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Oxford Summer School 2018

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IELTS Preparation Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2018

A summer IELTS Preparation programme designed for international students aged 16-18, residential in 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 and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 130 nationalities in 2017
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

Over a period of two weeks, students identify, practise and improve the reading and writing skills that will be necessary in their future study. The course focuses on the specific requirements of formal, academic English, as opposed to the more informal English they have studied to date.

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, and practise the basic skills required in each section of the IELTS exam.

Where could IELTS Preparation lead you?

Why choose IELTS Preparation for 16-18 years?

There are dozens of English language tests available – so why prepare for IELTS? IELTS has a vast number of advantages over its competitors. First of all, it isn’t managed by a single company, but by three partners: Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council and IDP Education Pvt Ltd, so it isn’t driven by a single set of beliefs about the English language and how it should be tested.

IELTS is strongly international, despite its principally British base, using accents and vocabulary from English speakers all around the world. This means that not only does preparing for IELTS prepare students to communicate with English language speakers anywhere, it also means that if they're used to, say, Australian English, they won’t be faced with solely US English speakers, which could otherwise have put them at a disadvantage. It is also one of the most widely accepted EFL qualifications internationally.

How will IELTS Preparation help me?

IELTS comes in two versions – General and Academic – so students can choose the form of the test that best suits what they will be using the English language for, and they can prepare accordingly. Perhaps best of all, IELTS has no fail grade - candidates are ranked on a scale from 1.0 to 9.0. If students sit IELTS and don’t get the grade they want, they'll still have something to show for it. In some ways, IELTS can be a challenge to prepare for - it’s a very fair test, with no tricks or shortcuts to higher marks. On the upside, this means that preparing for IELTS doesn’t just ‘teach to the test’, but leads to a genuine improvement in their English that will serve students for a long time.

Attending the IELTS Preparation course with Oxford Royale will ensure that students are in the best possible position to take the IELTS exam.

Is this course for me?

If you would like to prepare for the IELTS exam, while at the same time improving your English in a lasting way, then this course is for you.

Topics covered

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.

In preparation for IELTS, 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.

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.

What will you get out of the IELTS Preparation course?

The IELTS Preparation course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the IELTS examination and how to prepare and practise assessments. It will help them improve both competence and confidence in their test-taking abilities, and develop communication skills across the four aspects of academic English.

Students will leave the course having honed their English in preparation for the IELTS exam, with a thorough appreciation of what the exam entails, how best to prepare and practise, and the skills required for success. They will also have improved their general English in all areas.

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 & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridoor and/or staircase. 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.

Pastoral care & student welfare

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.The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be intermediate-level English language speakers or above - CEFR B2 or higher, or IELTS 4.5 or higher. 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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IELTS Preparation Programme for Ages 16-18 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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