London Brochure 2012

Top 10 EU Practice : Teaching English using Social Media 2012

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What is Out There?

Why was it created?

How was it created?

What method is it based on?

What is Constructivism and how does it relate to Out There?

The Learning Pyramid and Out There

Email conversation with an agent – What we do and why we do it (1)

Email conversation with an agent – What we do and why we do it (2)

The course

Inside the classroom

Outside the classroom

Sample week of Out There

Sample Advanced lesson plan

Sample Elementary lesson plan

What makes Out There so different?

Before and after videos

Typical client comments

Individual course fees 2009

Cost of living in London

Those really important questions answered

Booking and terms and conditions

Where and how to find us…

What is Out There?

It is a specially designed and highly effective short language course

It covers all skills – reading , writing, speaking and listening

It combines teaching with social and cultural learning activities

Why was it created?

To be the best short language course available

To facilitate real practice

To help clients improve quickly

How was it created?

Lateral thinking


Real feedback from students

Watch videos about EOT in London

Learn about the course and watch some EOT classes on the street

Listen to London EOT teachers talk about teaching the course

What method is it based on?

Out There is based upon the Communicative Method, which most study abroad schools use around the world, but it uses a redesigned lesson plan format that is used in every single session.

This new format means that real practice of the target language happens minutes after the language has been taught.

However, the course is also Constructivist in nature and includes elements of psycholinguistic research and the application of practical memory enhancing techniques that lead to improved ‘memory mapping’.

All of this helps clients to remember the target language better and to feel much more confident.

What is Constructivism and how does it relate to Out There? (i.e. what happens in your head!)
• • • “is because….” ” is related to…” ” is similar to…”
Links that create understanding and help recall. i.e. “This new

Out There language focus i.e. new learning

Sights, sounds, smells and emotions.

Existing language knowledge + Out There location for the session + the real experience of what actually happened

Original source: or in Mujis, D. & Reynolds, D. (2001)

The Learning Pyramid: The recall rate of different teaching strategies. The National Training Laboratories (US) Source: or in Mujis, D. &
Reynolds, D. (2001)
Student’s recall rate

Listening Reading 10 %


Students Receive Information i.e.Conventional classroom based teaching

Audio -Visual

20 %

Students are Increasingly active, and challenged. Experience is increasingly practical and multi-sensory
Demonstration Discussion groups

30 %

50 %

Practice by doing

75 %

Students Apply their Learning i.e. 90 %

Teach others/immediate use of learning

Out There

Email conversation with a well-known online language travel agency, from August 2008. Founder, Jason West writes:

There is still a lot of misunderstanding in the study abroad/TEFL community about our lessons. I think maybe that is because virtually all other schools and courses are based solely upon the communicative method and a lot of generic course books and materials are used that were designed for the global market and rely on methodology adopted in the 60’s and 70’s that does not take into account the psychological processes of information storage and retrieval, i.e. memory.

Our lessons are based upon constructivist and psycholinguistic principles so that each and every three hour session becomes an individual experience for each and every student and they end up with a unique ‘story’ in their mind based upon the language they studied in the class and then immediately used with people they had never met before in a different interesting place each day.

The added element of having to perform (adrenaline) plus the sights, smells and sounds of where they go create a multi-sensory ‘mind-map’ around the target language and thus create cognitive markers that when they need to use the language again enable them to recall one or more elements of the experience (whether they naturally use emotional, visual, olfactory or audio triggers, or more likely a combination, to link information together and retrieve it for repeated use).

There is also the likelihood that the immediate feeling of achievement that they get when they meet someone new and use new language with them successfully, or language they have revised but do not normally incorporate into their spoken communication, produces the secretion in the brain of a chemical called phenyethylamine which can be found in chocolate and is often associated with feelings of ‘love’. Of course it would be a very small dose in the case of our students but that feeling of success and achievement with a friendly stranger who has helped them and given them their time makes them feel good about themselves. That emotional response also contributes to the mind-map and the overall memorability of the whole experience.

These aren’t just the wild and fanciful thoughts of me and the team at Out There, I’ve discussed what we do with some famous professors of linguistics and psycholinguistics and I thought the active agent might have been endorphins, but they suggested phenyethylamine, which kind of makes sense to us now!


Continued…email conversation with a well-known online language travel agency

Re: which level our lessons suit best… You know, some people in our industry (and I’m thinking about agents here) think it is best for higher levels (KUB in Serbia for example) and they send us English graduates from Belgrade University who are training to be English teachers. They think that the course ‘turns passive knowledge into active knowledge’ based upon the premise that years of conventional study result in high abilities to read and write but that a lot of the language stored in the memory is not used to produce language when they speak, it has to be coaxed out as confidence increases and the user has to be less afraid of making mistakes. Once they have revised it and used it with someone they have never met before, it is easier to use again next time they need to use it.

