Mini Stays - Low Season and Winter Groups

Learn English and Enjoy a full programme of activities and culture during the low season

Our Mini Stay Low Season Programme will allow your group to experience our English Language and Activity Programme during the low season with high-quality teaching and real-life local experience and full board homestay accommodation included. Every weekday morning, they’ll take classes in the mornings. And every afternoon, they’ll enjoy an action-packed programme of activities and cultural visits in their new home city.

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Key Info

Details may vary between course location

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Minimum Level
Elementary (A1) to Advanced (C1)
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Start Date
January - May & September - December
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Minimum Age
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Lessons Per Week
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Average Class Size

Course Details

Morning lessons focus on developing your group's core language skills, with particular emphasis given to speaking and listening. Vocabulary and pronunciation work are integrated into each session. Role-plays, AV technology, project work, and task-based activities will develop communicative skills. An entry level test will be held on the first school day and an end-of-course certificate and student report will be provided.

Full board Homestay accommodation is included and also a packed lunch is available for junior students. Your group will also enjoy activity programmes in the afternoon, a full and half day excursions and 24/7 pastoral care.

What you need to know

Designed for beginner-level students and above, your your group will take 15 hours of tuition per week from 9:30am-12:5pm (09:00 – 12:15 in Canada) with each lesson lasting 45-55 minutes.  The minimum age is 16. 


When can I start my course?

Courses will have specific start dates and times during the year which they run. See timetables or listings below.

January to May 

September to December 

What are the Class times?

In Dublin, your classes run Monday to Friday, starting at 09:00 and ending at 13:00. Classes break at 11:00 for 20 minutes until 11.20.

In the UK, your classes run Monday to Friday, starting at 09:30 and ending at 13:00. Classes break at 11:00 for 30 minutes until 11:30.

In Canada, the Standard courses are from 09:00 – 12:15, Monday to Friday.  Intensive lessons are from 09:00 – 14:00, Monday to Thursday and 09:00 – 12:15 on Fridays. 

What time does the school building open?

Our school buildings open at 08:30 Monday to Friday and are not open at the weekend.

Will the classes follow a textbook?

Your lessons are developed by your teachers and are designed specifically to meet your needs. Every week a new programme will be shared with you so that you will be aware of that week’s learning goals.

All classes at CES use a coursebook. These are available from reception and form an essential part of your lessons. Please note, each level uses a different book, so you will need to purchase subsequent textbooks as you progress.

How will you decide which class I will be placed into?

A level test will be sent to you in advance of your arrival. This will assess your grammar, writing and speaking skills and is used by our academic teams to place you in the most appropriate class.

Will I be able to move up or down levels during my stay?

We offer a system of continuous assessment during your study and at the end of each week our academic team will discuss which students should move to a different level in order to maximise their language experience.

If you feel you are in the wrong level, speak to your class teacher or to the Director of Studies.

Accommodation Options
homestay edinburgh


We carefully choose people and families to host hundreds of students every year. You’ll get to share meals with your host in their home while practising your English in a fun and relaxed setting.

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CES Vancouver Low Season Residence


We offer low season residential accommodation in Vancouver.  Full board catering is also available.  


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Social Programmes

Enjoy life in your new home city just like the locals do. Our Social and Cultural Programme is a great way to improve your English, get to know your classmates, and truly experience and understand your new culture. From museum visits to sports afternoons and everything in-between, you’ll be kept busy.

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Hear from our Students
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