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General information on courses

Courses at Oxford School of English are very high quality, but are offered at very reasonable prices. Our school is accredited by the British Council. Our minimum age is 16.
General information on courses

Course terms

Students can join the school any Monday and can study for any period, from one week to one year or more. There are four terms in one year, with three terms timed to end with the Cambridge examinations. Students wishing to take a Cambridge examination can join one of our Cambridge Exam Preparation courses, which run between September and June every year (please ask at Reception or contact us for exact dates). We also run courses to prepare students for the IELTS and TOEFL tests and have Business English courses too.

Coursebooks

Each level uses a different coursebook as a basis for the course, though these are supplemented by the teachers according to the collective and individual needs of the students. All students are required to have the correct coursebook for their classes: the first coursebook is provided for free as part of the registration process; all subsequent coursebooks must be bought (all our books, as well as a range of supplementary books, are available from the school).

General information on courses

Video and CD-ROM

Our teachers use a range of learning tools and materials in lessons, including video and DVD and the internet. Videos can help students understand English in environments outside the school. Most coursebooks include a CD-ROM for extra practice, and teachers often use computers as part of the lessons.

Teachers

All our teachers are experienced professionals, highly valued by students and the school. They are friendly, helpful and genuinely interested in our students and their progress.

All our teachers hold a recognised teaching qualification - generally the Cambridge CELTA or Trinity Cert TESOL - and many of them hold additional qualifications, including the Cambridge DELTA, Trinity Dip TESOL and MSc Applied Linguistics.

Students are given the chance to hold regular meetings with their teachers and other members of the academic team to discuss their progress in English and to ask any questions they may have about the school and their learning.

Classes

There is a maximum of 15 students per class. Usually there are around 10 students per class, but in some cases it can be as low as five or six.

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  • Guest - Elena Alvarez

    Good afternoon:
    I am a teacher of History of Philosophy in a Spanish online university, the International University of La Rioja. In order to boost my opportunities for publishing research, In am looking for a good course on English academic writing. I do not see anything of the matter in your webpage. Just to confirm if I am looking badly: Do you have any course, or recommendation?
    Thank you for your attention.

    from Spain
  • Guest - Esnaida higino

    To whom this might concern

    My name is esnaida and I would like to know if I can enrol my nice (13-14 years) in your school for a 24 weeks course starting December 18? Please get back to me as soon as you can.

    Many thanks
    Esnaida Higino

  • HI, I would like to know which is the best opcion that you could advice me and my children (12/14 years old) all of us level B2. I would like to be there next summer for a week in July and I would also like to know the availability of the apartment or something like that in order to be all toguether. Thank you in advance

  • Guest - jamia afrin

    How long of your course duration and what the specialty of your course? I have a lot of curiosity about this kind of course. we have also suggested such kind of course in our student we discussed this course on private tuition Singapore. However, our school is in Oxford only and we don’t have branches in any other location – but the school is in the very center of the city, surrounded by most of the Oxford sights and places of interest as well as shops and cafes and bus stops, so it’s a perfect spot.

  • Thanks for your request. We'll contact you as soon as possible via email.

    from Oxford, UK
  • Guest - Irene and Jesus

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    We are interested in taking a CAE exam preparation course for two weeks (specifically from July 25th to Aug 5th) and
    we would like to know some information in detail:

    1º Price for those two weeks
    2º Timetables
    3º Extra payments for the course books or so???

    Thanks in advance.

    Kind regards

    Irene and Jesus.

  • Guest - Cristina

    Hi,
    I'd like to join to your school. How much is the lessons? How many lessons per week are there?
    Thank you
    Cristina

    from Headington, Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Also, if you have special requests, write an email: https://oxfordschoolofenglish.com/useful-information/contact-us/10-rachel

    from Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • from Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Guest - Virginia

    Hi,
    I am planning to go to Oxford in spring in order to take the CPE in June. I would like to ask you if you offer programmes of exam preparation and working experience.
    Best regards,
    Virginia

    from Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain
  • Hello,

    I would like to enroll general English course for 24 weeks. Please send me procedure for enrollment.