This is very obvious with Far Eastern students who might have a high level of reading and writing but a low level of speaking and listening. Our conjecture as to why this happens is that the learners ‘output filter’ (the psychological process that at worst makes you unable to speak or at best interferes slightly with your ability to speak fluently and naturally) is being lowered by the effect of our lessons.

Other agents think that the lessons are great for lower levels because they guide and support learners through the emotional jungle related to the fear of making mistakes and teach them that communication and not always accuracy, is the most important thing. So low levels lose their fear of speaking and become more experimental. They also get going with the basics, i.e. drilled and then used. It can be scary, but they get supported by the teacher and the other students whilst outside and the teacher becomes more a guide or facilitator. Think of our lessons as being the half-way point between the ‘safe’ confines of the conventional classroom environment and the ‘scary’ real world. We try to ‘bridge’ the gap and help learners over their anxiety, because when anxiety reaches a certain level it can stop you from speaking.

So I would suggest that the lessons do slightly different things at different levels. Low levels get a quick way to get going with simple language and start communicating, high levels revise and use language they wouldn’t normally use when speaking but already know how to write and read, plus they pick up a lot of natural new vocab across the board.

The course

Helps you to speak real English Is social and a lot of fun Works in different ways at different levels:

Beginner – increases confidence and helps ‘survival’ Advanced – very high level language + real ‘street’ vocabulary

Six levels when we are busy 3 hours per session – most lessons start and finish Out There Our own professionally published materials are included

Stage 1- Input

Meet teachers at specially selected locations Grammar Vocabulary Skills Controlled practice

Stages 2 - Activity and 3 - Result

Convenient active practice location nearby Real practice of listening, speaking, reading and writing with your teacher next to you Use language just learnt in shops, galleries, markets, museums, train stations... and by talking to people. Every activity outside carefully planned and prepared, and every day something new and challenging Feedback and learning experience consolidation

Sample week of Out There
Venue Language focus Leicester Square or similar place South Bank or other / alternative wet weather task in gallery Embankment Gardens or similar place Science Museum – computing: a history of John Lewis department store Recommending and trendy vocabulary for activities in the city Past Simple/Continuous and appearance




London Calling – get recommendations


Observation – people and events


Manners – what do you think?

Giving opinions and idioms


Technology and possibilities

Modals of probability and certainty



Shopping vocabulary, comparatives / superlatives

Level 6 (advanced) plan

Note the format through the whole 3 hour session:

Input – like conventional teaching but in preparation for the activity

Activity – in the real world outside of the classroom, this is when the teacher’s presence acts as support and facilitator to the student enabling them to speak to people they have never met before about this topic (this can also be done online and recorded)

Result – once they have received some answers from a few people they write them down, have a chat and (we don’t mind this at all) maybe talk about other stuff that they want to they then sit down with the teacher and go over the responses they have received, the taught language and any new language that has come out during the activity.

Level 2 (elementary) plan

Note the format through the whole 3 hour session:

Input – like conventional teaching but in preparation for the activity

Activity – in the real world outside of the classroom, this is when the teacher’s presence acts as support and facilitator to the student enabling them to speak to people they have never met before about this topic (this can also be done online and recorded)

Result – once they have received some answers from a few people they write them down, have a chat and (we don’t mind this at all) maybe talk about other stuff that they want to they then sit down with the teacher and go over the responses they have received, the taught language and any new language that has come out during the activity.

What makes Out There so different from other courses?

‘Passive knowledge becomes active knowledge’ ‘Location Specific’ – hear modern language use from the locals themselves Motivates and boosts confidence, lowering the student’s ‘output filter’ and creating an ‘instant buzz of success’ Cultural exploration Active + great fun

Before and After

Over the summer of 2006 we shot some video of students during their placement interviews and before they followed their EOT course in London. We then videoed them again during a similar interview, just before they left to go home. We call them our ‘Before and After’ videos. Most students were on very short courses of between two to four weeks. Everyone who took part gave us written permission to use their clips and we hope to be able to put these and all of the others on the website soon. Thanks to everyone for playing along with us! See if you can identify any improvement in the English of Jakob, Eri and Florent? Click on the links below.

Jakob, Czech Rep. 2 week course Before: After:

Eri, Japan. 4 week course Before: After:

Florent, France. 2 week course Before: After:

Students talk about their EOT experience

“I think that the idea of going outside after learning grammar and vocabulary is perfect, because we can use them after the lessons. It’s good to memorize them!!” Natsu (Japan)

“New experience, new form of studying” Paulina (Czech Republic)

“It was very good, especially because the lessons aren’t boring like the others” Mari (Italy)

“Something special, new, interesting” – Rachel, (Switzerland)

“It is very funny to learn English at this school, when you are scared to speak with people you must visit this school” – Claudia (Germany)

Individual course fees 2012

Just 125 GBP per week

That's just 8.33 GBP per hour in a small class of max. 10 students.
N.B. All EOT fees include all course materials, extras are… money for travel on public transport during class and for refreshments. Public Holidays – please note there are no lessons on public holildays. To book see instructions and terms and conditions on page 21.

