Week 1: Golden Gate Park & The Legion of Honor or The De Young Museum (Thursday, 1 pm – 4 pm). Cross the Oakland Bay Bridge, through San Francisco for a leisurely drive through Golden Gate Park and on to the Palace of the Legion of Honor or the De Young museum where we visit the exhibitions. (Entrance fees extra)

- Week 2: Union Square, Maiden Alley & Chinatown (Tuesday, 1 pm – 4 pm). We make our way to the heart of downtown San Francisco, where we walk through Union Square, then down Maiden Lane for a snack and on to Grant Avenue and Chinatown. (Lunch extra)

- Week 2: University of California, Berkeley Campus (Wednesday, 1 pm – 4 pm). Walk to the university and have a light lunch on campus. Tour the main part of the campus and take the elevator up to the top of the Campanile for a beautiful view of the San Francisco Bay. (Lunch extra)

- Week 2: Winery (Thursday, 1 pm – 4 pm). Visit a local winery and learn a little more about wine; how it is made and how it can be enjoyed. You can even taste a few varieties and see which one you like the best! Bring a snack to eat on the way. (Wine tasting extra)

 

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Sample Activities in Boston:

- Week 1: Historic Boston (Tuesday, 2:00). On this classic walking tour of Historic Boston, you can expect to see various sites that were instrumental in founding this country, such as: the Old North Church, Paul Revere’s House, the Bunker Hill Monument, Old Granary Burial Grounds and many more along the Freedom Trail. You will also visit Boston Common – the oldest park in the U.S., the North End – the Italian district, and more!

- Week 1: Museum Visits (Wednesday, 2:00). Boston is home to many great museums that have welcomed some of the world’s most famous exhibits. Some of the notable museums include: the Museum of Fine Arts – located near Fenway Park and Back Bay, the Institute of Contemporary Art – located in the Seaport, and the Museum of Science – located near the home of the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins.

- Week 1: Duck Tours (Thursday, 2:00). See Boston by land and by sea on the amphibious vehicle that will cruise from historic Copley Square to the sports center at TD Banknorth Garden, from fashionable Newbury Street to Government Center, from the Prudential Center to the golden domed State House. You can also expect to get an aquatic tour of Boston and Cambridge along the Charles River.

- Week 2: Harbour Cruise (Friday, 2:00). Capture some of the most beautiful shots of Boston’s skyline. Starting in the north, the towering USS Constitution parked in historic Charlestown looks majestic against Boston in the background. As the cruise crosses the harbour, see the buildings and streets light up the sky to provide a breathtaking panoramic view before you head south towards South Boston and the islands!

- Week 2: Sporting Events (Wednesday, 2:00). Boston is famous for clam chowder, great beer and the best sports teams. While in Boston, don’t miss visiting Fenway Park, one of the oldest baseball stadiums in the country, famous for the Red Sox, hot dogs, and “Sweet Caroline.” Be sure to catch a Celtics or Bruins game in the TD Banknorth Garden, and admire the home of sports legends!

- Week 2: Scenic Rockport (Thursday, 2:00). Located just north of Boston, Rockport is a beautiful area where you can enjoy the fresh air and seascapes. This day trip provides a break from the busy city life where you can admire the historic brick architecture and cobblestone streets, enjoy exquisite dining and unique shops, and explore the beautiful beaches where famous painters have found their inspiration.

 

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Sample Activities in New York:

- Week 1: Getting to Know You (Tuesday, 1-4pm). We will take a short walk around Soho and Tribeca, then move on to Little Italy and Chinatown, where you will see some of the typical scenes that make New York famous. Galleries, restaurants and specialty stores of every description contribute to the dynamic mix of cultures here. We'll also stop along the way for a light lunch (midday meals are not included in the cost of the program).

- Week 1: Central Park (Wednesday, 1-4pm). You cannot come to New York without visiting this masterpiece of urban design and historic interest. The statues, gardens, paths, horse carriages, the meadows and the reservoir all provide New Yorkers with an escape from the stress and crowds of the city. We'll lunch at one of the park’s cafes or restaurants (lunches are $10 -$20).

- Week 1: Brooklyn Bridge (Thursday, 1-4pm). A stroll across this treasured landmark is an essential New York experience. The longest suspension bridge in the world when it was built, the Brooklyn Bridge offers a view of Manhattan's skyline, the Statue of Liberty and the East River. We will have lunch at one of Brooklyn's charming neighborhood restaurants (lunches are $10-$20).

- Week 2: Broadway (Tuesday, 7-10pm). Of course, a visit to New York would not be complete without seeing a Broadway show. Famous for its bright lights, big name stars and wonderful productions, there is nothing like the excitement of a live Broadway performance (tickets subject to availability: $80-$150).

- Week 2: Prospect Park (Wednesday, 1-4pm). We'll visit this urban oasis in the heart of Brooklyn. Designed by the same man who created Central Park in Manhattan, Prospect Park features Brooklyn's only forest. We can also visit the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Botanical Gardens. Lunch will be at a local restaurant ($10-$20).

- Week 2: Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center (Thursday, 1-4pm). Until you have seen New York City from the top of the Empire State Building, you haven't really seen it! We'll visit this stunning Art deco building, known as the world's greatest skyspcraper (*tickets: $20). Rockefeller Center, another icon of the city, is just minutes away, so we can see both in one afternoon and have lunch.

 

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Sample Activities in San Diego:

- Week 1: Coronado Island Tour (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.). Take a ferry boat ride across the San Diego Bay to the beautiful city of Coronado. Walk around the island, do some San Diego souvenir shopping, tour the world-famous Hotel Del Coronado and have coffee while watching the sun set over the ocean!

- Week 1: Wine Tasting (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.). Visit a local wine bar and enjoy the opportunity of learning about the different types of wines and what kind of food they’re best with. Don’t miss this chance of tasting some actual California-grown wines!

- Week 1: Cabrillo National Monument (Thursday, 1:30 p.m.). Visit one of the best picture-taking locations in all of San Diego, walk through the museum, tour the historic lighthouse, hike the trail and visit the tide pools!

- Week 2: Midway Museum (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.). Tour the only floating aircraft carrier museum in the world, located on picturesque San Diego Bay, and learn about our history in a fun, informative and interactive environment!

- Week 2: La Jolla Beach & Shopping (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m.). Visit one of San Diego’s most breathtaking beaches, tour the seaside town and peruse the luxury shops – then take a break for a snack at a local café while people-watching along the avenue!

- Week 2: Balboa Park Tour (Thursday, 1:30 p.m.). Stroll the lush gardens, visit the museums and have a nice drink on the patio of the scenic El Prado restaurant – amid breathtaking, historic architecture and some of San Diego’s finest historical sites!

 

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