History of Music and Buskers in England

June 23rd, 2014

Before I went to Oxford many people told me that I would be impressed by the elegant architecture and the peculiar spirit of the city. Indeed, I found myself fascinated by the enchanted towers, by students on bicycles and by the sincere friendliness of the people. But the thing that impressed me the most here was music.   I’ve been studying music for almost 12 years now, and I immediately fell in love with the city that had such a great number of street musicians, or buskers. All of them perform so skillfully that I couldn’t help making some videos of them. … Continued

CIE Birthday Rap!

June 19th, 2014

Students from the pre-intermediate class made a rap to celebrate CIE’s 40th birthday!   (Sorry for the shaky filming – Marlies was dancing along!!) Here are the lyrics so you can sing along!   Happy Birthday CIE, Let’s have a big party, Let’s celebrate 40 years, And sing so loud it hurts our ears.   The teachers are a bit crazy, The students sometimes lazy, School is so exiting, We LOVE doing writing.   Happy Birthday CIE, Let’s have a big party, Let’s celebrate 40 years, And sing so loud it hurts our ears.   Every Friday we have a … Continued

“Before the UK vs now”

May 28th, 2014

Students write about how their lives have changed since being in the UK …   “Before I came to the UK I used to get up earlier, at 6 a.m. Now I’m getting used to waking up later and having breakfast. In Spain I used to eat lunch at 3 p.m. It’s very difficult to get used to having meals at different times of day. I have to get used to left side traffic. I’m still getting used to speaking English every day. I used to speak Polish or Spanish. I can’t get used to English bad weather. I’m getting … Continued

Celebrating 40 years of international education …

April 10th, 2014

This year CIE proudly celebrates 40 years of outstanding achievement. Founded in 1974 by the owner, Mr Kenichi Ikeno, to promote English Language courses in an academic context, CIE has built an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses, the success of its students and the friendly and supportive atmosphere at the school. The fact that we enter our 40th year with great confidence is partly the result of our low staff turnover. Luke and John, our Co-Principals, have been at CIE since 2007 and those of you who have worked with CIE over the past six years will be … Continued

Cultural and Language Programme at CIE

February 26th, 2014

Students from Chuo High School are studying a cultural and language programme at CIE. Topics include: Philosphophy, Architecture, Science, History, Politics, Education and many more. In the afternoons they research for a project which they will have to present at the end of the course. Here is what one of the teachers wrote about her experience with them: Chuo students are a joy to teach. They are enthusiastic and determined to participate in all aspects of their learning experience as provided in Oxford colleges by teachers at CIE. They quickly pick up the idea that interaction in the classroom is essential … Continued

My favourite place in Oxford

January 31st, 2014

My favourite place in Oxford by Adel, Libya My favourite place in Oxford is CIE. It is in the city centre of Oxford .and it is on St. Michael St. It is next an antique shop. It is a small college .There is reception down stairs and up stairs there are six classes and a kitchen. There are different students from Spain, Italy, Libya. Students come here to learn English. I like my school because there are good teachers and it is very quite.   My favourite place in Oxford by Moawia, Libya My favourite place in Oxford the Ashmolean … Continued

Mini sagas by our Japanese students

December 12th, 2013

Japanese students had a go at writing a mini saga in their English lessons. The story had to be 50 words! Here is what they came up with: The shocking by Erica When I was a child I went to NY. Our room was connected to uncle’s family room. I went to that room and I touch the light and unfortunately that light was broken and I had electric shock. Luckily, I did not die but I had to stay in hospital one night. Food is important by Akane I’d never loved a girl, because my appearance wasn’t so good. … Continued

English students’ experiences in Oxford

November 22nd, 2013

Ismat’s experience in Oxford Life in Oxford has been funny. I Study 5 hours a day in CIE. I have different classmates. I am learning English in CIE. I live in Kennington in a homestay, it is a very comfortable. I like Oxford city centre, it’s beautiful. Last summer I was in Oxford studying English, all day we went to lessons, after we did some activities like cream tea, punting and cooking cookies. I love Oxford’s summer! Pedro’s experience in Oxford Imagine a pretty city with a student atmosphere, now add to it English and not too big and not … Continued

Charity Course at CIE Oxford

November 13th, 2013

Students on the charity course talk about their experiences: What did you do? “First we studied about charity and we chose one charity and we teach to classmates. We decided one charity – WWF. After we chose WWF we start think about what we are going to do for event and we decided to sell some stuff and play some games. The event day we collected £100 and I think we did very good. All this money goes to WWF which help endangered animals in the world.”   “First week I learnt what is the problem in the world. Second … Continued

Experiences of learning English in Oxford

September 25th, 2013

An Italian student’s experience of learning English at the College of International Education, Oxford Relation: the school in Oxford I’m going to deal with the English school in Oxford. Our school was called Cie, College of International Education and it was in the centre of Oxford , opposite the world-famous Oxford Union. I may divide my relation in three parts: the first part is about the CIE’s rooms, the second part is about the CIE’s teachers and their lessons and the last part deals with the timetable. The first part: CIE’s rooms The school had two floors: the ground floor … Continued


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