BABYLON SCHOOL

Here at Babylon we try to immerse you in British culture, whilst you study the language. You will sit a level test on Day 1 of your course and will then join a group of students of a similar English level.  You will follow a carefully planned course which will take into account your personal needs and goals.

Speaking and pronunciation are very much key to our teaching approach and materials are chosen to train your ear to various English dialects and accents. All of the skills (Reading, Writing, Listening, Grammar and Vocabulary) are covered in class and monthly progress tests are held for all General English adult classes. You will also have a private tutorial with your teacher to discuss your progress.  As a student you have full access to our blended e-learning suite, where you can top up your self-learning hours.

Class sizes for open groups are limited to a maximum of 15 students.

Lessons are:

  • Taken by suitably qualified native level English speakers
  • Communicative
  • Learner centred
  • Designed to incorporate local events and culture issues
  • Supported by a social programme

History of the school

Babylon School of English is a young, innovative school with a highly-experienced staff.  The school opened in Salisbury in 2011 and offers English courses to both Adults and Young Learners from around the world.  Between them, the teaching and administration staff have many years of language school experience both in the UK and a number of other countries.  Because we are small, family-owned and independent we believe we can offer our students a very personalised service.  The school most recently successfully completed a British Council inspection in September 2016.

Modern Facilities in an Historic Building

The main Babylon school building is The Hall, which is a large, elegant 18th century townhouse located just a two-minute walk from the busy city centre.  Facilities include seven classrooms, two large student common rooms, a 16-terminal e-learning centre (which doubles as our Business English suite), and a spacious reception hall with, in winter months, an atmospheric log fire.

Most of our classrooms are equipped with modern interactive audiovisual facilities which sit on a high speed network; wi-fi is available throughout the building.  The student common room is a perfect place for students to relax with help-yourself coffee and tea available throughout the day.

The Hall is a Cambridge English Assessments test centre and has a  blended e-learning suite, which students are encouraged to use to accelerate their learning of English by engaging in self-study.

Babylon’s Mission Statement

BSE’s goal is to be a language school with a reputation for excellent language teaching, for both adults and young learners.

  • 1) BSE will achieve this goal by constantly working to deliver excellent language instruction at a fair price to all students regardless of age, or ability.
  • 2) BSE will agree upon individual goals with all our students, and place every student at the centre of the learning process. This will inform both the planning and delivery of tuition.
  • 3) BSE will constantly seek to improve the quality of our instruction by placing teacher development at the centre of the school’s operations and by using innovative methods of teaching and the latest technologies in education. Our teachers will be trained in methods of instruction applicable to various groups (i.e. adults, young learners, reluctant learners, students illiterate in primary language, gifted/talented students etc.)
  • 4)BSE will provide a welcoming, friendly, and nurturing environment for our students and teachers and treat them all with fairness, integrity and respect, as befits a multinational learning environment. Emotional and physical safety will be of utmost concern to our school, as will awareness and respect for diverse populations.

Upcoming bank holidays in England and Wales

 

2017
  • 29 May Monday – Spring bank holiday
  • 28 August Monday – Summer bank holiday
  • 25 December Monday – Christmas Day
  • 26 December Tuesday –  Boxing Day
2018
  • 1 January Monday – New Year’s Day
  • 30 March Friday – Good Friday
  • 2 April Monday – Easter Monday
  • 7 May Monday Early – May bank holiday
  • 28 May Monday – Spring bank holiday
  • 27 August Monday – Summer bank holiday
  • 25 December Tuesday – Christmas Day
  • 26 December Wednesday – Boxing Day