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International House / Manchester

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64 - 72 Spring Gardens, Manchester M2 2BQ, United Kingdom | Map
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The school was founded in 2005 and is located in heart of the city. A two minute walk from Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester’s city centre transport hub. It is very convenient. Our school is on the 4th floor of an office block in a quiet side street. Inside you will find 8 light and open classrooms, a comfortable student lounge with wifi and television. All our staff are here to help you make your course productive and ensure that your stay in our city is fun.

Newest Reviews

Šimon Žáček (18)
Czech Republic 
18.8.2018
Recommend

3

Adult Programme

08/2018 - 3 weeks, Reviewed as Student
Lessons & Teaching
I had great time in lessons with Harriet, they were both educative and amusing. Other teachers did good job too, but it was similar to an old and little bit annoying educational system in Czech Republic. It was interesting to expierence different techniques - from perfectionist Aileen (although she was very strict about the use of informal language, which was in some situations necessary, and the policy was nothing but nonsense), funny Gina, nice Marie and always polite Paul. But Harriet was a big deal and she was the reason I was looking forward to going to school every morning. In the end though, I recieved my results that say I made almost no progress balancing between B2 and C1 level (same as in the beginning).
Facilities
Not enough space in classrooms and corridors, worse WiFi connection.
Accommodation
Ms Anne Devaney 's service was provided excellently with absolutely no lectures.
Food
Food was one of the tastiest in my life.
Social & Activities
Superiority of sports activities to the detriment of cultural oriented ones. The only activity I attended was Manchester Pub Tour with amazing Harriet. Trips (Smile agency) seemed a bit laidback and recklessly provided. E.g. the trip to York... just one hour of commented examination and for the rest of the time the guides were eating and drinking beer. That was unappropriate considering the prize of the trip (30 pounds)!
Staff
More critical opinion is pointed to the other staff, especially John. He (and maybe even others) absolutely ignored my request to try the highest possible RED level. Me and Mr. Jungmann (intermediator of my travel) had to call the director's wife seven times and Mr. John promised me twice he would try to speak with teachers. After I came to him another day he opined there are lots of "B2 elements in my language". But if I have that elements what about the others in the Green group (some of them e.g. couldn't understand every second sentence of the teacher or their pronounciation was absolutly terrible in every way). Then happened I was often bored. Also your style of dividing people into groups had very bad impact because in every class there was 80% of Swiss students. So they usually spoke Geman in any possible occasion and I felt pushed aside a bit. In conclusion, some of my expectations were surpassed and some of them not.
Safety
Negative experience with one begger, one dealer of cocain and the shooting attack that occured nearby.
Overall Experience
IH Manchester is not a perfect school, but for language improvement good enough. For me it's not clear if I would recommend this school, it's 50/50.

The school was founded in 2005 and is located in heart of the city. A two minute walk from Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester’s city centre transport hub. It is very convenient. Our school is on the 4th floor of an office block in a quiet side street. Inside you will find 8 light and open classrooms, a comfortable student lounge with wifi and television. All our staff are here to help you make your course productive and ensure that your stay in our city is fun.

Courses

Intensive and General English

Our classes are lively and interesting. You will speak and communicate a lot in class. You’ll improve your spoken fluency and learn to speak much quicker using real English expressions.

Football + English Summer Programme

Student players will begin their day with either English or football studies lessons at our city centre school. Following lunch they will transfer to the training ground. Our UEFA trained football coaches then work with the players on all aspects of the game including fitness training, stamina and endurance training and both technical and tactical match play skills. A strong emphasis is placed upon developing each individual within a squad environment.

16+ English Summer Package

General English lessons, accommodation, social activities, airport transfers and travel insurance are all included in the price.

Accommodation

Homestay Half board from Monday to Friday, full board at the weekend. Share the home of our carefully selected homestay hosts (single people, couples, families with children). Your host will provide you with breakfast and an evening meal from Monday to Friday, with all three meals at the weekend. Student Residence 18+ (self-catering) Independent living for adult students. Share with other international students. The residence is not managed by nor owned by IH Manchester. However, we can check availability and book this accommodation for our students. Single room with private en-suite bathroom. Communal kitchen and living area (up to six people per apartment). Located in Salford – a popular student area of Manchester. A short walk from the school and the city centre (10- 20 minutes)

Teaching and Lessons

International House World Organisation is the head office of International House. We manage the IH brand, work with schools who wish to affiliate to IH, develop our quality scheme and ensure these standards are met through regular inspections, and manage network communications, publicity, and news. For affiliate schools we arrange a number of annual conferences, offer recruitment services and list vacancies on our Jobs website, and organise events for Study Abroad schools. We also develop and offer a suite of online teacher training courses for teachers who want to invest in their continued professional development or specialise in a particular area of interest.

Contacts

Phone Number: + 44 1452 619 021
E-Mail: marketing@ihmanchester.com
Web: http://ihmanchester.com

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Šimon Žáček (18)
Czech Republic 
18.8.2018
Recommend

3

Adult Programme

08/2018 - 3 weeks, Reviewed as Student
Lessons & Teaching
I had great time in lessons with Harriet, they were both educative and amusing. Other teachers did good job too, but it was similar to an old and little bit annoying educational system in Czech Republic. It was interesting to expierence different techniques - from perfectionist Aileen (although she was very strict about the use of informal language, which was in some situations necessary, and the policy was nothing but nonsense), funny Gina, nice Marie and always polite Paul. But Harriet was a big deal and she was the reason I was looking forward to going to school every morning. In the end though, I recieved my results that say I made almost no progress balancing between B2 and C1 level (same as in the beginning).
Facilities
Not enough space in classrooms and corridors, worse WiFi connection.
Accommodation
Ms Anne Devaney 's service was provided excellently with absolutely no lectures.
Food
Food was one of the tastiest in my life.
Social & Activities
Superiority of sports activities to the detriment of cultural oriented ones. The only activity I attended was Manchester Pub Tour with amazing Harriet. Trips (Smile agency) seemed a bit laidback and recklessly provided. E.g. the trip to York... just one hour of commented examination and for the rest of the time the guides were eating and drinking beer. That was unappropriate considering the prize of the trip (30 pounds)!
Staff
More critical opinion is pointed to the other staff, especially John. He (and maybe even others) absolutely ignored my request to try the highest possible RED level. Me and Mr. Jungmann (intermediator of my travel) had to call the director's wife seven times and Mr. John promised me twice he would try to speak with teachers. After I came to him another day he opined there are lots of "B2 elements in my language". But if I have that elements what about the others in the Green group (some of them e.g. couldn't understand every second sentence of the teacher or their pronounciation was absolutly terrible in every way). Then happened I was often bored. Also your style of dividing people into groups had very bad impact because in every class there was 80% of Swiss students. So they usually spoke Geman in any possible occasion and I felt pushed aside a bit. In conclusion, some of my expectations were surpassed and some of them not.
Safety
Negative experience with one begger, one dealer of cocain and the shooting attack that occured nearby.
Overall Experience
IH Manchester is not a perfect school, but for language improvement good enough. For me it's not clear if I would recommend this school, it's 50/50.