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Oxford Summer School 2018

Oxford Summer English Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2018

An intensive English language residential summer programme for international students aged 16-18.

Oxford Royale also offers a Oxford Summer English course for ages 13-15

2 or 4 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

Teachers on this English as a Foreign Language (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).

The teaching programme consists of over 20 taught hours per week (15 class hours and 5.25 taught workshop hours). Oxford Summer English (OSE) encourages students to learn English and develop their ability to communicate with people from different cultures and countries. ORA promotes a coherent multi-cultural approach to English language learning, encouraging students to share ideas and focus on the positive aspects of actively expanding their English abilities.

Morning subjects take place in small study groups; afternoon workshops are comprised typically of larger groups suitable for interactive activities.

Where could the Oxford Summer English course lead you?

Why choose Oxford Summer English for 16-18 years?

Many students find that English can be a complex language to learn, with many bizarre idioms, exceptions to rules and unexpected pronunciations. Its idiosyncrasies mean that it can be difficult to get their knowledge of English beyond a basic level to a stage at which it becomes useful in either a general or academic setting. Our EFL courses are designed to provide an intensive yet enjoyable learning environment for students keen to progress their English skills, allowing them to tackle this challenging language in the company of like-minded students who are committed to improving their knowledge.

How will Oxford Summer English help me?

Many of our 16-18 students are preparing to apply for an English-speaking university, and take an EFL course to boost their English skills in readiness for use in an academic context. Students who are about to apply to a UK university, our EFL course will help you hone your English to the standard expected by admissions tutors, teaching you valuable academic vocabulary along the way.

All our EFL students want to improve their communication in English, both written and spoken. Our EFL courses introduce students to the new vocabulary, grammar and syntax needed ensure their English skills dazzle. One of the major benefits of our EFL course is that it allows students to progress their English very rapidly. With over 20 hours of English lessons a week, the intensive tuition and company of other students will mean they quickly absorb new knowledge.

Speaking in a foreign language can be daunting, but the EFL course is designed to build your confidence with lots of opportunity for conversing in English. Our EFL courses don’t just focus on studying. We also provide a full programme of extra-curricular activities and trips that teach you about different aspects of British culture and history. This deepens your understanding of the language by introducing you to the contexts in which it is spoken.

Is this course for me?

The activities and excursions that ORA offers are particularly helpful for EFL students. It’s not just about having a good time (though that’s a big part of it!) — it’s about learning and practising the use of English while having a good time. There’s no better way to make newly acquired vocabulary and ideas stick than by using them when having fun with friends.

Topics covered

ORA has its own English programme developed by EFL experts, and maximises student learning in small class sizes. ORA’s EFL teachers use dynamic, interactive and fun student-centred teaching methods, and our EFL courses are integrated with cultural activities and excursions outside of the classroom to provide context and practical application opportunities. Topics covered on this course include:

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

What will you get out of the Oxford Summer English course?

This course will help students quickly improve their English skills for general contexts. It will build students’ confidence in their use of spoken English, develop students’ knowledge of English grammar, syntax and vocabulary, and improve students’ English reading and writing skills. Oxford Summer English also encourages independent learning, provides an insight into various aspects of British culture, and promotes the discussion in English of general topics of world interest.

Students will leave the course having honed their English in the core areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. They will have practised their English with native speakers and expert tutors, benefiting from tuition tailored to their needs. They will have done so in the most beautiful and quintessentially English of cities: Oxford.

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 (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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Oxford Summer English 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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