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Oxford Summer School for Adults 2018

General English for the Modern World and Workplace Ages 19-25

Oxford Summer School for Adults 2018

An English summer course for young adults, residential in a college of the University of Oxford.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2018

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's English faculty
  • Rigorous, immersive study of English with native speakers
  • Talks with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - form a global network
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

English can be a challenging language, full of complicated sentence structures, exceptions to rules, strange idioms and words that are pronounced in unexpected ways. It’s a language that can seem difficult to master, and the best way to learn it is to throw yourself in at the deep end (to use another idiom!).

This General English course will help you make rapid progress at improving your speaking, writing, listening and reading skills in English, building your vocabulary and giving you loads of practice at communicating in English in a supportive and interactive learning environment.

Where could the General English for the Modern World and Workplace course lead you?

Why choose the General English course for 19-25s?

On this course, you’ll join students from all over the world as you develop your English skills for use in a variety of contexts. You’ll extend your vocabulary, grammar and syntax, and work on your reading, writing and listening skills through discussing a variety of world topics in English. You’ll improve your conversational English, as well as working on your skills at using English in the workplace or in academic contexts. You will build on your pronunciation and learn how to speak colloquially in English. Throughout the course, you’ll have lots of opportunities to practise what you’ve learned, which will help you make quick progress even in areas where you may previously have struggled.

How will the General English course help me?

The Oxford Royale Summer Schools English course is suitable for anyone aged 19 to 25. If you’re planning to study at an English-speaking university, you’ll find the course a useful way of improving your English for academic and social contexts.

The course will help you develop your English skills with a view to working in an English-speaking company, or being able to communicate with business contacts in English within an overseas company. Whatever stage you are at in your education or career, the course will enhance your CV and you’ll grow more confident at expressing yourself in English.

What’s more, you’ll pick up useful transferable skills, such as working effectively with others and communicating clearly, which will stand you in excellent stead in any situation. The course will also allow you to get more out of travel opportunities to English-speaking countries.

Is this course for me?

If you are concerned about your English abilities when it comes to academia or the workplace, and think you could perform better, then this course is for you. Students will explore a variety of different situations and contexts during their studies, and will be able to apply their learning to many different conversational situations.

Topics covered

Attendees on this course will cover all relevant aspects of conversational, business and academic English, including:

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Colloquial English

What will you get out of General English for the Modern World and Workplace?

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • Explored the many idioms of the English language
  • Discovered which style of English is best for different situations
  • Practised different scenarios with their peers
  • Become more confident in their conversational, academic and professional English abilities

Welcome to the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.

Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.

As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

Useful information for students


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single rooms in either Merton or University College, depending on the course chosen - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like.Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Programme Staff

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge and are able to provide an insight into life at these prestigious institutions.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be intermediate-level (B1) English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on 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.

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General English for the Modern World and Workplace is residential in the following locations:

(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our registrations team)

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