The Courses

Learning English can be fun! With English Afloat you'll do a lot more than sit in a classroom studying grammar. The courses are aimed at people who can already communicate in English but who wish to improve their knowledge of the language and the country.  

The course dates:


No beginners please.

We teach in very small groups. A maximum of nine students are taught by two experienced and qualified Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). All courses start on a Sunday afternoon and finish on Saturday 2 weeks later. There are 18 teaching sessions of 90 minutes, and while one group is having lessons, the other students are driving the boat, working the locks, chatting or doing private study. We visit various towns and villages along the way and there is plenty of time for sightseeing and practising your English. We generally stop cruising at about 7pm and moor near a traditional English pub. Musical instruments are very welcome.  

Photos from a course


We provide a cooked breakfast, a light lunch and the main meal of the day is in the evening after mooring. The meals are prepared on board with fresh produce where available. There is always a yegetarian option and special dietary requirements will be catered for if mentioned at the time of booking.  

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Dates for 2005

Course 1

10th to 23rd July 2005

Students booked from France, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Spain. 2 places still free.

Leighton Buzzard, Milton Keynes, Stoke Bruerne (waterways museum), Braunston, Rugby, Coventry, Tamworth, Burton-on-Trent, Nottingham, Newark and Lincoln


Course 2

31st July to 13th August

Students booked from Belgium, Czech Republic and Italy. 4 places still free.

Lincoln, Newark, Nottingham, Leicester, Foxton (inclined plane), Stoke Bruerne, Milton Keynes and Leighton Buzzard