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IELTS Preparation Programme Ages 16-18

London Summer School 2020
Also in Oxford | Cambridge

A summer IELTS Preparation programme designed for international students aged 16-18, residential in Imperial College London.

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 and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - make new international friends
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the IELTS examination and how to prepare and practise for the assessment in a fun and proactive environment. It will help students improve both competence and confidence in their test-taking abilities, alongside allowing them to develop their academic English communication skills.

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.

What to expect from IELTS Preparation Course

IELTS comes in two versions: General and Academic. To ensure the best use of their time, students can choose the type of IELTS that is best suited to their requirements of the English language.

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 and academic English, as opposed to the more informal English that many students may have studied to date.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • improved their written style

  • increased their vocabulary in an academic context

  • practised the basic skills required in each section of the IELTS exam

  • understood how to communicate with English language speakers

  • 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

  • read a variety of academic texts as well as produced their own written responses

  • developed their awareness of conventions in academic writing, including structure, style, vocabulary and referencing

  • improved their general English in all areas.

Topics Covered

During the course students receive over 40 hours of tuition focusing on IELTS Preparation. In preparation for IELTS, students study the four essential 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 test. At the end of the course, each student is given a report card outlining their progress 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.

The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change.

Day Week 1 (Scroll right for week 2) Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Course Introduction
Lesson 2: Speaking Task 2
Lesson 3: Reading part 1+2
Lesson 4: Writing Task 1, Trends
Lesson 16: Collocations/Word Building
Lesson 17: Reading Prediction
Lesson 18: Writing - Graphs
Tuesday Lesson 5: Cause and Effect
Lesson 6: Listening part 2
Lesson 7: Writing Task 2
Lesson 19: Writing Exam Due
Lesson 20: Teacher Determined IELTS Skills Practise
Wednesday Lesson 8: Listening Section 3
Lesson 9: Speaking 1-3
Lesson 10: Interpreting Data
Lesson 21: Mock IELTS
Thursday Lesson 11: Listening part 4
Lesson 12: Linking Words
Lesson 22: Listening-Flow Charts
Lesson 23: Writing-Sequences
Friday Lesson 13: Course Exam
Lesson 14: Cultural Studies/Current Events
Lesson 15: Writing Task 2
Lesson 24: Review Day
Lesson 25: Teacher Determined IELTS Skills Practise

Take this course if...

Take this course if you would like to prepare for the IELTS exam, whilst at the same time improving your English in a lasting way.

Welcome to London - your home this summer

A view of the skyline of London, including the Gherkin and the Shard buildings, with a bright blue sky

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


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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