Juniors can learn English with Kaplan at the Roedean school in Brighton!

Juniors can learn English with Kaplan at the Roedean school in Brighton!

Brighton is a great place for Young Learners to study English

For many young learners of English, Brighton has always been a popular destination. Now, it’s even better. Kaplan International will relocate its Brighton Young Learner program to the prestigious Roedean Independent School from Summer 2014. The Roedean School has a beautiful cliff top setting within easy reach of the vibrant Brighton town. Kaplan’s English school in Brighton will offer fantastic facilities in the safe environment expected of one of the leading independent schools in the UK. For true summer enjoyment, the beach is just a few minutes away from the Kaplan center!

Young students studying with Kaplan there can enjoy outstanding sports, arts and classroom facilities. The beautifully refurbished accommodation feature homey comfortable rooms and communal spaces that are of the highest quality. Of course parents and students alike can rest assured that Kaplan’s onsite team will be there to ensure the young learners feel welcome and secure in this outstanding location. Students can then focus on making friends from around the world while furthering their ability to communicate in the English language.

These young learner programs are created for students between the ages of 12 and 18 and are a well-planned balance of classroom and non-classroom based learning in an English-speaking environment. Kaplan’s unique K+Teens academic program, delivered by their friendly team of experienced teachers ensures that students’ language skills improve as their confidence builds. In addition, Young Learners can also participate in a well-rounded social program and enjoy their UK Kaplan experience from beginning to end while creating memories to last a lifetime.

English Reading Practice: Mom’s Apple Pie

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This apple pie is made of the freshest ingredients (by my mom!)

Last week, I posted a photo of my mom’s homemade apple pie and to my surprise, a lot of readers asked me about the recipe. So I asked my mom if she would write it down, and I thought I would share it with you guys today.

My mom is a pretty amazing person. She’s going to be 84 years old this month, but if you met her, you would think she is in her 60’s. Not only is she a two time cancer survivor, but she goes to the gym three days a week to work out and stay healthy. Yeah, I’m so proud of her. Here is the recipe. If you try it, please take a photo and send it to me, and I will post it here on the blog.

Key Vocabulary

  • Gala apples: A variety of apples. If you can’t find Gala apples, any other type of apple will work.
  • Peel (v): To remove the skin of a piece of fruit
  • Core (v): To remove the center of the apple
  • Drizzle (v): To pour just a little bit of liquid
  • Sprinkle (v): To pour something very fine, like salt or sugar
  • Dot (v): To place or put something randomly on another thing
  • Roll out (v): To make dough flat by using a rolling pin
  • Crimp (v): To squeeze together

Prepare crust for a 2 crust pie or use pre-made crust sold in grocery store.  I use a Pyrex 9″ glass pie pan..Place one crust into pie pan leaving a 1/2″ hang over the rim of the pan.

For filling:

  • 6   medium size Gala apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/8 inch thick.
  • 2    tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2  cp   granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tabsp. Saigon cinnamon
  • 1/8  tsp. salt
  • 1    tbsp. corn starch
  • 1    tbsp. salted butter
  • 1   egg white

Put sliced apples in a bowl and drizzle with lemon juice.  Stir to coat all slices.

Mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt together.  Mix 2 tbsp. of sugar mixture with the cornstarch and sprinkle evenly over the bottom of crust.  Add 1/2 of the apples and pack them in lightly.  Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Add remaining apples filling in all gaps. Sprinkle in remaining sugar mixture on top.  Dot the top with pieces of butter.

Roll out second crust and cut into 1/2″ strips for lattice top.  Starting in center of pie using half of the strips lay each strip 1/2 inch apart.  Use the rest of strips weaving a lattice top. (over and under)…When all pieces are in place gently fold the overhang of bottom crust to cover ends of lattice and crimp edge. Brush with egg white lightly and bake in pre heated oven at 425 degrees for 45 minutes.   If crust starts to brown too fast, cover lightly with a sheet of aluminum foil.  Remove from oven when done and place on wire wrack to cool…Enjoy.

Thanks Mom!

Four Super Hero Language Students Enter Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World

The winning photo!

The winning photo!

The experience of a lifetime was enjoyed by four international students at the world premiere of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World after dressing up as the god of thunder to win a photo competition. The contest challenged Kaplan students to dress up and recreate scenes from the film’s trailer. The winners, who come from Italy, Brazil and Venezuela were chosen out of thousands of English language students.

Not only did the get the chance to watch Marvel Studio’s latest blockbuster with the film’s cast, crew and celebrities, but they got the chance to walk the red carpet with Natalie Portman at Odeon Leicester Square in London. How awesome is that?!

Kaplan International Colleges partnered with Marvel to promote the UK release of Thor: The Dark World. Hundreds of students, from Kaplan’s 11 schools in the UK and Ireland, wore Thor costumes and brandished their replica Mjölnir, the symbol of Thor’s hammer, all over the UK,  from Tower Bridge in London to Calton Hill in Edinburgh and Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin.

Be sure to click here for the full story. The contest was judged by representatives from both Marvel and Kaplan, who had hundreds of entries to choose from. They finally decided on the action shot in front of the University of Cambridge due to photo’s energy and vibrancy. This winning foursome became the envy of their fellow students by traveling in a limo from Kaplan’s school in Cambridge to the red carpet in central London for an exciting evening of glitz and glamour that they will never forget.

Key Vocabulary:

  • Recreate (v): To reproduce
  • Blockbuster (n): A very popular and successful movie
  • Brandish (v): To wave in a serious or violent way
  • Vibrancy (n): Having energy and excitement