    Thank you,
    Pwint

  • Guest - Marina

    To whom it may concern:

    My name is Marina Tiribelli. I am 25 years old and I have an American passport but I live in Argentina.
    I have studied English my whole life. The last complete course I did was the CAE, but I never actually made the exam.
    I will be in the UK from the first days of June 2016. I will stay at least 3 months, maybe more.
    I understand I can stay there for up to 6 month without a visa, just as a tourist and that allows me as well to study English if I want, if Im not mistaken.
    It wouldn't need to be in any specify city. If you have any several branches it would be good as well and it the prices change from cities, I would like to know.

    I would like to know the following:

    1- Which kind of courses do you have for the Certificate of Proficiency in English(CPE)?
    2- If I actually take the exam at the end of it, how long would it take for me to prepare?
    3- In case of not doing the exam, do you have any courses to prepare towards it in the future, with less hs per week?
    4- Which are the costs of those courses in both cases?

    I would appreciate very much if you could answer this questions.

    Thank you very much,

    Regards,

    Marina

  • Dear Marina
    Many thanks for your request for information!
    Perhaps the first point I should make is that we have some of the best Cambridge exam results in the UK, especially at Proficiency level – an amazing 97% pass rate. However, our school is in Oxford only and we don’t have branches in any other location – but the school is in the very centre of the city, surrounded by most of the Oxford sights and places of interest as well as shops and cafes and bus stops, so it’s a perfect spot.

    There is a problem, however: the CPE exam isn’t held in Oxford in the summer. There is a CPE exam in June (with the course starting 14 March) and another in December (with the course starting in September), but no CPE course between these. You can certainly take the CPE exam in August in other cities, but not Oxford.
    You could join our C2 General English course in the summer, which is the same level as CPE, but unfortunately it doesn’t lead to the exam.

    Would you consider changing your dates?

    Best regards

    Peter

  • Guest - Zhixia Huang

    I am an English teacher in a secondary school in China and now working in London temporarily. I will have 10 days holiday from 22 May to 31 May and i am free every weekend until 30 June. I want to spend my spare time entering a course to improve my English and get a certificate from the course. what course is suitable for me?

    from London, UK
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University Summer Courses
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.

Business

Course content

This course explores key concepts in Business, including management, marketing, communication, negotiating and presentations. In today’s global economy and increasingly competitive world, good communication is vital and this involves language skills as well as personal resilience. Students on this course have the opportunity to fine-tune their negotiation and public speaking skills through group project work and presentations.

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.

English Literature

Course content

What is style? Why do we like some pieces of writing but find others dull? Are there any objective techniques for evaluating written texts? This course is built around a selection of classic and modern texts, representing a range of genres within the broad categories of prose, poetry and plays. Students will be taught how to analyse and comment on texts, developing their critical skills and knowledge of literary devices and terminology.

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

Course outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have gained confidence in their skills for literary analysis and in their own judgements and their ability to defend them.

Law

Course content

Focusing on criminal law, this course will provide a grounding in the idiosyncrasies of the UK common law system, which can be unpredictable and inconsistent in its application; the criminal court system (magistrates’ courts, crown courts and the supreme court, formerly the House of Lords) and the key concepts underpinning criminal law (actus reus and mens rea). Students will learn about, discuss and come up with defences for a series of fascinating real life cases, each of which illustrates a different aspect of UK law in action.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course students will have gained an overview of the criminal justice system, and an understanding of its key legal concepts and an ability to debate and comment on real life cases and their outcomes.

Politics

Course content

Students following this course are instantly plunged into the world of politics, exploring deep below the surface to discover exactly what it is, examining the figures who populate it, and exploring the political systems of different countries. Ultimately, the course defines the importance of politics globally, and also in our own personal lives.

The course will look at political events on a global scale and how they permeate our day-to-day lives. The course will also demonstrate how different definitions of politics are formed, with students analysing concepts in the social sciences and how they are contested. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate different political perspectives and allow their own views to flourish, and be challenged by discussing significant political events of the twenty-first century.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to interpret different definitions of politics, and to understand both the people who are involved and how different countries use it. Students will evaluate the importance of politics and how it affects everyday life.

Writing for University

Course content

Essay writing skills are a major part of a university education. Expressing your ideas, formulating a structured argument or even thinking of ideas to include can be very challenging. In this course you will learn how develop critical and creative thinking skills and to plan, organise and write first-class essays for study purposes. Being able to write well improves all areas of study skills, including effective reading, following lectures and note-taking.

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

By the end of the course students will have acquired valuable transferable skills including the recognition of fallacies in argument, debating and discussion skills and increased their confidence in expressing their opinions cogently and respectfully in front of a group with divergent views.

