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Section 1: Overview

Is this course for me?

  • This course is perfect for students who want to combine English lessons with an introduction to US entrepreneurial culture and develop the skills needed to become a future leader in business.
  • It includes classroom-based instruction as well as a visit to a local small business, start-up or business organization

Key Facts

Available in

  • Boston

Start dates:

  • 8 January, 5 February, 4 March, 1 April, 6 May, 3 June, 1 July, 29 July, 3 September, 7 October and 4 November 2024

Entry level:

  • Lower Intermediate (Kings Level 4)


  • 16+


  • 2-4 weeks

Class size:

  • Maximum 15

Lessons per week:

  • 28 lessons per week total (21 hours).  20 lessons (15 hours) General English + 8 lessons (6 hours) Business and Leadership

Included in the price:

  • 28 lessons per week (21 hours)
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Course materials
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly assignments, group participation and progress tests
  • Use of college library computers 
  • Free Wi-fi at school
  • An accompanied visits to a small business or business organization
  • Full access to Kings social programme, with at least two free activities per week
  • Full access to join Kings’ school clubs and societies
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • End-of-course certificate (90% or higher attendance required)
"At Kings Boston you can participate in entrepreneurship class, which includes specialized vocabulary in relation to the start-up world, case studies and knowing some local business in relation with this topic. "

Section 2: Course structure and content

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) per week of General English
  • 8 lessons (6 hours) per week Business and Leadership

General English lessons

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

Study skills

  • Note taking and revision
  • Research skills
  • Time management and planning
  • Dictionary work
  • Learner autonomy

Cultural and personal development

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

You will be assigned to your general English class based on your current Kings Level. We have classes right through to Level 8 (Advanced), and you will progress up through the levels as your skills improve and your confidence grows.

Specialized Business and Leadership lessons

These lessons will introduce you to essential business terminology relating to the development of small business and start-up culture. You will work on essential communication skills such as giving presentations, formal business writing, and pronunciation.

Sample topics include:

  • Real-world case studies
  • Characteristics of entrepreneurs and leaders in business
  • Small-business environment in the US
  • How to turn an idea into a business
  • Elements of a business plan
  • The role of social media

Educational visits

This course includes a trip to a local small business or start-up, college business program, or a talk by a local business person.

Examples may include:

  • Babson College
  • Buzz Lab at BU
  • Taza Chocolates, Johnny Cupcakes or other local start-ups
  • Martin Trust Center at MIT
  • Innovation and Design Building
  • Entrepreneur clubs at other local colleges

Sample timetable

Please note: sample timetable is subject to change.

Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri

09:00 – 10:30
(Lessons 1 & 2)

General English

Progress test
including listening and writing

Individual and group feedback on test

Using ‘will’ and ‘shall’ in polite requests

Open and closed questions (intonation)

Professional skills

Common idioms and phrasal verbs used to describe behaviour

Reading, listening and writing
Giving tips on how to behave in different situations

Understanding how technology works

Functional language
Giving instructions

Task-based learning (leadership and team work)
Building a bridge

Grammar review
‘Will’, ‘shall’ and relative clauses

Ted Talk: How to lead a conversation between people who disagree

Beyond right and wrong?

10:30 – 11:00 Break Break Break Break Break

11:00 – 12:30
(Lessons 3 & 4)

General English

Social behavior: Talking about norms and customs

Understanding cultural differences

Phone addiction.

Asking for and offering help

Study skills
Making effective notes

Real English
People in the newspapers today

Defining relative clauses

Adjectives of character

An email describing a new invention.

A future without cars.

Diplomatic language

Professional skills
Giving and receiving feedback

Beyond right and wrong?

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

13:30 – 16:30
(Lessons 3 & 4)

Week 1

Free time

Identifying problems and brainstorming solutions

Case studies: Arm and Hammer Baking Soda, Tom's Shoes

Free time

Listening and Speaking
Video: How to stimulate creativity


Free time

13:30 – 16:30
(Lessons 3 & 4)

Week 2

Free time

Discussion and writing
Develop and write a mini market research study

Free time

Educational visit
Trip to the Innovation and Design Building (idbldg.com) and Masschallenge (masschallenge.org)

Free time

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