We have a very full program of activities. At many schools you are left alone during the time outside of formal lessons, and students tend to stay with other students of the same nationality, speaking their own language instead of developing their German. Our program, however, is designed to bring students of all nationalities together and to encourage them to speak German in authentic situations.
Social evenings. We meet at least 3 times a week in the most comfortable pubs or cafés we can find. These are ideal to get students together and to get people using German in an authentic situation. These are the most relaxed of the free time activities and often the most popular. Again, a native German speaking teacher is always present. It is at the social evenings that the director attempts to explain the rules of "Liar's Poker", a dice game ideal for round table "discussions".
Afternoon activities: In late spring, summer and autumn we explore our environment. The Alps is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
*Free time program: skiing in winter and spring (end of November until the first week of May). In late spring, summer and autumn, a variety of cultural and sporting excursions.
The area is of outstanding natural beauty and the mountain walks and the natural lakes are spectacularly beautiful. We also visit the historic towns of Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich, and sometimes we make whole day trips to these towns. These cultural excursions in the school bus are very popular amongst students. Every programme is accompanied by a native German speaking teacher who encourages students to speak German and who helps beginners to use their new language skills.
In the ski season, we go skiing or snowboarding. The season runs from the end of November to the beginning of May. We usually agree in the coffee break between morning lessons where we will ski, based on the weather conditions, snow conditions and experience of the group. The school is a 5 minute walk from the nearest ski bus stop, and we normally fix a time to meet there before setting off together for the slopes. The school's director, who leads the group, is a former ski instructor and knows the mountains very well. He advises on the best places to ski and keeps the group together.