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English Lessons at Oxford School of English

At Oxford School of English, we believe that students, employers and educational institutions can benefit from a precise knowledge of the language levels achieved by our students. Because of this, all our classes are closely tied to the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Refererence for Language (CEFR), an internationally-recognised system of measuring proficiency in languages, and the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) frameworks.

We have an excellent range of English courses for all levels, from Beginner (CEFR level pre-A1) to Proficiency (CEFR level C2). You can choose how many hours you study every week, so you can fit your studies around your other commitments, and our courses are designed to suit all budgets.

Our classes are made up of a mix of nationalities and ages, and the teachers’ approach will reflect this, giving everybody an equal chance to participate. Teachers will use pairwork and groupwork to encourage learner autonomy, so that you can use every opportunity to learn and acquire the language.

All our courses will help you to:

  • communicate effectively and appropriately in different situations
  • express your ideas and opinions clearly and accurately in different situations
  • understand what you read or hear in different situations and registers
  • speak and write accurately and naturally in a range of styles, situations and registers

To help you to do this, our lessons focus on all aspects of the language:

  • structure - you will learn how to use grammar and vocabulary naturally in appropriate situations, focussing on the functions and contexts of different structures
  • skills - a wide variety reading and listening texts are used to improve your skills, and you will write and speak in authentic situations to build your proficiency and confidence

Our courses include regular progress tests, so that you can see how well you are doing, and identify the areas you need to work on. We encourage students to take external English language exams so you can show employers and academic institutions what you can do in English.

If you have any further questions, please email us.

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  • Guest - Andrea Dominguez Carvalho

    Hello, Do you have free classes in university or groups of conversation?

    Other question, Can I visit the university or library? Free access?

    Thanks.

    from Brazil
  • Guest - Jenny

    Hi,
    my name is Jenny and I am 19 years old. I am from Germany and I would like to improve my language skills. The "problem" is that I am here as an au pair for a family who lives near Woodstock. Which means that I do not have much time.
    I would like to visit a language course for maybe two or three months and more if it is convenient for me. Is there any choice that I can visit courses between 9.45 am to 1.30 pm (most likely on Tuesdays and Fridays, maybe Thursdays)? Because that are the only times where I have time.
    Could you please send me a budget? I do not need an accommodation.
    I thought about starting in November.
    And are your courses preparing me for the CAE too? Because I would like to make the CAE.
    Thank youu very much.
    Best regards,
    Jenny

    from Woodstock OX20, UK
  • Guest - Carole Coicaud

    Hello
    My name is Carole, I'm 53 years old, I'd like to improve my English for my own interest. I'd like to begin the 3rd of April for 1 month to begin and more if it's convenient for me.
    could you send me a budget for 15 hours per week and conversation plus homestay
    Best regards

  • Guest - ciro

    Hi, I'm interested in your school.
    I'm a university student of 26 years.I need to learn the language and to obtain an b2.
    For the start I hope to get to a2.
    I would spend three months in July August and September
    with family accommodation in Oxford.Thanks a lot in advance,I await your news

    from Italy
  • Hi
    I am interested in learning English.
    How much would be two weeks?
    Could you send me information about the courses that you do?
    I would like to do it in August.
    Thanks.
    Lourdes

    from 22520 Fraga, Huesca, Spain
  • Hi
    I am interested in learning English.
    How much would be two weeks?
    Could you send me information about the courses that you do?
    I need the acommodation.
    Thanks .
    Lourdes

  • Guest - ALBA

    Hi
    I am interested in taking English lesson for the First Certificate.
    Do you have any promotion?
    How much would be two months, 4h per week?
    Could you send me information about the courses that you do?

    Thanks
    Alba

    from Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Guest - Lesley Roper

    Good afternoon
    I am currently looking for an English Language Course during the summer (Prefer July) for an 11 year Italian student. Is this something that you would be able to accommodate?

    from Ipswich, Suffolk, UK
  • Guest - Stephanie

    I need more informations about acomodation and prices .tks

  • Hi Stephanie, have you checked our pricelist? https://oxfordschoolofenglish.com/public/pricelist_2016.pdf

    from Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Guest - Arzu Gencer

    To whom it may concern

    We are sending you this mail from Turkey because we want to attend the Oxford summer school. We are students (aged 15) at Istanbul Lisesi, a special state school with a strong German department and we want to improve our English language skills and get a certificate which will help us to be able to go to a university in England or Germany. Our level at English is B1 or B2. Can you give us information about your courses, prices and the accommodation possibilities? We have passports but we do not have visas. Do we need an invitation letter from you to get visas? Thank you for your time.

