Your are here: Home » Hello and welcome to Select English
Welcome to Select EnglishAbout CambridgeThings to doOur StudentsOur TeachersOur StaffIELTSGeneral EnglishTeachingProgressAccommodation
Hello and welcome to Select English
Select English Cambridge is accredited by the British Council, and we are proud to achieve this in tandem with being a family run school.
We enjoy a spacious campus comprising 4 beautiful buildings with well-kept gardens at the rear.
We have 16 well-equipped classrooms, some of which have interactive whiteboards. Our classrooms are bright and have all of the necessary resources to contribute to a great learning experience.
Whether you are an indoor or outdoor type, the school has lots to offer. There is a student common room with magazines and comfy chairs for those who wish to relax, watch TV or have a snack. We also have a quiet study area to promote learning after class.
We have a comfortable self-access computer room for student use. There is free wi-fi available in all of the Station Road buildings.
We have spacious gardens with outside seating, table tennis and a basketball ball hoop.
Unfortunately, Select English Cambridge is unable to cater for students with mobility problems.
Cambridge is globally recognised as a hub of international education and English language learning, making it a great place for students to study.
Thanks to the great number of cultural and historical points of interest, in Cambridge you will never have a dull moment. You can take tours around the university buildings, enjoy some time in a cafe, shop in the Grand Arcade, walk around the charming streets that surround it, and you could even try punting. There are also plenty of green areas where you can play sports or just relax.
Cambridge is close to other major cities and sights. London is only a short 45 minute train journey away. Heathrow and Stansted airport are just 1.5 hours and 30 minutes from Cambridge respectively.
Top 5 things to do in Cambridge
1. Visit King’s College King’s, founded in 1441 by Henry VI, lies on the River Cam and has its own imposing Gothic chapel. It boasts many famous alumni from scientists like Alan Turing, to novelists such as EM Forster.
2. Go punting Loved by staff and students alike, a relaxing punt along the Cam under a blue, sunny sky is the perfect way to spend your afternoon after class.
3. Take Tea at Grantchester Orchards Get a taste of the British countryside by walking to Grantchester and taking tea and scones in the Orchard Tea Gardens, following in the footsteps of Rupert Brooke, Virgina Woolf, EM Forster and John Maynard Keynes.
4. Visit one of the many great museums Cambridge has many famous museums, including the Fitzwilliam, which always provides an interesting excursion for Select students.
5. Quality shopping Ted Baker, Apple, Fossil, John Lewis, Kurt Geiger, Levi’s, L.K Bennet London – these are just some of the fashion and technology outlets that can be found in the centre of Cambridge, not to mention the ever popular Primark.
Tea at Orchard Tea Garden Cambridge
Students come from all around the world to study in Select English Cambridge. Last year we had students from 58 different countries studying with us.
Our students are here for a variety of reasons, perhaps studying for their IELTS exam, improving their English for academic study or just here for a couple of weeks to brush up their language skills and get to know more about Cambridge and the UK.
our wonderful students
Select English is a family-run and caring school. I’ve been working here for 10 years, and as Director of Studies for the last 4, and love welcoming students from all over the world on both summer and year-round courses.
This year students from more than 50 different countries have studied with us, all with different learning goals. Whether you’re studying to pass an exam, such as IELTS, need to improve your English for your career, or are simply looking to get better at expressing yourself, our team of dedicated teachers will be there to help you reach your goals.
What our students most like about our school is our teaching team, busy social programme and the importance we give to students’ progress. We conduct regular, one-to-one tutorials because we care about making your time with us productive and enjoyable. Our small class sizes ensure we can give you the attention you need.
Cambridge is a fantastic place to study and stay. It’s student-friendly, safe, and, above all, beautiful.
Kate O’Toole – Director of Studies
Our teaching team is enthusiastic, fun, friendly and motivated.
Here is a little information about some of our teachers:
Ben has a degree in German and French and has taught in Poland. For the last 6 years he’s been working for Select English. In his free time he enjoys cooking and has just started learning Karate.
