OISE Course Philosophy

English Language Courses

Intensive English language courses that inspire confident communication

Learning English is never isolated from its purpose in life: as a universal language it is at the heart of international communication. The core of OISE's philosophy is the distinction between mastering English and international communication. One is certainly a prerequisite but not a seamless route to the latter.

This distinction informs OISE's educational thinking: engagement with real life in English is the path to fluency and ultimately eloquence. To hone the scholar's international identity while polishing core competences.

OISE pedagogical grid

The pedagogical grid

The kernel of an OISE language education is its pedagogic architecture which encapsulates all the different facets of communicating in English: accuracy may be what most people learn first, but it is only useful when it leads to fluency and assertiveness.

Every course is full time and incorporates focus classes in grammar and vocabulary as well as fluency assertiveness workshops, presentation skills, pronunciation awareness, critical thinking skills in English.

More than a language education

    1. Spoken Assertiveness Workshop
    2. The Spoken Assertiveness workshop develop the students’ oratory skills through practising pronunciation and performance in a forum of 8 speakers, imparting an authentic experience.
    1. Critical Analysis Workshop
    2. Restricted to 4 participants, the Critical Analysis workshop equip the student with the capacity to analyse and develop critical thinking skills.
    1. Project
    2. Working together as well as individually, students deliver a weekly presentation to an audience. The preparation requires analysis, problem solving, research, planning and assertiveness and is an excellent opportunity to develop their bilingual identity through a creative approach.
OISE personal development

Personal development

Personal development activities are conducted using content which reflect current affairs, business, political, economic and philosophical issues of the moment; Participants acquire the concrete language tools to discuss, negotiate and present arguments with conviction in English.

Communicative activities vary according to their aims and therefore learning spaces are designed in each of the tuition centres to reflect the challenges set by each training session, for example a debating chamber designed to practice debates, a lecture theatre to train in public presentations, a study centre for research projects and break out areas for team work.

Learning path

  • oise professionals
    1. Professionals
    2. Courses available throughout the year
    3. The course allows students to communicate spontaneously, familiarising themselves with the specific language relating to their professional or academic subject.
  • oise university students
    1. University Students
    2. Courses available throughout the year
    3. Students aim for the successful completion of a particular entrance exam, academic or final exam and the syllabus is adapted to the needs of each individual learner.
  • oise exam preparation
    1. Exam Candidates
    2. Professionals and University Students
    3. OISE’s Exam Preparation courses give students a full practise tailored to the demands of each individual test. Through rehearsing real test scenarios, candidates tackle their exams with confidence. Exams are scheduled for the end of the course.
  • oise secondary education
    1. Secondary school pupils
    2. All year round & Summer courses
    3. Enthusiastic teachers offer stimulating courses which allow young learners the opportunity to acquire a high level of language skill; becoming a major asset for their future.
  • oise primary education
    1. Primary school pupils
    2. All year round & Summer courses
    3. OISEs main objective is to help children get a great start in life by nurturing their bilingual ability.
  • oise exam preparation
    1. Exam Preparation
    2. Secondary
    3. OISE provides students with a thorough preparation for their exams. Young learners practise with tutors and peers in simulated authentic scenarios to familiarise themselves with the demands of their exam, which is scheduled for the end of the course.