Cie-Oxford

Introduction
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Study English in Oxford

Study in Small Classes with Personal Support

During the academic year, our class size usually contains no more than 8 students—often half the size of groups at most other schools. CIE’s close family atmosphere throughout the academic year helps to make intensive study easier and much more pleasant.

Study in the City Centre

CIE’s Bocardo House is in the centre of Oxford, opposite the world-famous Oxford Union. Our busy summer school is also held in city centre facilities, such as Oxford University’s Lady Margaret Hall, near the University Parks.

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Free Access to CIE Online

When you register with us, you get your personal account with CIE Online, our interactive learning database. All the material is customised to your personal needs, so you can study as much as you want in your free time. This includes hundreds of IELTS exam practice papers and your personalised timeline. When you leave CIE, you are given three free months to access your account.

Pathway to University and Boarding Schools

Our highly-rated Business Foundation course will prepare you for University in the UK and help you to achieve the IELTS score you require. This course is recognised and approved by Oxford Brookes University. We also have a proven record of success in preparing students to attend a UK Boarding School with our Pre-Boarding course. We have a partnership agreement with over 15 Boarding Schools in the UK.

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Our Aims

CIE’s aim is to provide an environment in which students from a wide range of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds can

  1. Realise fully their academic and social potential
  2. Understand and appreciate the rich diversity of their various cultural traditions

We try to do this by:

  1. Providing courses that will widen the educational opportunities for students
  2. Teaching that is of a high standard and appropriate to the abilities and needs of each student
  3. Pastoral care that will enable the student to feel secure in a caring and supportive environment
  4. Social activities that widen the understanding of the students of their environment and which create more opportunities for social interaction
  5. An immediate environment which is safe and secure
  6. A school environment in which students and teachers feel empowered to develop their skills and also feel valued and respected

In order to help us achieve these goals we will ask you for feedback at the end of your first week and again at the end of your course. However, if you would like to discuss anything at another time, please come and talk to us.

Curriculum Policy

  • “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking out new landscapes but in having new eyes”. Marcel Proust
  • “The Curriculum should enable all young people to become:
    • successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
    • confident individuals who are able to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
    • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society”- revised National Curriculum Aims QCA 2007.
  • “One of our greatest needs is the feeling of worth, value and respect”. Abraham Maslow.

Aims and outcomes

The curriculum should be about the development of the whole person.

This means that the curriculum is about attitudes and values as well as skills and knowledge. Students should:

  • feel valued and develop a feeling of worth and self-esteem
  • understand the importance of their relationship with others, via consideration, responsibility and honesty “No man is and island”
  • be able to communicate their feelings and opinions to others
  • be a constructive member of the community.

All learners should be given equality of opportunity for learning.

This means that the curriculum should be relevant to them and accessible. Students should:

  • understand the relevance of what they are doing
  • enjoy what they are doing
  • take an active part in their own learning
  • use their own experience on which to base their learning.

The curriculum should encourage the students to develop important skills.

The curriculum should introduce students to communication, analysis, problem solving, enquiry and logical and creative thinking. Students should be able to:

  • think creatively, analytically and critically
  • understand that learning skills are transferable
  • communicate effectively about their learning.

The curriculum should present students with new challenges and opportunities

Through experiencing challenge, opportunity and risk in a safe environment students should be able to:

  • be resourceful and show initiative and enterprise
  • take risks responsibly and creatively
  • understand and work towards the needs of their community
  • use technology as a tool for innovation
  • work independently and as a member of a team.

The curriculum should reflect the learners place in the national and global communities.

It should allow them to develop their sense of identity beyond their personal experience, to develop a sense of belonging and empowerment to make a difference for the better in a wider world. Students should:

  • develop a pride in their own national culture and a respect and understanding of the culture of other nationality and regions
  • understand the concept of interdependence at the micro and macro levels
  • recognise their responsibilities as members of a national and a global community.

What do we need to consider?

How do we ensure that the outcomes for learners take as much account of their personal development and well being as their academic achievement?

  • Positive personal relationships within the school
  • Tutorial system
  • Careers advice
  • Social activities
  • Small classes
  • One to one sessions
  • Choice of EFL materials
  • Motivation theory in Business Studies
  • Staff INSET on Humanist approaches to education

How do we ensure that all learners should have equality of opportunity for learning?

