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 integrating intensive English studies with activities and culture visits in London and beyond.
The structured programme, based at Kings College London’s main Strand Campus, combines 25 hours of intensive English Language tuition per week 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. Students follow a structured communicative English Language syllabus with the emphasis on Speaking and Listening skills. It also includes several hours of ‘interactive English’ in which students create their own videos, newspaper articles, blogs or drama productions.
Students are given an English level assessment on the first morning to make sure they are placed in the right class to really enjoy and learn as much as possible. They will be taught by qualified EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers who have ability to make language learning fun. Students will also have opportunity to study some of their favourite subjects in English, through European groundbreaking teaching method CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning). This provides added motivation and engagement for students by studying topics directly related to their interests.
The multi-tier syllabus incorporating language study, academic skills, electives, group project and excursion link sessions.
- 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: Lessons give 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.
- Electives: During these sessions, students sign up for a choice of vocational subjects to enhance their English language learning, such as photography, creative writing and IELTS Preparation.
- Excursion Link Lessons: The lessons 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 covering local history, culture of the area and vocabulary relating to the landmarks before they embark on excursions.
- 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. The weekly project culminates in a presentation evening in which groups display and present their work.
- 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.
Students who book a course for more than two weeks also have an exclusive opportunity to combine the course with either a Cambridge University Summer English programme or an Oxford University Summer English programme to also experience the campus life of Oxbridge University, all in one summer holiday! This is a perfect London plus Oxbridge summer experience for older teenagers. With limited spaces available, students are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
King’s College London Summer English Courses consist 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
- Airport transfers (Heathrow, Gatwick & London City airports between 10:00-20:00 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
Below is a typical 2-week sample programme of King’s College London Summer English Courses.
Classrooms and meals take place on the Strand campus, less than a mile from famous landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Accommodation is provided at Dinwiddy House in King’s Cross, a short journey away from KCL. All bedrooms are single en-suites. Girls and boys are accommodated separately. 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 College. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
Auditorium, high-quality classrooms with smart boards and projectors. Wi-Fi is available throughout the college and accommodation. Shared kitchen facility for hot water and fridges at the accommodation.
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.