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General English for the Modern World and Workplace Ages 19+

Oxford Summer School for Adults 2020

Also available in Oxford | Cambridge


An English summer course for young adults, residential in Imperial College.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in Imperial College London
  • 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 London - your home this summer

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The most bustling of all our centres, London is a cosmopolitan hotspot where students can really experience the melting pot of the United Kingdom. Our London summer school takes place in Imperial College London, situated in the desirable Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Students will stay in accommodation at Prince’s Gardens, located just a stone’s throw from such iconic London landmarks as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall.

Students will live and study in Imperial College London, experiencing student life in one of the world’s most respected and prestigious academic institutions. As well as ranking consistently in the top ten universities worldwide, Imperial has already produced an impressive number of Nobel Laureates – no mean feat considering the university was officially founded as recently as 1907.

Students in London will experience life in the buzzing heart of the UK's capital, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our London Summer School has to offer.

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Useful information for students & parents

Accommodation

Students at Imperial College London will be accommodated in comfortable en-suite single rooms. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at Imperial College London, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like.

Learn more about our Imperial College London centre.

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 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 Registrations 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 Registrations Team for more detailed information.

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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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