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iMartian

a Buckminster College Language Immersion Programme

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Welcome to iMartian, an international Buckminster College language immersion programme for 8 – 12 year old space travellers. Discover Martian English on a daily 15 to 20 minutes basis and build your language skills each day with engaging challenges, in a small group, live, online  and accompanied by a professional Buckminster College language instructor. Your little space traveller will discover and explore the English language during one year. Fluent conversational English on a B2 level is the objective.

Imagine you are 9 years old and part of the first group of humans travelling to Mars in the LOKI-1, an interstellar spacecraft. Through the window you see earth getting smaller and smaller. Along with it everyone and everything you’ve known, as you hurtle into the depths of space.

Nervous about language barriers while travelling?

Our future Martians are in need of an explorative, fun and effective way to learn a common language. Preparing for launch, navigating, terraforming or facing creative thinking during long space trips or the creation of the first city Midgard are the challenges to achieve. 

Join the first spacecraft LOKI-1 in September 2022.

Subscribing to LOKI-1 is desirable before 31th of August 2022.

A second spacecraft  FREYA-2 will launch in January 2023.

Ready to travel?

Join LOKI-1 – English – September 2022

Join the first spacecraft

Pricing

A 10-month subscription is required to join this online language immersion programme. Your billing cadence of a subscription, however, is based on the subscription package you select. Subscription will also give access to an exciting online environment. 

  • If you select the monthly individual subscription, you will be billed monthly 80 euro (10 months) covering the general participation and daily online activities with the instructor.
  • If you subscribe to the 10-month individual subscription, you will be billed yearly 720 euro (one time) based on a 10% discount, paid in full upon the confirmation of enrollment, covering the general participation and daily online activities with the instructor.


Siblings / bring a friend discount

For multiple subscriptions in your family / friends you can apply for a 30% discount. 
The discount applies to the fees for the online sessions in which the siblings participate simultaneously in the 2022-2023 campaign (in the same or a different spacecraft).

More information can be requested from the starfleet commander at

Schedule

Online sessions

  • Monday 19.30h – 19.50h Brussels time – online session – spacecraft
  • Tuesday 19.30h – 19.50h Brussels time – online session – spacecraft
  • Wednesday 19.30h – 19.50h Brussels time – online session – spacecraft
  • Thursday 19.30h – 19.50h Brussels time – online session – spacecraft
  • Friday no session
  • Saturday no session + limited access to Buckminster College online Schoolbuilding
  • Sunday individual practice 

During school holidays changes in routines will occur. 

Travel itinerary

  • Sept: Pre-launch LOKI1
  • Oct: Pre-launch LOKI1
  • Nov: launch LOKI1
  • Dec: Cruise LOKI1
  • Jan: Pre-landing LOKI1
  • Feb: Landing LOKI1
  • Mar: Surface Operations Midgard area
  • April: Terraforming Midgard area
  • May: Creation Midgard
  • June: Preparation for future travellers

Admission criteria 2022

There are two admission criteria for joining iMartian:

  • be human (please abstain from subscribing when extraterrestrial)
  • born in the years: 2010-2014

What is English level B2

English level B2 is the fourth level of English in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), a definition of different language levels written by the Council of Europe. In everyday speech, this level might be called “confident”, as in “I am a confident English speaker”. The official level descriptor is “upper intermediate”. At this level, space travellers can function independently in a variety of environments in English, although with a limited range of nuance and precision.

They will be able to understand the main ideas of complex content on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.

They will be able to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.