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St. Clare's, Oxford

English for Life (21 hrs/week) [Oxford]


  • High quality language instruction with over 50 years’ experience of teaching students from around the world
  • Plentiful modern facilities - enjoyable and efficient study
  • Enjoy studying in historic Oxford in an atmosphere of true academic excellence
  • Information
    • About the School
    • Founded in 1953, St. Clare’s, Oxford is a private English language school which has over a half a century of experience teaching students from around the world. The school has a strong academic reputation and provides first-class educational experiences throughout the year to all its students. With a highly qualified staff and an excellent mix of international students, the school provides a high level of care and support for learners ensuring rapid progress from start to finish. Studying at the school offers students independence and a wide exposure to different cross-cultural ideas in a vibrant and academic living environment that will deepen English communication skills and cultural understanding. Students enjoy a strong academic framework that helps them to learn quickly and efficiently. The school offers a comfortable learning environment equipped with modern facilities sufficient to support students in their studies. Learning from experienced teachers with advanced degrees, students study from a rigorous curriculum designed to focus on the four key areas of English language study: grammar and structure; listening and speaking; reading and writing; and British English pronunciation. To further add to students’ academic and cultural experience, the school organizes a wide range of field trips or activities for students to practice their newly-acquired English skills in a natural setting while experiencing British culture first-hand.
      The school is accredited by the British Council and is a member of English UK, the national association of accredited English language centers.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Private
      Establishment : 1953
      Membership/Accreditation : British Council, English UK
      Enrollment : 300
      Average Class Size : 12
      Airport Pickup : Yes
      Tuition : High
      Community Type : Urban
      Transportation : Train, bus, taxi
    • St. Clare's, Oxford
      139 Banbury Road
      Oxford  OX2 7AL  UNITED KINGDOM
      TEL: +44(0)1865 552031
      FAX: +44(0)1865 513359
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • The school provides students with the opportunity to live in off-campus residences or enjoy a homestay experience. For students who prefer an independent lifestyle, off-campus residences provide more privacy and offer opportunities to interact with people in the community outside the school environment. The school also arranges homestays for those students who want to experience local culture first-hand as a member of a family and practice their conversational English. Students are encouraged to make their housing arrangements as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. Private off-campus apartments are also available; however students must make their own arrangements. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The school is located in a fashionable and beautiful residential area in North Oxford, which is only minutes away from city center by bus. The school occupies beautiful traditional English buildings with spacious and attractive gardens, and the places are ideal for students who want to study in a relaxed and green area but be close to the excitement and attractions of central Oxford. Oxford is situated approximately 55 miles (90km) north-west of London and is surrounded by a number of friendly communities and historical villages. North Oxford is considered by many to be the most desirable and famous suburb of Oxford, England.
      Best known as the home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English speaking world, Oxford is one of the world’s most popular student towns, and home to various cultural events, a lively social scene and historical architecture. It is a bustling student city with a reputation for academic brilliance and scientific discovery. Young people from all over the world enjoy the student life, around which this town has revolved for centuries.
      With a large student population, Oxford is well-known for an abundance of bars, cafes, restaurants, clubs and ethnic shops. Being one of the most diverse small cities in England, students will have many opportunities to meet students from around the world. With a population of over 130,000, the city is also a bustling cosmopolitan place. Along with its famous university, Oxford is also home o a growing hi-tech community. The city is slightly larger, busier, and more industrial than Cambridge. Oxford is associated with the motor industry, whereas the area surrounding Cambridge is known as Silicon Fen and has more high technology manufactures. The University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, collectively known as Oxbridge, are the two oldest and most famous universities in Britain. Both were founded more than 750 years ago, and between them have produced a large number of Britain’s most prominent scientists, writers, and politicians.
  • Study Options
    • English for Life (21 hrs/week)

    • Overview
    • The program is offered year-round. Students enrolled in the program receive 30 in-class lessons (21 hours) per week. The program is the most comprehensive and popular course at school and enables each student’s all round skills to develop with a particular focus on areas to improve or special interests.

      The program is offered with 6 levels of instruction from beginner to advanced. When students arrive at the school, they are given a comprehensive placement test to evaluate their grammar, listening, speaking and writing skills and guarantee their proper placement into an ability level.

      The purpose of the program is to enable students to obtain sufficient knowledge and become fluent in all areas of the English language. In order to achieve this end, the program’s rigorous curriculum focuses on developing students’ fundamental English skills in the areas of: Grammar, Writing, Conversation, Pronunciation, Listening, Reading and Vocabulary. Students study from the core curriculum that focuses on skill area development. Students can also participate in classroom workshops to study such topics as: Pronunciation, Listening, Idioms, Discussions and Exam preparation. The student will use a text book, which forms the basis of the study, but which is augmented by a variety of other materials such as video and audio recordings, supplementary text books and authentic materials.

      Outside of the classroom, students are encouraged to independently explore the local areas of interest and experience the city’s vibrant, eclectic neighborhoods to gain real, practical insight into the culture of the city. Many students participate in school-organized events, as well, and enjoy the local entertainment and leisure activities.

      Classroom sizes range from 10 to 12 students per class. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English language instruction.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 12 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 6 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 2-52 weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 Years Old
      HOUSING: Homestay
      Off-Campus Residence
    • Dates
      • Choose 3 - 52 Week Course from Starting Dates
      • 2021/05/09
      • 2021/05/16
      • 2021/05/23
      • 2021/05/30
      • 2021/06/06
      • 2021/06/13
      • 2021/06/20
      • 2021/06/27
      • 2021/07/04
      • 2021/07/11
      • 2021/07/18
      • 2021/07/25
      • 2021/08/01
      • 2021/08/08
      • 2021/08/15
      • 2021/08/22
      • 2021/08/29
      • 2021/09/05
      • 2021/09/12
      • 2021/09/19
      • 2021/09/26
      • 2021/10/03
      • 2021/10/10
      • 2021/10/17
      • 2021/10/24
      • 2021/10/31
      • 2021/11/07
      • 2021/11/14
      • 2021/11/21
      • 2021/11/28
      • 2021/12/05
    • Costs
      UK£ 100 (US$ 150)
      TUITION FEE (2020-2021)
      2-5 WEEKS UK£ 434 per week
      6-11 WEEKS UK£ 424 per week
      12-17 WEEKS UK£ 414 per week
      18-23 WEEKS UK£ 404 per week
      24-35 WEEKS UK£ 394 per week
      36+ WEEKS UK£ 384 per week
      2-52 WEEKS UK£ 246-325 per week N/A UK£ 246-389 per week
      Airport Pickup Service
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Homestay fees include meals.
  • Location
    • United Kingdom Oxford
    • Location
      St. Clare's, Oxford
      139 Banbury Road Oxford  OX2 7AL  UNITED KINGDOM
    • Getting To Your School
    • From London Heathrow International Airport:
      The school arranges airport pick-up service that costs GBP 90 and brings students directly to the school in approximately 90 minutes. Taxis are also available at the airport.
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