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At Headington Oxford, we encourage our students to communicate freely and help them develop their language skills through an innovative syllabus. Students receive 15 hours of tuition per week and classes are multinational, with a maximum of 15 students per class. All students will be sent an online English assessment before their arrival, to assess their level of English and ensure they are placed into suitable classes during the summer. Students at Headington Oxford can choose between 2 academic courses: General English and Summer Study.

A copy of our sample timetable can be found here.


How We Teach

Across our courses, our aim is to develop both English language skills and transferable skills that will help our students to prepare for future academic and career success.

21st Century Skills

Alongside English language learning, our aim is to encourage our students at Headington Oxford to develop the following skills:

  • Effective communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Research and digital literacy
  • Social and cross-cultural awareness

Time To Shine

To encourage our students to develop these transferable life and learning skills, both our academic courses at Headington Oxford have a Time to Shine research project each week.  At the end of the project, all students will give a short presentation in English.

By taking part in these collaborative projects, our students will develop their ability to communicate effectively with their peers, learn to think clearly and objectively, have the opportunity to devise and act on creative ideas to form their presentations, and nurture their social and cross-cultural skills.

Additional Study Options

For those students who would benefit from additional tuition to develop their English Speaking or English Writing skills, we offer Intensive English classes on two afternoons per week for an additional cost. Students will benefit from an extra 5 hours of tuition per week.