Winter Programme

Our full-time Winter Programme combines language learning with culture studies and is ideal for students who want to improve their English quickly.

Hours per week



Pre-Intermediate – Advanced


Start dates

September, annually 


Class size

14 people maximum


Minimum Age



More about this course

About our Winter Programme

Winter Programme: 

21 September – 20 December 2020 (13 weeks)  £5500*

Winter Programme Plus:

21 September –   7 February 2020 (20 weeks)  £8320*

*Airport transfer included

Lesson 1  9.00 – 10.00Functional English
Lesson 2&310.15 – 12.30General English
Lunch time12.30 – 13.30 
Lesson 4 & 513.30 – 15.45Specialised Module

Functional English

Our Functional English lessons focus on practical skills you will use in everyday situations in an English-speaking environment. How do you ask for help in a shop or order politely in a restaurant? How do you express agreement or disagreement in a meeting or discussion? How do you make your point when writing?

General English

For the second 2 hours we work with a course book to enable you to improve the 4 main skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as grammar and vocabulary.

Specialised Module

The afternoon is divided into specialised modules, which change every three weeks.

One of the most rewarding modules for students is Charity. In three weeks you learn about the importance of British and local charities. After that you will create a fundraising event for a charity of your choice. One of the highlights every year is the drama production just before Christmas. You will get to show off your newly found confidence and language competence in a play. The drama module offers you the opportunity to explore your creativity and express yourself through performing art.

Modules include:

  • Art of Beauty
  • Theory of Knowledge
  • History of Oxford and the UK
  • Charity
  • Drama
  • Business

We believe this course offers both you and the teacher an enjoyable, academic look at a variety of topics ranging from Art and Architecture of Oxford to preparing a charity event.



We generally offer you two activities a week, including one free and one paid activity. They start at 4 pm, and you are welcome to join any time.

Free activities could include:

  • Board games
  • CIE Cinema
  • Afternoon Tea at CIE
  • Football
  • Museums
  • And many more


Paid activities could include:

  • Punting
  • Escape room
  • Harry Potter Tour
  • Crazy golf
  • Ice skating
  • And many more

Winter Programme Plus

In the final two months of the Winter Programme Plus you have topic based lessons & exam preparation in mixed classes instead of modules.

These classes are aimed at improving students’ fluency and communicative skills through discussions and project work on a variety of interesting topics. Students prepare presentations, events and performances which they share with the rest of the school on Friday afternoons.

Mixed up with exam preparation (for example, IELTS) to further improve their academic skills, the classes will provide opportunities to conduct surveys, write reports and deliver presentations.

Benefits of the Winter Programme


  • Practice your speaking skills including debating and discussion techniques
  • Improve your research and presentation skills
  • Make cultural visits within Oxford
  • Broaden your knowledge of academic subjects
  • Broaden your knowledge and appreciation of your surroundings by studying Oxford’s unique Art and Architecture
  • Increase your confidence and apply what you have learnt in Drama classes
  • Monitor your progress with regular homework and revisions
  • All course materials are provided
  • You will receive a certificate at the end of your course stating your level according to the Common European Framework

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