General English has been designed to improve our students’ language skills and their English for academic situations. Through its dynamic and topical content, students are encouraged to express their ideas and produce the relevant vocabulary and grammar, helping to increase both their confidence and accuracy in English. Lessons are taught in a student-centred environment and the development of presentation skills are embedded in the syllabus; a valuable life skill in preparation for the start of college or university.
Oxford College Summer School’s General English programme is a unique two or four week residential programme situated in the heart of historic Oxford.
We have created the General English programme at Oxford College Summer School for students who wish to improve their English for both general and academic purposes. Our curriculum consists of interactive lessons and workshops through which our students will develop their knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar, as well as their critical thinking skills and ability to effectively participate in university lectures and tutorials.
At Oxford College Summer School, our dynamic tutors ensure that the General English programme focuses on learning through communicating, meaning that all students participate actively in spoken English at all times.
Today giving great presentations is a vital skill for achieving academic and professional success. General English reflects this by having the art of giving presentations as the central focus. The programme develops and improves our students’ abilities to use English in a variety of real-life and practical situations, as well as offering intensive training in developing presentation skills. By doing so, our students will discover in themselves a new confidence in using English in public situations.
Successfully using English in academic situations is not only a question of choosing the appropriate register, vocabulary and grammar. Critical thinking plays a crucial role too, as it is used to construct sound arguments and critique the arguments of others.In addition, students will also be shown effective research skills. Students will practise analysing sources, examining arguments, selecting information and deciding which content is relevant, justifiable and usable.
Communication is at the heart of the General English programme at Oxford College Summer School. In this dynamic programme, you will develop not only your knowledge of the English language, but also your confidence to use English in a variety of situations: in reading, in writing, in interacting, in speaking and in giving presentations.
Furthermore, we emphasise the development of critical thinking skills in the General English programme at Oxford College Summer School. Being able to exercise this faculty will greatly enable you to succeed in general, professional and academic situations.
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