Creative Writing

This course helps students develop their expressive skills by looking at the techniques used in a wide variety of texts whilst also developing their critical reading skills. It gives students a taste of some of the processes involved in becoming a writer, from reading more insightfully to recording their own ideas and experiences in more interesting and original ways. It also helps them to access reference materials, so that they can find out more about writers and language for themselves.

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.

Introduction to IELTS

Course content

Any non-native speaker of English planning to study at an English-speaking university will need to take an IELTS exam, which assesses whether you are ready to study on a programme taught in English. Our Introduction to IELTS course introduces students to all four parts of the IELTS exam, teaching them how to approach each part most effectively, to give them the best possible chance of getting into the university of their choice. This course has been developed in collaboration with IELTS examiners and includes detailed instruction in the very best exam techniques and model answers for writing tasks prepared by examiners.

Course objectives

By the end of the course students will have acquired the exam techniques to confidently sit for the exam and have had extensive practice in all four parts of the IELTS exam.

Acting & Performance Skills

The Acting & Performance Skills workshop introduces students to a range of performance methods and techniques which are challenging and fun at the same time. Students will explore movement, voice control and acting skills through a variety of drama techniques including improvisation, building confidence and creativity and developing a practical working knowledge of performance methodology indispensable to any future career. The afternoon workshop will follow on to scenes or monologues chosen from classical or modern theatre.

Leadership & Teambuilding

This afternoon workshop will provide an introduction to the basic skills and knowledge you need to become an effective manager and leader. Key concepts of management and leadership will be defined and discussed and different management and learning styles will be evaluated. Students will be given the opportunity to consider what it means to work in a team, and to be in a position of leadership.

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

The ancient world is the source of many aspects of present-day culture and politics. Greek and Roman art, architecture, myths, philosophy and literature have profoundly influenced our world view. Through an exploration of topics ranging from the honour codes of Ancient Greek and Roman heroes and the representation of women in Ancient Greek drama to the philosophy of Plato and the best-known myths, this course highlights the impact of classical civilization on modern thought systems, culture, politics, gender roles, architecture and art.

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.

Experimental Psychology

Course content

Students following this course will be focussing on contemporary psychological research rather than focusing on the history of psychology. This course will look at, inter alia, the importance of ideas that are testable and driven by hypothesis in order to reach an understanding of the mind and human behaviour.

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 Thursday 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 12:45-13:45
Bringing British culture to the classroom
12:45-13:45
Materials workshop
12:45-13:45
Vocabulary – building exercises for students
12:45-13:45
Songs and games in the classroom
12:45-13:45
Creating grammar tasks from children's story

16 and 17 year olds on adult courses – GUIDELINES and ADVICE

Dear student,

Oxford School of English wish you a safe and rewarding time during your stay in Oxford. You will be supervised most of the time you are here, but there will be times when you will not be supervised. We want you to feel safe at all times so please follow these guidelines and take our advice:

  • Please sign-in every day. The 'sign-in' book is at reception.
  • Please call the school if you are ill, you will have to come into school if your host family is not home.
  • Please call the school if there is any other reason for which you cannot come to school.
  • Please respect the host-family's and schools curfew time. Please make sure you are home no later than 10:30pm.
  • Always travel with in pairs or in a group for safety especially in the evenings or late at night.
  • Always carry the bus time-table or download the app so you know what time the buses are due.
  • Always use the main roads when walking home in the evenings and do not use short-cuts.
  • Always use the pedestrian crossings when crossing the road. Remember we drive on the left-hand side of the road in the UK!
  • Always carry your Student Card with your host-family’s telephone number and the school's emergency numbers with you and not just in your phone.
  • Do not accept lifts from people you do not know or anyone who claims to know you through a friend or your host-family.
  • Do not accept any alcohol from anyone and do not offer to carry any alcohol or drugs from anyone.
  • When you are given free time during an excursion make sure you know the meeting time, place and have the emergency telephone numbers.
  • If you are allowed to make your own way home from a weekday excursion, always travel in pairs or groups and always inform the school at the end of the excursion and when you have arrived home.
  • If you know you will be arriving late from a weekend excursion organised by our tour operator, e.g UK Study Tours, ask reception for the telephone number for the local taxi company.
  • If you have any questions or problems, please speak to our U18s welfare officer or anyone at the school.
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