The Lewis School of English welcomed over 250 junior students throughout September onto its Cultural Week programme.
A very hands-on and engaging course, the Cultural Week develops students’ English through culture-based project work as they explore the history and heritage of Southampton. Each day is themed on a particular period, with visits to museums and places of interest bringing to life the topics explored in the classroom.
Students learn how nearby Winchester was England’s former capital; discover why it was once fashionable to have black teeth in Tudor times; climb aboard World War Two planes at Southampton’s aviation museum; and of course relive the city’s greatest legend – the tragedy of the Titanic – through fact-finding quizzes at the SeaCity Museum. Having explored the ups and down of the city throughout history, students work towards a presentation. This helps consolidate the language and knowledge they have gained throughout the week, and also helps develop their soft skills in teamwork and public speaking.
We had many special moments on the course, but one that sticks in the memory was a cream tea in one of Southampton’s most elegant cafes (in a building that was once a luxury hotel hosting first class passengers on the Titanic). The students found it very amusing to learn English afternoon tea etiquette, and enjoyed the famous traditional snack too.
It all shows how rewarding it can be to learn a language while getting a taste (quite literally) of the culture!