These prestigious Oxford University Summer English Courses offer international students an unparalleled learning experience at famous University of Oxford, where students live and study in the college of Oxford University just like university’s own undergraduates.
The programme of Oxford University Summer English Courses combines an intensive English Language course with a wide range of sporting, social, culture activities and excursions designed for 13-16 year olds. 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.
The intensive programme includes 25 hours per week structured English lessons, varied activities and fantastic excursions. 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.
The multi-tier syllabus incorporating language study, language for life, group project, academic skills and excursion link sessions. 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).
- 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.
- Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): CLIL will teach subjects such as science, literature and drama to students through a foreign language (English). This provides added motivation and engagement for students by studying topics directly related to their interests.
- 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.
The programme also includes periods of ‘Freestyle Afternoons’ for elder students to explore, socialise and fully breathe the magic life of Oxford in the heart of this famous city.
Oxford University Summer English Courses consist of a well-balanced programme of English tuition, activities, sports and excursions. The structured programme includes:
- 25 hours of tuition per week
- Multi-tier syllabus incorporating language study, language for life, group project, academic skills and excursion link sessions
- 2 full day excursions and trip per week
- End-of-course Assessment & Certificate
- Full afternoon and evening activity programme
- 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:
- Quiz Night
- Arts & Crafts
- Summer Fete
- Media Night
- Sports Tournaments
- Trash Fashion Show
- Scavenger Hunt
- Film Night
- The Cube
- Film Making
- Musical & Dance
- Table Tennis
- Talent Shows
- You Bet
Excursions are a vital part of the summer experience for international students to gain a cultural understanding of the UK alongside English language study. Students will have 2 full day excursions and trips each week to experience the rich cultural heritage of Britain. The choices include:
- Buckingham Palace
- Houses of Parliament
- West End Musical
- Natural History Museum
- Hyde Park
- London Eye
- British Museum
- Southbank Walking Tour
- Oxford Street
- Oxford Castle & Ashmolean Museum
- Bourton on the Water
- Bognor Regis
- Thorpe Park
- Blenheim Palace
- Stratford and Warwick
- Shepreth Wildlife Park
- Windsor Castle & Eton College
- Brighton beach
- Leeds Castle
- Canterbury Cathedral
- Ely/Ely Cathedral
The sample timetable below is a typical 2-week programme of Oxford University Summer English Courses.
Students will study and live in St Hilda’s College of Oxford University, which is one of the riverside colleges of the University, situated next to Magdalen Bridge, famous for punting, and is a short walk away from the centre of Oxford.
Girls and boys are accommodated separately in College’s twin rooms with shared bathrooms. Porters’ Lodge entrances are manned 24 hours a day.
Well balanced, nutritious cooked meals are provided in college’s wonderful, historic dining room. Drinks and biscuits are available in the lesson breaks. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
Large, modern auditorium, well-equipped sports hall, tennis courts and playing fields. Student computer room.
Coin operated washing and drying machines on college premises, paid by summer school.
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