General English

Improve your English language vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing and speaking skills at the UK’s #1 summer school.

Your English language ability is strengthened through our innovative, student-centred lessons in our hugely enjoyable and rigorous General English course. At Headington, we don’t just guide you, we empower you to take ownership of your English language skills.

At a Glance

  • Price: £3,700
  • Ages: 13 – 16 years
  • Duration: 2, 3, 4 weeks
  • English Level: Beginner – Advanced (A1-C1)
  • Starting Dates: 15th July, 29th July & 5th August 2024
  • Academic Content: 15 Hours of Lessons per Week
  • Maximum Class Size: 15
  • Location: Headington School, Oxford

What you’ll learn

  • Insights into global topics to deepen your understanding of diverse cultures and the challenges they face.
  • Techniques to improve a range of skills such as research, presentation, and creative thinking.
  • Ways to articulate your thoughts and become more aware of pressing global issues.
  • Master public speaking with effective strategies that build confidence and enhance audience engagement.
  • Harness essential 21st-century skills, including critical thinking, collaboration, digital literacy, and adaptability.

Why Choose This Course?

  • Gain an even stronger understanding of English.
  • Feel more self assured in everyday speaking in English and with your presentations at school.
  • Build confidence in using English as part of your everyday life, by using what you have studied in relevant and challenging group work tasks. Perfect preparation for the future world of university and work.
  • Develop your listening comprehension skills by surrounding yourself in a cosmopolitan environment.

What You’ll Get

  • By joining us in Headington, English will feel less like a subject tested at school and even more like something you love to use. You will be able to return home with an even deeper understanding of English, with brighter confidence in your speaking and presentation skills, and with even more determination to gain the grades your English deserves.
  • We provide a student-focussed environment where motivation and self confidence go from strength to strength. By being part of our learning community you can start to build the launchpad for your English to take off.
  • Be surrounded by British culture, by taking part in excursions to London and Cambridge, all while living and studying in the university towns of Lewis Carol and Oscar Wilde.

Time to Shine

Students increase their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar through interactive speaking tasks including giving presentations, debating, taking part in role-plays and interviews.

The General English Time to Shine programme is a transformative initiative that encapsulates our ethos of nurturing the future leaders of tomorrow.

At the weekly Time to Shine ceremony, students confidently present their findings in front of their peers, celebrating their achievements and building lasting self-confidence. Through this programme, students become more informed, confident, and ready to engage with the world as active global citizens.

The topic for our General English students is:
Sustainability Matters: Innovation and Understanding in a Changing World

For more information download our academic overview.

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“I have found the social side of SBC really amazing. It is really easy to make friends here from all over the world and I have plenty of new connections”

Max, Headington

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Begin to dream in English and join our fun community from all around the world. Prepare for the future with an unforgettable summer. Complete the enquiry form below and our friendly admissions team will contact you.