Oxford Arts Summer Camp is a bespoke English plus Visual and Performing Arts summer course at the world famous Oxford University.
It is designed for students who have an interest in the performing and visual arts as well as wanting to improve their English both in the classroom and also with a truly international community. The programme combines English Language tuition with Visual and Performing Arts. Students choose one Elective every week from the following five options:
- Theatre & Drama
- Film Production
The Elective subjects are chosen in advance by students and are taught by experts in the afternoon. All Electives will be studied with English speaking teenagers from Oxford, allowing students to completely immerse themselves in the English culture and language. Students will develop important communication skills as well as specific vocabulary relevant to their chosen Elective, through a teamwork building towards a weekly Grand Exhibition where students will perform or present their work.
Alongside afternoon Electives, students will be given 15 hours English tuition per week in the morning, taught by qualified EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers. Students follow a structured communicative English Language syllabus with the emphasis on Speaking and Listening skills. A full package of social, culture activities and excursions also offer great opportunities for students to socialise and make new friends from across the globe.
Oxford Arts summer camp course consists of a well-balanced programme of English tuition, Arts Electives instruction, activities and excursions. It includes:
- 38 hours of English tuition over two weeks
- 25 hours of elective instructions over two weeks, including weekly Grand Exhibition
- 4 full-day and 2 half-day excursions and trips over two weeks
- Full activity programme including games, cultural visits, sport and free time to explore Oxford on non-excursion days
- End-of-course Assessment & Certificate
- Maximum class size of 11 students
- Classroom tuition: 19 hours per week
- Spoken English during Elective instruction: 12.5 hours per week
- English language skills covered: speaking, listening, reading, pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar.
- Materials provided: textbooks & personal workbook
- Elective Choices – Art, Dance, Drama, Film Production, Photography
- 12.5 hours of elective classes per week taught by experts
- 1 Grand Exhibition evening per week
- Electives are studied alongside English teenagers
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 fully day and 1 half day excursion and trips each week to experience the rich cultural heritage of Britain. The possible choices include:
- Buckingham Palace
- Houses of Parliament
- West End Musical
- Natural History Museum
- Hyde Park
- London Eye
- British Museum
- Southbank Walking Tour
- Camden Market
- Oxford Street
- Hever Castle
- Bognor Regis
- Thorpe Park
- Bury St Edmund’s
- Stratford and Warwick
- Shepreth Wildlife Park
- Portsmouth & Spinnaker Tower
- Windsor Castle
- Eton College
- Brighton beach
- Leeds Castle
- Canterbury Cathedral
- Ely/Ely Cathedral
- Chessington World of Adventure
The sample timetable below is a typical two-week Oxford Arts Summer Camp programme.
Students will study, live and eat in St Hilda College, Oxford University, which is one of the more modern colleges within the University, located at the eastern end of the High Street, Oxford, over Magdalen Bridge, in Cowley Place, making it the only University of Oxford college lying east of the River Cherwell.
Students will stay in single study bedrooms of the College. Girls and boys are accommodated separately. Porters’ Lodge entrance is manned 24 hours a day.
Well balanced, nutritious cooked meals are provided in the grand dining hall of the college with waiters to clear away plates at the end of meals. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
The College has a great range of on-site facilities including squash courts, tennis courts and the playing fields. There are also large, modern auditorium and recreation halls for theatre and indoor activities.
All students have e-mail access on a daily basis. Internet access in study rooms is available at a small additional fee.
Coin operated washing and drying machines on college premises, paid by summer school.
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