This September, Experience English’s Manchester Academy of English decided to run a social-activity-with-a-difference at Breakout, the ultimate real life escape game, where you have exactly one hour to escape from a locked room by completing a series of tasks and puzzles.
Armed with nothing but knowledge (and a little bit of courage!), our team of four students and a teacher were led into the old and dingy office that used to belong to famous detective John Monroe. And when they got there, this is what they discovered…
From left to right: Jasmin Steiner, Jessie Gibbs (teacher), Anthony Nogueira Dias, Simon Revol and Olessya Kazantseva
…Detective Monroe was murdered in his office and OUR team are accused of being the killers! They are running away from the police and have gained access to the detective’s office (a.k.a. the crime scene) to try and solve the mystery. In order to escape, they need to find out how he was murdered, who did it, and why.
Realising the seriousness of their situation, it was time to put their detective hats on – metaphorically speaking (although it’s true, we would all love a good detective hat). Their one objective was to escape from the room by solving each part of the mystery correctly. And this they finally did, using nothing but brain power, teamwork, and of course, their English speaking skills!
Happy at their successful escape, the team now share memories of a very unique, experience that certainly put their communication skills to the test.
Breakout is great way to meet new fellow students and practice your English, keep your eyes peeled for the next trip organised by Manchester Academy of English soon. You can choose out of four different themed rooms to escape from: John Monroe’s Detective Office, Virus, Madchester, or Sabotage, each with varying levels of difficulty.
- puzzle (noun) – game, toy, or problem designed to test ingenuity or knowledge
- dingy (adjective) – gloomy and drab
- a.k.a (acronym) – short for ‘also known as’
- Keep your eyes peeled (idiom) – to watch out for, to look for