Study And Support
What Can I Expect?
Every student who visits an Oxford International Junior Programmes centre deserves to gain confidence, improve their communication skills, enjoy themselves and leave with lasting memories and friendships. All teaching and learning materials for our courses are designed in-house by our Oxford International academic team and revised according to feedback from students and teacher focus groups.
All students sit a written and oral placement test on their first day to ensure they are placed correctly in challenging classes appropriate to their level. Every student also receives an Oxford International course book with all necessary learning materials for their language course.
Teenagers are interested in a wide range of topics which are relevant to their lives, interests and development. Our aim is to provide engaging and encouraging lessons so students feel more confident. Our lessons are divided into two categories: Language Study and Language for Life.
- Language Study focuses on the building blocks of the English language and aims to build students’ communicative competence by refreshing the knowledge they have, enlarging their vocabulary, and putting it into practice in real world contexts and engaging activities.
- Language for Life aims to develop transferable skills that will benefit students outside the classroom. These lessons integrate a variety of topics ranging from work skills to numeracy, citizenship, cultural awareness and creative skills. In our weekly Review Lesson students recycle new language in the format of a Conversation Club (structure dependent on levels and ability). Projects focus on co-operation and creativity.
All teaching and learning materials for our courses are designed in-house by our Oxford International academic team. We cater to a variety of age groups, so in addition to our standard teenage syllabus, we also provide a syllabus tailored to young learners specifically. The content and design of the materials is informed by student and teacher focus groups. We frequently revise our syllabus to ensure that the next edition of course books are fresh and relevant to the students’ needs.
Our teachers deliver relevant and engaging lessons which challenge students in a supportive way. Our aim is to raise the students’ confidence so they will feel more motivated and more inspired to engage with their language studies at home.
Our summer UK Residential & Homestay programmes will run zigzag programmes. This means that students will have some morning, some afternoon or even full-day lessons, mixed with weekday half and full day excursions. There may be some weekend lessons in some campuses too.
- Summer North American Residential and Homestay programmes may run on a zigzag according to arrival dates and student numbers. This will be advised upon booking.
- Groups studying in our year-round schools have the option to choose AM or PM lessons upon booking, usually in closed classes.
- Our Spring programme usually runs a zigzag programme, but this is dependent on arrival dates and student numbers. This can be advised on booking.
- Our Winter camp in January runs a programme of morning only lessons, but could be zigzagged should be enrolled student numbers dictate this.
Young Learners Programme
Available at all UK Residential centres except Goldsmiths and Oxford Brookes.
Our Young Learners Programme is designed for 8 to 11-year-olds and consists of age-specific activities and lessons. Although the total of input hours is the same as the standard programme, lesson times are adjusted to allow for more frequent breaks, and the lessons use activity-based learning to help maintain focus and concentration. The lessons introduce the children to everyday spoken English through fun games and activities, encouraging confident use of oral skills which are supported by grammar and vocabulary practice.
When not in the classroom, they engage in age-specific activities that are taken from our main programme but designed to be more suitable for their age group. The centres are carefully selected so they allow younger students to be on-site safely.
World of Work syllabus*
(PCTO – Percorsi per le Competenze Trasversali e per l’Orientamento)
Available in all centres, this programme is designed to prepare students for the world of work. Our business preparation lessons include advise and support on CV writing, presentation skills and job interview techniques. Lessons will follow the same timing as our standard programme meaning groups can have students taking part in both programmes.
This programme is available for students aged 14 and over with a minimum English level of B1.
*Please note sufficient demand is required to run this programme in each centre and we need final confirmation of students partaking in this at least six weeks prior to the course start date.