Students aged 11 - 15
In our fun, collaborative and engaging lessons, students develop their English language knowledge, specifically improving their understanding of vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, reading and writing.
Mastering Everyday Communication
Our General English Summer School is more than just a language course; it’s an immersive language experience. This programme is perfect for students eager to both improve their English language skills but also acquire vital life skills for the future. General English lessons help to develop 21st century skills to help our students become well-rounded global citizens and the leaders of tomorrow.
At a Glance
English LevelBeginner-Advanced (A1-C1)
Maximum Class Size15
Academic Content15 Hours of Lessons per Week
Starting Dates8th July, 22nd & 29th July 2024
Over the course of this two-week programme, you will:
- Engage in collaborative learning by working with peers on group tasks and projects, enhancing team-building and negotiation skills.
- Participate in role-playing tasks to practice English in realistic situations, fostering adaptability and quick thinking.
- Gain confidence in expressing opinions and reaching consensus within a team setting.
- Develop global awareness through exposure to diverse cultural perspectives and exploration of international issues.
- Discuss and analyse pressing global concerns, cultivating an understanding of the significance of language in worldwide contexts.
- Sharpen critical thinking by questioning and reassessing concepts, promoting problem-solving and innovation.
By using what you have learned in challenging group work projects, you will increase your fluency and self-confidence in using English, which will help prepare you for the challenges at school and later on at university.
Through gaining a deeper comprehension of English students will be able to:
- Feel more comfortable contributing in class and giving presentations.
- Feel better equipped for future academic tasks.
- By surrounding yourself with English speakers from all around the world, and practising your listening comprehension, the challenge of listening in English speaking environments will feel more manageable.
Time to Shine Project
Develop your public speaking skills. Share your passion. Inspire your classmates.
Today, giving great presentations are a vital skill for achieving academic and professional success. Our programmes reflect this by having the ‘art of presenting’ at the heart of their content, and allow you to discover new confidence when using English in public situations.
It’s more than just a chance to enhance your public speaking skills, though; it’s an opportunity for you to develop your ability to communicate clearly in English, and share your passion and subject knowledge with your fellow classmates. Through your presentations, you will become sources of inspiration, and encourage others to delve deeper into your subject.
Sustainability Matters: Innovation and Understanding in a Changing World
This interactive programme highlights the importance of improving English skills while also promoting overall personal growth, clear thinking, and understanding of global matters. Through engaging projects such as entrepreneurship challenges, eco-futurism ventures, cultural exploration, and natural world discoveries, students are empowered to develop innovative solutions, nurture cultural understanding, and adapt to a rapidly evolving global landscape.
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.
Our Approach to Your Learning
Skills + language = success
I am definitely more social now
I’ve learnt a lot in my English class that I wouldn’t have learnt in school and I am definitely more social nowEmily, Headington Oxford, United Kingdom - Student
15 Hours of Academic Content Per WeekStudents receive 15 hours of subject-specific academic content per week with an experienced teacher, delivered through interactive and hands-on lessons
Time To Shine ProjectsOpportunities to apply and share this knowledge through dynamic 'Time To Shine' group projects, culminating in an end-of-the-week ceremony in which you can present your innovative ideas to your peers
Develop English Language SkillsNumerous opportunities throughout your academic programme to develop your English language skills, whether that's building vocabulary to talk about your subject, or developing your speaking skills to present your Time To Shine project
Dates & Prices
General English at Eton College
How is my child’s level of English assessed?
Before the summer, your Admissions Manager will send your child(ren) an online placement test to complete. We will receive the test result and place students in a classroom suited for their level of English. For example, if a student tests as Intermediate (B1), then they will be placed into a classroom with other intermediate-level learners. This ensures the lessons are as targeted and beneficial as possible from the outset.
How challenging is Canford General English?
General English is for all levels. Depending on the group’s competency with English and ability to absorb new material, our teachers can adapt to make the lessons inclusive for all.
Do students receive a certificate?
Yes. Each student who completes General English at Canford receives a certificate of completion during our graduation ceremony at the end of the course.
Do students need to buy course books?
A variety of SBC handouts are given to students, all of which were created by our own academic team.
What do students need to take to class?
Students should have their own pens, and are provided with notebooks and folders.
Speak with a member of our friendly admissions team
We’re happy to answer any questions you have and support you in finding the perfect experience.