16th February 2015

Our Story

The best English school in Edinburgh?

I was hiking in the Dolomites in 2013, practising my elementary Italian with everyone I met, when it struck me: it’s when we’re doing real-life activities that our language skills truly develop. That would be the best English school!

When we’re ‘doing real life’ – shopping, travelling, working together on a project, having discussions – we have a real-life need for specific and accurate language.  Then, when we face that problem and work out how to solve it, we remember better.

Learning English from a textbook isn’t good enough!  Learners need to ‘experience’ English.  They need to practise using English in a range of contexts to help them discover the gaps and confusions, as well as new vocabulary and grammar structures.  Throughout the process, they need feedback and tips from an experienced English teacher.

I’ve been a teacher since 2001, so I know!

My mountaintop realisation led to me founding Venture English in early 2014.  At its core, Venture English aims to provide experiential English language learning, with talented teachers supporting you with guidance and feedback every step of the way.

I chose the name Venture English because of the feeling of ‘adventure’, ‘daring’ and ‘challenge’ that the word captures.  I have always been passionate about the adventure of learning and the thrill of daring to dive into new challenges.  Venture English embodies that passion.  That’s what makes us perhaps the best English school in Edinburgh!

What we do…

Venture English is a teacher-run private school providing English language courses and immersion experiences to international adults.

We believe…

“Learning and improving English is an exciting and thought-provoking adventure into culture, language and ourselves.  It opens up the world to us, giving us access to new knowledge, perspectives and opportunities, and empowering us with alternative ways to express ourselves.  Learning and improving English is positively life-changing.”

We aim to…

  • Provide great quality personalised teaching
  • Give students a varied and stimulating experience of authentic English and authentic interactions so that they can flourish
  • Create a sense of community and belonging
  • Share passion for learning and growing
  • Make sure students enjoy all that Edinburgh has to offer
  • Make booking and communication easy and transparent
  • Be ethical and humane

So then, join Venture English to experience your language adventure!

 Lorna Lythgoe, founder of Venture English in Edinburgh