High School Courses

Courses held at both Chaucer College and Kingsgate College

Chaucer and Kingsgate Colleges both run courses for Shumei High School students. These courses run from the end of August through to early March each year Kawagoe, Yachiyo and Eiko high schools. There are two junior high school courses (thirteen and fourteen year-olds) at both colleges, which each come for two weeks, and up to five senior high school courses (fifteen to sixteen year-olds), each of which comes for four weeks. At the college the students are given three meals a day, and the catering department supplies a wide and varied menu that includes European and Asian dishes.

Language Lessons

The students are taught grammar for spoken English and are given practice in using it actively. The course helps them to learn vocabulary for talking about their needs and interests and how to communicate in everyday situations.


As part of the course, junior high school students spend one week and senior high school students spend two weeks, living with an English family in order to improve their confidence and to learn more about British culture. They eat breakfast and evening meals with the family and this is an excellent opportunity for them to converse and practise their spoken English.

Leisure time and Tourism

The students go sight-seeing in London and take a river cruise on the Thames, visit Canterbury and the Cathedral and also spend half a day at Leeds Castle. They also have a taste of the continent and have a day trip to Paris by Eurostar, where they visit the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame and go sight-seeing around the city.
On at least two evenings a week the students are offered the chance to go bowling or take part in a laser shooting game. In the afternoons they play sport, visit local seaside towns and have cooking, art or similar lessons.

Student Feedback

The feedback from students is very positive with over 95% of students on courses in 2012 saying they enjoyed their morning classes. The following are comments received from students on their feedback forms:

"Very happy." "Good teachers." "Teacher is funny." "Enjoyed learning by talking to each other." "Class was very pleasant." "All is very good. Love Kingsgate."

The courses give the students an excellent introduction to England and its culture. Some of the students enjoy their experience so much that they return to study at Chaucer College as university students.

Latest News:

  • February 5th The last High School group of this session left Chaucer College at 13.30 this afternoon, waved off in the rain by their teachers and conversation teachers.
  • February 4th Canterbury Cathedral farewell visit Eiko High school students spent the morning on a final visit to Canterbury Cathedral, before some last minute gift and souvenir shopping in the city centre.
  • February 1st On this trip to London, the students arrived at Greenwich Observatory where many posed for photos on the Meridian line. They then walked down through the Park to the Cutty Sark and the river Thames, where on a boat trip, they took in many of great sights of London: Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. After disembarking at Westminster Pier, the students walked up along Whitehall to Trafalgar Square and then had some free time for further sightseeing and shopping.
  • January 29th After a very early start, the students travelled to Paris on Eurostar. A coach tour of the some of the main sights of this beautiful city was followed by a trip up the Eiffel Tower. The high point of the visit! Many students took the opportunity to buy a big French hot dog or a crepe. Notre-Dame Cathedral was the last stop before heading home from the Gare du Nord.
  • January 25th After their first week in England, the Eiko High School students’ first Saturday trip was to London, where the students spent the morning exploring the wonderful British Museum. As ever, the Rosetta Stone and the Egyptian Rooms were the most popular exhibits. In the afternoon, they had some free time to explore and do some souvenir shopping. Many students headed for Parliament Square as Big Ben is often top of the list of sights to see.
  • January 18th This trip started with a morning visit to Ashford Outlet Centre, where the student did some souvenir shopping. They then went on to spend the afternoon at Leeds Castle, one of the loveliest castles in the world. After a tour of the Castle, the students entered the Maze and emerged to freedom through the Grotto. They then returned to the coaches through the winter landscape, entertained by the ducks and the swans.
  • January 15th The students at Chaucer College Canterbury went on a one-day trip. First, they visited Rochester, including the Guildhall Museum, and had free time to explore the area around Rochester Castle and Cathedral. In the afternoon, they spent some time shopping at Bluewater, which is always very popular.
  • October 31st Chaucer College Kingsgate had a Halloween day with the students from Yachiyo Senior High school. There were games in every class, including mummy-making competitions and apple bobbing, The kitchen prepared an excellent scary lunch with 'eyeball' soup, and 'severed hands' scattered around the table, which caused much shrieking from the girls.