Your Course FAQs

All your questions answered before you join us in Oxford

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When may I start a course?

General English, Business English, IELTS and Individual Tuition: On any Monday.
Medical English course (AMED); on the first Monday of every month – except July and August
Cambridge Exams, Intensive Medical English, English for Teachers, Legal English, TOEIC and TOEFL: Please contact us for details.

How long can I study for?

The minimum for lessons in a mixed nationality group (Course code A) is 2 weeks; you may study for as long as you want. We also have 1-1 and combination courses for one week only or more

What is the minimum age?

Students have to be 16+ when they start the course. In January, July and August, we accept students who are 14+, coming with their guardians or group leaders. The minimum age for our specialised courses (Business, Law and Medicine) is 20 and students need to have an intermediate level of English

How many students are there in each class?

For General English courses the maximum is 14 students per class. For exam preparation courses the maximum is 12. For Professional courses the maximum is 6 students per class.

I am going to study for a long time. What if I want to take a holiday during my course?

Please look at the Terms and Conditions for information about course holidays.

Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?

Yes! If your course attendance is at least 80 %, you receive a certificate.

Do I have to buy the course book?

No, your teacher will provide course materials for your course.

How are students allocated to classes?

You do a placement test on the first day of your course. Then we place you in a class with students of the same level.

 

How many levels are there in the school?

The curriculum is based on the Common European Framework and uses its six proficiency levels A1 Elementary – C2 Proficient. The levels cover Elementary to Proficient. There may be 2 or more classes at the same level.

How many teachers are there in the school?

We have 5 academic team members and 8 full time teachers as well as further part time teachers.

Am I allowed to speak my mother tongue in class?

Unless it is an emergency, you should only use English in class. Remember, you are here to study English!

How many classes can I take?

For group lessons, you can take either 20 lessons or 30 lessons per week. For 1-1 lessons, please contact us to discuss the details.

If I need to be absent from the school, what should I do?

Your teacher will be worried if you are not in school without mentioning anything to us. Please let us know if you need to be absent from school by calling the office.

I am worried I cannot speak English very well. Will the Oxford English Centre accept me?

As long as your English is elementary level, you are always welcome. If you are a complete beginner, then please check if we have a beginner’s class available.

What is the timetable?

From September to June

Session 1 (Lessons 1 & 2) 09.30-11.00
Session 2 (Lessons 3 & 4) 11.30-13.00
Session 3 (Lessons 5 & 6) 14.00-15.30

In July and August: Check with the school as the timetable may change.

What will I study in my General English Course?

Lessons 1 & 2,
This class is usually your ‘grammar’ lesson, and you can expect each lesson to focus on one or more aspects of English grammar. The teacher may (though not always) use a course-book. At Oxford English Centre, we use class sets of books, which are given out and taken in by the teacher each lesson. You will get a workbook to keep, which contains lots of useful exercises for you to do for homework or outside class.

Lessons 3 & 4,
This class is normally a ‘skills’ lesson, and will focus on reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, and pronunciation. There are a wide variety of methods, so you may find yourself on the internet, in the self-access centre, watching a DVD, or even in the city centre!

Lessons 5 & 6,
This class is usually ‘fluency’ lesson, where students are given the opportunity to speak as much as possible, through games, quizzes, questionnaires and interviews or debating contemporary topics and issues. It may also be used however, to revise and extend work studied previously, or for remedial work.

What kind of facilities do you have?

Internet room, Library/Self-Access centre (Computers, DVDs, CDs, videos, books. There is a tutor to help you with self-study after 3:30pm) and a café and a beautiful prize winning terrace garden next to Caramba café. Please see the photos at our web-site  www.oxfordenglish.co.uk.

Contact us if you have any other questions.

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