In addition to working on the students’ writing style, the course introduces them to the basic elements of the IELTS exam, which many students will take before submitting an application to university. The course focuses on helping students to:
- improve their written style;
- increase their vocabulary in an academic context;
- learn to read and understand a variety of academic texts;
- practise the basic skills required in each section of the IELTS exam.
Teachers on this EFL programme are native-level English speakers and all have at least a bachelor’s degree. Teachers are qualified according to British Council standards (CELTA, Trinity CertTESOL or equivalent Level 5 TEFL qualification). Class sizes for morning and afternoon sessions are kept to a maximum of 15 students.
Attendees come to this 2-week programme from all over the world, with some students combining this course with another exciting ORA programme to stay in Oxford for up to 4 weeks. During the course students receive over 40 hours of tuition focusing on IELTS Preparation. Through interactive activities, and continuous reading and writing practice, the course develops the students’ awareness of conventions in academic writing, including structure, style, vocabulary and referencing. Students get a chance to read a variety of academic texts as well as produce their own written responses.
With regard to the IELTS preparation, students study the four language skills – writing, reading, speaking and listening in relation to the exam. Students are able to practise their skills with mini-tests and timed questions similar to those that appear in the exam. At the end of the course each student is given a report card outlining the progress made during the course and highlighting possible areas for improvement. Note that the course does not include the official IELTS examination, and students will have to register for the exam independently after the course.
The course aims to:
- provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the IELTS examination and how to prepare and practise assessments;
- improve both competence and confidence in their test-taking abilities;
- develop communication skills across the four aspects of academic English.
Transferable Life Skills
- developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment;
- confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations;
- responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others;
- communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts.
Every summer, ORA welcomes hundreds of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students to our Oxford, London and Cambridge courses. In 2016, attendees came from 108 different nations, each bringing with them unique cultures, perspectives and stories to share with their new friends. For the IELTS Preparation programme, students from 13 nations attended.
Timetable for students aged 16 to 18
Our Teaching Faculty
At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.
Guest Lectures and Debates
At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.
The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include coach excursions to places of historical and social significance in the UK. On the IELTS Prep Programme, attendees will board the ORA coach to three such destinations.
At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.
Some past afternoon activities enjoyed by our students include the following:
- Punting: travel the waterways of the River Cherwell in a flat-bottomed boat, using a five-metre-long pole to propel your vessel! This mode of transport is unique to Oxford and Cambridge. Our team of Counsellors will be on hand to advise you (or to do it for you!).
- Summer sports: have you ever played the traditional English game of croquet? There will be the chance to do so on the lawns of your Campus! Real tennis (a variation of tennis played indoors, with a heavier ball) has also been enjoyed by our previous students.
- Cultural tours: if you are thinking of applying to study at a UK university, an ORA course is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the country’s most famous sites. You will also have the chance to visit Oxford and Cambridge museums.
- Dance and music workshops: have you ever wanted to try Indian dance? How about Salsa dancing? Or drumming? Experts in these art forms will be dropping in to our campuses to run workshops, allowing our students to unleash their creative sides.
The events and entertainment on offer at our campuses don’t stop when the sun starts to go down! The following will be available to every student on our IELTS Preparation Programme:
- Film nights on campus: catch a movie with your new friends, without having to leave your College!
- Karaoke night: grab your friends and sing along to the latest hits!
- Themed parties at local hotels and country houses: head to a local venue and enjoy dinner and dancing with your friends from around the world. Every party has a theme: Hollywood, Venetian Masquerade and the Olympics are examples of past themes.
- Graduation: a formal graduation ceremony will be held on the last night of your course. This is followed by your Graduation dinner and party — a glamorous conclusion to your stay with ORA!