You can buy pre-paid vouchers for 15, 30, 45 and 60 hours on our website.

The voucher is emailed to you automatically once you have paid. So you get everything you need to come and study in London in minutes.

Click here to book your English Out There lessons

Cost of living in London
Cost of food & drink Average weekly grocery bill (including food, basic laundry and toiletry items for 2 people) £100 Average pub meal £6 - £12 Average restaurant meal £12 - £20 Pint of beer £3.00 - £4.00 Average bottle of wine £10 Average meal for two in mid-priced restaurant £50

Living in the UK – particularly London – is expensive compared to many places in the world. The cost of living will of course depend on the individual situation (and tastes!) of each of your clients, but they still need to be prepared financially

Cost of transportation Visitor Oyster card £18.00

Cost of entertainment Movie £7-£15 West End Theatre £25+ Club Entry £5 - £20 Live music/concerts £10+

Those really important questions…answered
Q: What is the maximum, minimum, and average number of students in a class between Nov and April? A: Minimum 4, maximum 10. Q: How many students do you have at your school? A: Minimum 10, maximum…. Q: How many levels does the course have? A: 6 when it is busy. Q: How long does it take you to process application forms i.e. issue the letter of acceptance, invoices? A: Normally 3 to 4 minutes. Q: Do you organise accommodation? A: Yes, we have prices that include accommodation. Look on our website or talk to your agent.

Question: What time do I have to report to the school on my first day? Answer: Before you come to London you should visit and our pages on the website. This is where our lessons are scheduled. You must become a member of the EOT Meetup group (free) and then RSVP for the classes you wish to take. Here’s the link: Q: What do I have to bring with me? A: A pen and a notebook, a travel pass (Oyster) and you should wear comfortable footwear. Q: What if I choose the wrong level for my first class? A: If at the end of your first class both you and teacher think it was the wrong level, you get the lesson for free and the teacher will recommend a class for you and help you to find it on the website. Q: Do students need to buy any textbooks? A: No, we use our own published materials developed and taught over eight years and published for teachers and learners on our website. Q: What kind of facilities does your school have? A: We teach out in the real world our admin is all done online. This enables us to keep costs low and pay teachers a good hourly rate. Q: Has your program changed since last year? A: Start times vary, look at Q: Is there an age limit? A: Individuals: 16 years minimum, no maximum. Q: Where is the course taught and by whom? A: Teachers who are members of the Languages Out There website teach the course anywhere they like. They schedule classes on

Terms and conditions…
INSURANCE: Clients are advised to take out medical and personal insurance before leaving their home country. Moreover, clients are also advised to insure themselves against loss of fees through nonarrival, absence for any reasons, or unforeseen termination of their courses. BEHAVIOUR: Please note that we reserve the right to summarily cancel a voucher for any clients whose actions are deemed abusive or destructive, or whose actions are deemed likely to significantly increase the risk of injury to themselves or others.

CANCELLATIONS: Must be notified in writing by email as soon as possible. Refunds will only be issued to clients who cancel their voucher prior to using any of their credit and prior to the date that they intended to commence studying. Once a voucher has been activated and some credit used (i.e. one lesson has been taken) we cannot refund any of the value of the voucher. Vouchers are not transferable from person to person.

COURSE CHANGES: If a change of start date is required, the client must notify the school us as soon as possible.

VISAS: We are not accredited (because of the way we teach) and cannot support visa applications.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS: No lessons will take place on public holidays unless individual teachers decide they want to do this. No refunds will be made for these days.

RESPONSIBILITY: The school is not liable for the loss of personal objects on the premises or the safety of clients during the lessons or whilst on any premises where a lesson is about to or is in fact underway. Clients enter one of our lessons at their own risk and by booking a course with us agree to proceed on this basis exclusively (please read the disclaimer in the terms and conditions of our website:, that’s why we highly recommend…

CLASS TIMES: Clients start times are decided by the teachers, the times can depend on the client’s Language level. Most classes will start Out There and the location for the venues and directions can be found on In the summer from July to August classes generally begin in the morning at either 9am or 10.30am and last 3 hours. There maybe other times available in the summer and even at weekends. Please check our pages for scheduled classes. We reserve the right to change class times, and it is possible to have start times in the afternoon during high season.

Where we are online Audio proof, up three levels in 6 lessons Buy ebooks for self-study and teaching Concept and blog Fans & ask to join our Facebook EOT teachers group Google+ Page, Hangouts and Circles How to teach and study using EOT Followers Online meeting and teaching space, with online class demos

On the street: Informal evenings Small formal groups Teaching pool

Get Out There…and learn.

Since we started ten years ago, 94% of our clients have said that they would recommend us.

The last word…from a student…

“I never thought that I would enjoy this school this much. I think everyone must try something like that once in a lifetime, it is just not good for your English, it is also good for your entire life.”

Arda Ozdemir, Turkey

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