  • Tutorial system
  • Positive social relationships
  • The negotiated day
  • Interesting and well planned lessons
  • Experiential learning
  • Small classes
  • Advice about educational progression from senior staff and Higher Education adviser

How do we ensure that the curriculum encourages students to acquire important skills?

  • Schemes of Work including problem solving exercises
  • INSET
  • Individual learning

How do we ensure that the curriculum provides challenge for the students?

  • Individual and group projects and presentations
  • Personal targets set and revised in tutorials

How do we ensure that the curriculum reflects the learners place in the national and global community?

  • Choice of materials
  • Social activities
  • Presentations
  • Positive social relationships
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

Courses

General English (15 hrs)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 12 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

General English classes offer you the chance to study 3 hours of English in the morning and have free time in the afternoon to enjoy the sights of Oxford, do extra study or even get a part time job*. [+]

The course General English classes offer you the chance to study 3 hours of English in the morning and have free time in the afternoon to enjoy the sights of Oxford, do extra study or even get a part time job*. For the first 2 hours we work with a course book to enable you to improve the 4 main skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as grammar and vocabulary. The third hour focuses on practical English and study skills to help you use the English you have learnt. Due to the small size of the classes teachers can personalise the classes to suit your individual needs. You will have homework most nights and you will have a test at the end of each week so you can monitor your progress. *Only for EEA and Swiss National students. Key information All course materials are provided. You will receive a certificate at the end of your course stating your level according to the Common European Framework. Activities Two activities will be offered each week including one free activity and one paid activity. In July and August, a complete five-day afternoon social activities programme is available Course Information Course Code: GE 15 Start dates: Every Monday Course Fee: £185 Minimum Age: 15 (10 in the Summer) Level: Elementary – Advanced (Beginners on Request) Class size: 12 people maximum (usually less than 8 during the academic year) Number of hours per week: 15 hours [-]

General English Intensive (25 hrs)

Campus Full time 1 - 12 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom Oxford

Intensive English classes offer you the chance to immerse yourself in the English language with 5 hours of lessons per day in the mornings and afternoons. Our lessons are interactive, focused and with an emphasis on communication. [+]

The course Intensive English classes offer you the chance to immerse yourself in the English language with 5 hours of lessons per day in the mornings and afternoons. Our lessons are interactive, focused and with an emphasis on communication. For the first 2 hours we work with a course book to enable you to improve the 4 main skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as grammar and vocabulary. The third hour focuses on practical English and study skills to help you use the English you have learnt. In the afternoon classes will be multi-skills and topic-based, which may also include videos, project work, conversation, etc. Due to the small size of the classes teachers can personalise the classes to suit your individual needs. You will have homework most nights and you will have a test at the end of each week so you can monitor your progress. Key information All course materials are provided. You will receive a certificate at the end of your course stating your level according to the Common European Framework. Activities Two activities will be offered each week including one free activity and one paid activity. For more information see our activities page. Course Information Course code: GE 25 Start dates: Every Monday Course Fee: £250 Minimum Age: 15 Level: Elementary – Advanced (Beginners on Request) Class size: 12 people maximum (usually less than 8 during the academic year) Number of hours per week: 25 hours [-]

IELTS (General English + IELTS, 25 hrs)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 12 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

The IELTS Exam Preparation Course is ideal for students who: want to study at an English speaking University want to study for an internationally recognised exam in English [+]

The course The IELTS Exam Preparation Course is ideal for students who: want to study at an English speaking University want to study for an internationally recognised exam in English The morning General English classes will focus on the 4 main skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. These are relevant to the 4 sections of the IELTS exam. These lessons will be course book based. The third hour focuses on practical English and study skills to help you use the English you have learnt. In the afternoon, classes will be focussed on the IELTS exam and the skills you will need to gain a better score. Classes include regular practice tests with individual feedback and advice on how you can improve. We can also offer individual advice for students about your options after the exam. Due to the small size of the classes teachers can personalise the classes to suit your individual needs. Key facts All course materials are provided including practice IELTS tests. You will receive a certificate at the end of your course stating your level according to the Common European Framework. Taking the IELTS Exam We are happy to help students book the IELTS exam at a test centre nearby. This normally needs to be done 1 month before the exam. Please note in the summer the exam gets booked up quickly. To see the dates of the exam please go to the IELTS website. Activities Two activities will be offered each week including one free activity... [-]

