King’s College London Summer English Courses are the most central English and culture summer programme in London, designed for international students who want to explore all that London has to offer whilst learning English language. It’s an educational programme as much as a cultural one, which integrates intensive English studies with activities and culture visits in London and beyond.
The structured programme, based in Kings College London (KCL), combines an intensive English Language course with at least seven culture visits to London’s most famous landmarks, museums and attractions, and two days culture visits outside London over a two-week stay. Apart from culture visits, the course offers students 25 hours of intensive English tuition each week, incorporating language study, language for life, project sessions, academic skills sessions and excursion link – London experience lessons.
- English Language Study: The lessons focus on the communicative style of language learning and provide grammar and vocabulary tailored to a student’s ability. The language for life lessons also integrate a wider range of topics including learner training, literacy, culture and life skills.
- Academic Skills: This course gives students an introduction to exam techniques and is designed to help students improve the skills of their academic reading, writing, listening and speaking over two hours per week.
- Excursion Link Lessons: The lessons bridge the gap between the academic and activity programme. Students learn about popular tourist attractions and destinations through the medium of English.
- Group Projects: Group projects aim to encourage teamwork, participation and communication through the completion of real-world tasks that use English with an authentic purpose. Each group will present their group work in a presentation evening.
- Assessment: At the end of the course, teachers will assess students’ skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as their overall English proficiency to provide students with a realistic determination of their English ability. All students will receive a certificate of recommended English level measured against the CEFR scale, which can be applied against other international English exams such as Cambridge ESOL & IELTS.
Classrooms and meals take place on the Strand campus of King’s College London, less than a mile from famous landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The London experience lessons also bring London to life in the classroom and provide students with functional language and vocabulary to use in their daily life during their stay. The lessons link specific to famous sights in London such as the London Eye, Canary Wharf and Kensington. Ordering a curry on Brick Lane or bargaining with a street seller in Camden Market are real life situations incorporated into the ‘London experience lessons’, which bring London to life in the classroom. On the other hand, the interlinked weekly-themed project work, such as ’What’s it like to live in London?’ project, give students an opportunity to apply the language they have learned in the classroom with their real life London experiences.
King’s College London Summer English Courses consists of a well-balanced programme of English tuition, activities and culture tour. The structured programme includes:
- 25 hours of English tuition per week
- Multi-tier syllabus incorporating language study, language for life, project sessions, academic skills sessions and excursion link sessions
- At least seven half-day visits to London’s most famous landmarks, museums and attractions
- At least 1 culture excursion outside of London each week
- Visit to a West End musical every 2 weeks
- Full social and activity programme in the evenings and on non-excursion days
- End of the course assessment and personalised certificate
- Maximum class size of 11 students
- Staff to student ratio is 1:7
- Insurance and Airport transfers (Heathrow & Gatwick airports between 10:00-22:00 GMT)
Outside language tuition, students will improve language skills through a broad range of sporting, cultural and entertaining activities, such as:
- Arts & Crafts
- Summer Fete
- BBQ at the Beach
- Sports Tournaments
- The Cube
- Trash Fashion Show
- Scavenger Hunt
- Family Fortunes Quiz
- Climbing Wall
- Film Evenings
- Musical & Dance
- Table Tennis
- Talent Shows
- You Bet
Culture and Social Programme
Students will also enjoy a full cultural and social programme including excursions and trips. Possible excursions include:
- Buckingham Palace
- Houses of Parliament
- West End Musical
- Natural History Museum
- Hyde Park
- London Eye
- British Museum
- Madame Tussauds
- Southbank Walking Tour
- Oxford Street & Soho
- London Dungeon
- Olympic Park
- Thorpe Park
- Hampton Court Palace
- Harry Potter World,
- Sherlock Holmes Museum
The sample timetable below is a typical 2-week programme of King’s College London Summer English Courses.
Accommodation is based at the University of Notre Dame’s Conway Hall, located across Waterloo Bridge, 10 minutes walk from campus. Conway Hall consists of student apartments made up of single, twin and triple bedrooms, with shared kitchen, bathrooms and living areas. All students are given a free travel-card, and students will never travel between the accommodation and campus without supervision from staff members.
Well balanced, nutritious cooked meals are provided at the Strand campus of King’s College London. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the college and accommodation. Kitchen & TV lounge in student hallways.
Laundry is done once a week. All bed linen is provided and is laundered once a week. Towels are not provided.
King’s College London is a world-renowned university in the heart of London. It is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the world, and is one of the oldest and most prestigious in England.
King’s was founded in 1829 by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington and received its royal charter in the same year. King’s is generally considered part of the ‘golden triangle’ of research-intensive English universities alongside the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College London, and The London School of Economics. King’s is home to six Medical Research Council centres and is the largest centre for graduate and post-graduate medical teaching and biomedical research in Europe, and is regarded as one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world.
King’s has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.
The College performs highly in international rankings. It was ranked 23rd in the 2018 QS World University Rankings. In 2015 it ranked 19th in the world (5th in the UK and 7th in Europe) in the QS World University Rankings. According to the 2016 Complete University Guide, 10 out of the 26 subjects offered by King’s including Food Science, Education, Business Studies, Philosophy, French, Dentistry and Law, rank within the top 10 nationally. However, King’s is considered as one of the most difficult UK University to gain admission to. According to the 2015 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, approximately 30% of King’s undergraduates come from independent schools.
King’s offers an intellectually rigorous environment supported by welcoming and caring traditions, and the opportunity for students to be taught or supervised by academics who are often leaders in their field. The College’s main campuses are clustered together on a landmark-packed stretch of the Thames including Waterloo Bridge, The London Eye and The Houses of Parliament. Its central position brings outstanding advantages, and King’s students will enjoy the excellent social and cultural opportunities of the capital.
King’s has educated numerous foreign heads of states, governments and intergovernmental organisations; nineteen members of the current House of Commons and sixteen members of the current House of Lords, and is known for its several noted alumni and staff, including 12 Nobel Prize laureates.