Tradition
meets
Progress

s·a·e·s combines English tradition with
modern teaching techniques to ensure optimal progress

s·a·e·s, Seminar for Advanced English Studies, is a study programme founded by Janet Muth-Dunford in 1973 and continuously refined ever since.

Our aim is to enable each student to strive for and achieve personal excellence. We want to develop your potential to its fullest and motivate you to engage in the learning process. Our concept is based on the individual and four decades of experience in preparing students for the Abitur.

Our Philosophy

Nick Johnson, Director of Studies

We have an in-depth knowledge of the different curricula of the various federal states and other international institutes. We have close connections to German teachers working in various federal states.

We work in small groups with maximum five students per class. In forming the groups, we consider the language level, the requirements of the exam to be taken and the personal learning goals of each individual. We offer students tools and techniques to enable them to achieve the best they are capable of. Special attention is paid to text analysis, writing skills and oral competence.

Mocks under exam conditions and a varied and stimulating activity programme ensure that skills are practiced both inside and outside the classroom. Learning is done within an authentic cultural context, demonstrating to students the real practical value of this world language.

Facts
  • Optimal progress through individualised programme
  • Small classes (maximum 5 students per class)
  • Focus on specific curriculum requirements
  • Thorough grouping process
  • Personal tutor
  • Motivation to learn
  • Identification of personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Private lessons for intensive personal support

Our Team

Our core team consists of teachers who all combine excellent academic qualifications with years of experience teaching English to the level demanded by the Abitur. Add to this a commitment to the s·a·e·s philosophy and you have a powerful mix.

Janet Muth-Dunford, founder and principal of s·a·e·s

The Muth family

Janet Muth-Dunford, the founder and principal of the school, works closely with her two daughters Daniela and Vanessa who grew up bilingually and studied at renowned Universities in the UK .

The Teachers

Our core team comprises highly qualified teachers. In addition to their excellent academic training, they have all taught English at an advanced level for many years. On top of their educational qualifications, all teachers at s·a·e·s have experience teaching English as a foreign language.

Janet Muth-Dunford (UK) studied in both England and Germany. The s·a·e·s learning concept has evolved as a result of 40 years of close cooperation with schools, teachers, professors and university faculties as well as from her personal experience with 3 daughters in the German school system. She now works closely with teachers and pupils alike to ensure that the highest possible standards are met and that each individual is given the personal support needed to fulfil his or her full potential.
Daniela Muth (UK) graduated with first class honours from Lancaster University in both Law and Philosophy.  Having been involved with the school from a very young age, she can draw on years of experience in teaching international students and in preparing them for matriculation exams.

Vanessa Muth (DE) graduated in Organisational Psychology from Lancaster University. Having worked in marketing for a number of multinational companies, she combines practical expertise in the field of international communication with years of experience teaching English to pupils from the 7th to 13th grades.
Nick Johnson (UK), our Director of Studies has over 30 years of experience as a teacher of English as a foreign language and as a communication skills trainer to senior executives for some of the world’s biggest corporations. His services are sought after around the globe. Our course concept has benefitted hugely from this experience and his organisational expertise.
Adam Flint (UK) lectures at a number of English universities and is an accomplished and increasingly recognised poet. His insight into the use of language  and enthusiasm for excellence have contributed greatly to what we do and make him an exceptionally gifted teacher.
Michael Cokayne (UK) We consider ourselves lucky to be able to draw on the expertise of Michael who for many years ran his own successful language school before branching out into coaching business English to executives from around the globe. His breadth of experience is a real asset.
Chris Bosten (UK) Aside from being a highly talented and experienced teacher, Chris is responsible for our host family selection and activity planning. He also functions as Assistant Director of Studies. Chris has a level of motivation which is unparalleled with the result that he is adored by both staff and students alike.

Locations

Oxford & Cambridge

Studying at the World Campus

Oxford and Cambridge are two of the world’s greatest and best-known university cities worldwide. Students from all over the world come here to study and be inspired by the renowed and highly academic environment and facilities. Two beautiful cities,cities that boast England´s most treasured history and set the standard for academic achievements now and for generations to come.

The Bridge Of Sighs
Street in Oxford
The River Cherwell, Oxford
The Radcliffe Camera
Oxford

Oxford is known as the “city of dreaming spires”, a term coined by poet Matthew Arnold in his poem Thyrsis, referring to the harmonious architecture of Oxford’s university buildings.
The city is known worldwide as a university town and home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the country and in the English-speaking world.

Oxford is a city in central southern England. It is the county town of Oxfordshire and forms a district within the county. It has a population of 150,000.

King’s College with Chapel, Cambridge
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Punting on the rivers of Cambridge
Cambridge

Cambridge is known as the home of the University of Cambridge, founded in 1209 and consistently ranked one of the top five universities in the world. The city of Cambridge is a university town and lies in East Anglia, on the River Cam, about 50 miles (80 km) north of London. It has a population of roughly 120,000 citizens (including 24,488 students).

A small university town, with quaint passages set around the historic market place and colleges. Many beautiful museums and art galleries as well as great little cafes with traditional cakes.