Cultural and Language Programme at CIE

March 3rd, 2015

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 our teachers wrote about their experience with them:     Sophie Clifton-Tucker, English Teacher at CIE “After a week of teaching Chuo students I can see they are a hardworking and fun group! In the mornings we have been learning about the differences in immigration in Japan and the UK. Sometimes my students … Continued

Luke’s visit to Japan

January 29th, 2015

I have just returned from my annual ‘winter’ visit to Tokyo, Japan.   The purpose of this trip is to strengthen existing relationships with High Schools and Universities in Tokyo and so I visited some of our partner educational institutions in order to listen to their views about CIE Oxford and our course. In addition to meeting with Principals, Professors and/or administrative staff, I also used the time to meet with students, give mini ‘sample’ lessons on CLIL topics as well as mini lectures on topics like ‘a brief history of Oxford’ or ‘Architecture in Oxford’ …   At each … Continued

‘Let it Go’ rewritten by CIE students

December 9th, 2014

The Intermediate class have re-written the lyrics to Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’ making it relevant to winter and CIE. The theme for the week was winter and it ended on Friday by singing this song to the rest of the school. Students then created a music video.   All of the lyrics, ideas and footage in the film were created by the students.   Watch it here:   Each of the other classes also had their own “winter” themed project. These included:   – Winter Sports – Winter Festivals Around the World – Winter Food – Winter A-Z     … Continued

Advice for studying English in Oxford

December 4th, 2014

If you’re somebody that has decided they want to come to Oxford to study English at CIE, first let me just say; you’ve made a great decision! And if you’re a little nervous, that’s normal. We’ve written out some advice for you in case you wanted to prepare yourself, so you can fit in like a proper Oxonian 😉   Travelling around Oxford Walking, Cycling and Buses – As a student, this is definitely what you will be using. Travelling in and around Oxford is as easy as making a cup of tea.   Remember that oncoming traffic is on … Continued

English Students Rap about CIE

October 31st, 2014

Students in Sophie’s pre-intermediate class rap about their experiences learning English at CIE Oxford! Have a look at the results: Students had to invent the lyrics in English and relate them to their experiences of studying English at CIE Oxford. This class had a great time putting this rap together and filming it. The writing part was a little difficult to begin with, rhyming in English is not an easy task! However, by the end of this mini-project the students’ confidence had grown and they were speaking in rhymes! CIE aims to improve students’ skills in all areas, both in … Continued

Happy European Day of Languages from CIE

September 29th, 2014

The students at CIE came together to celebrate European Day of Languages, and they wish all of you an enjoyable day!     What is it? The European Day of Languages is an annual event and has taken place since 2001 in order to celebrate the 6000+ languages spoken all across the globe. On this day, the 800 million Europeans represented in the Council of Europe’s 47 member states are encouraged to take up a new language, or take pride in their existing language skills.   On this day, a number of events are held across Europe in order to … Continued

A Day at CIE

September 16th, 2014

The students share their feelings about “a day at CIE” and their time spent here. It shows us that there is a lot more to our school than learning English!   Get a feel for what it is like to study at CIE by listening to the students talk about their experiences:   THE BLOOPER REEL! The slip-ups which we caught on camera and decided to share! Enjoy 😉     These videos were created by students on our Summer English Course, and their teacher Sophie Clifton-Tucker. These summer lessons normally take place at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford or other world-renowned … Continued

Afternoon English classes at CIE

August 28th, 2014

  Take a look at some of the summer afternoon English classes at CIE … Video edited by Joanna Jakubik Music from:   These summer afternoon English classes help students increase their confidence in English and allows them to practise speaking about different topics and in different situations.   Here is another video created and performed by one of our afternoon classes. How many typical superstitions can you spot?! It’s entitled, “The Lucky Day.”     Our summer programmes are an exciting and effective way for you to improve your English while living and studying in one of the world’s most famous, stimulating, … 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

What is it like living in Oxford?

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