The Summer School Curriculum

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Building on over 40 years of experience teaching summer programmes

As well as challenging the student to improve on their confidence and fluency in English, OISE Young Learners has always focused on giving students the skills to think critically and challenge the world we live in and push them to continue learning beyond the course by taking a step closer to becoming autonomous learners.

Example subjects in completion of a task

  • Presentation
  • Video
  • Newspaper
  • Journalism
  • Theatre skills
  • Debates

The Academic Program

The academic program of the course develops technical knowledge of the language, confidence and fluency, as well as explores a wide range of topics and linguistic areas of interest, such as critical thinking, business, theatre or creative writing. During their time at one of the OISE academic centres, in addition to improving their English expression skills, students acquire new interpersonal skills and intercultural awareness as well as developing learning autonomy.

English classes: These lessons cover the four basic language skills (listening and reading comprehension, and verbal and written expression) and include controlled practice in language structures and lexis development to achieve a good command of grammatical structures and vocabulary.

Life skills and learning strategies: Each lesson is thematically linked to English as seen in the class that precedes it. Sessions cover concepts such as study skills, time management and self-confidence.

Fluency workshop
: A session that helps students overcome their own inhibitions of public speaking.

Project: Projects encourage autonomous learning, teamwork, and homework (such as a presentation, video, newspaper), covering areas such as journalism, drama, or debate.
Each student has a personal "portfolio" that helps the teacher and student measure progress from class to class, as well as supporting orientation and learning sessions. In addition, students also use this personal "portfolio" for self-assessment as well as for setting personal goals.

Course focus

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Lexis Development
  • Time-management
  • Self confident
  • Natural Science
  • Politics
  • British History
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Geography

Exam preparation

Students wishing to prepare for the FCE or CAE exam study exam techniques, study strategies and receive regular individualised feedback on progress. This includes real-time practise examinations and coaching in language and examination skills.

Wednesday's trip

Every Wednesday afternoon, students go on excursion to a local point of interest. This is used to engage with British culture, and students are given a task to enhance their experience.

Course available at OISE Taunton, OISE Swindon, OISE Badminton, OISE Telford, OISE Dawlish, OISE Folkestone, OISE York.

Course focus

  • Cultural Awareness
  • Writing
  • Politics
  • Cultural Awareness

Available schools

Exam preparation

Pricing and timetables

Available schools


The Summer school curriculum for teenagers (13-17 years)

Duration Host Family: Swindon Residential: Badminton, York
1 week £1,185 £1,485
2 weeks £2,210 £2,810
3 weeks £3,225 £4,125
Each additional week £1,015 £1,315

The Intensive Summer School Curriculum for teenagers (13-17 years)

Duration Host Family: Newbury, Folkestone, Dawlish, Telford Residential: Newbury
1 week £1,210 £1,510
2 weeks £2,260 £2,860
3 weeks £3,300 £4,200
Each additional week 4+ £1,040 £1,340
Each additional week 7+ £1,035 £1,335
  CAE and FCE exam preparation available at Badminton and Swindon for a supplement of £180 (includes the cost of the exam).

This is an example of a typical timetable and will change depending on course and programme.

Mon - Fri
English Language lessons
Life Skills
Mixed subject taught English, History, Geography, Science Education excursion (Wednesday's only) Mixed subject taught English, History, Geography, Science
Break Break
Project Project
The full day of learning continues after lessons. Residential students have organised cultural and recreational activities during the evening at the school. Homestay students return to their host family where they have the opportunity to participate in family life