Section 1: Overview

Is this course for me?

  • This course is for students aged 25+ who want to improve their English but still have plenty of free time outside of class.
  • Lessons will improve all your key skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Ideal for professionals, travel enthusiasts, retired people, and other adult learners
  • Gain confidence through total immersion in English, and explore your new city with students of similar ages

Key Facts

Available in:

  • Oxford

Start dates:

  • Every Monday 27 June - 25 July 2022


  • Pre-intermediate (Kings Level 3)

Minimum age:

  • 25


  • 2 – 6 weeks

Lessons per week:

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) General English and Professional Communication 

Class size:

  • Maximum 14

Included in the price:

  • 20 lessons per week (15 hours)
  • Welcome information Pack
  • Course materials
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly assignments, group participation, and progress tests
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Access to Classmate, the Kings online learning platform
  • Free WiFi at school 
  • Full access to Kings social programme, with at least two free activities per week
  • Full access to Kings’ school clubs and societies
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • End-of-course certificate (requires minimum 90% attendance) 
"I chose the 25+ class so I can be with people my own age. I like it because we can share experiences of our age group. Our teacher is amazing and I have learned so much from him."
Nai-Hsuan Liao (Sharon)

Section 2: Course structure and content

The Compact 25+ program helps students to develop the essential skills needed for using English in their professional and personal lives.

Important international communication skills, including reading newspapers, writing emails, study skills, and group-work techniques are covered.

General English and professional communication

Your general English lessons will be designed to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening at a consistent rate. Each week, lessons will focus on a different topic.

Key areas covered include:

Communication skills

  • Conversational language skills
  • Listening and accents
  • Reading and interpretation
  • Writing and presenting

Linguistic resources

  • Building your vocabulary bank
  • Fine tuning your pronunciation
  • Interpretation of texts
  • Grammar and syntax

Cultural and personal development

  • Understanding cultural difference and similarity
  • Team work and leadership
  • Presenting an argument
  • Discussion skills

Students will learn to evaluate themselves and society, reflect upon their studies and learning, and develop work and career goals.

You will work on skills that will enable you to do things such as:

  • Set goals and discuss personal action plans
  • Prepare and give a short presentation and give feedback on others'
  • Persuade others by raising objections and making suggestions
  • Turn problems into solutions in activities such as presenting a business idea
  • Think logically and discuss logical thinking
  • Develop memory and discuss memory tools
  • Prepare for a job interview and describe work experiences

Section 3: Learning excursions

In addition, students on the Intensive 25+ course take regular learning excursions to nearby places of interest in Oxford in order to discover more about the culture and history of the city. Visits may include museums, exhibitions, and famous landmarks, such as:

  • Local museums, such as Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers, Modern Art
  • City walking tours
  • Watch a Shakespeare play
  • Port Meadow picnic
  • Oxford University visits

Some trips may require an additional fee. Please note these are sample activities only and actual trips may vary.

Thank you for your enquiry.
We'll be in touch soon.
The Kings Admissions Team