The AEL project was established in Spring 2006 after a pilot project -designed for my own pupils in 1998, when I was class teacher in a Waldorf/Steiner school in Milan- came to its conclusion.
Two purposes have been at the core of Active English Learning from its beginning:
The educational purpose was to provide my teenager pupils a full-immersion language experience in the country where English is the live means of communications.
A “hands-on” activity-based programme was designed to help participants learn through arts, crafts, games, excursions and social, cultural events as a complement to their studies at school.
English tuition were almost focused on the understanding of the daily experience and on the use of English for social relations and communications.
It became immediately clear that their experience abroad had a much deeper impact than the original purposes of learning some more English or having fun during the summer holiday.
There was the quality of “exploring” a new world, that I dare liken to Ulysses journey.
Our students’ enthusiasm and determination to improve English were delightful “side-effects” of our initial pilot project!
With their positive response the young learners showed the direction that AEL needed to develop, that I synthesised in the threefold motto:
learning by doing,
learning with joy,
learning from real life.
We aim to help our student develop some significant qualities through short, intense programmes.
Improving English & Communication Skills
Cognitive achievements are fundamental for a complete personal development, so we take care that each students achieves good learning outcomes
We care that any successful achievement may feed self-confidence
Encouraging Team work & Cooperative learning
Through activities and lessons our students work together and learn from teachers and from one another
Our arts and crafts workshops fire individual creativity and imagination
Rising social awareness & personal responsibility
Working and learning together sharpens social awareness and strengthens personal responsibility
AEL has been hosted in various locations. Each location provided a great environment to the AEL students and deserves our gratitude. Here below a gallery of schools and places that hosted the AEL summer school.
South Devon Steiner School
The SDSS has been the school where the pilot project started in 1998. It hosted Ael until 2015 andwas an excellent cradle for the AEL development
Holywood Steiner School
Holywood (Belfast), 2009-2016
Holywood Steiner school hosted a popular 3-week course from 2009 to 2016 with excellent cultural and social standards. Unique were the events at the Ivy with folk Irish dances & music
Plymouth College of Art
A 3-week course at PCA offered a high quality programme called “Art & Language”. The level of art workshops and English tuition was outstanding!
Exeter Steiner Academy
The Exeter Steiner Academy has been a great location with good teachers and host-families. It had to be dismissed when the academy unfortunately had to closed down in 2018.
Exeter College was the attempt to offer teenagers over 16 an environment that could match their needs. The academic standard, activities and facilities were outstanding.
Fenit (Republic of Ireland)
With the support of a local friend, a “St Brendan Programme” was set up in Fenit, an Irish village nested in a spectacular area on the Atlantic Sea. Only one summer unfortunately.
I am the founder and manager of the AEL project, committed to take care of the wellbeing of our young learners as well as their good language development.