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Your optimal choice for English

At Optima we aim to teach students to use language, not just to perform in the classroom, but also outside in the real world. We strive to give our students the confidence to demonstrate their English skills in any situation. Below is a list of the courses that we offer. For more information please contact us.


Ideal for younger students (aged 13 - 18 years old) who wish to improve their English without losing school time. Over the period of two weeks, or more if requested, students live with a carefully chosen host family. A well planned syllabus with equal emphasis on listening, speaking and grammar is taught for three hours each weekday morning. The course is complemented by a full social programme of excursions and leisure activities during the afternoon and at weekends. Courses run from mid June to the end of August.

An intensive 15 - 20 hour course of one to one tuition over a minimum of a five day period with a fully qualified and experienced native speaking teacher. Students are tested on their reading, writing and listening skills in the first lesson and a programme is structured to suit the individual’s needs. Excursions can be arranged on request and are priced according to the chosen venue. Students are either placed with a host family, or alternatively if preferred, a hotel or guest house can be arranged. Courses run all year round.

Our Optima Programme offers the opportunity for a structured language course together with a work placement.

We work closely with locally based businesses and organisations which include a Four Star Hotel, a Creative Print and Design Company, a Public Technology Information Centre and a variety of retail outlets and Charities.

Each student will be guaranteed the required hours necessary for their work study plan and will be monitored by a tutor. A Certificate and relevant confirmation documents are provided on completion.

Contact with the participants schools are encouraged and maintained as required for the Alternanza Scuola Lavoro and Studieren mit Berufserfahrung.

For Course Costs apply to your local Agent or by email info@optimaprogrammes.co.uk.

These provide a great opportunity for whole classes to visit England and produce a CLIL project under the supervision of specialist teachers. Previous CLIL projects have centred around historical and modern subject matter on a wide range of project themes. The projects incorporate excursions relevant to the subject of study. Projects are designed to stretch the students’ academic horizons, simultaneously enhancing their grasp of the English language. Over the period of two weeks, or more if requested, students live with a carefully chosen host family. Courses run all year round.

Summer Courses One to One Tuition Study with Work Experience CLIL Projects English through Drama and Dance

Learning English through the mediums of Drama and Dance is a successful and fun way to improve skills and build confidence in the use of the English language. We work in association with The Ratton Academy of Performing Arts, who provide us with professional instructors on our courses. Over the period of two weeks, or more if requested, students live with a carefully chosen host family. Courses run all year round.

Practise English in England at your leisure.

A programme that gives mature learners the opportunity to practise their English and take part in organised visits to places of interest.


The programme runs for six or eight days and includes:


Our chosen hotel has a Michelin award for good food and quality and a resident chef, Gianni Amura. Bedrooms are en-suite, have two single beds and food is half-board (breakfast and three course dinner).


Our Programme

Day 1: Sunday

Arrival and transfer from London Gatwick or Heathrow to your accommodation.

Day 2: Monday

Conversation English class 9.15 – 10.15am and 10.45 to 12.00pm. Free for lunch in the town centre followed by a tour of The Sussex Villages.

Day 3: Tuesday

English conversation class followed by an accompanied visit to a National Trust Property (Chartwell, former home of Sir Winston Churchill or Batemans former home of Rudyard Kipling)  The journey passes through the English countryside and ‘1066 Country’.

Day 4: Wednesday

A full day guided visit to London

Day 5: Thursday

Morning English classes with an afternoon visit to Historic Brighton

Day 6: Friday

Either morning free and a transfer to your departing airport OR for eight day visitors, morning class and an afternoon to the County town of Lewes to include a tour of a beer Brewery.

Day 7: Saturday

A free day in Eastbourne with an evening visit with our staff to an English pub or Fish and Chip supper.

Day 8: Sunday

Free day until departure to the airport.


The above programme is fully inclusive.

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