Build a strong academic foundation for your future
Intensive Academic English is a challenging English course that improves study and exam skills within a British boarding school experience.
By focusing on both the language and academic skills needed for studying in an English-speaking environment or to pass internationally recognised English exams, students can reach their full potential in their future studies.
On this course, students will:
- Develop their English language knowledge, vocabulary and grammar
- Improve academic study skills including reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
- Be prepared to study subjects at schools where education is delivered in English
- Gain skills required for taking international exams
- Be more confident, independent and enquiring learners
- Meet new friends who are academically similar from all over the world
Students will improve their language skills in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening and all tasks are related to academic subjects.
At the end of the course students bring their skills together by researching, planning and giving a short presentation on an academic topic of their choice.
All students participating on the IAE course will be offered a complete package of computer–based Cambridge LinguaSkill Tests including (taken every 2 weeks):
- Reading & Listening Test (60-85 minutes)
- Speaking (15 mins)
- Writing (45 mins)
Afternoon lessons focus on exam preparation. We offer an introduction to popular exams such as Cambridge English and IELTS and learn the techniques needed to succeed.
Topics covered include:
- Doing gap-fill questions
- How to answer short essay questions
- Comparing and contrasting
- Listening for specific information
- Time management and note taking
Students will also have the opportunity to demonstrate their language skills by preparing for and taking the Trinity College London Speaking exam (GESE).
Learn By Doing
The activity programme is an essential part of the course. It helps students to practise their skills and develop natural, fluent language use. Students in the Intensive Academic English course will have opportunities to enjoy these activities:
- Sports such as football, basketball, tennis and cricket
- Creative arts such as T-shirt painting, and photography
- Evening activities like school discos, fashion shows, and quiz nights
Gain new life experiences
There is no better way to learn about British life and culture than to experience it for yourself. Study tours play an important role in our way of learning. Students will prepare for their tours in class, complete educational activities during their tour, and discuss them in lessons afterwards.
They will have three-full day study tours to UK destinations, every two weeks.
Enjoy study tours to exciting attractions like:
King’s College, University of Cambridge
Experience this beautifully historic city from a different perspective. Travel along the river through the heart of one of the most famous universities in the world.
Relax and enjoy the stunning views of King’s College, Queen’s College and the Bridge of Sighs – and don’t forget to wave at people on the bridge!
Science Museum London
The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. There are over 15,000 objects on display, including world-famous objects such as the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket.
Students can experience what it is like to fly or blast off into space in their stunning 3D and 4D simulators. They can also watch a film on a screen taller than four double-decker buses in the IMAX 3D Cinema.
Fitzwilliam Museum and city tour
Located in the heart of Cambridge, the Museum is one of the most iconic buildings in the city.
The Fitzwilliam Museum is home to a collection of antiquities with galleries covering Ancient Eqypt, Rome and Greece. With over half a million incredible artworks in its collection, it is one of the most impressive regional museums in Europe.
Dates & locations
1 - 11 weeks
4 June - 19 August 2023
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