    Sincerely

    Arzu Gencer and Işıl Karadayı

  • Guest - Yesika

    Will you have English courses for 2 weeks for a 14 year old in Oxford? my mum's friend is sending her son for a small vacation and he'd love to get the opportunity to register in an English school and make the most of his time. If there is a suitable course, is there a phone number I can use to contact you directly for more information? Thanks a lot, Yesika

    from Banbury, Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK
  • Hi Yesika. Please contact us directly regarding your questions.
    Contact Us.

  • Guest - Ayat

    I have been given a scholarship from Sultan Qaboos University to study English for six months; to improve my English skills for my Masters Degree in Music.

  • Dear Ayat
    If you want to study in our school you can use our enrolment form or use the contact form to contact our registration office.

    from Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Guest - Marta

    Hi, my name is Marta. I 've seen that in this academy there are English courses.
    I would start English classes and wanted to know as given in this academy , whether in speaking or just grammar. I would like speaking and then if you can get some official title of English,

    Kind regards

    from Chipping Norton, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7, UK
  • Dear Marta
    We can certainly offer you an English language course with a focus on speaking. From the start of our new term on 30 March 2015 we will be opening a fluency class. Please see a course description below:
    Our Fluency and Skills classes focus on functional English. Students are given task-based activities, dealing with topics from popular culture and current affairs to British history and social issues. The classes focus on fluency through a variety of role play, discussion, group work and presentations.
    Our fluency class is GBP 85.00 per week, and runs at 14:30 – 16:10 every day.
    If you would like to enrol with us, please follow this link to complete our online registration form
    If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

    from Oxford, Oxford, UK
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Medical Biology

Course content

The conventional way of looking at Medicine is through the diagnosis of illness and the prescription of drugs. This course approaches medical biology through one of its major fields, toxicology, taking drugs as the starting point rather than the 'cure'.

Toxicology is the scientific study of adverse effects in living organisms due to environmental agents and chemical compounds found in nature, as well as pharmaceutical compounds synthesized for medical use by humans. It involves observing and reporting on the symptoms, mechanisms, detection and treatment of toxic substances in relation to the poisoning of humans; producing toxic effects such as disturbance in growth patterns, discomfort, disease and death. It focuses on the adverse effects that can occur in living organisms that come into contact with chemicals.

Course outcomes

By the end of you will become aware of the pathologies associated with toxicology and the risk assessment work of toxicologists. You will learn about current debates centered on drug abuse and will discuss recent high-profile cases.

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Course content

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Students explore the world of business in some detail, examining a range of concepts, from the importance of mission statements to managing finances, and discuss how recent local and world events have shaped today’s ever-changing business world.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to plan and present an effective presentation in small groups, have learned how to work effectively in a group, practiced and fine-tuned their negotiating skills and have discussed a variety of business-related topics.

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Course content

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Students will also have the opportunity to engage in class discussions and debates.

Course outcomes

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Course content

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Course outcomes

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Course content

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Course outcomes

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Course content

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Course outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to plan and write a structured essay, have had extensive practice in persuasive writing and have acquired practical knowledge of how to make their essays stand out from the crowd.

Philosophy

Course content

In this course, students will be introduced to philosophical stuctures through classic texts, contemporary thought and popular culture. Lessons will focus on the nature of reality, not just through the eyes of Descartes and Hume, but as depicted in films like The Matrix and Blade Runner. Students will learn about and discuss ethics, though they will not be confined to the ideas of Plato and Aristotle. They will also engage with the contemporary bioethics of Peter Singer and examine the crucial role of ethics today in business and politics. The aim of the course is not simply to familiarise students with the history of philosophy, but to encourage them to engage with ideas and see that philosophy is all around and more than a worthwhile endeavour.

