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Summer language courses for adults

• Improve your English language skills this summer

• Make friends and develop cross-cultural awareness 

• Residential setting in the beautiful city of Oxford

•  Wide range of activities, Study Visits and excursions

Improve your English in Oxford this summer

Our English language courses for adults helps you improve your English language level over 2+ weeks. We offer a wide range of courses including English for Life, English for Exam Preparation, Business and Leadership and Online Personal Language Training. Our strong reputation matches our expertise; we have been teaching academic English to non-native speakers for over 70 years. 

Short summer programmes to improve your language skills and confidence

  • Expert teaching: Benefit from being taught by our experienced English language teachers
  • Develop your confidence: Enhance your English language skills in small classes of up to 15 students
  • Global community: Study with adults from all over the world and make new friends for life
  • Teaching approach: Interactive lessons create a supportive study environment to help us meet your individual study goals
  • One free Excursion per week: Weekly excursions and Study Visits help you discover more about the UK’s rich heritage and culture. Oxford is a wonderful setting, where you can enjoy the beautiful architecture and parks
  • Learn new skills, discover new places of interest or try new cultural activities with our varied Activities programme: Go to the theatre, visit local markets, punt on the River Thames, shop in London or try surfing in Cornwall
  • Make the most of the academic resources in Oxford: Immerse yourself in a university city steeped in history and benefit from the world-famous museums, libraries, and art galleries
  • Close to nearby transport routes: Oxford’s location provides even greater opportunities to travel and explore the UK
  • Topical language content: Stimulating Weekly Themes provide a topical context to your learning

Choose from the courses below:

Themes of the Week

Week 1: Home

Home is where the heart is.

Home is where you lay your head.

In a globalised world the concept of home has shifted dramatically but at the same time very much stayed the same. Students will discuss what defines a home, dream of their ideal home and explore the words, symbols, and metaphors associated with the concept of home from different perspectives.

At an age when many of our students will be looking to the future and leaving home the topics interest we hope will be assured.

Week 2: Justice

Is justice blind?

The concept that individuals are to be treated in a manner than is equitable and fair. Do we as humans get close to this? And how can we improve on it if not.

We’ll touch upon elements of ethics, rationality, law, equity and fairness as we attempt to set the world to rights!

Week 3: Joy

Full of the joys of Spring

What brings joy to our lives?

Some people enjoy simple pleasures like a peaceful walk in the country with their dog, whereas others like nothing better than smashing a high score on a computer game with a group of friends. Why is it that one person may love the idea of extreme sports like sky-diving or white-water rafting but someone else may only ever want to curl up with a good book and a hot drink?

In a world in which watching the news can be overwhelming we will put joy in the spotlight.

Week 4: Growth

Great oaks from little acorns grow.

The constant effort to grow and improve is one we see from our students. How can we foster the best environment to encourage this and how can students take advantage of the situations around them as best they can.

Week 5: Creativity

‘The earth without art is just eh’ Demetri Martin

Creativity in its many forms. Empowering our students to bring out their creativity, to examine the situations that foster creativity, does true creativity only come from struggle?

We hope to bring students a multi-sensory experience that will aid in the retention of vocabulary and language structures.

Week 6: Service
  1. An act of helpful activity; help; aid. To do someone a service
  2. A government system or private organisation that is responsible for a particular type of activity, or for providing a particular thing that people need.

What service can we provide as individuals?

What services does the world need?

We’ll endeavour to explore and design service projects that can positively impact our local environment, leading to discussions about the value of community participation and gaining a deeper understanding of the issues facing their immediate surroundings.

Week 7: Ecosystems

The value of biodiversity is that it makes our ecosystems resilient’ Johan Rockstrom

Making an effort to understand the world we are a part of and contribute to, can we learn any lessons that SHOULD have been learnt about the environment and apply them to our own ecosystems, using the experiences of our diverse tapestry of nationalities at St Clare’s we’ll open a discussion that should help see the wood for the trees.

Week 8: Gratitude




There are so many ways to say thank you in English but how do we really show gratitude. Is it needed? How can we show people our gratitude to them?

To whom should we show gratitude? We will discuss and investigate how different cultures perceive and express their thanks as an aid to building relationships and fostering greater understanding.

Week 9: Nostalgia

We’ll take students on a trip down memory lane, but hopefully Summer 2024 will be history in the making.

In the year of St Clare’s 70th Anniversary we’ll examine the concept of nostalgia. What can the past tell us about the future? Do we look at the past through rose-tinted glasses? Do you wish you were born in another time?

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Summer course enquiry

Please fill in this form to submit an enquiry about our summer courses, or call us on +44 1865 517704.

You may also wish to get in touch to arrange a campus tour or find out what it is like to live and study in the city of Oxford.

We look forward to hearing from you.


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