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Intensive Academic English

This academically challenging course focuses on improving academic English skills, developing exam technique and learning how to learn.

Course type
Young Learners
Age of student
Language level
Pre-Intermediate (A2+) - C2 (Proficient)
Staff/student ratio
Maximum class size
Entry requirements
Pre-course assessment
Course dates
Start dates: Wednesday 1 July, Wednesday 15 July, and Wednesday 29 July 2020
Course Length
2 or 4 weeks
2 weeks £3,000, 4 weeks £5,450
Wellington College, Berkshire

Who is this course for?

Young learners who want a challenging course to improve their academic English skills.

Course outcomes

Your child 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 where education is delivered in English
  • Gain skills required for taking international exams
  • Be a more confident, independent and enquiring learner
  • Make international friends

Course description


48 hours per two week course

Study skills

Students improve their language skills in areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening and all tasks are related to academic contexts. Students also learn useful study skills such as:

  • methods for recording new vocabulary
  • using the internet to do research
  • avoiding plagiarism
  • how to use a monolingual dictionary

At the end of the course students bring their skills together by researching, planning and performing a short presentation on an academic topic of their choice.

Exam skills

Afternoon lessons focus specifically on exam techniques. We offer an introduction to popular exams such as Cambridge English and IELTS and students learn the techniques required to succeed. Topics covered include:

  • how to remember vocabulary
  • 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).

Independent study

Before dinner each day students spend an hour developing their independent learning skills.  During this time students can practise what they have learned in class, finish any uncompleted class work or home work, and research and plan their study tour excursions.


25.5 hours per two week course

Students have lots of opportunities to learn outside the classroom, including:

  • Sports – from football and basketball to tennis and cricket
  • Creative arts – from T-shirt painting to photography
  • Evening activities – discos, fashion shows and quiz nights.

Study tour excursions

3 days per two week course

Students have the chance to visit some of the UK’s top academic tourist destinations. Example destinations include:

  • London – take a tour on the London Eye and see Downing Street, Covent Garden and the Houses of Parliament
  • Oxford – tour the city and admire the university colleges, spend time punting along the river or visit one of the many world-class museums
  • Stratford – visit the home of Shakespeare and see the beautifully restored Elizabethan houses. Students can take a bus or boat tour to see all the sights of one of England’s prettiest towns.

Course includes

  • Accommodation at Wellington College
  • All meals, snacks and drinks
  • All social activities and study tours
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure with Bell staff
  • Free internet access
  • Free laundry service
  • Comprehensive insurance

Intensive Academic English sample timetable

Intentive Academic English sample timetable
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Young learners
Young Learners studying
Young learners
Young Learners in a group
Bloxham classroom
Classroom in Bloxham