Our Summer School Locations
All ORA courses are residential in academic locations in our Summer School cities. This means our students have the fantastic opportunity to spend part of their summer living and studying in the environments of the best universities in the world. Oxford and Cambridge each boast a unique ensemble cast of architectural marvels famed the world over. These ancient cities, continue to host some of the most progressive and innovative thinkers of the twenty-first century. Oxford Royale Academy’s summer programmes are designed with the academic rigour of their prestigious environment firmly in mind. The experience of living and studying in an academic environment is particularly valuable for our students aged 16-18, as they begin to consider their academic lives beyond high school. Many attendees on our courses are so impressed by the architecture and atmosphere of their chosen location that they are inspired to apply to study as undergraduates at top UK universities. The Medical School Preparation Programme for 2017 is residential in Oxford or Cambridge.
Our summer courses offer our students the complete study abroad experience. The grid below describes everything that is included with an ORA course:
- Over 20 taught hours per week
- Study files and materials
- Guest lectures from academic speakers
- Personalised academic reports
- Course certificate after graduation
- Wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
- 2 coach excursions per course
- Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
- Accommodation in Oxford or Cambridge
- Breakfast and Dinner included
- Free WiFi (subject to availability)
- Daily updates on the ORA blog (great for parents!)
- Private Medical / Travel insurance
- ORA T-shirt
- ID badge and lanyard
- Welcome and arrival packs
- Year group photo
- Course memento photos
- ORA notebook
The safety and security of our students is ORA’s top priority. All of the Colleges at which our courses run are safe, secure environments, which are perfect for our students. Each College is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a team of Porters. In addition, Oxford Royale Academy’s comprehensively trained team of campus staff are always on hand. If you join us this summer, you will see the following members of staff on your campus:
Some lessons on the IELTS Preparation Programme take place in the Colleges; others are held at nearby venues in the city. Students who are required to travel to alternative venues are escorted by Counsellors on the first day, so they know how to get there safely and on time.
Most students who come to ORA will have to book a flight to the UK. ORA courses do not include flights. Information on the best time to arrive will be on your course confirmation email and in your Welcome Pack.
Arrival / Departure Transfers
ORA offers coach transfers between all of our campuses and London airports, for an extra charge. We are also able to arrange taxi transfers from all other airports and destinations, again at an extra charge. For more information, please click here.
Every year, ORA offers a number of scholarships to talented students aged 16-18 from around the world. If you would like to read more about the financial aid we can offer, please click here.
Welcome Reception and Graduation
Parents / family are welcome to attend these events at the start and end of their student’s course. For more information, please contact our Registrations Department on email@example.com.
Medical and Dietary Information
All students who enrol are required to complete our Medical and Dietary Information form. A link will be emailed to all students once their enrolment is confirmed.
Eligibility and Pre-requisites
Students on the IELTS Preparation Programme:
- Must conform to our Age Policy.
- Must be upper intermediate (B2) English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be able to assist you.
- Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.
Dates, Fees and Locations
|Course Length||Course Dates||Course Fees||Location|
|4 Jun – 17 Jun||4,295 GBP||Yarnton Manor|
|18 Jun – 1 July||4,295 GBP||Yarnton Manor|
|2 Jul – 15 Jul||4,295 GBP||Balliol College (Oxford), Clare College (Cambridge)|
|16 Jul – 29 Jul||4,295 GBP||Balliol College (Oxford), Clare College (Cambridge)|
|30 Jul – 12 Aug||4,295 GBP||Balliol College (Oxford)|
|13 Aug – 26 Aug||4,295 GBP||Yarnton Manor|
How to Apply
If you are ready to apply now, the quickest and easiest way to secure your place on the IELTS Preparation programme for 2017 is online. You will need full details of the student and, if different, the customer responsible for paying the fees, as well as a valid credit or debit card to submit the deposit payment of GBP 795.00 (we regret that we are not able to accept American Express as a form of payment).
To get started, please click the link below – you will be asked to choose the date that you would like to study the course.
If you prefer, you can complete our paper application form, which is available for download by clicking here. You can then return this to our offices by one of the following methods:
- Scan and e-mail to email@example.com
- Fax to +44 (0) 845 130 01 22
- Post to the address below
For enrolments via the paper application form, we are able to accept the GBP 795.00 course deposit by credit or debit card, bank transfer or cheque. Please see the form for full details.