Part-time English Course
Improve your English and meet other au pairs
English for Au Pairs is a part-time course for au pairs living in or near Beaconsfield in South Buckinghamshire. The course is suitable for au pairs who have a good or very good level of English and who want to improve their English skills further.
You can start your course any week if there is an available space in the group. The minimum course is 5 weeks. The maximum group size is 12 students. The minimum age to register for the English for Au Pairs course is 18 years of age.
- The Advanced level (C1) classes are on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10am - 11.30am until 06 July, 2018
- The next Upper-Intermediate level (B2) course on Tuesday and Thursday mornings starts on 11 September, 2018
English for Au Pairs Course Dates
Summer Term 2018 - Advanced Level (CEFR C1)
Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 - Friday, 25 May, 2018 (6 weeks)
Half term holiday: week beginning 28 May, 2018
Wednesday, 06 June, 2018 - Friday, 06 July, 2018 (5 weeks)
Autumn Term 2018
Upper-Intermediate Level (CEFR B2)
Tuesday, 11 September, 2018 - Thursday, 18 October, 2018 (6 weeks)
Half term holiday: week beginning Monday, 22 October, 2018
Tuesday, 30 October, 2018 - Thursday, 13 December, 2018 (7 weeks)
Advanced Level (CEFR C1)
Wednesday, 12 September, 2018 - Friday, 19 October, 2018 (6 weeks)
Half term holiday: week beginning Monday, 22 October, 2018
Wednesday, 31 October, 2018 - Friday, 14 December, 2018 (7 weeks)
Au Pairs Course fees
The course fees are £30 per week. There is a Registration Fee of £50, payable on your first course only. The course fees include a course book and all other course materials.
How to Enrol
It's quick and easy to enrol on the English for Au Pairs course:
- click on 'Enrol' in the menu at the top of this page
- complete the short Registration Form
- pay the £50 course deposit securely by PayPal, credit card or debit card
When you enrol, we will ask you to complete our online English Test, if you haven't already done it. This is so we can assess your current level of English. You can take our free English Test here.
Au Pairs Course Information
The English for Au Pairs course helps au pairs widen their knowledge and use of English. We study grammar and functions, vocabulary and phrases, formal and informal English, idioms and colloquial English. The course includes aspects of British culture and topics of current interest. The course is also designed to help students prepare for the Cambridge First or Cambridge Advanced exams.
The lessons take place in Beaconsfield Old Town. The large and well-appointed classrooms are warm, comfortable and quiet. Unlimited free parking is available and local buses stop very close by. There are also convenience stores, shops and cafes nearby.
The English for Au Pairs classes take place at The Fitzwilliams Centre, Windsor End, Old Town, Beaconsfield, HP9 2JW.
Cambridge English Exams
Many of the au pairs in the English for Au Pairs classes take a Cambridge English exam during their stay in England to prove their level of English. The English for Au Pairs course teacher is a Cambridge Examiner and has helped hundreds of students prepare for Cambridge exams. Your teacher will help you prepare for your exam with Cambridge exam practice exercises and homework, practice speaking tests and exam tips. Au pairs can take their Cambridge English exam in London any time of year.
Au Pair Comments
"Go on with your lessons, you have had a good idea with the Aupair class!" Maela
"I enjoyed my English for Au Pairs course. The teaching was excellent." Monika
"You are a great teacher! Thank you very much!" Juulia
"I can't believe that just a year ago I was in England looking for English classes! And fortunately I found BSE! My teacher
taught me English well, was easy to understand and answered my questions. I passed the Cambridge Advanced!" Silvia
"Thank you for the nice time and the lessons, it was always very much fun! I really enjoyed it!" Ayla
"Thank you very much for everything I have learned for the last 4 months. I really feel that I have improved my English and for a big part of it because I was in your class." Clara
"Great language course! I took part in lessons of the English for Au Pairs course for 4 months and passed the Cambridge Advanced Exam afterwards. And I also really enjoyed it to go there twice a week. It's the best opportunity to meet new people and learn English in a very friendly atmosphere. I can highly recommend it!" :) Mareike
"It was great to find such a nice group. The lessons were interesting and entertaining. Also the teacher was cheerful and a great help. I had a wonderful time here and hope to go back soon to visit." María
"I have really appreciated the quality of your classes, thank you for everything." Linda
"Thank you for everything. Your help was so useful." Marío
Living in the UK
If it's your first visit to the UK, you may be interested in some advice about personal safety. The UK is a relatively safe place for international visitors, but to help with any concerns students and parents might have, the British Council has prepared a guide for visitors to staying safe in the UK. You can download their Safety First Guide
English for Au Pairs course students
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Learning English as an Au Pair
For many au pairs coming to England, the main reason is to improve their English skills. They may want to take a formal language test such as a Cambridge English exam - Cambridge First, Cambridge Advanced or IELTS . A qualification will prove their level of English to educational establishments around the world and to potential employers. More generally, a qualification in English can enhance their future career plans and prospects. Good English skills can help give candidates the edge in a crowded, international jobs market.
An au pair job provides the chance to earn and study at the same time. However, balancing work and study can sometimes be tricky. It helps to take a structured approach to studying, and this is where an English course for au pairs fits in. Invariably it will be a part-time course, timetabled around the requirements of the au pair’s childcare responsibilities. A structured English course can provide the motivation and encouragement to help au pairs focus on their English language studies.
Studying with like-minded au pairs from different countries, a taught course also offers the opportunity to enhance the cultural experience of living in the UK. At BSE Beaconsfield, there may be au pairs from as many as 7 or 8 different countries in the English for Au Pairs class. Au pairs from different countries all add their own cultural perspective to the dynamics of the group.
Having something in common helps au pairs forge new friendships. Many au pairs meet up outside class and plan outings and trips together. London is close by, but English for Au Pair students also go to other places too such as Oxford, Liverpool, Brighton, Bath and Edinburgh.
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