3 Church Cross Cottages
Buckfastleigh TQ11 0EZ
Devon (UK)
Skype ID : aelproject
T : +44 (0)1364 642669
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Welcome to Active English Learning !

Come along and enjoy learning English in our summer school !

We provide educational-language programmes 

that combine academic English lessons with creative and sport activities 

to improve English and Communication skills,

to nourish creativity and active participation,

to awake social awareness and personal responsibility

In 2019 our plan comprises short-stay courses in July and a unique 4-week programme to improve English while attending English classes in partnership with Exeter College.

Learn more about Exeter College

AEL is pleased to be working with Exeter College as Steiner Academy Exeter sadly confirmed to be unavailable (Read more)

Summer 2019

Short Stay Courses

NEW! 4-week Programme

Studying at Exeter College

Academic Studies

Exeter College offers the unique opportunity to attend English classes and study three of your favourite subjects between September and Easter of each academic year for a minimum duration of 4 weeks.

The programme will improve your understanding and confidence in spoken and written English.

The social relations with English students will enhance your language experience in Exeter.

You will also enjoy free access to a set of enriching activities as you like it (music, drama, gym and many others: to read more click here).

Please note, this programme is for Students age 16 to 19 only

Learn more about the 4-week programme


Improve your English in English classes: 

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Active English Learning, a human-centred project

Active English Learning is an educational-language project that provides an intense language experience enhanced by the care of three essential elements: creative thinking, joy of learning, self confidence. We aim to do this by offering a balanced programme that combines academic English and creative activities to improve language skills and nourish personal development.




Select a Course and Location

Click on the listing below to discover our available programmes

AEL Summer School

The AEL summer school 2019 will be designed and managed in partnership with Exeter College. Our 2-week courses for Young People and Teenagers combine English tuition and creative activities to improve English skills whilst nourishing self-confidence, creativity, social awareness and personal responsibility.

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Studying at Exeter College

Our 4-week programme is a unique opportunity to improve English by attending English classes. The programme is available from January 2019 until Easter. Students can choose three of their favourite subjects and enjoy the welcoming, safe environment of the college and the delightful city of Exeter!.

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More Options

Some students may prefer or need to follow a different programme and I may advice on the most appropriate solution that matches at best individual (or group) requirements and expectations. It is therefore important to contact me as early as possible: I shall be happy to help you find the option that is good for you !

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Leaving Steiner Academy Exeter: thank you for having me!

Steiner Academy Exeter will be unavailable to the AEL summer school in 2019. It has been a delight to work there in such a wonderful site! I want to thank SAE and all the people I worked with for providing a friendly shelter to the AEL students! The original intention of building a permanent summer school that was believed to be beneficial for both, the school community and AEL, has been a great source of energy and enthusiasm. Although having suddenly to withdraw from that plan is very sad, my commitment to the ethos and values of Steiner education will continue as usual (vr) Top ↑

Why Choose AEL School


Active” is to highlight that learners are not only receiving knowledge from the teachers but are encouraged to learn by “doing” things and to think about them.

Teachers provide guidance introducing the course topics, giving language exercises, introducing the students to the appropriate sources of information.

Students -according to their age and level of English- are encouraged to be engaged in researching, discussing and solving problems they may meet while learning. They are also stimulated to work in teams and share the results of their work so that they can take more responsibility and develop effective cooperative learning.

Conversations, role-playing, artistic activities, case-study and other teaching strategies may be offered to empower understanding of the learners.



English is today the most spoken second language worldwide.

English speakers are able to communicate, understand and interact with confidence with people from other countries in every kind of professional, social and cultural connection.

For the new generations it is not sufficient to learn some English, but they need to acquire English with the same fluency and correctness as their native language, eventually as their “second mother tongue”.

The acquisition of English -as well as other languages- provides a fundamental means not only toward more professional opportunities, but also reciprocal knowledge, breaking down barriers and prejudices, and leading potentially to tolerance and peace.



Learning a language is a complex process that goes through various stages and levels and needs time and consistency.

The time needed in each stage may vary in each individual and each learner should be allowed to proceed on his or her own pace.

Consistency is requirement for everyone. I once heard a language teacher saying to the students:

“… Miracles come from the Holy Spirit.

Learning a language comes from your consistency, determination and passion”.

Joy and engagement are fundamental factors of learning, especially language learning as a language can’t be acquired nor learnt properly unless the learner engages him or herself in deep interest, bright enthusiasm, strong determination.


Studying at AEL Project

Register now to find out all details of our current courses. If you find a programme that suits your needs, just select it now. Whatever stage you’re at in your journey, we want to help.