Should you choose to stay with a host family?

May 14th, 2019

The answer is YES!   Why?   –  Experience English culture in a happy, comfortable, and relaxing atmosphere –  Breakfast and evening meals with your host family (packed lunch at weekends) –  Share a home and make friends with students from different nationalities –  Clean and comfortable bedroom with fresh bed linen –  Comfortable study environment –  Weekly laundry   Relax, talk, and learn ‘everyday English’ One possible worry for any new language student is if they will be able to relax and speak to the locals. Staying with a family makes this a lot easier – you can chat … Continued

How to have a conversation in English

May 13th, 2019

Chihiro and Haruna (pre-intermediate level) have done some research into how to have a proper conversation in English. The structure can be very different to other languages. Look at their tips to help you in the future. Do you have similar tips in your language? Comment below and let us know!       When you have a conversation in England…     Not smile It is very important to smile at the other person, so you show them that you are interested in what they have to say.   Show no interest If you don’t show interest, the other … Continued

Postcards by students

April 16th, 2019

Last week we taught a lovely group of 12-13 year old students from Schwabach, Germany. Their English level was pre-intermediate. Our teachers found a fun way to improve their writing skills. They wrote postcards! Read the results here:     ” Dear mum, you asked me to write a postcard to you from Dubai. And of course we went to other countries like Iceland, USA, Canada, Hawaii, Argentina and more! But I can’t tell you all because I’m at the airport and the plane leaves in 15 minutes. In Dubai I went to Burj Khalifa, in Iceland I visited the … Continued

The best things to do in Oxford

May 26th, 2017

Here is a list of the best things to do in Oxford according to our upper-intermediate students. They have reviewed places and activities, and have chosen their favourite.    Take this quiz to find out what type of tourist you are:   What’s your ideal Sunday? a. see ancient monuments b. have a nice relaxed lunch c. play football with friends   Describe yourself. a. curious, cultured, calm b. like the taste of life, lazy, sociable c. competitive, active, adventurous   What’s your favourite drink? a. Water, red wine, Champagne b. Coffee, beer, fizzy drinks c. Red Bull, Getorade, water … Continued

Magical Oxford Programme

April 12th, 2017

  CIE prides itself in offering personalised group programmes. One of our most special one is the ‘Magical Programme’. It usually lasts two weeks and is offered throughout the year. It specialises in the magic of historical Oxford and incorporates famous stories from Oxford. These include Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, and The Chronicles of Narnia.   This spring we welcomed students from Seigakuin School, Tokyo. In the morning they had personalised English classes*. They were divided into General and Practical English, and British Culture. In the General English lessons they improved their skills, such as ‘listening skills’. Practical English entailed … Continued

What kind of learner are you? by student Tahani

September 23rd, 2016

Pre-Intermediate student Tahani from Saudi Arabia created a quiz to help you decide what kind of learner you are. Do the quiz and find out how you can study effectively.   What sense do you prefer? Please answer the questions and a surprise will be waiting for you!   1) If you want to cook a treat, what do 1 a – ask your friend b – watch a video about tips c – try it before then you can make it again   2) If you need to collect information about something, how can you do it? a – … Continued

Why every student should try Summer School, produced by students

September 8th, 2016

When you are young there comes a time when you want to explore the world. What a better way to do this than to spend some of your Summer holiday brushing up on your English whilst having lots of fun and meeting new friends from all over the world. CIE Summer School is perfect for young students who would like to immerse themselves in real British culture by having interesting and qualitative lessons, as well as various fun activities in and around Oxford. Here is what the Upper-Intermediate/Advanced Class have to say (there is a video at the bottom of the page … Continued

Living with a host family, written by students

May 17th, 2016

Most of CIE’s students live with a host family. If you are unsure what it is like and maybe you are thinking about coming to the UK to study English, read this blog. There is also a video at the end. Intermediate students have summarised their views on living with a host family. Here is what they have to say:   ‘If you want to study abroad, you’ll think about living in a host family. I interviewed a family about living in host family, and maybe I answer some of your questions.     I asked the mother about the students’ … Continued

Detective Story written by a student

April 8th, 2016

Here is a detective story by our student Henry, who wrote it all by himself in the lesson. He had been studying how to use different tense forms in a story. How do you think the man died? Leave a suggestion in the comment box. DETECTIVE STORY                                                                                                                                                                                                                  By Henry “The Man under the Bridge” Early in my investigation: The man in that village told me, that case had happened a year ago, that night it had a rained heavily and he would never forget that night.   I love staying in the Police office and thumbing the old … Continued

Student Drama Performance

January 27th, 2016

Students perform a play as part of their course at CIE. Just like every year, our Kyorin students have saved ‘the best for last’. During the first three months of their stay, they attended a specialised course at CIE tailored to their needs, including Business Studies, Art and Beauty of Oxford, Charity and Drama. Each subject provided them with invaluable knowledge, language and skills for the future, and has generated further interest. Drama was their favourite course and the excelled at the challenge of performing in front of an audience. There was definitely no sign of shyness! Here is what … Continued