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. The Time to Shine materials, which were created specifically for students aged 13 to 16, are combined with carefully chosen coursebooks to create our General English curriculum.

At Headington, we don’t just guide you, we empower you to take ownership of your English language skills.

At a Glance

The iconic location of Oxford provides the perfect backdrop for an inspirational summer of General English. Follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s leading minds as you live and study in The City of Dreaming Spires.

  • Price: £3,500
  • Ages: 13 – 16 years
  • Duration: 2, 3, 4 weeks
  • English Level: Beginner – Advanced
  • Starting Dates: 17th & 31st July, 7th August
  • Location: Headington School, Oxford

What you’ll learn

  • During dynamic and communicative lessons, you will develop your understanding of English vocabulary and grammar, as well as: pronunciation, reading, writing and listening.
  • Through a series of creative class activities, collaborative tasks and weekly class projects, you will also learn how to work effectively together and apply your English in real-world situations.
  • Authentic expressions to make your English even more natural.

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..

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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.