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Oxford Summer English 12 year-olds

Oxford Summer School 2020

For our equivalent programme for 13-15s, see Oxford Summer English for 13-15s

An immersive English language programme for international students aged 12, residential in St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

2 or 4 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in a college of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's English faculty
  • Cover a range of topics in English speaking, reading, writing and listening
  • Talks and workshops with guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

Welcome to Oxford Royale Academy's Oxford Summer English for 12 year-olds Programme, a summer course in Oxford exclusively for students aged 12.

Oxford Summer English for 12 year-olds is an exciting new English language course residential in an Oxford college and designed to provide students with a true taste of Oxford and the English language. Set in the wonderful surroundings of St Hugh’s College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford, students will study English with native-speaking tutors in a city that has produced some of the finest English authors, including J.R.R Tolkien and C.S Lewis.

With small class sizes led by highly qualified EFL tutors, students have the opportunity to make maximum progress over two or more weeks of study. Outside of class, a wide range of extracurricular activities are provided to broaden students’ understanding and to encourage them to use their English in practical scenarios. As a result of this combination of theory and practical applications of English, this course provides students with the best chance of success in their future studies at school, university and beyond.

What to expect from the Oxford Summer English for 12-year-olds course

This course provides students with firm foundations in English grammar, syntax and vocabulary, before putting this into practice in speaking, reading, writing and listening. Lessons are fun and interactive, encouraging students to work together and practise with each other as well as with their tutor, and all topics are linked to real-life, practical scenarios. This means that students can use their skills during activities and excursions in Oxford.

The course also teaches students about British life and culture, ensuring a rounded appreciation that will help students return to the UK for further studies in the future, whether at school or university.

ORA promotes a coherent, multi-cultural approach to learning the English language, where students can share ideas and focus on the positive aspects of actively expanding their English abilities.

Topics covered

The Oxford Summer English programme covers the core English areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, providing ample opportunity for practice in class and out and about in Oxford. Specific topics covered include:

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

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will have:

  • Improved their English grammar and vocabulary.
  • Practised their speaking, reading, writing and listening skills through a range of practical scenarios and topics.
  • Conversed with native-speaker English tutors.
  • Experienced British culture.
  • Explored the unique city of Oxford.

Take this course if...

Take this course if you are preparing for future study of English, thinking about moving to the UK for school or university in the future, or want to learn more about British life and culture.

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 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.
  • Should check the prerequisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes.

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Oxford Summer English 12 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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