Summer courses

Summer General English (15 hrs)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 12 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

Our summer programmes are an exciting and effective way for you to improve your English while living and studying in one of the world’s most famous, stimulating, and beautiful cities. If you choose a 15 hrs course, you will only have morning lessons. [+]

The course Our summer programmes are an exciting and effective way for you to improve your English while living and studying in one of the world’s most famous, stimulating, and beautiful cities. If you choose a 15 hrs course, you will only have morning lessons. In the Mornings Beginning at 9:00 a.m., you will have three hours of General English lessons in a group of no more than twelve students. For the first 2 hours we work with a course book to enable you to improve the 4 main skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as grammar and vocabulary. The third hour focuses on practical English and study skills to help you use the English you have learnt. Our qualified teachers will help you improve your English language skills and during the summer months there is a greater emphasis on interaction and communication in the lessons. In the Afternoons After lunch, you have several choices: Social activities: Most students join our social activities for an enjoyable local outing, such as punting on the river, touring one of the historic Oxford colleges, or enjoying cream tea in a café. Social activities generally run from 1:30pm and are finished by 4:00pm. Summer Activities and Excursions for Adults Group classes: Students can join a 2-hour group lesson (Intensive English, INT25). The afternoon classes will be multi-skills and topic-based, which may also include videos, project work, conversation, etc. One-to-one lessons: Students of any age can have one-to-one lessons with a private teacher... [-]

Summer General English Intensive (25 hrs)

Campus Full time 1 - 12 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom Oxford

Our summer programmes are an exciting and effective way for you to improve your English while living and studying in one of the world’s most famous, stimulating, and beautiful cities. If you choose 25 hrs or 15 hrs + activities, you will have afternoon lessons or activities. [+]

The course Our summer programmes are an exciting and effective way for you to improve your English while living and studying in one of the world’s most famous, stimulating, and beautiful cities. If you choose 25 hrs or 15 hrs + activities, you will have afternoon lessons or activities. In the Mornings Beginning at 9:00 a.m., you will have three hours of General English lessons in a group of no more than twelve students. For the first 2 hours we work with a course book to enable you to improve the 4 main skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as grammar and vocabulary. The third hour focuses on practical English and study skills to help you use the English you have learnt. Our qualified teachers will help you improve your English language skills and during the summer months there is a greater emphasis on interaction and communication in the lessons. In the Afternoons After lunch, you have several choices: Social activities: Most students join our social activities for an enjoyable local outing, such as punting on the river, touring one of the historic Oxford colleges, or enjoying cream tea in a café. Social activities generally run from 1:30pm and are finished by 4:00pm. Summer Activities and Excursions for Adults Group classes: Students can join a 2-hour group lesson (Intensive English, INT25). The afternoon classes will be multi-skills and topic-based, which may also include videos, project work, conversation, etc. One-to-one lessons: Students of any age can have one-to-one lessons... [-]

Summer Junior course

Campus Full time 1 - 12 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom Oxford

If your child is aged 10 to 14, and would like to study English in Oxford, CIE can help. The complete juniors programme includes English language lessons in the mornings and afternoon social activities each weekday (Monday to Friday). [+]

Summer (July and August) If your child is aged 10 to 14, and would like to study English in Oxford, CIE can help. The complete juniors programme includes English language lessons in the mornings and afternoon social activities each weekday (Monday to Friday). Lessons In the morning (10-12 years old) Beginning at 9:00 a.m., you will have three hours of General English lessons in a group of no more than ten students. The first two hours will focus on the 4 main skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as grammar and vocabulary. In the third hour students will be doing project work such as preparing a presentation or play. In the afternoon (13-14 years old) Beginning at 13:00 p.m., you will have three hours of General English lessons in a group of no more than ten students. The first two hours will focus on the 4 main skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as grammar and vocabulary. In the third hour students will be doing project work such as preparing a presentation or play. Our qualified teachers will help you improve your English language skills and there is a greater emphasis on interaction and communication in the lessons. Our specially selected teachers make learning English fun and exciting! Activities In the morning (13-14 years old) Most students join our social activities for an enjoyable local outing, such as visiting the Oxford Castle, games and picnics in the park, and ice skating. Social activities generally run from... [-]

Videos

Welcome presentation for summer programme - (Ages 14+)

Introduction presentation (academic year)