Course outcomes

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Creative Writing

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During the course students are given a wide range of long and shorter writing exercises and are encouraged to experiment with many different forms and styles, in order to identify and develop their own writing strengths and preferences.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course students have learned how to observe and comment on points of style, and to identify confidently what makes a piece of writing original. They will have engaged in critical thinking, which involves noticing things about written texts and pinpointing how effects are produced; a key skill for any serious writer.

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Course content

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Course objectives

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Acting & Performance Skills

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Brasenose College

Brasenose College is one of the constituent colleges in the University of Oxford and is located in the very heart of the city, adjacent to the Radcliffe Camera, Oxford’s most iconic landmark. Although the college is generally regarded as having been founded in 1509, its history stretches back much further, as the site was occupied by Brasenose Hall, one of the mediaeval Oxford institutions which began as lodging houses and gradually became more formal places of learning.

Brasenose alumni include UK Prime Ministers David Cameron and Henry Addington, Australian Prime Ministers Malcom Turnbull and John Gorton, the comedian Michael Palin, the authors John Buchan and William Golding, England cricketer Colin Cowdrey, William Webb Ellis (credited with the invention of rugby football), Douglas Haig and Robert Runcie.

We are both fortunate and delighted to be able to use the facilities of Brasenose College for our courses and students during the summer.

Classical Civilization

Course Content

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Course Outcomes

This course will help students to develop their critical and analytical skills. Close readings of selected texts will also expand their understanding of different thought systems and moral codes. Students will learn about the influence of classical art on later art, architecture and even dance and gain an understanding of how classical stories have been used in painting, sculpture and even dance to challenge the social ideas of different historical periods, such as the Victorian Age.

Political Science & International Relations

Course content

Students following this course will have the opportunity to study international relations and combine this with the study of political theory and the national politics of a variety of countries. This course will look at the origin of politics, forms of government in various countries, the various rights of people in a country, and the role of the ruling party and the opposition party in different countries. It will also allow students to examine major problems being faced by the international community today focussing on the political, military, economic, and cultural interaction at a global level.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course students will have the knowledge and the analytical tools required to evaluate problems in the world today.

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Course content

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This course will look at the experiments behind the research studies that influence change in the social sciences. It will also look at the importance of following the ethical guidelines of human experimentation, avoiding biases, and collaborating as part of a team and how such research can be quantitatively studied.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course students will have an understanding of how crucial the impact of a psychological experiment is in the social sciences and of the varied experimental processes used in conducting introspective research.

Economics

Course content

Students following this course will look at the operation of markets and market failure with particular attention given to economic methodology, competitive and concentrated markets, and market behaviour. Students will look at how national economies perform in a global world. This will include the study of how the macro economy functions and how its performance is measured.

Course outcomes

By the end of this course students will gain an overview of the interrelationship between microeconomics and macroeconomics and will have an insight into economic theory and how to analyse current economic issues.

Academic Writing and Critical Thinking

Course Content

Academic writing and critical thinking skills are a major part of university education. Students following this course will refine and improve their academic writing by covering a broad range of key functional and textual areas. In this course students will learn how to plan, organise and write excellent essays for academic purposes and develop critical and creative thinking skills. Students' critical thinking skills will be developed by exploring current controversial issues with international appeal.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to plan and write a structured academic essay. Furthermore, students will start to re-evaluate their assumptions and form their own points of view as they develop their critical thinking skills.

Teacher Refresher course - sample timetable
Sessions Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thusday Friday
Methodology 09:30-10:45
Approaches to teaching & learning
09:30-10:45
Teaching speaking
09:30-10:45
The lexical method
09:30-10:45
Teaching listening
09:30-10:45
Task-based teaching
Advanced Language Awareness 11:15-12:30
How the tense system works
11:15-12:30
Speaking activities
11:15-12:30
Idioms and collocations
11:15-12:30
Focus on pronunciation
11:15-12:30
Practical ideas for teaching writing
Practical Classroom Activities 12:45-13:35
Bringing British culture to the classroom
12:45-13:35
Materials workshop
12:45-13:35
Vocabulary – building exercises for students
12:45-13:35
Songs and games in the classroom
12:45-13:35
Creating grammar tasks from children's story