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Cambridge Summer School

General English for the Modern World and Workplace Ages 19+

Cambridge Summer School for Adults 2020

Also available in Oxford | London


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

2 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Cambridge
  • 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

This General English course will help students make rapid progress in improving their speaking, writing, listening and reading skills in English. As they do so, students will build on their vocabulary and gain important practice in communicating in English, surrounded by a supportive and interactive learning environment.

Throughout the course, students will also be able to improve their conversational English in both academic and corporate contexts. A combination of lessons and practical activities provide a rounded understanding of the language and ensures students will leave the course more confident in their English abilities.

What to expect from the General English for the Modern World and Workplace course

Students from all over the world come together on this course to develop their English skills for use in a variety of contexts, extending their vocabulary, grammar and syntax as well as working on their reading, writing and listening skills. The course will help students to improve their language skills with a view to working in either an English-speaking company or an overseas business requiring competency in the language.

Course Outcomes

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

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

Teaching

Teachers on this programme are qualified according to British Council standards (CELTA, Trinity CertTESOL or equivalent Level 5 TEFL qualification).

Take this course if...

Take this course if you would like to improve your English abilities when it comes to academia or the workplace. Equally, if you’re planning to study at an English-speaking university, you’ll find this course useful for refining your English for academic and social contexts.

Welcome to the City of Cambridge - your home this summer

students walking through a small street in front of the King's College, Cambridge

Cambridge has been recognised for centuries as one of the most beautiful academic locations in the UK. With its soaring gothic buttresses, green lawns, gently meandering river, and quiet little coffee shops, Cambridge has a lot to offer in terms of quality of student experience.

Students will live, dine and study in a college of the University of Cambridge, providing them with the ideal opportunity to discover what life in a top UK university is really like. Students can immerse themselves in the teaching of knowledgeable academics, many of whom have studied at top UK institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford. They will have plenty of opportunity to explore the city in their free time, and take part in educational excursions in and around Cambridge.

Students residential in Cambridge will experience life in a top UK university city, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our Cambridge Summer School has to offer.

A Cambridge college dining hall
Punts lined up on the River Cam in Cambridge
Students smiling at the camera in front of the King's College, Cambridge?

Useful information for students & parents

Accommodation

Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college - please contact our admissions team if you would like more information. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor 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 fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Admissions Team on [email protected] 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 Admissions Team for more detailed information.

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 & 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.

Coach Excursions

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 at least one coach excursion to places of historical and social significance in the UK.

Extra-curricular Activities

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.

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

(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 admissions team)

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