Ben enjoys the professional atmosphere in the Select English staff room and is always happy to share his experience with colleagues.
Nadine has a degree in Italian, is a CELTA qualified English teacher and is studying for her DELTA. She’s been teaching at Select English for the last 2 years and also welcomes our students as a homestay host.
Nadine likes the friendly, caring atmosphere at Select English and enjoys the opportunity to meet students from all around the world.
Jo has been working as Senior Teacher at Select since October 2013 and has been teaching English to students of all ages for 8 years in the UK, Central and Eastern Europe and Japan. She completed the DELTA course in 2010/11 and in addition to teaching, conducts workshops and teacher observations. She is looking forward to meeting you.
Andy studied Graphic Design at Leeds Metropolitan University, before spending a year teaching English in South Korea and then joining Select English in 2010. He holds the CELTA qualification and is currently completing his DELTA. Andy likes working at Select because there is always a friendly atmosphere with supportive colleagues, and he enjoys teaching students of many different nationalities.
Select English is a small family-run school owned by Mervyn and Helena Martin. We aim to treat all students as individuals and offer a friendly, stimulating, supportive and inclusive environment to help you at every stage of your learning. Our Team, led by Sam Gross, Executive Manager are always happy to help.
Mervyn Martin – Managing Director
Hanna Claydon – Deputy Director
Sam Gross – Executive Marketing Manager of Select English
Robert Hesketh – Customer Support Manager at Select English
Rebecca Schoeman – Marketing and Operations Manager at Select English
Alex Howlett – Marketing Manager at Select English
Sarah Pamby – Accommodation & Welfare Officer at Select English
Select English Cambridge offer IELTS preparation classes throughout the year.
Students can choose the IELTS option as part of the 20 or 25 hour per week course.
The course offers a combination of General English classes and exam preparation classes. Students are helped towards their goals with regular progress checks, practice tests and one-to-one tutorials. Additionally, the Director of Studies will help you to register to take the exam here in Cambridge at the end of your course if required.
You will learn about all four sections of the exam: reading, writing, speaking and listening
You will develop your exam technique
You will expand your knowledge of academic English
You will practice sample IELTS questions
You will study model answers
We offer general English and intensive English courses as well as IELTS exam preparation. You can choose from 15, 20 or 25 hours per week.
We have an ongoing 12 week syllabus and progress is monitored throughout the course. This is greatly helped by regular one-to-one tutorials with teachers.
We offer Elementary- Advanced levels and you will be tested on your first day to find out your level of English.
You can start on any Monday.
You will expand your range of vocabulary
You will practice and develop your knowledge of English grammar
You will improve your pronunciation of English
You will use a course book, which you can borrow from the school.
You will have two different teachers so you can experience a range of accents and teaching styles
You’ll be taught in a small group. We have a maximum of 12 students in a class; the average class size is 7 – 8
You will meet students from all over the world and have the chance to socialize with them on the activities programme
You will be taught by qualified, experienced native-speaker teachers
Classes are learner-centered and communicative
You will work in pairs and small groups and use English throughout the lesson
Classes are fun and enjoyable
You will increase your confidence in using English
You will develop your fluency and accuracy
You will be given a written test, grammar and vocabulary test and short interview on your first day so we can accurately assess your level and place you in the right class
You will discuss your goals for the course with the Director of Studies and be given advice on how fast you can expect to progress
You will be given weekly progress tests so you can see how much you have learned each week
You will have a one to one meeting with your teacher once a fortnight to discuss your progress and set short-term goals
There is an end-of-level test every 12 weeks; if you are progressing quickly, you have the chance to take the test earlier and move up to the next level
You will be given a report on your progress and certificate at the end of the course
engaging, entertaining, and encouraging.
Select English can arrange for you to stay in local homestay accommodation during your stay in Cambridge.
Half-board (breakfast and dinner provided)
Special diets catered for. Please let us know if you have any allergies or special dietary requirements
Laundry – homestay hosts offer a weekly laundry service
Residential Accommodation (summer only)
We have residential accommodation available for students aged 18+ attending our General English Courses.