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Malaca Instituto: Young Adult PLUS courses

Published on Monday, March 27, 2017

What do teenagers really need from a vacation course? Perhaps the better question would be “what do their parents want”! The answer is probably a mix of positive items and outcomes ranging from making new friends, expanding horizons and developing language skills. However, as a father of a 17 year old, I am certain that many would say that the number 1 objective is “improving their school exam marks”. The real question is how to do it.


My son has been on several vacation courses in the UK and in France, in quality schools, providing high quality programmes.  On his return, his positive comments have focused around new friends, sports activities and not very much on the language course. This is not to say that the language course was not good, I have no doubts at all about the schools and their teachers, but perhaps he did not feel that the course itself was relevant to his perceived short-term needs.


Typically teenagers converge on a language school from various corners of the globe, are tested on the first day and placed in international classes at their current level. So far, we are ticking the boxes of "making new friends" and "expanding horizons".  Now the language classes start: small international classes - very good! His oral language skills will begin to be activated from the first minute as he can't escape the teachers questions nor avoid the pair-work. There will be a certain amount of consolidation of the class knowledge in general and then "off we go" to learn some new structures and develop vocabulary.  So far so good.


However, my son is sitting in class thinking about the next set of school exams he will face which don't include these new items he is learning. What he desparately needs is to revise those structural areas - grammar, question forms, syntax etc - where he knows that he is weak - the days when he was either physically or mentally absent from class. Quite possibly the other students in class are having similar thoughts - the only problem is that their "absences" all cover different areas and so can't be dealt with effectively in a class environment.


In Malaca Instituto we believe that we have found the formula that really provides what everyone wants: parents, students and teachers! The Young Adult PLUS programme adds  4 x 1-1 lessons each week to a typical vacation group course with international classes and activities. These individual lessons provide more than enough time and intensity to revise and practise each student's specific areas of weakness.


Young Adults PLUS provides:

  • · Activation, confident use and consolidation of previously taught items
  • · New friends and contacts from around the world
  • · A lot of fun in the classroom and on the activities
  • · Personal development and expanded horizons


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