A first-class insight into university education for teenagers

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A first-class insight into university education for teenagers

  • OISE England
  • Thursday, May 12, 2022

The Oxford College Experience

Radcliffe Camera

Preparing for admission to university is undoubtedly one of the most important and challenging choices for a teenager. Understanding our interests, reflecting on which academic path best reflects those interests, and deciding a career in the professional field takes time and can often be intense.

The Oxford College Experience is a language training course aimed at clarifying those doubts that young people have about their university and future paths.

This course, aimed at the most ambitious and motivated students, gives a taste of the university world, whether the students then want to attend a university in Italy or abroad. In fact, the course goes beyond the boundaries of the classic English course: the number of participants per class is reduced, there is a constant proximity between tutor and students and each lesson of the day is personalized having in mind the individual needs and objectives of the students, thus offering students all the useful and necessary tools to take the first steps towards the international academic world.

The Oxford College Experience, as the name suggests, is held in one of the many well-known colleges of the University of Oxford, the Brasenose College, founded in 1509. The full-time summer course, aimed at teenagers of 16 and 17 that have a good autonomy in study and intellectual maturity, provides lessons in the morning and in the afternoon in international classes of up to 8 students and takes place in the setting of a typical English college, where students attend classes and stay during the duration of the their studies.

Each lesson is dedicated to a different and well-defined topic, which allows students, of different nationalities, to interact with each other, share points of view and ideas and develop those skills of critical thinking and debate useful in communicating with the public. Each theme is carefully analyzed, discussed and presented to the class as a project. The language is not taught as a simple “school subject”, but becomes the tool through which the student forms his personality and expresses it to others. It is the means by which the student manages to be himself, but in another language.

The curriculum provides for the introduction of various topics in the language. In addressing each theme, students also focus on those effective communication skills to capture the attention of their audience, control their voice and register and use their body language. This is of particular importance especially at university and in the professional field when presenting a topic or in moments of confrontation with different people, for example a professor, colleagues, or a manager.

The course is intensive, given the small number of participants per class and the topics addressed, which can range according to the topics analyzed, thus allowing the students to discuss with their classmates on complex topics and the tutor to accompany them through debates, q&a sessions and analysis of issues of global significance. The program, similar to a university academic program, includes lessons, exercises, research, critical analysis laboratories, sessions on language mastery, case studies and group projects, and is aimed at preparing the students for the university and professional worlds, allowing them to live an experience that acts as a springboard and that helps them to test themselves, to grow, to develop an international perspective, to open their eyes to new horizons, to study in a stimulating international environment , deepen their passions and interests before embarking on an academic path, be one step ahead of their peers and acquire those useful tools to choose their future career. All this, in the setting of an English college, immersed in the culture, history and traditions of Oxford.

The university years are important to understand oneself, our attitudes and plans for the future. It is, therefore, a real turning point, where the more prepared students are, both at a linguistic and academic level, and the more they have acquired confidence and mastery in their skills and knowledge, the more they are able to communicate articulated ideas effectively and be successful, in any path they aim to take.